Paramotor Coast to Coast Stats

The incredible trip more than bet my wildest expectations. In my planning, I knew of one person who had crossed most of the coast to coast but not all of it, and it had taken about 20 days. We publicly set a target of 14 days or less, but I had told my team that I hoped to do it in 10 days.

I didn’t know if it was possible, but as it turns out we did it in less and had we not lost 1 day to weather and made a few minor changes, the trip could have been completed in just 6 days. The stats below are unofficial results and it will take some time for the actual records to be approved.

Totals

  • Total Trip length: 9 days
  • Total Trip time: 8 days, 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Total Flight time: 48 hours 19 minutes (48.3167)
  • Total Number of Flights: 22
  • Total Distance Covered: 2144.9
  • Total Horizontal Distance: 2053.2 (deviation 91.7 miles 4.5%)
  • Total Height Gain: 29.8 miles  (Atmosphere 4x)
  • Total Fuel: 58 Gallons

High / Low / Max / Most / Least / Average

  • Highest Altitude: 12,444 MSL  (Flight 6)
  • Highest Altitude above Ground: 10,184 AGL    (Flight 1, Day1)
  • Max Ground Speed: 89.5 MPH (144 kph) (Flight 8, Day 3-Flight3)
  • Average Ground Speed: 44.39 mph
  • Slowest Ground Speed: 14 mph (Flight 4, Day 2-Flight1)
  • Longest Flight: 3 hours 47 minutes  (Flight 1,  Day1)
  • Shortest Flight: 55 Minutes (Flight 22, Day 8-Flight-1)
  • Longest Distance Covered on a Flight: 173 miles (278.4 km)  (Flight 10, Day 4-Flight2)
  • Shortest Distance Covered on a Flight: 29.2 miles (47 km) (Flight 4, Day 2-Flight1)
  • Max Lift: 906 fpm 
  • Most Flights in a Day: 4
  • Least Flights in a Day 3 (0 on a weather day)
  • Best Distance in a Day: 384.1 miles (day 3)
  • Least Distance in a Day: 175.9 (day 2 – 2 flights)
  • Average Distance per Day: 265 miles 
  • Most Flying in a Day: 8 hrs 10 min
  • Least Flying in a Day: 5 hrs 23 min* (excludes last flight)
  • Ave Flying in a Day: 6 hrs 09 min
  • Best Wind: +43.5 (Tail)
  • Worst Wind: -14 (Head)
  • Deviation from course: 91.7 (0.045 = 4.5%)

Day / Distance Covered / Horizontal Distance / Height Gain / Time Flying

  • Day 1: 245.6 / 234.2 / 25620 / 490 mins-8 hrs 10 min
  • Day 2: 185.2 / 175.9 / 13172 / 323 mins-5 hrs 23 min
  • Day 3: 384.1 / 364.9 / 27513 / 430 mins- 7 hrs 10 min
  • Day 4: 0
  • Day 5: 317.4 / 307.7 / 25023 / 462 mins- 7 hrs 42 min
  • Day 6: 329.2 / 315.8 / 18258 / 408 mins- 6 hrs 48 min
  • Day 7: 243.3 / 232.7 / 24747 / 335 mins- 5 hrs 35 min
  • Day 8: 383 / 374 / 18570 / 429 mins- 7 hrs 09 min
  • Day 9: 57.1 / 48.5 / 4616 / 79 mins- 1 hrs 19 min

Altitude Gained

It extends from Earth’s surface to an average height of about 12 km (7.5 mi; 39,000 ft), although this altitude varies from about 9 km (5.6 mi; 30,000 ft) at the geographic poles to 17 km (11 mi; 56,000 ft) at the Equator, with some variation due to weather.

Equipment Notes

  • Blackhawk Paramotors Elite Frame
  • Corsair Motors Black Devil 172
  • Helix 3 Blade 130cm Props
  • Broke 1 Prop
  • Chopped 3 lines
  • 2 Gliders – kph
  • Hadron 3 : min = 24 ; trim = 45-58 ; max = 71 (+/- 3 km/h)* (46 mph)
  • Snake 1.2 : min = 25; trim = 39 – 52; max = 65 + – 3 (42 mph)

Other claims of people who flew across the USA

  • Will Gadd & Othar Lawrence 2001 (Unknow)
  • Jonathan Sepp 2011 (18 days)
  • Jean Francois Chabaud 2018 (20 days)

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