Modern Paramotors are pretty reliable but the day will come when it will stop, and you can bet your bottom dollar it’s not going to be at a convenient moment of your choosing. The pilot pictured above is making some interesting decisions.
Fortunately, we can make choices that make an engine out a total nonevent.
- Never fly over water beyond glide distance of land.
- Have a way to contact someone to come get you.
- If your engine is running rough or lacking power, land and assess the situation. An outlanding is cheaper than an engine rebuild.
In an engine-out situation, we need to prioritise what we need to accomplish first.
- Fly the aircraft and ensure you can make you landing area.
- Fly your aircraft, yep, it needed stating twice. More than one pilot has flown into the ground while being fixated on restarting their engine.
- If you are setup to land and you have at least 300 ft try to get a radio call out. Radio signals travel a lot further with altitude.
- If you have at least 500 ft it is ok to attempt a restart. Rember though it has probly stopped for a reason and a restrart may do more damage.
- Fly your aircraft.