Powered Paragliding on 9/11 in Salem, MA…

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! I just found this article about a man arrested on 9/11/2012 in Salem for powered paragliding over the North River. I am lucky I grabbed those balloons in June! People thought he was a terrorist…Stupid adults.

Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using an adapted paraglider or paramotor wing. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required. Powered paragliders usually fly between 15 and 45 mph at altitudes from ‘foot-dragging in the grass’ up to 18,000 ft. The paramotor, weighing from 45 to 80 pounds is supported by the pilot during takeoff. After a brief run (typically 10 feet) the wing lifts the motor and its harnessed pilot off the ground. After takeoff, the pilot gets into the seat and sits suspended beneath the inflated paraglider wing. Control is available using brake toggles for roll and a hand-held throttle for pitch.

I think its pretty cool! It goes a lot faster than the wind blowing my balloons over the North Shore. I think when I grow up, I am going to buy one of these and never fly it in September. By the way the charges were dropped, but he had to pay $50 in court fees. That would be a whole month’s allowance for me!

~Max

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