RE: Sneak peak of the NEW paraplane!
All good questions, I will try to answer all.
1- Wind conditions: They do have a wind limitation of 10mph. The cart flys at 14mph top speed so you can do the math. I have found they are the most fun to fly around 5mph winds.
2- Performance in wind: They have great performance in winds to 10mph, after that you will notice getting blown around just as anything that weighs in under 2 lbs. Tight turns with some power on are about 20 feet in diameter, unless you stall the chute to do a swoopping turn, then it will turn in about 6 feet.
3- Climbout: Climbout from in flight is about 40 degrees with a little less than 3/4 throttle. Takeoff roll is about 25 feet with no wind at all, and of course much less with 5 mph breeze. Hand launch can be done also with one person, just fill the chute, turn the throttle on 1/2 way and let it go. No running, no tossing, just fill the chute and let go.
4- Control: They steer with one HS-225BB connected to a steering bar. The steering bar just amplifies the movement of the servo. We still pull down on the back of the chute to steer just as in the skydivers. Figure 8's can be accomplished in less than 50 feet.
5- radio and battery storage: The body is completely hollowed out from underneath. This leaves you all kinds of room for a speed control, receiver, and battery. We run the Max Amps 1550 3 cell pack with the best results, We actually flew the model in 12 to 14 mph winds with a 2100 3 cell pack. (i don't suggest this) The 2100 does increase speed of the cart some, and does handle more wind, but you loose extreme slow flight capability.
6- Over all flight performance: This paraplane is very simple to fly, however it does take alittle practice to master. For an r/c pilot this would consist of 15 minutes. To a novice maybe one day. The best flight can be acheved by throttle managment. Since the throttle is your elevator your turns need to consist of turning and throttle, the tighter the turns the more throttle you will need. Stall turns can be made with practice, and are alot of fun by the way. Once off the ground the whole flight can be made by only moving the throttle stick 5 clicks in either direction. When the engine is off the paraplane drops quickly for about 8 feet and then has a very nice glide angle, if your motor was to die it would land all on its own with no damage. You do need full throttle for takeoffs to get everything inflated and the cart to rotate under the canopy, once in the air full throttle is never needed again for any manuever.
All this said, I hope I answered your questions. I know it is a big purchase but you have to take in consideration what you get. The 9 cell, zero perosity chute is very high quality. The motor and speed control are Himax and Castle, definately the top of there game. Also the building is seriously reduced building time due to all the holes being drilled and taped for you. The steering bar is built and the graphics are installed. Basically put the screws in and hook things up and you are ready to fly. The kit is very durable, not indestructable but very durable. If you have any questions I didn't answer please feel free to ask.