When flying Powered Paragliders in South Africa, we use airband radio to communicate with other airborne traffic, ATC, and each other.
Airband Radio models:
- Icom A14 Aviation Transceiver (aeronautical radio).
Headsets & helmets
You must order a headset with wiring and jacks to match your intended radio:
- a two-pin standard jack is used by the Icom A4 as well as the older (bulkier) A3 and A22
- a single micro-jack is used by the newer ultra-compact Icom A5 and A23
- The Yaesu VXA-10/100 also uses the single-pin, but is wired differently
We have procured these new dedicated paramotor helmets with built-in communications from Europe.
- Noise Cancelling Microphone, reduces engine noise on your transmissions.
- Maximum noise attenuation of the headset, reduces engine noise for the pilot even at low frequencies (27 dB rating)
- Sidetone feature allows you to hear your own transmitions (if you hear yourself, you know you are transmitting OK)
- PTT (Press To Talk) on earpiece, within easy reach
- Headset fitted to outside of helmet, no uncomfortable headset band inside helmet
- Headset is springloaded to press earpieces firmly over ears to eliminate outside noise
- Ear Pieces can be swivelled away from ears onto helmet when on the ground (no need to remove the headset and helmet to chat on the ground)
- Available in Four sizes: Small, Medium, Large or XL
- Available for all radio types, please indicate which radio you intend using
- Lightweight, compact and comfortable designs.
- Polycarbonate shell construction with removable sunshade peak (helps to keep the sun out of your eyes) @
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Polycarbonate shell with removable peak.
Most popular for PPG
For the more discerning pilot, a helicopter pilot type helmet is available.
This has a visor that can be retracted into a protective sleeve when not required.
Electronic features identical to above models.
Special Introductory Offer: R5250.00
All helmets sizes: Same as your hat size,
i.e. measured as the circumference around your head horizontally from your forehead.
- 55/56cm - Small
- 57/58cm - Medium
- 59/60cm - Large
- 61/62cm - XL
Orders and Inquiries to Keith Pickersgill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 414-8448
When ordering or making inquiries, please advise:
- which model helmet/headset (With peak or Visor, or Helicopter-pilot style),
- which size (Small, Medium, Large or XL), and
- to operate with which radio brand and model
Speed Services overnight delivery from Cape Town is R84 per helmet or radio, or R38.50 for ordinary post if preferred.
NB! A good radio and a decent headset is only part of the solution for reliable and effective radio communications. Unfortunately the standard rubber-duckie antenna on these radios does not work very well in flight.
Paramotor pilots should fit a decent antenna to their wing.
The Wonder-Whip is a very efficient di-pole andtenna made entirely from only two components:
It is quick and easy to make one yourself.
- a BNC jack to fit the radio's antenna socket and,
- RG-174 Co-axial cable.
See detailed instructions and pictures to make your own Wonder-Whip at: www.xplorer.co.za/wonder-whip