This is Max. He traveled all the way from France to be in our episode today! How did Max get here?
He flew this super awesome RC Paramotor! We assume he ran out of battery somewhere over the English Channel and caught thermals the rest of the way. Not bad Max!
This is the Hybrid 1.8 Paramotor by Opale Paramodels. We have never flown anything like this before and we have to say it's awesome. If you love an out of the box experience we had this up and flying in less than a half hour. The simple fact this kind of craft - with the complicated line rigging - can even BE an out of the box experience says a lot for the team over at Opale Paramodels. It flies a 350W brushless motor using a 3S 2600 mAh battery. That setup will get you roughly 15 - 20 min of flight time. Strap on a 3S 5000 mAh and your looking at 30 - 40 min. You saw us doing some very basic flying in the video but the pros at Opale have a YouTube Channel where you can really see these things in action.
Now the price point for these isn't cheap and it shouldn't be! $680 USD (619 €) for an RTF (Max not included)
This sounds like a lot. Trust us it is worth that much. Every little detail put into this thing is scale. The stitching, the winding on the lines, Max's weird little face - all of these little things were mindfully created and executed.
Thanks again to Opale for letting us try something new! We might not be experts on paramotors, but you don't have to be an expert to see this thing is a ton of fun.