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Air Trike – $2550.00 (These photos are of a prototype. The production model has the front and side pieces black anodized and looks much cooler and more finished)
The Air Trike is the latest most advanced paramotor trike on the market. The huge difference between the Air Trike and other paramotor trikes on the market is safety, light weight, durability, ease of breakdown and stability. A huge part of safety has to do with crumple zone. Impact protection under your spine can easily be the difference between life death. The key is to make a trike with a low stable center of gravity but also with ample crumple zone to absorb impact in a crash. The Air Trike has 21 inches of crumple zone under the pilots butt which is really incredible. Notice many trikes out there have only 5-6 inches under the pilot or even have the pilot sitting over the top of a steel bar. It doesn’t take much impact to cause spine injuries and from years and years of experience that is a major concern to address. 21 inches of crumple zone is enough to absorb even a full stall straight into the ground with very little risk of injury let alone death. Zero people have ever died on the Air Trike and the crumple zone has been extremely effective in saving many many people’s lives. Do not even consider a trike that doesn’t have at least 16-21 inches of crumple zone under you. In this sport you WILL smack into the ground at some point. Just like if you ride a dirt bike you will at some point dump it. So having a paramotor trike designed to save your butt is absolutely critical.
At only 26 lbs the Air Trike is the lightest paramotor trike on the market. That is a huge feat. Despite being the lightest though it is also one of the tuffest and most durable. Weight is a really big factor on an aircraft. Many trikes out there literally weight 90 lbs! That’s just the trike part and doesn’t even include the paramotor to push it. That is 64 lbs more weight you have to carry compared to the Air Trike which makes a huge gigantic difference in fuel economy, distance to launch, ease of transport and moving it around, noise levels and climb rate. It is such a huge different the Air Trike is really unmatched in the industry. The Air Trike is also really a very strong unit and can easily support the weight of much heavier pilots along with upwards of 150 lbs in the luggage bag. The carbon fiber axles give a very nice ride with just the right amount of spring to them. It took quite a bit of trial and error to find the perfect winding for the carbon fiber struts. Out first prototypes you can see in a few videos was a bit too soft allowing the trike to come a bit too low to the ground. Our current production model is much stiffer so even a 300 lb pilot will have no problem at all with harder landings without bottoming out. Another thing we made sure of is that the struts will actually allow you to bottom out before they break. So if you hit pretty hard you can skip off the skids without snapping your axles. They absorb an incredible amount of energy before failure.
We ship the Air Trike in a box that is only 24x24x15 so it breaks down incredibly small and light for transport or shipping. An entire Flat Top Ninja & Air Trike can easily fit in the back of a Prius C. Remove the 3 struts and in seconds the Air Trike becomes the most portable trike on the market. Even the luggage bag that is available for the Air Trike packs up very small when not in use but can hold an incredible amount of gear. You can easily fit a 6 gallon gas can with a gallon of oil and have room to spare for your camping gear and sleeping bag and other items. It is the flying truck of the paramotor world. Because of the incredible lightweight it leaves the most headroom for any extra weight you want to carry.
Stability is king with the Air Trike. It is one of the only trikes on the market with caster to the front landing gear. Most out there have backwards caster. This is an incredibly critical factor because with backwards caster if your wing goes off to the right for example, the front wheel will shoot off to the left which is the opposite of what you want it to do. With the Air Trike though the front wheel casters WITH the wing. So if the wing goes to the right the front wheel will naturally want to follow along. One wrong move on most trikes and you will immediately flip over. With the Air Trike though the stability is absolutely incredible. If the wing tries to pull you over the Air Trike just turns towards the wing giving you maximum stability. The very wide stance and properly designed front landing gear make it incredibly stable and forgiving. Don’t even consider trikes that have backwards caster. They flip over very easily. Also do not even consider a quad. You simply do NOT make an aircraft with 4 wheels because one wrong move and they will tumble. While 4 wheels might be more stable for a ground vehicle it is an absolute nightmare for an aircraft. That’s why pretty much every aircraft made these days has a tricycle landing gear. Do not get a paramotor trike with 4 wheels. They are not even remotely close to the stability and automatic tracking of the Air Trike.
weight shift and certified hook in points is another huge factor when considering a paramotor trike. What is really hard to comprehend is the fact that most trikes out there are not even designed by actual pilots or experts on the sport. Many have bars going clear up over the top of your head with glider hook in points way up above the certified level. This alone has caused many deaths and injuries on these units. All paragliders are designed and certified with a very specific height hook in point. That height is the distance between the pilots seat and where the glider actually hooks in. With bars going up over your head the hook in point can be well over 1 ft above the certified height. That means all the work done by the glider manufacturers to make the wing stall and spin resistant goes right out the window. So what would have been a very safe and stall resistant certified glider can become a complete death trap just by hooking it to a very poorly designed trike or paramotor with hook in points that are not even at the certified height. Do NOT buy a trike that doesn’t have certified height hook in points which are lower down under your ribs. Also by having the glider hook in clear up above your head it gives the glider a lot more leverage with which to flip you over. So uncertified hook in points clear up above your head in combination with backwards caster to the front landing gear and you can easily realize why you are pretty much guaranteed to flip over the poorly design trikes on a regular basis. With the Air Trike though it is indeed design by those that actually understand the sport. The hook in points are exactly within specification of every certified glider and having them down low also gives a huge improvement in stablity. Another major issue with high hook in points is that it almost complete elminiates your ability to weight shift properly. That also drastically reduces both control and safety as it forces you to use 10 times more brake than is necessary. Using far more brakes on a glider that is no longer spin and stall resistant because of the elimination of certified hook in points and you can realize why so many have had horrible experiences on other units out there. The Air Trike however has incredible weight shift. You can easily turn just by leaning your body in the direction you want to turn. That means you can use very minimal brakes and keep the energy for active piloting and stability instead of using all your brakes just to turn. If you have to use almost all your brake travel just to make a turn how do you active pilot the wing and add more presure when needed if you are in a turn? The design of paraglider trikes is absolutely critical. Far too many out there are built by people who are not even pilots let alone aircraft designers.
Another grreat thing about the Air Trike is how quick and easy it is to remove the paramotor. So you still have the versatility of being able to foot launch or quickly attach the trike when needed. Taking the Air Trike on and off the Flat Top paramotor takes only 4 bolts and a few minutes. Your reserve parachute even stays installed on the Flat Top as you use the main comfort bars and harness of the Flat Top when flying the Air Trike. So switching back and forth between trike flying and foot launching is very quick and simple with this design.
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$4300 – 2012 Tandem S-Trike
$500 – Luggage Bag
$1200 – Streamlined Cloth Fairing
$1100 – Trailer Hitch Rack for both Flat Top & S-Trike
$3600 – Used 2010 S-Trike
The S-Trike is a landmark in aviation.
The S-Trike can be used with pretty much any paraglider and some skydiving & base jumping canopies for an endless 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, taking a camping trip with your buddies or search & rescue missions to military applications. It can launch in pretty much any decently smooth clearing, fly as high as 18,000 ft and has a fuel range of 280 miles. Once aloft the pilot can also shut off the motor and use ridge or wave lift and thermals to travel without the use of the engine. With up to an 11:1 glide ratio and speeds up to 50mph it is exceptionally 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 or costly certifications or registration for the aircraft.
It is also very 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.
Versatility, portability, reliability, usability, survivability. The S-Trike has revolutionized the world of ultralight aircraft for both men and women alike. Send us an email or give us a call and find out what the power of flight can do for you.
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