WHAT WE BUY…..

New v Used

76.1 %

23.9%

Text Box: WHY WE BUY…..
BUILD QUALITY
Performance
Manufacturer Reputation
Customer Service
Price
Previous Experience

72Avg Hours Flown Per Year

Avg Yearly Hours Flown by Region

Americas 88

APJ 65

EMEA 59

Both Manufacturers & Dealers still have to improve on their levels of responsiveness AND customer service. Would YOU say 40% receiving a great level of customer service is satisfactory?

Reliability

Comments from real customers

· Honoring of warranty, Disgusting!!

· I’m 63 years old, and just STARTED flying

· A couple of small faults, but rectified quickly by the manufacturer

· Easy to maintain

· Customer Service STINKS

· ALL this SH*T  is way OVERPRICED!!

· A frustrating experience

· Major engine problems, with deteriorating service

· Engine is very good now due to MY mods

· Engine starting from cold NOT ideal

· Frame & Cage are the weakest components, they SUCK

· Vibration Issues, believed to be crankcase

· Motor mount broke when factory made aluminum spacer failed. Replaced with home made steel spacer

· WEIGHT!!! Very light (allegedly)

 

 

Top 10 Manufacturers Overall 

NB. To qualify  For the list above, it only seems fair to have a reasonable sample size. We have a 10 machine minimum.  The scores are based on responses  to questions about:-

Overall Reliability

Ownership Experience

Customer Recommendation

Some manufacturers do NOT sell in some regions. This is an overall view. Be aware that the sample size is small compared to the number of machines out there. If you choose to base ANY buying decision of this survey. It will be SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Your criteria for purchase may well differ from those above. The metrics are based on those supplied. Remember, Manufacturers & Dealers were able to submit  entries into this survey.  Multiple entries have been filtered as much as possible but there may well be some errors.  The relative position in any table does NOT imply or state that any one manufacturer is better OR worse than any other manufacturer. It is down to YOU to make your own mind up about suitability of any manufacturer or machine.

 

 DO YOUR RESEARCH

 

Other Manufacturers of note

Where the sample size was less than 10 we have listed these manufacturers below. We have purposely excluded sample sizes less than FOUR machines, as the metrics become meaningless.  Again, any decisions you make will be SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.  Some machines are new on the market or have not sold in large numbers. Some manufacturers have been honest in providing details and have scored well. It does NOT mean that their machines are either GOOD or BAD.

 

 

However, it’s slightly different by region

WE FLY HOW OFTEN?

OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Independent Paramotor Owners Survey 2011

Conclusions:

The overall response was low due to a typical apathy amongst the paramotor community. After all, we’d ALL rather be flying than completing a survey. It’s important for manufacturers to note that results do NOT imply or infer any conclusion whatsoever about their equipment. The inaugural survey could only just scratch the surface of what paramotor pilots want from their equipment. 

The objectives were to allow a trainee pilot to pull together a survey about what it is we as customers wanted. This was done as cheaply as possible but does not negate the results or the data which has been submitted

It is important to note that this survey is independent and is not recommending any one manufacturer, dealer or machine.  Any decisions made based on the use of the data is solely at the discretion of the individual.

Ownership and copyright of this survey belongs to Cloudstrategies.co.uk. Reproduction, copying, distribution or dissemination by any means whatsoever cannot be undertaken without the permission of  owner.

Note to Manufacturers & Dealers: Please note I have taken my own time and money to put this survey together.  Further data mining can be undertaken to provide information pertinent to particular machines in particular regions. Please do NOT use this survey or the data within for your own purposes without contacting the owner  info@cloudstrategies.co.uk Please feel free to use this email address for suggestions and comments.

I stress  that no personal information relating to ANY of the respondents will be provided or shared with any party unless there is a legal requirement to do so.

I would like to thank ALL the respondents for their time, comments and critique. I hope the information within proves useful. I would also like to thank Paramotor Magazine for their kind offer to award 3, 1 year subscriptions to their magazine as an incentive for respondents to complete the survey. The 3 lucky recipients have already been informed. Paramotor Magazine, has  not sponsored or made any type of payment for ANY information contained within this survey.  No supplier, manufacturer, dealer, respondent or any 3rd party has any  entitlement to the information contained within this survey.

 

Safe Skies for 2012. Happy Flying

Cheers

Al

Manufacturers by Region

EMEA

Americas

APJ

Purchase Criteria

Price

Reputation

Customer Service

Build Quality

Performance

Previous Experience

Americas

5

3

4

1

2

6

EMEA

5

2

4

1

3

6

APJ

5

4

3

1

1

6

Manufacturer

Sample Size

Engine
Reliability

Electrics
Reliability

Frame
Reliability

Overall
Reliability

Ownership
Experience

Customer
Recommendation

Total
Score

Miniplane

33

4.48

4.70

4.61

4.60

5.45

4.58

14.63

Nirvana

10

4.40

4.20

4.00

4.20

5.60

4.60

14.40

Flat Top

25

4.56

4.24

4.44

4.41

5.24

4.40

14.05

Fresh Breeze

51

4.41

4.27

3.92

4.20

5.20

4.29

13.69

Airfer

11

3.81

4.00

3.73

3.85

5.27

4.36

13.48

Fly Products

18

4.61

4.61

4.39

4.35

4.89

3.94

13.18

PAP

35

4.14

4.34

3.94

4.14

4.57

4.00

12.71

Black Hawk

15

4.27

4.27

4.47

3.98

4.60

4.13

12.71

Bailey

19

3.63

4.16

4.32

4.03

4.47

3.58

12.08

ParaJet

36

3.58

3.94

4.55

4.03

4.08

3.58

11.69

Manufacturer

Sample
Size

Engine
Reliability

Electric
 Reliability

Frame
Reliability

Overall
Reliability

Ownership
Experience

Overall
Recommendation

Total
Score

Bulldog

4

5.00

5.00

5.00

5.00

6.00

5.00

16.00

Kangook

4

3.75

4.75

4.75

4.42

5.00

4.75

14.17

PXP

4

4.25

4.50

4.25

4.33

5.00

4.25

13.58

ParaToys

5

5.00

3.60

4.00

4.20

4.80

4.40

13.40

ParaTour

5

4.40

3.60

4.20

4.07

4.40

4.40

12.87

Kobra

5

4.00

4.20

4.80

4.33

4.40

4.00

12.73

EC Extreme

5

4.00

4.40

4.20

4.20

4.00

3.80

12.00

Walkerjet

9

3.88

3.66

4.11

3.88

4.44

3.66

11.98

Air Adventure

5

4.20

3.80

4.00

4.20

4.20

3.20

11.60

H & E

11

4.09

4.45

3.27

3.94

3.73

3.18

10.85

Backbone

4

3.25

3.00

3.75

3.33

3.00

2.75

9.08

Manufacturer

Sample
Size

Engine
Reliability

Electric
 Reliability

Frame
Reliability

Overall
Reliability

Ownership
Experience

Overall
Recommendation

Total
Score

Miniplane

15

4.66

4.80

4.60

4.68

4.86

4.80

14.34

Fresh Breeze

14

4.00

4.00

4.00

4.03

5.14

4.29

13.46

PAP

32

4,13

4,31

3,88

4,10

4.50

3.97

12.57

Bailey

18

3.55

4.11

4.28

3.98

4.39

3.50

11.87

ParaJet

32

3.75

4.00

4.75

4.17

3.94

3.44

11.54

Bulldog

4

5.00

5.00

5.00

5.00

6.00

5.00

16.00

EC Extreme

4

3.75

4.25

4.50

4.17

4.00

3.75

11.92

H & E

9

4.44

4.66

3.00

4.17

3.77

3.20

11.14

Walkerjet

4

3.50

3.50

3.50

3.50

3.50

3.50

10.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturer

Sample
Size

Engine
Reliability

Electric
 Reliability

Frame
Reliability

Overall
Reliability

Ownership
Experience

Overall
Recommendation

Total
Score

Miniplane

17

4.41

4.71

4.59

4.57

5.18

4.47

14.21

Fresh Breeze

34

4.67

4.41

3.94

4.34

5.32

4.38

14.04

Flat Top

21

4.48

4.10

4.38

4.32

5.09

4.43

13.84

Black Hawk

13

4.36

4.21

4.43

4.33

4.86

4.21

13.40

Fly Products

14

4.64

4.64

4.29

4.52

4.79

3.93

13.24

Nirvana

6

4.16

1.16

4.16

4.16

5.60

4.83

14.49

Walkerjet

5

4.20

3.80

4.60

4.20

5.20

3.80

13.20

Paratoys

4

3.60

3.50

4.00

3.73

4.80

4.40

12.93

ParaJet

4

2.25

3.50

3.00

2.92

5.25

4.75

12.92

ParaTour

5

4.40

3.60

4.20

4.06

4.40

4.40

12.86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturer

Sample
Size

Engine
Reliability

Electric
 Reliability

Frame
Reliability

Overall
Reliability

Ownership
Experience

Overall
Recommendation

Total
Score

Discovery 2

2

4.50

5.00

5.00

4.83

6.00

5.00

15.83

Kobra

2

4.50

5.00

5.00

4.83

5.00

4.50

14.33

PAP

3

4.33

4.66

4.66

4.55

5.33

4.33

14.21

Kangook

2

3.50

4.00

4.50

4.00

3.50

4.50

12.00

Fresh Breeze

3

3.33

4.00

3.33

3.56

4.00

3.33

10.88