Paraborne Backplane

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Role Paramotor
National origin United States
Manufacturer Paraborne Aviation
Designer Scott Alan
Introduction circa 1999
Status Production completed
Produced circa 1999-2004
Unit cost
US$5,000 (less canopy, 2001)
Developed from Daiichi Kosho Whisper

The Paraborne Backplane is an American paramotor that was designed by Scott Alan and produced by Paraborne Aviation of Kissimmee, Florida for powered paragliding.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

As production of the Daiichi Kosho Whisper, for which Paraborne acted as US distributor, came to a close, the company developed its own derivative design, replacing the Daiichi Kosho DK 472 engine with a Hirth powerplant of similar output.[1][2]

The Backplane was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules. It features a paraglider-style high wing, single-place accommodation and a single 22 hp (16 kW) Hirth F-33 engine in pusher configuration. Original factory canopy options included the Ranger or the Seal designs. As is the case with all paramotors, takeoff and landing is accomplished on foot.[1]

The aircraft was not a commercial success, production was halted and the company went out of business in about 2004.[2]

Specifications (Backplane)[edit]

Data from Cliche[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wing area: 340 sq ft (32 m2)
  • Empty weight: 42 lb (19 kg)
  • Gross weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 3 U.S. gallons (11 L; 2.5 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth F-33 single cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 22 hp (16 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed ground adjustable, carbon fiber


  • Cruise speed: 25 mph (22 kn; 40 km/h)
  • Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)


  1. ^ a b c d Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page D-23. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b c Goin, Jeff (n.d.). "Powered Paragliders From the Past". Foot Flyer. Retrieved 4 April 2012.