The V5 design brief was to make a technically competent machine that is also aesthetically pleasing and easily transportable.
The Bailey V5 paramotor is designed, manufactured and assembled in house to exacting standards. The alloy cage and engine chassis are made from drawn aviation specification aluminium tube of various gauges giving maximum structural stiffness without adding excess weight. All tubes are precision TIG welded using filler rod of the same material to insure uniform strength and quality of finish. In the event of a very heavy landing or fall the cage is designed to deform & absorb impact, protecting the pilot and the main chassis. This ‘No compromise’ design has high structural rigidity in key stressed areas and is designed to be dismantled quickly & easily, leaving the chassis/engine to remain free standing when disassembled.
Active Chassis Construction
The chassis is quite different to our previous designs and has integral pick-up points for the all new Active hang bars.
The Active hang bars are a unique design, made from mirror polished 316 stainless steel, and are fixed to the chassis pivot points with red alloy fastening nuts and a quick release 'R' Clip.
It is widely understood that the optimum pivot point location for moving hang bars on a paramotor is on the same horizontal plane as the thrust line and vertically in line with the chassis/engine Centre of gravity (C of G). On most designs this ideal location has obstructions which prevent optimum placement.
This pivot placement was one of the key design briefs when we were planning the V5 engine and chassis layout. The result is a pivot point that is as close as possible to the ideal position, rearward of the harness plane and in line horizontally with the prop centre, extensive flight testing by many different size/weight pilots has proved that the system not only remains vertically stable with large or small power changes but also exhibits virtually zero torque.
It has been demonstrated that with zero brake input and full power (60kg static) a left turn (opposite to torque) can be made with weight shift only, the machine can be made to maintain heading with weight shift input only, from idle all the way to full power.
Weight shift steering ability is further enhanced by the pivot geometry of the hang bars, when viewed from the front the bar follows a downward and inward path, this exaggerates the weight transfer onto the down going riser in the direction of turn by its inward movement. . A static amount of riser offset is built into the bars also so at a cruse power setting the bars (and therefore the seat) can remain level.
The V5 safety cage is a single hoop, 4 piece split design that is clear anodised for added durability and incorporates alloy inserts to prevent any unwanted movement. Each quarter features integral line fastening loops and have our own specification, black nylon cage safety line woven through them.
Both left and right top quarters feature a handy throttle handle hook and on manual (pull start) machines also feature our unique fastening clamp/webbing strap/roller pulley, which locates the pull starter handle conveniently just behind the pilots head.
The cage quarters are secured with strong Velcro fasteners allowing quick assembly/disassembly with complete peace of mind and ultimate portability.
All Bailey V5 paramotors are supplied with a bespoke padded cage quarter bag and propeller covers.