Proof of concept

Justine is one of my former students. She is fearless, smart and bright as a human being can be.
She works as an engineer at the Brookheaven lab on Long Island, NY., is an astrophysicist, and is famous in the engineering community for papers she wrote and software developments for various applications concerning telescope technology. Take a look of this one,… yes the propellers are dangerous but this just a proof of concept and she probably will work on making it safe with cages. No it is not practicle but is in some way if your goal is just to buzz around over the beach in nil wind speeds. You can laugh all you want with this one😆 The mountains of Long Island are as high as a pancake and the island is facing the wrong way to paraglide regularly, so PPG comes to the rescue. I am using my SP more and more and really enjoy it. Have fun watching Stupid-Simple Electric Paramotor - YouTube
I forgot to add that you could also check her previous YouTube upload such as the 3D printed she built in her basement… Large Format (refrigerator sized) 3D Printer in Basement - YouTube

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I totally love the minimal concept. A couple of us here in the Netherlands like the PPG to just get into thermalling, or reach the dunes to start soaring. Although I love the X4 OpenPPG for lots of reasons, for above application it is unnecessary powerful (twice of what my 100cc fuel ppg does), and the necessary net etc. causes too much drag for proper thermalling. I am curious how and whether this continues into a safe, robust product (batteries integrated in the harness for example).

Less is more has always been at the back of my mind. I could see a split from the conventional larger/heavier PPG and small electric pushers. Have enough juice for 10mn or less flight time just to reach the lift band (about 15 to 30 seconds in my case for dynamic lift). Smaller pushers would also work for PG pilots taking off from an elevation just to sustain lift for a minute or so during transitions. The props could be substantially reduced in size and I know it would work for light to medium weight pilots (up to 165lbs) because we did it and managed to actually launch from the ground with small Boxer engines used for RC planes. I flew over 200 hours for years with a 27" two blades prop and beginner wings at sea level. Thrust is thrust gas or electric. It is only a matter of having the right batteries setup. If you are mostly interested in Paragliding then a mini electric pusher could do the trick for many people.
Hey!, if I could fly with 3 motors with small props for over 40 minutes - I didn’t know I had lost a propeller, the shaft and a piece of the hoop😁… then maybe there is hope!


This photo shows my “Bug” to the right next to a standard size gas PPG at the time😆

One of my ideas - the mini frame was integrated into the harness and any motor could be attached to it as long as the PPG weight was not going over 22lbs to prevent the motor from tilting back and the thrust pushing towards the seagulls - 19cm medium density foam back protector inside the harness.


Me with a 19lbs PPG



Warming up on its own. We even already had a remote control throttle but the response was too slow so we gave that up at the time.



Note that there is no side bars - the risers were directly connected to the PG main carabiners.

Myself with a friend with his Mini-PPG as well, thermaling - I am on the left.





Two Minis