I’m thinking of getting into ppg and starting to like the idea of the sp140 being my first paramotor. One of my hesitations getting into the sport was my lack of experience with 2 strokes and all of the maintenance involved; so I was happy to see an alternative.
I do have a few questions for those with more experience:
Do you think the sp140 would make a good first paramotor? I know it hasn’t been released yet so your opinion won’t be based on first hand experiences but it would be helpful to get your take.
I’m a little worried about flight time. I can see it being an issue when flying with others with gas paramotors and having to break from the group to make it back to the LZ before the batteries die. For those of you with e-ppgs do you run into this often when flying with others? I think most of the time I would fly solo and be fine with an hour flight time, but it would be a bummer to miss out on all of the fun.
I haven’t seen this mentioned or talked about in the forums yet, but do you think the sp140’s battery will be upgradable in the future when new battery tech is released? So that it would work with a different size/ configuration of battery when available? Has openppg mentioned any plans to produce better batteries once the tech develops for the sp140? Would be nice to know it’s a little future proof and doesn’t seem like it would be to difficult to accomplish.
I’m also slightly hesitant because I’m not sure how much openppg backs their products if or when something goes wrong with it being open source and a very small team. Has anyone had good or bad experiences in a situation like that?
Edit one more question:
It seems that the x4 undergoes constant improvement with each batch. Will the sp140 follow the same iterations? Would it be better to wait until some of the kinks are ironed out before purchasing?