Flat Top Paramotor Caught Lying

Flat Top Paramotor claims a pilot is nearly killed due to a paramotor crash. What they didn’t mention is that he was flying a flat top paramotor. Even more scary is this crash was caused because of a serious design flaw in the flat top. Under full throttle, this unit can create a torque spin which turn the pilot and the thrust line in the oppsite direction of flight. This is one of many crashes that have resulted from this serious flaw.

You can find the full story at US Paramotor News

Dell Schanze chases and kicks an owl

The video has since been pulled down under ownership claims by Dell Schanze himself

Here is some of the footage in KSL’s news coverage
Law enforcement posted this on a number of forums:

Can anyone on this forum verify that the recent YouTube video showing Dell Schanze chasing an owl with his PPG was factually shot by and posted by Dell himself? Law enforcement personnel in Utah are checking into this and they need verification that this actually was Dell and that it came from his computer, posted by him, etc. for purposes of prosecution. Contact me directly by e-mail if you can help out with this info: “sargeomatic (at) hotmail.com” Thanks.

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Published on Apr 6, 2013
This is just sickening. The Powered Paragliding community does NOT condone the abuse of animals in this amazing sport. It’s people like this that will ruin the sport’s reputation for all involved. Dell Schanze of Flat Top Paramotors (the individual abusing this helpless animal) has taken it too far this time. His multiple arrests for dangerous & illegal conduct are one thing, but this takes it to a whole new level. Chasing an animal to the point of exhaustion and then bragging about kicking it borderlines on sociopathic behavior. What kind of person does this? Would you buy a product from someone who thinks this is “wicked” fun? Dell Schanze has NOT been held accountable for this cruel act, and it’s encouraged that you do your part by letting him know this is absolutely NOT OK. Dell Schanze’s publicly listed phone number is 1-800-707-2525. This video isn’t affiliated with the ASPCA, however, they are the leading authority in the prevention of animal abuse and it’s encouraged to contact them regarding Dell Schanze’s actions. Make a difference, get involved.

Flat Top Paramotor Ninja Frame breaks in half in flight

crackedframeLink to the post: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ppgbiglist/message/101573

Hi Doron,

As Beery says, back to the mundane level of terra firma, and sometimes, as
Terry says, slightly above it.

Back in August I took off into a light-to-medium wind.
I flew, climbing, into the wind possibly about 100 feet above the ground. I
felt a sudden whack which was repeated a couple of times. It didn’t feel
like any wind gust or rotor I had ever experienced, so I descended a bit
with the thought of landing in the field near to the T/O field. Before I
could do anything everything went crazy, I turned 180 degrees, looked up
and saw that one wingtip had folded right under the wing. I had one thought
– I’m dead.

I ‘think’ I probably fell about 50 feet.

Next thing I knew I was lying in the uncut hayfield on top of my paramotor,
thinking ‘this is rather comfortable’.
I unbuckled the quick release, stood up and had a look at my machine. It
was very crumpled in the zone below the seat, and lots of other places too.

Then I saw that the comfort bar on the left had come loose at the back end
where it has a welded mitre joint.
The weight of me and the motor working against the lift of the wing forced
the bar up, and upset the wing,
probably exacerbated by me holding the brake handle at the normal position.
This I suspect was the first ‘bumps’ I had felt.

The front bottom part of the comfort bar had been bending, and finally
broke and that let the riser rise a bit too high until the safety strap
stopped it.
At that point the karabiner was above my head, as we saw when we
reconstructed the situation.
This was the final straw that collapsed the wing.

The raw end of the broken tube cut the side of my face slightly.

My right ankle was tender for a couple of days. But other than that I was
unhurt.

My immediate reaction was to start laughing, as I was so surprised to be
alive and comfortable.

The frame was trashed, the Moster engine was broken, as was the propeller.

The manufacturer in Utah took some responsibility, after quite a number of
weeks of back-and-forth ‘discussions’.

It struck me as a bit ironic that although the famous crumple zone had
helped to save me,
it was the bit of the frame just above that had almost killed me!

The problem was very apparent to me when I looked at the failed weld. Lack
of penetration.
The fill material of the weld was simply overlaying the mitred joint, the
two parts of the mitre were not melted together.
The cut ends of the tube could be clearly seen in their off-the-saw
condition.
There was no distortion of the joint, as would be seen if it had previously
suffered mechanical damage. It simply separated.

And, sorry CC, but my very quick thought was to thank the Good Lord / YHWH for
his protection.
And I’m still thankful, as I’m back in the air again!

I sometimes walk across the field to the impact point. It feels like holy
ground to me now.

When I told my wife a couple of weeks ago about the episode, she wasn’t
exactly happy….

Bill

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SuperDell Attacks ParaTour baised on failed K2 paraglider

Posted on the PPG Truth unlimited yahoo group by Elisabeth at ParaTour. She has over 10 years experience repairing wings with hundreds repaired. Elizabeth is one of the top wing repairers in the United States and likely the world.

Hi all,

I have been attacked by Dell I would just want to post this e-mail, to state the facts.

Last June, while visiting the Sky factory in Czech Republic, Martin Nemec, the Sky CEO, told Bill Heaner, Jeff Goin, Eric Dufour and I that Bill Heaner was now on THE American Sky importer.

At Paratour’s Glider Shop, we now do porosity tests on the upper AND lower sail, just like they do at RipAir in France, which is the biggest gliders shop in the world.

For this K2 mentioned by Dell, the porosity was good on the upper sail, but the upper sail ALSO failed on the rip test. The upper sail has to pass the porosity tests AND the rip test. If the lower sail fails at the porosity tests (which was the case for this wing), this is still ok, as long as it passes the tear test. But this wing failed on the tear test: It started to rip at 500 gr. It needs 600 gr. to pass and we normally go until 1,000 gr (1 kg) without any problem during the rip test. If a glider shop takes the porosity tests without the tear test, this is not complete.

When a wing fails at the fabric tear test, it simply fails the inspection, no matter what. This wing is not airworthy anymore and the pilot who would fly this wing today would put himself at risks. A repair plus a full inspection would have been more income for me, but it
unfortunately failed the tear tests and the pilot only paid for the porosity and fabric rip tests and a patch on the long tear it had, so it can be used for ground handling.
At our shop, no one pays for a full inspection if his/her wing fails and we certainly do not do any repair on any glider that is not airworthy, except patch work, so it can be good for ground handling. We first start by the porosity and tear tests. If it passes, we then do to the line breakage tests. If it passes too, we can complete the whole inspection.  The USPPA is for pilots and instructors and has to date nothing to do with glider shops. In fact, there are no certifications for paraglider riggers in North America. In Europe, you can have DULV, and I think that only RipAir is DULV certified outside of Germany. I first learned at Swing, in Germany, who are closely working with DULV and later I learned much on the
detailed sides at RipAir in France and I am very fortunate to have Bertrand Maddalena (THE master in glider inspection & repairs worldwide) answering my questions for any details or particular cases.
When I informed the pilot that his K2 was not airworthy anymore, I never proposed him a wing (I stay very professional). Whatever wing he flies now, we never sold it to him.

Here is a link on the repair on a K2 I did. Its owner still flies and likes his wing:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PPGTRUTH-unlimited/photos/album/669543080/pic/list

I want to add that when we state that a wing is not airworthy anymore, most pilots will not be surprised. But for the ones who believed that the Skytex 27 fabric is as good as any other paraglider fabric, or almost… this is another story and some contact Dell, thinking
that their wing has a defect, which is not the case. By the way, we did not -and do not- offer wings to people who have a wing that fails inspection. We stay professional.

Last months, Daniel Constantini from Porcher in France (manufacturer of the Skytex fabrics), came visiting us and we spent 2 days together. I learned much more on the subject and also on how it works on the paraglider manufacturing and the paraglider fabric manufacturing industry, including who does what and how.

In a previous Paramotor Magazine issues (can’t remember the months), there was a good article with Anatoly Cohen (the Apco owner) about fabrics.

There also has been a good one the issue # 379, February 2008, in the French magazine Vol Libre, which CC translated in English after all the misinformation Dell wrote on light fabrics, so people can get the right information:
http://www.paratour.com/content/Light%20Material%20for%20Kleenex%20Paragliders.php

Elisabeth : – )

You can read all the emails in this conversation here at PPGTRUTH-unlimited

SuperDell – He thinks he’s awesome. Will you?

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Totally SuperDell – He thinks he’s awesome. Will you?
A previously unreleased TV pilot, which we decided not to proceed with, based on the negative publicity surrounding the main personality, our former spokesperson, at the time – who once actually ran for governor of Utah. In the light of recent events, however, we feel it presents an objective view, allowing the audience to decide. (c) Money Train, LLC, 2009. This is not a promotional piece, and is posted in response to Dell’s jump from the Astoria Tower in Oregon. – Creative Commons licensed.

FLAT TOP is the worlds worst paramotor design, it is dangerous & imposible to launch! Video

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The real truth about this very poorly designed paramotor the Flat Top. How it has been destroying paragliders, is nearly impossible to launch off the ground and should be banned from the sport of powered paragliding. Chris sanacroce is a good instructor but he recently crashed on a flat top paramotor and broke his back, once again showing the real danger of this very poor design.. This pilot struggles with the awkward design of the FT frame and super heavy weights. This is a very experienced Pg pilot who was trained by Chris Sanacroce (before he broke his back on a Flat top) to fly paramotors. You can see he has damaged his glider so many times that he installed a second ring to the flat top cage made of PVC to try and stop the constant glider damage,. It is easy to say this is just pilot error but the reality is that the Flat top paramotor is a very long frame which makes it difficult to run with (along with the very heavy weight) and the strange giant j bars on the front of the harness make it very difficult for the pilot to move his arms and manipulate the risers on the glider to launch it.
Just plain bad design!