A quick flight review…
I had two flights with Alex Varv's Cors-Air Kangook; one to test and the other to just enjoy the flight.
We were flying out the dried up lake bed by in Boulder City, Nevada. It was
still somewhat early with the temps below 100F and elevation around 2500ft.
Alex recommended a larger wing for the conditions but I brought my power Pluto
23. I weight 195 and I believe the unit is around 65-70 pounds. The winds
were light and variable. I had to use a good run but the smooth delivery of
thrust made the launch fairly easy.
I did struggle the first flight with getting in the seat. This was due to not
having the leg straps tight enough. There are shoulder straps adjustments that
were tight but I forgot or did not think the leg straps required the adjustment.
Once in the seat and after a couple of touch and goes, I realized that all I had
to do was pull 4 inches of slack out of both leg straps and there was no issue.
I did some turns with weight shift that was excellent and no
gears or cables to off-set one another. As I noted before, there was no thrust
or pendulum effect allowing easy and safe flying. I did no acro or death
spirals with the unit so I cannot comment in those areas. I felt very safe and
really just enjoyed the ease of flight with the unit.
On the second flight it was nearing 11am and things were heating up out in the desert so I was
looking for some thermals to play in and although I did not have a tach, I would
assume that I was under 4000rpm and could maintain level flight. When landing,
the cage and the unit is not bulky and clumsy for my average stature of 5'9". After
getting out with the quick release there was no issues with the unit standing up
by itself. The base is very stable. All in all, it was just a great flight and
very unique area to fly.
I want to thank Alex publicly for allowing me to fly his new baby. I can't wait
to see the final product. I know it will be one the best made and engineered
units out there.
Please keep in mind that I believe the harness has now changed to an Alex Varv/APCOAir harness. Also I am not sure of the prop Alex is using is the same. Pl
There is also the final version of the harness I tested in my flight and from what I hear, it is one of the best out there.
In either case, Alex at that time was focused on safety for torque and pendulum effect. This was not an issue at all. He had me doing these low fly bys with low to no power and then throttling up. I was pleasently suprised that this low/med hang point unit was such a smooth flying unit. There were no safety issues. Alex had already nailed the postioning of the motor and hookin points. The unit I flew was what he took back to the guys to manufacture. I believe the only change was the harness.
I just read Alex's material on his web site and it accurately describes what this paramotor is. Dollar for Dollar this is one of the best quality units out there. There is nothing cheap about this unit other than the price.