The Av8er Explorer is a British paramotor that was designed by Paul Taylor and produced by Av8er Limited of Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire for powered paragliding. Now out of production, when it was available the aircraft was supplied complete and ready-to-fly.[1]

Role Paramotor
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Av8er Limited
Designer Paul Taylor
Status Production completed

Design and development edit

The Explorer was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules as well as European regulations. It features a paraglider-style wing, single-place accommodation and a single engine in pusher configuration. The aircraft is built with special attention to balancing and vibration isolation. The cage assembly includes small wheels to ease ground movement of the motor unit.[1]

As is the case with all paramotors, take-off and landing is accomplished by foot. Inflight steering is accomplished via handles that actuate the canopy brakes, creating roll and yaw.[1]

Variants edit

Explorer XPE
Model with a 32 hp (24 kW) Hirth F33 engine in pusher configuration with a 2.2:1 ratio reduction drive and a 130 cm (51 in) diameter two-bladed wooden propeller. The fuel tank capacity is 10 litres (2.2 imp gal; 2.6 US gal).[1]

Specifications (Explorer XPE) edit

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Empty weight: 25 kg (55 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 10 litres (2.2 imp gal; 2.6 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth F33 single cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, with a 2.2:1 reduction drive, 24 kW (32 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden, fixed pitch, 1.30 m (4 ft 3 in) diameter

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 64. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X