Cork man to fly to Africa on craft powered by lawnmower engine

Cork man to fly to Africa on craft powered by lawnmower engine

An Irishman will attempt to fly from Ireland to Africa on a lawnmower-powered craft this weekend.

Oisin Creagh will use a paramotor, a propeller blade mounted on his back on a rucksack device and connected to a wing, to complete the 3,000km journey.

He is aiming to raise awareness for the charity Gorta-Self Help Africa.

He'll fly via the UK, France and Spain at altitudes ranging from 1,500ft to 6,000ft before landing in North Africa.

Today he's undertaking a day of safety and rescue training at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork.

Amongst just a few dozen paramotoring enthusiasts in Ireland, Oisín Creagh regards his sport as “one of the simplest forms of powered aviation available to humankind.”

His paramotor is a specific type of motorised unit fitted with a propeller blade that is mounted on his back on a rucksack-like frame.

Cork man to fly to Africa on craft powered by lawnmower engine

Powered by a small two-stroke engine similar to the motor of a lawnmower, he should potentially be able to cover up to 150-200km of his trip, per flight, travelling at up to 60km an hour.

The Paraglider (known in paramotoring as a ‘Wing’) is essentially a parachute, very similar to those used for paragliding, but with a motor.

Oisín is predicting that it will take him approximately a month to cover the distance, but says that a huge amount of the expedition is dependent on getting the right weather conditions.

“Too warm, too windy or too wet and you just can’t fly,” he says.

Cork man to fly to Africa on craft powered by lawnmower engine


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