This experimental craft was put together to see if we could make a boat light enough to be supported by a paraglider.

 

Specifications:

Item

Description

Weight

Paramotor

Pagojet

Without Engine or fuel = 10Kg

Engine

Konig SC430 Radial

430cc

3 Cylinder, 2 Stroke

3,700RPM

12Kg

Boat ,Aluminum framework and Rudder system

(The homemade bits)

Inflatable PVC boat,

Riveted and welded

support frame

20Kg

Total Craft Weight, empty

 

42Kg

Petrol

0 - 14l

up to 4 hours

0 - 14Kg

Pilot

Rob!

80Kg

Paraglider and harness

A4 (L)

10Kg

Total take off weight

[Max PG = 110Kg]

146Kg

Ready for take off. Paul on the starboard. Gus on the port. Engine Idling.

Boat on the beach, near Silverstrand (Clearwater Bay).

Although this first flight was successful (A one hour flight around Hong Kong), subsequent flights where not so good.

The take off stage was very difficult as it was difficult to keep the glider out of the water. After a couple of inverted crashes, the idea was aborted.

The new version will be based on a more hydrodynamic Mini-Me and will use a more traditional hang glider wing.