Trike have a number of advantage to the backpack style. They allow a pilot to launch easily when there is little wind, which is the most challenging PPG launch condition. No carrying the heavy motor unit on your back. No more running forward launches. Landing in no-wind conditions with no running. Easy on your back, knees, legs and ankles. With proper training, this new buggy will make those calm condition flights not just possible, but fun and easy.
Some pilots simply do not have the physical strength or stamina to manage foot launch technique especially in light or no wind with a powerful, heavy machine on their back. Now those with bad knees, back, or certain other physical challenges have an option to fly.
Trikes are also ideal for women. PPG requires more strength than free flight paragliding, and now the trike offers your wife or girlfriend the opportunity to join you in the sky without having to become a bodybuilder.
People sometimes see powered paragliding as either foot launching or using wheels. The fact is that you don't have to limit yourself to one. The reality is that the trike is simply an accessory for the paramotor. Both have significant advantages.
The design criteria to build a great PPG trike is awesome. Airparamo has the following criteria to evaluate PPG trikes. These are ranked in order of important characteristics to consider:
1) Low center of gravity
2) Wide wheel base
3) Strong design and materials
4) Easy foldup for transport
7) Manufacturer, importer, and dealer network have a solid reputation
8) Manufacturer is continuously innovating
9) Quality of construction (clean welds, nice finish)
11) Product support
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