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Producing the safest, most powerful and reliable paramotors in the world since 1998. Out selling our competition over 10 to 1. Imagine the most exhilarating and accessible form of flight for about the cost of a dirt bike. An aircraft that can be stored in your car and assembled for flight in minutes. Launching from almost anywhere and once airborne enjoy the thrill of open flight. Paramotors cost less then $5 per hour to run, are lightweight, easier to take on holiday than a mountain bike and much more fun. Ownership is easy and learning to fly is quick, safe, inexpensive and truly exhilarating.
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John Travolta and Jack Gill with his BlackHawk Paramotor
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Many stars including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Harrison Ford, and John Travolta have fallen in love with aviation. William Shatner learned to fly a paramotor several years ago and the list is growing.
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They’ve been called “the dirtbikes of the sky… human drones… or flying cars… Upon seeing one, spectators will stop dead in their tracks – staring up at the sky and often exclaiming “What in the world is that and where can I get one!” We call them Paramotors or Powered Paragliders. For those who have […]
We are looking for a new BlackHawk Team Member to work directly in the office of the largest domestic Powered Paragliding Manufacturer! This is a great opportunity to become part of the fastest-growing form of Aviation. Below are a list of the things we are looking for. To apply for this position, please send us […]
Looking for an affordable vacation for you or the entire family? How does a week of FREE camping and flying machines in beautiful Valley Springs California sound? Not a bad idea! Each year in April, Pilots and families from all over the world make their way to “The West Coast’s Greatest Powered Paragliding Event!” There’s […]
In this video, Team Pilots took off from the BlackHawk Ranch in Valley Springs California – during our annual Fall Fly-In to go explore. This area has become a mecca for cross-country adventures and the ever-changing terrain is endless! Valley Springs happens to be where BlackHawk Paramotors are made, and where over 160 students this […]
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I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. I’ve flown old and used motors for three years, and this was my first brand new unit. Anticipation was running high to say the least. I finally got everything out of the box and onto the shop floor. I located the book of instructions and the ParaToys assembly CD.
Like most of us, I read the directions when all else fails. So get yourself a cup of coffee, sit down in front of the tube, and relax. The CD is an excellent production, and the subject matter is presented in orderly and clear format. All manufactures could benefit from a similar CD for their products. I found the harness set-up and hang test section to be very helpful. On the last page of the instruction manual, ParaToys includes a list of tips I found very useful and informative.
The cage radius tubes are numbered with yellow paint and slip into the frame at the corresponding number. I used my electric engraving tool to mark the parts in case the paint rubbed off over time. If you disassemble your unit for transport on a regular basis, this might save some frustration later on.
The engine started very quickly after being primed. The automatic compression release makes pull starting so easy, it renders electric starters obsolete. I left the original carb settings unchanged until I had run it for two hours. After run in, I leaned out the low screw and obtained a 2400 rpm idle that was incredibly smooth. The midrange on the Walbro 37C is very good, but the throttle is a little touchy. The left-hand throttle is the smoothest I’ve ever used.
Now that everything was ready, it was time for the big test. On the ground, the motor was comfortable on my back. I thought the comfort bars might create an awkward feeling on the ground like they did on my Walkerjet, but that was not the case. The carabineers were easy to operative with gloved hands and snapped into the open position. After warm up, the motor was easy to pull start on my back; a quick easy pull is all it takes.
The wind was not going to assist with this launch as indicated by the limp windsock. Fortunately, my ParaToys wing likes no wind conditions. I started to pull the wing up and added a little power to assist. Normally, I can feel the wing through the shoulder straps on my Adventure. On the Black Hawk, I could feel it from the shoulder straps all the way through the leg straps. The positive feed back through the harness made it a snap to tell what the wing was doing during pull up.
The time had arrived to pour on the power. I was prepared for a lot of torque effect, but it didn’t happen. When the power came on, I was ripped off the ground in less than two steps. That and the rate of climb left me breathless. I let off the throttle immediately and slipped into the harness. I looked at my altimeter, and I was already passing 150 feet. This made my old Solo 210 seem like a Model A Ford by comparison. I tried two mid-air engine restarts, and it fired up both times with an effortless pull on the cord. At full power, torque induced turn is noticeable but not at all overwhelming. At cruise power, where we usually fly, it was barely detectable.
In the air, the Black Hawk is as comfortable or more so than my Adventure, which is that motor’s best feature. I set the ‘angle of dangle” at 12 degrees, which made for a comfortable upright seating position. I found it very easy to make weight shift turns, which is not a requirement for me, but it does makes flying hands-free for photography much easier. Fuel economy improves as the motor breaks in, and the nine-liter tank will deliver more than two hours of flying time.
I added a Tiny Tach, my special ‘pink eraser” cruise control, and a second kill switch. I mounted the second kill switch to the lower frame and utilized a separate ground location. It’s usually the kill switch ground that prevents shut down, so using a separate grounding location for the other switch will usually eliminate the problem.
I checked everything over after the first hour in the air. I found the exhaust bolts at the head had loosened slightly, but that was all. Quality control is apparently alive and well at Black Hawk, because I have found no fault with any part of the motor.
There has been a lot said about the perfect paramotor, but I always felt it didn’t exist. The sport needed someone to blend all the good qualities of the various motors into one unit, and this is it. There doesn’t appear to be anything new or ground breaking in the Black Hawk; it just does everything very well. What more could you ask for? If you’re considering a new motor and want exceptional value, you don’t need to look any further than ParaToys or the Black Hawk paramotor.A flying friend bought a new paramotor from a local PPG instructor/dealer in June (not Black hawk). There was barely enough thrust to taxi his trike, and not enough to climb after take-off. It took a month from the time it was deemed to be an ignition problem till the new parts arrived and were installed. The test flight ended after 10 minutes when the carburetor fell off (the pilot glided down OK).
The instructor/dealer stated that:
The *** paramotor has no warranty. As you know any 2-cycle motor, paramotor, motorbike etc. can fail at anytime and no one will warranty them.
Well, I see that your Black Hawk motors have a two year warranty, so the above statement isn’t true.
Is it an exception, rather than a rule to expect paramotors to come with a warranty?
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