The Angel is designed to be the safest Paramotor Frame on the Market. It’s the next generation in safety maximum level of safety as well as being highly maneuverable and comfortable. Let’s be honest, as safe as Paramotoring is, it is still an inherently dangerous sport. For most of us it is the only unnecessary activity that we engage in that could get us hurt. The ability to enjoy an activity or push limits is also correlated the to a level of safety as well. It is for these reasons that we have done our best to minimize the risks and consequences of mistakes but designing a frame to protect the pilot.
Each Safety feature is comprised of multiple elements that all play their part in the overall outcome. Contact with the propeller, impact with the ground and drownings are the most common injuries or fatalities in the sport. The Angel has addressed all of these dangers in great detail. The main designer of the Angel is also one of the few Paramotor Aerobatics in the United States, therefore a lot of thought and detail went into the maneuverability, balance, and control of the frame.
Each of the 5 outside cage pieces is individually strung tight, tennis racket style, with non stretch Kevlar line, pop riveted on all sides and with almost no space left uncovered. This is both expensive and time consuming but the difference in safety with this method alone is not even comparable to the conventional. The Netting is so tight and strong that I can lay the frame down, stand on the netting with out coming close to the Propeller. The netting is so tight you can bounce a basket ball of it.
The majority of frames stretch a nylon net over an already assembled cage and tighten the center of the netting with a line, hooped through the end holes. This method leaves a lot of spaces, and will never be tight enough to back the thrust of the motor.
The Angle frame has a place in the top frame pieces that is designed to hold the frame with when starting the motor on the ground. The space is small enough to hold but not large enough for the majority of hands to go through, but still allows the pilot to hold the throttle. If the motor accidentally goes to full throttle upon start the hand will get initially locked in preventing propeller contact, the pilot can then simply unlock his hand with little effort after they figure out how to solve the current issue. Only one other frame has something similar to this, but is not as detailed.
When a motor accidentally goes to full throttle upon start it instantaneously thrusts forward at the pilot, pushing them back and down, and can push a lot of physical pressure on the pilot. This makes the situation even more difficult and dangerous cause the pilot has to focus on getting safe space to turn the motor off and at times it can keep the throttle engaged. The fixed Comfort bars prevent the frame from falling forward past 40 degrees, once they make contact with the ground they will absorb the pressure of the thrust preventing the pilot from being crushed allowing him more mobility in the situation.
It is in fact the throttle that causes the majority of the warm up accidents. The Standard Angel throttle has a very high tension return spring in the throttle preventing it from sticking. Combined with a special throttle cable and housing, it can be tied in a double square knot and still have full range and function. That is something that no other throttle has the ability to do, and the throttle can be purchased separately. The throttle also has a handle safety to prevent accidental engagements especially in accidents.
Wide Motor Plate
The Motor Plate for the Angel has a very wide base and the motor mounts mount higher than the thrust point, and lower and wider than every other frame. This does not allow for as much motor swing keeping the motor closer to its intended position especially in crashes.
Impact with the Ground
Crumple Zone: Crumple Zone is one of the most important safety features in the sport. Besides the Safety factors, designing crumple zone into a frame also gives it several other performance benefits that may not exist on the conventional style frames, Such as lower thrust point, better balance, easier weight shift and face plant protection.
The crumple zone is the space between the pilot and the ground designed to prevent the pilots Butt and lower back from impacting the ground. Upon high speed impacts from certain angles the crumple zone will crush beneath the pilot and drastically reduce the chances of injury. During an impact, the pilot is advised to stay in the seat and to keep his legs from contacting the ground first. The Main Frame is heat treated after welding for maximum strength to weight ratio, and to remove any weak spots.
Fixed hang point
In order for the crumple zone to be affective, plus added performance and safety reasons, a fixed low hang point system is best. The T6 heat treated comfort bars keep the pilot elevated off the ground and also prevent the pilot from swinging back into the frame, like results from pivoting Swing arms.
The Comfort bars also add face plant protection and side impact protection. The front of the arms is further out than a bent arm, so when the pilot uses his arm to break the fall, before his arm can be compressed between the frame and the ground the comfort bars will hit and absorb all of the extra weight and thrust. This is especially beneficial when learning and executing foot-drags.
The mounting Plate of the Angel has a wide base in every direction over the conventional mounting plates. This gives the motor less ability to shift left, right, up, or down. Because of this system the propeller is less likely to contact the cage on a hard hit, preventing repairs and obviously adding safety.
The Angel Frame is a very strong, It is comprised of 5 outer cage pieces, with a double hoop, inserted into a Heat Treated Chassis, and Tightened with Hook and Loop. The Cage is incredibly strong and has Minimal flex. Along with the Comfort bars the Cage strength will protect pilots from the majority of crashes without any propeller strikes, or broken equipment. This is very beneficial for safety but also keeps the cost of mistakes very low.
Its hard to resist flying over or close to water, and it can be extremely fun to play around low over the water, and near the shore line. It is also common for pilots to practice Acro maneuvers over water. For these reasons the standard harness option for the Angel has a quick release system. The harness is also interchangeable with other frames and harnesses. Another benefit of the quick release system is its absolutely hands free when getting in the seat. It is always recommended to fly with floatation, but realize the inconveniences, failures and issues with solely relying on this method and for those reasons we recommend a Quick release system.
The Performance of the Angel is what took the most time to develop. After Experimenting with many different variations, we have finally found the best combination of Balance, weight shift, and thrust point. Special attention was given to where most manufactures overlook.
Fixed Hang Point
We prefer the fixed hang point system because the thrust, the frame and arms are all fixed and operate together in unison. Weight shift is done by leaning and or rolling hips left to right. This shifts the weight of the entire frame, and the loading of the glider. On take off the glider is not disrupted or jerked by running legs moving the hang points like if they were swing arms, and the frame stays level and is less vulnerable to propeller torque. When flying in rough air, the Frame is less likely to allow for loss of pressure by the arm swing up, preventing collapses. For maneuvering is made easy and forgiving because everything is fixed. In especially rowdy conditions or while practicing acro, the fixed hang point is much easier to regain control, less likely to riser twist, and less likely to get stuck in weight shift situation than the conventional swing arms configuration.
Low and Balanced Thrust Point
The thrust point is perfectly balanced(and fixed) with the harness to prevent pitching forwards when throttling up, and is low on your back for take off the minimize torque and rotation of the frame. While on the ground, With low thrust point is also easier to manage the power of the motor and is less top heavy.
A Reserve parachute can be attached to the comfort bars on either side or both sides, or a front mount. Pilots prefer reserves on different sides based on things like throttle hand choice and propeller rotation. Some acro pilots fly with two reserves, for the ability to throw with either hand to either side. Some pilots have a tandem and a regular reserve hooked up at the same time.
Anti-Torque Lamens or ATLs offer great torque compensation. The work by redirecting the air flow to the propeller so that the end result is straight thrust.
The Angel paramotors shown are for illustrative purposes. Your paramotor will not include the shown Super Lights, Super Bag, dual tanks, or a reserve. Those features are extra, and can be purchased through us.
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