Flying has always been a dream of mine. So, many years ago, I decided to take private pilot lessons. I found out that flying an airplane wasn’t much different than driving a car, still in the “box” couldn’t really feel the air. Furthermore, the coach wouldn’t let you play with the plane, since the airplane was made for transportation, not for fun.
Paragliding is a completely different animal. For me there is no other feeling like flying a paraglider. It’s the most natural and mind freeing sensation there is. It’s like being on a swing set thousands of feet above the ground, where all the people below look like ants.
But freestyle paragliding is limited, need high mountain to jump off or have professional to tow up. For that reason, I looked forward to the new and more advanced form of flying that allow for even greater freedom: paramotor. The openness and simplicity of flying a paramotor is second to none.
I owned 2 paramotors in the past, the “top80” and “fly100 evo”. Both are great engines, but the mechanical maintenance was a big headache for me. There was always something I needed to take care of or replace. Moreover, the paramotor engine was extremely loud and smoky of gas.
I wanted something much more quiet, less maintenance, and no smoke… So, I built my own electric paramotor. This is lighter weight, less cost, less noise, no maintenance, green energy, more efficient, and, best of all, no smoke. Let’s talk about the details of my MINNE MOTOR:
Safety should always the first thing considered when flying in the air. The number one way to ensure safety is training. Successful flying depends on many factors: geography, weather, gear, etc. Proper training will build good habits and confidence. Now let’s focus on the safety of paramotor itself. The most dangerous part of paramotor is the propeller. When its spin over 2000 rpm anything that touches it will be cut or broken instantly. For this reason, a heavy cage is built to cover the propeller in common paramotor. But my design to achieve safety in a different way: the propeller is two feet away from the pilot’s back. There is zero possibility that any part of the body could accidentally reach the propeller.
When flying a paramotor, the propeller generates thrust, everything in front of the propeller will bock the airflow and cause drag. That includes the pilot’s body and the cage itself. The Minne Motor System has the propeller two feet away from the pilot, that will achieve optimal aerodynamic results compare to traditional paramotor. Now you may be wondering, “why don’t other factories put the propeller further away?” The answer is the next topic: weight.
The average paramotor on the market is about 50-80lbs. The pilot would be unable to keep his or her body straight and balanced if that wight is two feet away. That’s a big advantage for the electric motor. the motor itself only 8lbs, the Minne Motor whole system only 30lbs. Just put the heavy batteries in the front of the body, that will keep everything in balanced and easy to run.
Usually, people never think about that before own a paramotor. Not only how much space it takes but also smell. The whole garage will smell gasoline when the paramotor in it. So if you live in an apartment where you put it? The MINNE MOTOR has no smell at all and our transform frame can fold down in a small bag. The package size: 36″x12″x12″.
The MINNE MOTOR is not designed as a paramotor only. Our transform frame has 4 legs its so easy to attach to any other sport’s gear, fit on a paddle board, canoe, cart, ski… you name it.
What’s difference compare to other electric paramotors on the market? COST, COST, COST, not only cost of money but efficiency. Usually, paramotor is dedicated to paramotoring, but think about how many time you can actually flying in a month? Serval time maybe? Not for cold winter, not in windy or rainy… nobody play that much as he or her think before. Will you pay $10,000 for a machine that sit in your garage the most time? So this is the MINNE MOTOR designed for:
- No need dedicated battery. The battery is about 1/3 — 1/2 cost of entire electric paramotor system. The MINNE MOTOR use common battery on market which you may already have in your power tool’s cave.
- Efficiency and safety. The current electric paramotor on market use 36v-48v battery, to achieve the same amount of power output as the MINNE MOTOR does, it need double or triple current. The huge amount of current will cost extremely hot lead to fire. The MINNE MOTOR use 80v battery and the batteries are paralleled link together with 30 Amp circuit breaker to protect each one. Whenever need more power just simply stack more batteries.
- Transform to fit other sports. The MINNE MOTOR AIO frame attach to other sport’s gear as no other do. Simple and easy setup no tools needed.
- One motor design just power enough. There is electric paramotor on market designed like a drone that uses multi motors. Not only it definitely cost more but also way complicated. Whenever add a motor you have to add a ESC and there must be a fly controller to balance the power output. See how many components you have to deal with. We carefully picked just one motor, not too big but just enough power flying.