How long does it take to get the E-glider ready for flight?
Getting the E-glider ready won’t take you more than 10 minutes. The paramotor and regulator are easy to put on the seat and fix, attach the four ‘sabres’ onto the bayonet screw, slide on the four parts of the frame, tighten the strings, attach the battery and you are ready to fly. (The folding propeller stays fixed.)
What is the E-glider made of?
The E-glider is manufactured from a composite material – a carbonated epoxy resin sandwich which provides the optimum combination of the properties of carbon, Kevlar (armid) and glass fibres.
How much does the complete paramotor weigh?
The paramotor, including seat, rescue canopy, back protector, motor, regulator, frame and cables weighs 19.5kg, plus a 9kg 25Ah battery pack. Larger and smaller capacity batteries may of course be used thus increasing or decreasing the overall weight.
Can I use the E-glider with all makes of paraglider seats?
No, the E-glider may only be attached to harness sets supplied by the manufacturer.
After disconnecting, can I use the harness without the motor?
Yes, the seat may be used after disconnecting without the frame and motor, etc., but the seat must be adjusted.
Is the E-glider suitable for beginners?
The E-glider is suitable for beginners, but bearing in mind its construction which is designed for flying in thermal currents (soft suspension), some experience working with PPGs and flying in thermal currents is recommended.
Do I need a special paraglider wing?
No, flying with the E-glider is possible with all makes of paraglider wing which can sustain propeller torque.
From where can you take off
You can take off from virtually any flat surface that is longer than 200 meters. Nil wind conditions are not a problem. You can also use the engine thrust for the very first pull as it is usual with PPG launches.
How do you manage for the pilot to take off as with a PPG and then to switch to a thermaling free flight position?
The harness has an internal frame. The propelling unit is mounted to this frame using a mechanical joint. Once airborne, the pilot can unlatch the propelling unit by pressing gently on a relax bar. The propelling unit is then automatically tilted into its free flight position.
What kind of protecting frame is being used with e-glider?
The e-glider has a full size protector frame, that prevents the glider lines from falling into the prop. The frame itself is made of carbon composite sandwich. Its aerodynamically shaped profile produces minimal drag.
How long does the battery last?
The standard battery pack (25 Ah LiPOL / 9kg) lasts for 20 minutes of powered flight. You can of course use a bigger battery that would last even longer, or you can as well use a smaller battery to reduce weight. Naturally, battery pack weight increases with capacity and vice versa.
How long does it take to charge the standard battery pack?
The standard battery pack (25 Ah LiPOL / 9kg) charges approximately 45 minutes to its full capacity.
How many times can you recharge the battery?
As indicated by the manufacturer, the batteries are designed for 1000 charging cycles if handled properly.
Can the batteries flame up?
No, this cannot happen during the discharging (in flight) or storage. The only potential hazard arises when the batteries are being charged incorrectly using an incompatible charger. Even in such cases batteries do not burn, but the pressurized gas can only bursts out from inside of the battery.
Where do you place the battery pack?
Battery is placed inside of the dashboard in front of the pilot. The dashboard itself is hanging from the main carabiners. Once the glider is above your head, it will automatically support the entire weight of the battery pack.
What kind of battery pack is being used?
E-glider uses a Li-Pol (lithium polymer) battery with a capacity of 25Ah in configuration 14S 5P 20-30C.
What kind of charger should be used for charging?
The e-glider is being supplied with a charger featuring an auto balancing circuitry logic. This is very important for optimum and safe charging. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to use only the supplied charger for the charging!
Is it possible to limit the maximum output power of the engine?
Yes, you can easily set up and configure the regulator from your PC using the standard USB interface. The supplied SW tool enables you to limit maximum RPM, maximum current/torque, acceleration, deceleration / auto-brake, same as many other parameters.
Is there a way to extract a flight log?
Yes, the regulator configuration SW tool can also read log of the entire (powered) flight. The flight history is being recorded with a resolution of 0.01 second and you can easily export all the data into MS Excel format. In exported XLS table you can track the RPM, input voltage and current, regulator temperature, engine temperature etc.
What else can you do with the SW configuration tool?
Using the supplied SW tool, you can extract the flight information, update the regulator software, set up the engine behavior and also submit the data to the engine manufacturer in case of problems.
Does e-glider use a special type of propeller?
Yes, we use a custom designed folding propeller measuring 125cm in diameter.
What is the maximum RPM of the propeller?
The RPM goes up to 2350 RPM.
What static thrust does the e-glider attain?
In powered paragliding, the importance of static thrust values are usually being overrated. This is because the propeller is not designed for zero airspeed conditions, but for the average airspeed at which the glider canopy travels through the air. Depending on the glider type and size, this average airspeed lies mostly around 35km/h. Therefore a propeller can show excellent thrust values during a static test, but the thrust produced in real flight can be considerably lower. On the other hand, some propellers that provide excellent thrust in real flight can have poor results in static tests.
Nevertheless, the static thrust produced by e-glider is 514N (52,5 kg) with used 13,5kW.
What prop diameter do you use?
E-glider carbon propeller has 125cm in diameter.
What kind of engine do you use and what power does it produce?
E-glider features a custom made alternating current engine. It produces 15kW of peak output.
What are the advantages of alternating current engine?
The efficiency is the main benefit of the alternating current engine. In order to get the best out of the engine, a high quality regulator must be used. In general terms, the regulator transforms the direct current from the battery pack into a three-phase alternating current. The regulator circuitry produces this alternating current with a variable frequency that is proportional to the actual throttle setting. This technology is the most sophisticated way to control the RPM.
What is the maximum climb rate?
The maximum climb rate is very much dependent on the paraglider type, size and take-off weight. In configuration with a Gradient Avax XC 3 / size 26 meters square / take-off weight 110kg the e-glider climbs at 2.2 meters per second.
What is the maximum ceiling you can reach on a single charge?
Depending on the wing type and size, you can easily climb up to 800m AGL.
What is the price of e-glider?
The pricing will be out soon.
Do you need a PPG pilot license to fly the e.glider?
Unfortunately, there is no answer for this question yet. According to its website, the DHV is now considering to come up with a specific category for “auxiliary engines for paraglider launch”. This category would be targeting the thermalling pilots with small engines that would be only used for launch but not in sustained flight. In these days however, the pilot must still bear a PPG license in order to be able to fly with e-glider.