FAQ #1 – Aluminum vs Titanium vs Carbon
- Kangook builds using aluminum and stainless steel. Aluminum cage hoops and struts are strong and designed to have minimal to zero flex. A rigid hoop eliminates any flex of the cage section from coming into contact with the propeller unlike a Carbon Fibre hoop.
- Aluminum is lighter than titanium.
- Lighter does not mean stronger or safer when combined with nylon or carbon fibre hoops or struts/spars.
- Aluminum is quite strong. Pilots have always trusted it with their lives.
- Aluminum is much less expensive than titanium and thus cheaper to replace.
- Aluminum and Titanium will bend in the event of a hard landing while Carbon products may simply snap and break and provide minimal safety. Aluminum can be bent back into place and is easier to repair. Titanium is over strength and difficult to bend back into shape. However if it is Grade 2 Titanium than heating and bending will bring it back into shape.
- Always purchase a paramotor which has a cage hoop and strut system made of metal (aluminum or titanium or magnesium). Frames are always metal. Kangook cage hoop and struts are made entirely of Aluminum.
- Many cages systems have a combination of nylon or carbon fibre hoop and or strut/spar. The nylon/carbon fibre hoop can flex and come into contact with the propeller. If you trip on takeoff (it happens) or land hard and fall to the side or backwards (turtle) and the struts/spars are nylon the propeller will easily cut through the strut and keep spinning increasing the chance of the pilot getting injured.
- When the propeller hits a Kangook aluminum hoop or strut/spar, it will break the propeller first which provides much more protection to the pilot
- As an example, the Nitro 200 may have a titanium hoop and frame but the struts/spars are carbon fibre.
- Aluminum is lighter than Titanium.
- Aluminum is cheaper than Titanium.
- Aluminum is stronger than Carbon.
- Aluminum is safer than Carbon.
- Aluminum is sourced easily in North America and Europe.
- Titanium is expensive and hard to find in North America. Many paramotor s are assembled using ‘white labelled’ frames and hoops which are manufactured in Russia.
FAQ #2 – Paramotor Scammers
Sad to say but the Paramotor Aviation community has scammers. When you buy any paramotor products you want quality, safety and a voice at the other end of the phone call or a person responding at the other end of the email. The business owner selling the products must be legitimate (obviously) but this is not always the case.
We are aware of of various ‘legitimate’ paramotor businesses here in North America that are outright frauds. We will not name names but we know of Foot Launch pilots in Europe who have sent money to a European based ‘dealer’ only to never receive their product or refund! That same ‘dealer’ then moves to North American to start a new fraud all over again. This person has a new website (of course) but no named contact details.
We know of a US based Trike seller who ‘sold’ at least 10 trikes for $17,000 US each but never sent the product! Imagine, at least a $170,000 US fraud! And yes of course the seller ‘disappeared’. How do we know all this? It should be no surprise that these ripped off clients contact us and give us all the details.
A scam FAQ would not be complete without reference to so called ‘Instructors’. In Canada we have to be licenced and insured and have a certified registered aircraft and a medical and wear a helmet during training. Yet we know of North American guru ‘Instructors’ who tout their training skills but then don’t supply a helmet. This is a dead giveaway that safety is out the door. We know of at least one popular instructor who takes the money upfront but then changes the training terms without notice and then keeps the money stating ‘you are just throwing your money away’.
At Kangook Paramotors our training standards are high. Our CEO David is a certified instructor! He should know! Kangook recommended Paramotor Flight Instructors are genuine.
The Kangook factory is genuine. Every aircraft we produce receives a mandatory registration number which is provided to Transport Canada. Our products are genuine, regulated and safe to fly. Don’t get caught and loose your money or worse. Call us or email us we are real!
FAQ #3 – Paramotor Newbies
Paramotor Newbies are the BEST! You are the life blood of this sport flying experience! Who are you? Where are you? How did you find your way into the paramotor sky? The fact is this sport in North America runs in two parallel worlds. In Canada we receive training in the classroom and on the airfield, we have to pass a government exam, we are then licenced, get insured, have ultralight registered aircraft and must be medically signed off. The official pilot’s licence looks like a passport. Minimum training standards and some knowledge of air law and the weather helps keep our sport safe. The optional radio licence is still federally regulated so even the communications meet international aviation standards. Kangook airframes are registered with Transport Canada. When you purchase from Kangook you know this is not something welded together in someone’s garage. It is Made in Canada by Kangook!
But our other North American parallel paramotor world in the United States runs differently. You can self train or research your way to an excellent instructor and do just fine. However the self trainer can buy any paramotor airframe, engine, wing, attachment arm, rescue, harness or propeller, watch a few Youtube videos (many many many are excellent!) and then try their luck at flying. It looks easy to fly but so easy to die. What could go wrong? Anything. Consider that no helmet or radio system was just mentioned!
Engine and propeller question for you. What does your engine RED (reduction drive) have to do with the propeller you choose? Consider a Vittorazi Moster 185. It has two RED options, 2.68 (most popular) and 2.87. If you put a 125 cm propeller (carbon or wood) with a 2.68 RED on Moster 185 with a 2.87 RED you will encounter engine flying issues in a short time. Take some time and look into this. Would’t you rather ask an instructor or depend on that person supplying you the insight anyway?
Newbies make this sport a delight. Discovering that you can actually fly like a bird and with a bird’s eye view and safely is worth experiencing in this short life! Kangook loves our worldwide family of Dealers, Instructors, Pilots and Friends and takes great pride in building and assembling safe quality aviation products that are trusted and flown around the earth!
Are you a newbie? Just discovered the world of paramotoring? Come and join the Kangook Family and change your life forever!
FAQ #4 – Paramotor, PPG and Powered Paragliding Terminology
Here we go. In our sport you will encounter the terms Paramotor, PPG and Powered Paragliding whether you are a Foot Launch or Wheeled pilot. Both Powered Paragliding and PPG make reference to paragliding pilots who fly without an engine and then to paragliding pilots who add an engine. Technically accurate. The thing is though, Paraglider Pilots run off the top of mountains and fly thermals for hours. They might catch wind from dunes along the ocean and fly the steady uplift for hours. Awesome! But Kangook Paramotors builds airframes for all paramotor engines. (If you have a motor that does not mount one of our frames we will make the engine mounting plate as required!). We recommend you fly using a Paramotor Wing or a Hybrid Paramotor/Paraglider wing but not a Paraglider wing (which is not to say a variety of paraglider wings will work just fine on a paramotor).
Which leads us back to the use of the term Paramotor. We have engines, propellers, airframes, wings and harness systems made specifically for Paramotoring. We run into the sky wherever there is safe open space or we ride a trike or quad into the sky on a bit of level ground. Yes we can run off a mountain and fly thermals (consider a Kangook X-Lite paramotor!) but we still fly with a motor and choose where we want to land (usually). Yes for all these reasons and more we call ourselves Kangook Paramotors : )
FAQ #5 – Aviation Math – Three Standards of Measurement : Metric, Standard and the Nautical Mile
Very quickly (at least in Canada) you will discover there are three standards of measurement. At Kangook we sell 10 Litre (2.6 gallon) fuel tanks because gasoline is measured in metric in Canada. But when we are flying in the sky you will note your altitude in feet. The runway you land on (if it is a runway) will be measured in feet. Wind speed may be reported in knots (or miles per hour / mph or kilometers per hour / kmh.
Always ask yourself ‘what is the math for this situation?’ Kangook Paramotors are measured to metric standards. The European engines we recommend are metric standard. The carbon and wood propellers we recommend are in metric. (Use a 120 cm propeller with a 132 cm diameter hoop.)
There is alot of material written about this subject. The main thing is to keep this in mind when working through your encounters with Paramotor aviation math!
FAQ #6 – Kangook Swan Neck Swing Attachment Arm or Swan Neck Swing Arm or Swan Neck Arm or Swan Neck …
What is an attachment arm? It is the part of the paramotor that connects the wing to the airframe and enhances steering the aircraft. Essentially it connects fabric to metal so you can fly.
The Kangook Swan Neck Swing Attachment Arm is made of aviation grade aluminum. You can choose between a CNC Powder Coated version or the Deluxe polished version. Both deliver the same strength and peace of mind when flying your Foot Launch or BasiK Trike Paramotor. Because it ‘swings’ by moving in an up and down direction, the paramotor pilot has additional movement ability when making left or right hand turns. As the pilot pulls down on the left or right steering line the left or right arm will move up or down as the pilot turns. Turning is enhanced by the pilot’s weight shift technique of crossing one leg over top of the other. Cross the left leg over the right leg to turn right and the right leg over the left leg to turn left. Turns can be even further improved by using the Apco Split Leg harness. (That said a pilot has mentioned that when they take pics while flying they have no place to put their camera …).
To summarize these four turning actions : the pilot will pull down on the steering line in the direction they wish to turn, the Swan Neck will swing up and down, weight shift can be applied by leg crossing and a Split Leg harness can used.
Great stuff indeed but what makes this wing arm unique? (For context please refer to the April 2020 Kangook Attachment Arm chart.) First this is a beautiful ‘thing’ to look at. The graceful design is efficient while the curves and smooth feel add to the utility. Made from a single plate of 1.25cm thick aluminum makes it is very strong and we have never had a report of one ‘breaking’! However it can bend (the lines didn’t) but more on that later.
The Swan Neck Swing Arm is 41cm long, 16cm high and 1.25cm in thickness. It comes with 5 triangular shaped clip-in points which are 2cm high and 1.5 cm wide at the base and located along the main ‘neck’ of the arm. Six support holes run along the top of the triangular clip-in points and three more harness clip-in points are located at the very ‘beak’ or end of the swan neck that are 0.6cm in diameter. The actual ‘swing’ movement bolt hole is 1.5cm in diameter. Generally if your current frame size bolt hole is a little smaller it is a straight forward matter of drilling it out to match the larger diameter. Additional information on this can be found in the February 2020 Kangook Assembly Guide.
The Swan Neck universal swing arm design provides paramotor pilots with six ‘neck’ balance point settings to find the optimal location for balance and steering while flying.
Yes Aluminum can bend. (You knew that.) Yes even the Swan Neck Swing Arm can bend when put under enough pressure. Consider that we have an example at the factory where an aggressive acro pilot, over time, was able to bend the Swing Arm. Not a lot mind you but certainly enough to notice. Aggressive flying, swing overs, infinite loops and hard tight turns will have an effect.
But consider this, the paramotor lines to which the Swing Arm was attached did not ‘bend’ or ‘break’ yet the 1.25cm thick aluminum did bend. Imagine! The lines have more strength than the aluminum! (Again we already know that or we would not be flying!) This is rather hard to believe unless you see it for yourself. If you get a chance to visit the factory, ask David to see it! What an excellent example to display the strength and dependability of a Kangook product!
Indeed to see the bend in the aluminum Swan Neck Attachment Arm is to understand the type of force that is exerted on a paramotor system when flying. This then leads us back to the safety and dependability of aluminum. We design our Kangook products using aluminum because we KNOW that we KNOW that we can trust our lives to it. Get your Kangook today!
FAQ #7 – The Kangook BasiK Trike Multifit Paramotor Frame Attachment Plate or How to Connect Wheels to ANY Foot Launch Paramotor or How to Drive Into the Sky … Wow!
Who gets excited about a ‘plate’? We do! Ours is made of aviation grade aluminum with a few holes, slots and an open center section. It resembles the grill on the front of a vehicle only ours is Kangook Orange. It is about the size of a laptop monitor and not one of the first things you would think about in paramotoring … until now!
The BasiK Trike Multifit Frame Attachment plate is the part that connects a foot launch airframe to the BasiK wheeled airframe. Any Foot Launch Paramotor can be easily and securely attached to wheels (or skiis).
The Kangook modular design truly hinges on this plate. Your foot launch flying experience is only half of paramotor flying. When you fly with wheels under you, the take-off is much easier (there is no running in low wind), weight is not an issue (so fill your 16.5L fuel tank!) enabling you to fly longer and because you are a little heavier you can fly in 25Km/hr wind speeds. The overall experience changes how you look out around yourself while flying. Consider that adding mirrors on your trike foot steering column lets you continuously see your inflated canopy above your head while you are looking forward and side to side. This is maximum aviation situational awareness!
There are so many possibilities with wheeled flight that enhance our sport. Indeed you can attach Kangook stirrup skiis under the wheels or choose a fixed attachment skiis system and now snow is your winter time flying friend! The extra weight of the stirrup skis attached to your wheels is not a big deal. You may need a few more meters to take off but no problem! Consider that you can only run so far with so much weight of machine and fuel as a Foot Launch pilot. The fuel determines how long you can stay in the air (although you may catch thermals and fly without the engine on). But with the BasiK you can carry maximum fuel and extra weight (use the correct rate Apco Triek Paramotor Wing!) which means more time in the air. Yes indeed we all want to stay in the sky and fly as long and safely as possible.
This leads us back to the unique modular design approach of Kangook and our mulitfit plate technology. Think of this. Every Kangook Foot Launch paramotor product can be attached to a wheeled airframe. Foot Launch pilots always have the choice to easily change to wheeled flight. The Multifit attachment plate uses two sets of u clamps to connect the foot launch frame to the plate. Four bolt holes connect the plate to the BasiK trike chassis. That’s it! Point your nose into the wind, lay your wing out directly behind center of your trike, lay your lines into the left and right side guide line collectors, look down at your mirror(s) and steadily apply the throttle. Point straight ahead, don’t look around but watch your mirror, the wing will come up and grab the air and adding power with the throttle you leave the ground, engine torque will pull you left (direct drive) or right (belt drive) and triking off you go!
The ‘plate’ is 40 cm in length, 25cm wide and 0.6cm thick. There are three bolt holes on the front of the plate and one bolt hole at the back each 0.8cm in diameter. These bolt holes connect the ‘plate’ to the wheeled BasiK trike chassis. There are five slots running parallel down each side of the plate to which the foot launch airframe connects. These slots are 6.8cm long and 1cm wide. That is it! Yes the Kangook BasiK Trike appears to be a simple frame with three wheels. Yet it revolutionizes the Paramotor aviation world! Imagine … the BasiK trike can be attached to any Foot Launch paramotor because of a ‘plate’! Yes, we love to fly at Kangook and our Trike systems are awesome and inexpensive to fly!
FAQ #8 – The Kangook Modular Cage System – Standard, ProteK and the Rescue
FAQ #9 – What is a Fixed or Swing Attachment Arm?
FAQ #10 – What is a Paramotor Airframe? How many models and versions does Kangook produce?
FAQ #11 – How to Attach a Parmotor Engine to a Human Being or How to Run Into the Sky …
FAQ #12 – Fun In the Sky with Apco and Kangook … Paramotor Wings, Trike or Quad Paramotor Wings and Hybrid Paramotor Wings … So What About Paraglider Wings?