Blue Sky Air Sports LLC Paramotor S Trike
The S-Trike can be used with pretty much any paraglider and some skydiving & base jumping canopies for a variety of applications from transporting heavy gear to acrobatics. With the standard Flat Top 200 attached to the back it is capable of carrying up to 350 lbs. That means a 180 lb pilot can stow up to 170 lbs of gear in the detachable luggage pouch below the unit. Perfect for ferrying gear into remote areas. It can fly as high as 18,000 ft and has a fuel range of 280 miles. With up to an 11:1 glide ratio and speeds up to 50mph it is versatile.
With a weight of only 144 lbs total after the addition of a Flat Top 200 it is easily within the ultralight classification so there is no license required for the pilot.
It is portable when used with the travel rack designed for it which fits any standard receiver hitch and allows both the Flat Top and S-Trike to be carried behind a vehicle without need for a trailer.
Perfectly balanced and fitted with a castered front landing gear the pilot can focus on flying the canopy during launch & landing as the S-Trike will happily follow along to the inputs from recommended gliders. Once under way and your canopy is flying over head the input from the canopy will allow you to steer back and forth and even drive around in circles without having to press the steering peddles or brakes on the S-Trike for direction while on the ground. This lightens the load on the pilot allowing them to focus more freely on throttle and toggle input.
The glider hooks in much lower than on other designs making the unit far more stable and less prone to tipping but even with low hang points and a very low center of gravity life saving crumple zone was not forgotten. With over 21 inches of travel and spring steel axles the S-Trike will absorb an enormous amount of impact to help keep the pilot safe. Topped off with a quick release seat belt, an all aluminum 6061 T6 chassis and fitted with a High Energy reserve parachute you can see why pilots feel so secure flying it.
The Flat Top 200 power plant is also its own backpack aircraft. If you have a tight or rough launch area you can always unhook the Flat Top and just foot launch it without the S-Trike. High speed stable to over 50mph you can launch much faster gliders for acro or xc flying.
Toe steering, heel brakes. Left for left, right for right. Just like an airplane. Hold one brake to make tight turns or reverse launch in wind
Every S-Trike joint is machined and fit perfectly. Spare parts are a breeze to install and it is more cost affective than welding. Cross drilled disk brakes allow you to drive it around like an ATV. The Alaskan bush tires and spring axels deliver a smooth ride even on rough ground. The S-Trike luggage bag can fit 7 gallon and 5 gallon gas cans comfortably together, and doubles as a mud flap and prop shield.
In about 60 seconds the S-Trike can be broken down and clamped to its travel rack. By having 2 lighter pieces to deal with it is easy for a person to manage setup by themself. The S-Trike has adjustable lumbar support, well laid out controls for comfort and 21 inches of spring steel suspension to absorb impact, the S-Trike sets a new standard for safety. Equipped with a parking brake it gives you the ability to setup to launch on a hill, lock the wheels for transport or make the S-Trike paramotor stay put while warming up the engine.
Price 2009: US$4,000.00