@bratwurst is a well known Tinker and Maker in the electric Paramotor space both in Germany and Austria, if I may say so. while I admire your work very much, Thomas, and I hope to meet you in person some time down the road, I also have to say that it’s not a secret that you harshly criticise the OpenPPG project.
Thomas, if I did get this wrong, my apologies.
@Michael where are you based? I am located in northern Germany near Bielefeld and Hannover.
It’s correct that the DHV project “electric climb aid” (Elektro Aufstiegshilfe) sort of never took off in Germany. It would also be required that the “electric climb aid” has a single, folding propeller to fall under the rules of the “electric climb aid”
So Bratwurst is right that you’ll need a Paramotor license (SPL-UL = Sports Pilots License - Ultra Light)
The customs import works like that:
The shipment will most likely get “taken hostage” by the nearest customs office. They will notify you with a letter that they have a package for you.
You will then have to print an invoice/order confirmation and a proof of payment, and show that to the customs agent. They will then charge you:
- X % import duties
- and 19% VAT
I got lucky, because the Parcel Service messed up. They must have mistakenly missed the big red sticker on the box, that this parcel is NOT to be handed out to the customer but to be sent to the customs office. They did deliver it right to me, and I somehow must have +cough+ forgotten to notify the customs office myself afterwards.
So no import duties and no VAT for me.
What sort of import duties are charged depends on how you classify the electric paramotor and which customs tariff number you assign to it.
this one would probably work: https://www.zolltarifnummern.de/2019/88
more precisely https://www.zolltarifnummern.de/2019/88051010
(Aircraft launching gear and parts thereof )
Checking then on https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en#
shows me that these goods from the US being imported to Germany will cost 2,7%.
You can also search for other customs tariff numbers that would be cheaper in terms of import duties (the OpenPPG could also be taken for a DIY Kit of whatever… or a DIY Kit of a drone).
Ask Zach and Paul to put that Customs Tariff Number on the Invoice and to attach a copy to the outside of the box into one of these self adhesive transparent envelopes.
Regarding the noise, I respectfully disagree with Bratwurst.
The frequency is high, and a couple hundred meters away, the high frequency noise (high frequency in comparison to the lower frequency of large prop combustion engines) looses energy very quickly, i.e. is not loud anymore.
My whole neighborhood confirms this, they have a good comparison, as they have had the luck to hear both, my combustion engine paramotor and the OpenPPG.