Paratrike is a breathtaking entertainment that combines extreme sports and outdoor activities
Flying on a paratrike can give maximum impressions even to the most restrained people. After all, only this unusual device can give you the opportunity to feel free and, at the same time, fully controlled flight.
The history of the paratrike
Paratrike, as a separate type of extreme aeronautics, appeared relatively recently. The combination of parachuting and paragliding led to the birth of a structure that stays in the air due to a wing similar to a parachute, but controlled by a motor with a propeller. Paratrike competitions are held as part of the paragliding championships. During the competition, maneuverability, aerobatics and landing accuracy are evaluated.
And in recent years, not only athletes, but also lovers of active and extreme recreation have shown special attention to paratrike flights all over the world.
What is a paratrike?
The paratrike consists of a wing, which is a modification of a conventional paraglider, and a light basket (wheelbarrow) made of an aluminum frame with two passenger seats. The basket is equipped with a powerful propeller necessary for acceleration during takeoff and for performing maneuvers during the flight. In addition, there is a dashboard in the basket, which contains devices for measuring altitude and airspeed, as well as controls.
The advantage of a paratrike is that two people can participate in the flight at the same time — a pilot and a passenger. Paratrike, like a regular paraglider, is kept in the air due to rising gusts of wind. However, unlike a paraglider, a paratrike is controlled using wing lines and guides located on the propeller. A flexible parachute wing makes the flight more even and smooth, smoothing out air pockets.
The maximum height gained by a paratrike can reach 5 km. But at the same time, it should be noted that the possibility of a spin in the event of a motor failure is excluded.
To take off, a paratrike needs only a small area of unprepared surface used for acceleration. And in order to catch the wind flow, 30–40 meters is enough.
The chassis base of a paratrike can change depending on what surface it needs to land on — wheels for dirt and skis for snow and ice. If the paratrike is made on a wheelbase, then it can also be used as a ground vehicle (provided the parachute is folded). On the track, the paratrike can reach a cruising speed of up to 60 km/h.
Due to the motor propulsion, the paratrike gives an advantage in speed and maneuverability compared to other paragliders.
Paratrike flights are allowed only in good weather, in the absence of wind, rain and snow.
There are some types of paratrikes. Among them:
It consists of a wing and a shoulder mechanism with a motor and a propeller. The design is designed for one person, the advantage is that acceleration is not needed for lifting.
The design consists of a parachute wing and a lightweight aluminum trolley on which a motor is attached, providing acceleration and maneuverability. Such a design can provide flight at an altitude of 500 meters, a load capacity of about 350 — 400 kg.
Additional options for using a paratrike
A paratrike can be used instead of a crane camera, as it can provide a fairly even and smooth flight or hover motionlessly over a certain point. In addition, many agencies offering outdoor activities offer paratrike flights as gifts for loved ones, since if the structure is managed by a professional, this type of outdoor activity is not only pleasant and interesting, but also relatively safe.
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