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Torque Twist Causing Riser Twist Shortly After Tak

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Age: 28
Weight: 175
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Model: Large Sky Atis 2, Certification: EN B
Paramotor Frame: Flat Top 200, approx. 65 pounds with

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December 31, 2012
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I’m new to the sport with approximately 15 flights and around 5 hours of fly time. Using a Flat Top 200 with a Simonini engine, I did a forward launch in shifting winds with close to full power. Immediately after takeoff the unit angled to the left about 30 degrees. My wing was slightly behind me and to the right as I held left brake to continue flying forward and gain altitude. Instead of letting off the brake or reducing power like I should have, I held the left brake and nearly full power as the motor continued to angle further to the left. 25 seconds into the flight, and at an altitude of around 80 feet, the motor angled more than 90 degrees to the left and then all the way around so I was facing backwards. I shut the motor off at that point and continued to spin quickly to the left, twisting my risers. My wing collapsed and I quickly fell while spinning. Around 15 feet above the ground, my wing reopened and swung me forward so I was looking straight up at the sky with the unit underneath me. I landed on the ground on my back, with the unit breaking my fall. I landed in a flooded vineyard with standing water about 2 feet deep, which made for a nice cushion for me and the unit. Fortunately I walked away with no physical injuries and minor damage to the unit. The motor was back up and running a week later. All in all it was a good learning experience that could have gone a lot worse.

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