Paramotor Helmet Options
Having a safe, comfortable and reliable paramotor helmet is a necessity for all serious pilots. Numerous off the shelf options exist, however they can be very expensive - are they worth the money?
At The Para Lab, we use MicroAvionics comms and a range of their helmets to ensure we have reliable systems and a helmet to fit all head shapes and sizes allowing for comfort for our students. We have never had issues with them and our students have no trouble understanding our instructions in-flight!
However for the individual pilot a bit more thought may be required.
Here we will discuss various options and to whom they might be suited.
To remain under certification, a paragliding / paramotoring rated EN966 helmet is recommended. Plusmax and Icaro2000 make some fantastic helmets that our instructors use. Below we discuss headset options only.
It is very frequent however for people to purchase a skateboard / ski helmet and mount the ear defenders themselves. This is a simple job requiring only a drill and screwdriver - but please make sure you take safety into account if you go down this route - a non certified helmet, especially a modified one is not recommended!
1. #1 Paramotor Comms setup
Under this category, we 100% recommend MicroAvionics. Their paramotor PM100 range is extremely well built and contains all the features that you will ever need.
For those of you who are into video blogging, MicroAvionics can adapt your helmet for the GoPro mic input as demonstrated in this video by Giles Fowler
Here at The Para Lab we use the standard PM-100 option, but bear in mind that Bluetooth can be added for an additional ~£95 adding calls & music functionality.
2. Bluetooth comms unit
Motorbike riders are aware of network devices such as SENA, where a number of riders are connected to each other for easy communication.
These units, whether a SENA or a cheap knockoff can be easily installed on a paramotor helmet. Just stick on the unit to the outside of the helmet and route the speakers into the ear muffs. This simple setup works well as long as the other pilots that you fly with have a similar system, therefore the main drawback is that you are unable to communicate using PMR / radio.
One other thing to consider is the range of these units - It is common to lose connection with other pilots mid flight!
3. Budget setup with all mod cons
For those of you who have some soldering skills, it is possible to install a radio PTT comms and a Bluetooth receiver at under £75.
Here is a comprehensive guide showing how one of our instructors created his comms unit for both his Baofeng radio and including a bluetooth unit for calls & music:
Another video where a Bluetooth motorbike comms unit was used instead of a basic bluetooth receiver is shown here by Ben @ Parajet
4. Cheapest / simplest option
The most basic option is to attach the empty ear defenders and to wear your earphones underneath if you want music. You will not have any comms but if you fly by yourself this is a very common option and one that a lot of pilots fly with.
For ~£30 you can buy the 3M Peltor headset which we recommend as great ear defenders.
Every one of us has different requirements and budgets but here at The Para Lab we have the knowledge and expertise to help you find what is best for you. Don't hesitate to give us a call to discuss your specific needs.