MEET THE NEW 2019 KESTREL V3: We’ve set a new industry standard with the Kestrel line of ultra-lightweight frames. BlackHawk Paramotors USA, the “Leader in Paramotor Innovation,” is very excited to announce the ALL-NEW 2019 Kestrel V3 Frame & Cage! After several months of testing prototypes and feedback from our Team Pilots, we’ve managed to create the most rigid single-hoop Paramotor Frame we’ve ever produced. This lightweight next-generation Kestrel is extremely durable, loaded with new features, and we’re confident that it will be an instant “classic” in our expansive product lineup. BlackHawk’s revolutionary Kestrel line of products have been quoted as “the closest feeling to free-flight paragliding you can experience with a motor!”
SAFETY FIRST: Safety has always been paramount to BlackHawk. We’ve adjusted the thrust line of the motor placement in relation to where the glider hooks in. Pilots can now get into their seat even easier and faster after takeoff. With this change, in-flight pitch control is even more balanced. This is especially great for beginners or Instructors looking for the best passive safety and also enhances the Paramotor’s weight-shift capability. The balance we’ve achieved with this new configuration is simply perfect. The New Kestrel V3 also incorporates a dual-cord net tightening system instead of the classic single-cord system. This increases the rigidity and overall strength of the entire cage diaphragm. The tough net string itself features 1 ¾” openings – knotted on all 4 corners to increase overall Pilot safety. We have a great “Tips and Tricks” video that showcases how to properly tighten and install the dual-cord net system. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
ALL NEW HOOP: You probably noticed the new “teardrop shape” of the outer hoop instead of the classic circular design. Aside from the WOW factor, this further increases the strength of the cage while also increasing its aerodynamic potential. All connection points have been carefully Tig Welded and the Cage features a two-tone powder-coated finish for a long-lasting beautiful look. The connection seam where the main hoop assembles has been relocated to the side instead of the very top. For Pilots who are concerned about “cage-flex” on those power-forward launches, this ensures extra strength where they need it the most. Even beginner Pilots will now have a frame in the “ultralight” range that is strong enough and forgiving enough to easily handle the demands of those new to the sport.
IMPROVED “CG” AND COMPATIBILITY: BlackHawk has been working on a new engine mounting plate which will come standard with the 2019 Kestrel V3 Cage. This makes the same Kestrel main frame compatible with several different BlackHawk engines. This new design has allowed us to eliminate the previously used spacers and banana brackets! This saves weight while moving the motor even closer to the Pilot’s back – creating a lighter feel and more efficient center-of-gravity. The prop placement is also now 2 ½” set back from the cage hoop which greatly reduces the chances of ever having a prop strike the cage.
LOW-PROFILE “KICKSTAND”: In the past, BlackHawk used a semi-pronounced 3” “kickstand” (metal bar to help the motor remain upright while not in use). We’ve managed to shorten this metal bar to 1”, while still achieving sufficient stability when the motor is sitting upright on the ground. This eliminates more weight and prevents the bar from bending if it makes contact with the ground on takeoff / landing.
LET’S TALK WEIGHT: With all of these new features, BlackHawk has still managed to keep the 2019 Kestrel V3 the same weight as the original Kestrel design! Instead of eliminating certain safety features or compromising the incredible strength of this cage, we’ve found the perfect balance of both safety and strength.
WANT EVEN MORE? GO ELITE!: Of course we also have a NEW Team Series “Kestrel V3 Pro Elite” cage available for Pilots who want even more from their Paramotoring experience. This ultimate upgrade features a carbon fiber seat board, carbon fiber rods, and fully CNC’d “Acro Arms.” The V3 Pro Elite is also 2 lbs lighter than the standard Kestrel V3!