RC Paramotor

by FliteTest | December 14, 2015 | (6 Ratings) Posted in Reviews

RC Paramotor

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. 

COMMENTS

Captain Crash on December 14, 2015
wow awesome i want one of these but id probably crash it nice job guys
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The-One-Who-Never-Crashes on December 14, 2015
Cool. Just cool.

:)
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TimmyGT on December 14, 2015
Soooo cool but the price is waaay too much for a "niche" rc model
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PropSpinner on December 14, 2015
Thanks for bringing us new and different products.

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MOcchionero on December 14, 2015
Wow that is so cool, but I am afraid to look at the price.
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JDill on December 14, 2015
You guys have too much fun. Glad to see Peter using my favorite transmitter, Frsky Taranis!
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CJGFX on December 15, 2015
So glad to see you test flying one of the Opale Parameters. Josh please do carry on practicing it's well worth it. Next time though go to a bigger field, you need the space. Chasing thermals is great fun and slope soaring is good too. These Paramotos are not the easiest things to set up, but the guys at Opale are always willing to help and advice. Mine is still awaiting some rigging repair after an accident though pilot error, but the guys set me up with all the right spares and there are full directions on making the rigging online.
Yes the Paramotors are expensive, but worth it it you want to fly something different and very relaxing. Even my 6 year old son has flown this for a full battery, it's just so slow when you lower the throttle... If your lucky you can sometimes find them second hand.... And for those people thinking that the HobbyKing wing would be a better choice, there is NO comparison.... Opale wins hands down!
If you guys are over in Europe next year mine will defiantly be traveling to see you.... Just another benifit of the Paramorotor, it packs into a small ruck sack for transport...
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Fearless FPV on December 15, 2015
You guys should bring this down to LA when you come for the AMA Expo! There are several full-scale ones here as well.
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Flyingninja on December 15, 2015
Peter, I just LOVE your truck. You totally should make a review about it!
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Ron DuBray on December 16, 2015
nice but the first time the lines tangle up it would be done for with me. I'm hopeless with untangling small strings. Looks cool and fun in the air.
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TheBurrito on December 15, 2015
Y'all need to lay off the brakes (when both arms come down); it's not elevator up!
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TheBurrito on December 15, 2015
FYI I shall henceforth refer to you both as toggle monkeys.
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trackskid on December 16, 2015
looks sweet- checked the price...wow! I know they are hand made...I get it...just sticker shock.
I'll be saving for one
thanks for a fine intro to another interesting platform
happy holidays
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joseywhales on December 16, 2015
The burrito is correct. Throttle pushes the rider out and up to ascend. Pulling both arms down apply s the brakes and flares for a stall. You want to flare the chute just before touch down for a gentle landing .Flare too high, get slammed to the ground.You guy's are pilots Peter, I think flying these are much safer than planes!Give it a try, you will love it!!
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birdog70 on December 16, 2015
I liked very much the paramotor. Question: does anyone know how to build (diy) one of this fabric wings?
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Yogenh on December 16, 2015
When are you guys going to show how to make one???? That could be a lot og fun.

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phenompilot on December 18, 2015
Been thinking about building one with a cheap $15 canopy kite. I have a nicer trainer kiteboard kite but haven't been willing to sacrifice it for the cause. The outside rigging would have to be ran separate to steer but not sure how it will handle. Haven't been able to find much info on it.
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