Building the Synergy Paramotor

My first paramotor was the Synergy 5 (cage and frame) with a Vittorazi Moster 185 Plus mounted onto it.

The cage and frame

I chose the Synergy 5 paramotor primarily for two reasons:

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Synergy paramotor in a Suitcase

First, no other paramotor that I have come across can break down as compact as the Synergy paramotor. This is a huge plus if you want to ship the flying machine and explore different places. The picture to the right shows the Synergy inside an average sized suitcase, with the engine!

As of this writing I've completely broken the paramotor down to the level you see in the picture and reassembled it a couple of times. I didn't time myself but I estimate it would take me about an hour to rebuild the Synergy to it's airworthy state.

And second, the fuel tank is inside the frame of the paramotor which shields it from a potential impact like a prop strike (Not sure how big of an issue this really is) or some other unforeseen circumstance. Besides, I think it just looks cool.

It is actually this feature that became the primary reason that I decided to get a different paramotor and use the Synergy for traveling only.

There are two reasons for this.

  1. For me, I would rather be able to see the fuel level in the tank as opposed to reaching behind and feeling the bladder inside the frame during flight. I misjudged a few times and ran out of fuel. Neither time was a big deal because I knew I was low on fuel so I flew around the LZ just in case.
  2. I'm a big guy weighing in at about 97 KG and that combined with the fuel thirsty Moster 185, means that if I plan to travel any distance at all, I need at least 3 or 4 gallons of fuel in the tank for the journey. While the fuel bladder in the Synergy is a 3 gallon model, when it's pancaked between the frame, I've found that the capacity is just under 2 gallons, not enough for a cross country flight of any distance.

The Engine

monster-185Paramotors actually have engines, not motors (there are a few electric versions but these are still rare).

Something I learned early on is that while there are many, many frame and cage manufactures, there are just a small handful of companies that make the engines for paramotors.

Paramotor engines are special because of their power to weight ratio. Tiny 2-stroke engines that put out a lot of power.

I weigh about 210 pounds so I needed an engine with a little more power than average and one with a reputation for reliability. Based on these two criteria, my instructor Ike  suggested the Vittorazi Moster 185 and after a lot research, that's the engine I chose.

Assembling the Synergy Paramotor

The pictures in this section are NOT meant to be assembly instructions because the pictures weren't taken with that in mind and there are steps not covered.

I received the paramotor in what seemed like 100 pieces and no instructions on how to assemble it.

By looking at pictures of already completed units and through a little bit of correspondence with the manufacturer, the Synergy 5 paramotor came together and when connected to the glider,  becomes an amazing flying machine.