you may remember me from commenting your post on Paul’s youtube Videos.
I am based in Germany and I am currently a Member of DULV as well as DHV in Germany.
I currently fly a Simplify PPG Titan Frame with a CorsAir BlackDevil light.
when I set up my insurance (the paramotor is insured under my extended paraglider insurance at DHV)
the document asked for the Model Number.
Providing that number was no issue, because I found it on a sticker on the frame.
I also made sure that my glider, in this case a Nova Prion 3 was certified to be flown with a paramotor as well, I had to buy a new wing, because my other wing wasn’t certified to be flown with a paramotor.
In Germany, you are also required to take off and land at an airport or some airfield that had been previously registered for Ultralight take-offs and landings (known as a “§ 25 LuftVG Field”).
As this is an issue, in Germany, I know of a large amount of people actually just taking off and landing wherever they find a suitable area.
Technically this behaviour voids the liability insurance.
However: There is the law and then there is reality. We have a proverb in Germany that says: “Wo kein Kläger, da kein Richter” which translates to “no plaintiff, no judge” or literally “no harm, no foul”
As of today, I feel to have enough experience and knowledge to know for sure, that the important part is the wing. It must be certified and regularly checked as per German rules - my life depends on it!
As for any engine on my back - if it is technically safe (and I would use my common sense) then I would not care if it’s certified or not! It just provides thrust to climb. Should It fail or behave incorrectly, I have the glider that will let me land safely (or will let me continue to fly, if there are thermals). I would go for it anyways.
I am happy to help, if I can, with certification, but I am not really willing to spend a couple of thousand Euros for TÜV and DULV certification if I do not havy any commercial interest in this project (That’s the entrepreneur in me).
If the DULV does not give you any answers, because they are not interested in helping out someone who is not their member, just let me know and I can re-contact them, However: Udo, are you seriously willing to spend a few thousand Euros on this?
(If yes, you could be the importer of the kits, put them together and sell them as a certified unit to us fellow Europeans)