The 15th edition of Las Candelas at the end of January enjoyed good weather for flying on the two days and a relax ambiance to appreciate the products on display at the big fair, which has grown to accommodate vendors and public. We had the impression that this year there were fewer people, or the largest tent seemed not as full as in previous years. Inside, about 20 professionals, including manufacturers of paramotor and engines and dealers of equipment or services for flight, offered their new products. Like every year, "candelas" and "sopaipas" livened up one of the most special nights in the Andalusian village of La Puebla de los Infantes.
This year, many of the manufacturers had demo paramotors available for the pilots to try them, which translated in a constant flow of people coming and going with the latest units on their backs and the will to let themselves be impressed in the air. We also had the chance to test fly a few of them for Ojovolador.com
On this edition of Las Candelas there were many interesting new products, like the electric paramotor being developed by Paracell –Javier Hernandez’s brand for this project – together with Airfer, and expected to hit the market this spring. PAP are working on their electric unit as well, still under development. We also saw the new Bailey lightweight 4-stroke engine (see right column) and the Vittorazi Moster 185 with thrust similar to a 200. And the light paramotors from Pap and Airfer, of around 20 kg of weight, or the new helmet manufactured by Nac Intercom. The veteran French brand Adventure was also present exposing their paramotors and tandem paratrike.
Airfer was the manufacturer that presented more new models this time, not only the electric paramotor project –which we saw flying with its creator Javier Hernandez and that seems like a viable option- but also a few new paratrikes and paramotors.
Yumbo is a new tandem trike with floating harnesses, which reminds of the Fly Products Eco 2 but with Airfer’s distinct chassis and suspension. It weighs 92 kg powered by a Rotax 503 engine. We found many interesting details like the aluminum rims on the wheels, new rest foot on front, and a more elegant appearance in general. The Yumbo has a light version called Diamond (with harness and no engine: 30 kg) ready for attaching a powerful paramotor, for occasional tandem flights or solo flying.
The electric paramotor Paracell-Airfer we saw in Las Candelas is mounted on a stainless steel structure and weighs 30 Kg. It has a Brushless Plettemberg engine with a continuous power of 10,000w and peaks of 15,000w. It has a reduction gear that allows 7,000 rpm maximum. The battery weighs 16 Kg including container and case. It is a 14S Lipo type battery with voltage of 51.8V with 54Ah (2800Wh). The throttle control is "scalextric" type, incorporating a screen with information and access to the main functions.
Although we did not fly it, the light Pap motor (RM80) was one of the most popular for trying at Las Candelas, and we saw top pilot Emilia Plak, Mathieu Rouanet and Ramon Morillas flying with it. This unit comes with the house’s RM80 engine and a small 120cm aluminum frame with 108 cm propeller. It starts superbly with Pap’s primer system, even cold. The RM80 is especially designed to encourage the growing segment of female pilots, with a recommended pilot weight of 50 to 65 kg. The unit weights between 20 and 21 kg, depending on the harness size and fuel tank (5-9Lt).
Vittorazi Moster 185cc
They also had the reference lightweight paramotor, the Miniplane from Per Il Volo, of only 18.8 Kg!
Angel Javier Carrasco of Vuelamas, ready for takeoff with a reporter.
Arturo Barcena landing Olivair’s Fly Products ECO 2 after releasing Paquillo Guerra from a D-Bag
Nac Intercom introduced a new helmet of their own design. The Galician manufacturer of in-flight communication systems used helmets from other brands until now, but this new release (no name yet) comes with a few remarkable features and, above all, a new "look". The helmet weighs in some 600 grams, it is EN 966 certified and it is suitable for flying. The inner cover is removable and washable. It has airing openings and optional visor. The series helmets come in carbon and glistening gray finishes, sizes ranging from XS to XL, and all details will be soon on Nac’s website.
Pap’s electric paramotor was flying and seems to work well; at the moment it produces 53 Kg of thrust allowing a 70kg pilot to fly for about 25 minutes. The electric engine weights only 4 Kg., to which is added the wiring, sensors, electronics, propeller, chassis, and the battery that weighs 13 Kg. In total, the paramotor makes 25 Kg. and it takes a couple of hours to fully charge the battery.
The range of gauges for paramotor drew our attention, especially the "Kit Total Paramotor Control", suitable for 2 or 4 strokes, that gives you rpms, out and cylinder head temperature, voltmeter, temperature alarm… an interesting little device to optimize the performance of our engines.
The Andalusian manufacturer displayed their range, one of the most complete incorporating almost all the current engines: Raket, Snap, Bailey, Simonini and Polini Thor.
But what caught most attention at the Clemente stand was certainly the Secure Land BMW, a big paratrike equipped with a powerful engine BMW boxer with more than 100 HP.
Adventure cares for details; in the picture we can see how the throttle control is "inserted" in the cage.
The RR Acrowings family: Barbi, Raul and Ivan.
We also saw a 4-stroke "prototype" based on an Honda engine, which at Kobra promise that “will revolutionize the market”.
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