World Powered Paragliding Records


Here is a listing of the official FAI world powered paragliding records. Solo, and thermal-engine powered only, for now.


The official units are Metric, but the corresponding Imperial figures are included for those who are more familiar with them.

It's early days for some of these records, I'll have to keep an eye on them and update at least every few months!





Powered Paragliding Records for Distance

Distance over a closed circuit without landing: 231.6 km (143.8 miles)
Date of flight: 25/08/2001
Pilot: Frédéric Jacques (Monaco)
Location: Saint-André les Alpes - La Mure and return (France)
Paraglider: Korsair 28
Paramotor: ???

Distance in a straight line without landing: 1,105.0 km (686.2 miles)
Date of flight: 23/04/2007
Pilot: Ramon Morillas Salmeron (Spain)
Location: Jerez, Cadix (Spain) - Lanzarote, Canaries (Spain)
Paraglider: Advance Omega 7
Paramotor: PAP ROS 1450

Distance in a straight line with limited fuel: 242.5 km (151 miles)
Date of flight: 12/07/2008
Pilot: David Rotureau (France)
Location: Saint Georges de Montaigu (France)
Paraglider: ITV Pawnee
Paramotor: PAP Top 80 1400

Distance in a closed circuit with limited fuel: 102.1 km (63 miles)
Date of flight: 27/1/2008
Pilot: David Rotureau (France)
Location: Saint Georges de Montaigu (France)
Paraglider: ITV Pawnee
Paramotor: PAP Top 80 1400

Distance with limited fuel: 110.161 km (68.410 miles)

Date of flight: 23/08/2006
Pilot: Dave Hairs (UK)
Location: 2006 European Microlight Championships New Classe León (Spain)
Paraglider: Dudek ReAction 29
Paramotor: Bailey 4-Stroke 150



Powered Paragliding Records for Speed

Speed over a straight 15/25 km (9.3/15.5 miles) course: 63.80 kph (39.6 mph)
Date of flight: 19/10/2007
Pilot: Michel Carnet (UK)
Location: Brighton (UK)
Paraglider: Ozone Viper
Paramotor: Bailey JPX330

Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km (31 miles) without landing: 65.4 kph (40.6 mph)
Date of flight: 20/01/2007
Pilot: Juan Jose Garcia de Abajo (Spain)
Location: Lanzahita (Spain)
Paraglider: Dudek Reaction TST 27
Paramotor: Hirth F 33, 28 hp

Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km (62 miles) without landing: 49.3 kph (30.6 mph)
Date of flight: 27/10/2007
Pilot: David Rotureau (France)
Location: Saint Georges de Montaigu (France)
Paraglider: Dudek Reaction TST 27
Paramotor: PAP Top 80 1400

Precision Circuit in the Shortest Time ('Japanese Slalom'):

56.95 sec
Date of flight: 20/01/2007
Pilot: Ramon Morillas Salmeron (Spain)
Location: 2006 European Microlight Championships New Classe León (Spain)
Paraglider: Advance Epsilon 5
Paramotor: ???



Powered Paragliding Records for Altitude

Time to climb to a height of 3000 meters (9840 feet): 26 min 36 sec
Date of flight: 04/05/2006
Pilot: Jiri Sramek (Czech Republic)
Location: Jaromer (Czech Republic)
Paraglider: Nirvana Mad Max 145
Paramotor: ???

Time to climb to a height of 6000 meters (19680 feet): 1 h 12 min 32 sec
Date of flight: 02/09/2008
Pilot: Ramon Morillas Salmeron (Spain)
Location: Granada (Spain)
Paraglider: Advance Omega 7
Paramotor: PAP VR 200

Altitude: 6,721 m (22,045 feet)
Date of flight: 02/09/2008
Pilot: Ramon Morillas Salmeron (Spain)
Location: Granada (Spain)
Paraglider: Advance Omega 7
Paramotor: PAP VR 200

(And here's an interesting one that might never appear in the official record books...)

Altitude: 8,990 m (29,494 feet)
Date of flight: 14/05/2007
Pilot: Bear Grylls
Location: Mt Everest, Himalayas, Nepal
Paraglider: Revolution
Paramotor: Parajet (experimental)




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