Details on the effort:

Flytec eDrive
Yuneec International
Werner Eck
Neil Andrews ePPG
Csaba Lemak
Fresh Breeze
EFS, Ltd.
Ernie Van Drongelen



Yuneec International, Ltd. 


Electric Paramotor Efforts

website as of 2010-Sept-02:

Electric Paramotor & Airplane Software Testing
Mar 27, 2010

After some months of silence we got the latest from Yuneec's Clive Coote. Indeed lots is happening and they continue to work and tweak and show but do not yet have a firm delivery date.

Clive reports that slow down is their efforts to improve the software that runs the battery charge/discharge logic but good progress is being made.

They are preparing for the Aero 2010 air show in Friedrichshafen, Germany (late March, 2010).

Improvements have been made to various parts including the spinner, riser offset, access holes to assist production and others.

Clive added that "development of the software - which has to done in combination with the aircraft so they are compatible - and the testing has taken longer than expected and so delayed the release again."

Their gear is flying, too, gaining experience in various of places. That German "Aero" show will have their e430 airplane and five of the latest ePAC electric paramotor units to sell/exchange for the Beta testers in Europe.

There are production units waiting in Shanghai for new updates and minor changes and they hope to be deliver by July 2010. At least eight of the ePACs are being flown constantly in Europe and China.

In Europe Michel Carnet has an E-PAC and has been flying constantly as has Sylvain Moisseron in France and Adi Geisegger in Germany/Austria who has been using it for aerial photos

Stay tuned.

Missed in CA and Updating Website
Feb 12, 2009

We missed seeing Yuneec at the CA Paratoys or Phoenix fly-ins this year. They have made a number of improvements to their machine and didn't have enough time to get the two prototypes shipped. One new feature includes an altitude hold function of the throttle. Hopefully we'll get to test fly it soon.

They sent us casual pictures of the machine and it looks very high end; a carbon fiber masterpiece. The cage has large openings so pilots would have to be extremely careful of getting a hand in the prop but then the vast majority of hand strike accidents occur during starting. Starting this is similar to turning on a fan. We've been promised publishable pictures within two weeks.

Coming to CA and Updating Website
Jan 13, 2009

There have been a number of improvements to the Yuneec E-Pac and it will be shown and flown at the Paratoys Salton Sea event in CA. I (Jeff Goin) hope to fly the latest and compare it with their earlier prototype, flown in April.

Yuneec has also updated their website with some more current information.

Letting the Press and others try it out
Apr 10, 2008

The Yuneec pre-production prototype has now flown in the U.S. Not just once, either. Three pilots have tried it so far and, with one more morning to go, others may get to try it. See the review on

There will be full coverage of the machine in UltraFlight and Paramotor magazines.

On Sale This Summer
Mar 24, 2008 from Press Release and Email

A lot has been happening with this company and they're clearly getting closer. The "Getting Closer" pictures show a frame that's close but still not the final look. They've been testing and refining various elements, including production processes, in hopes of a summer launch. Like any completely new product, there are hurdles to overcome and they don't want to introduce something half-ready. Thus the flight testing and tweaking.

Gilo's (Parajet designer) flare for the attractive is apparent so it should be, among other things, a very good looking machine.

Hopefully I'll test fly it within the next couple months and get a review up on Although there is no race, per se, it does appear that Yuneec and Werner Eck will debut a retail version about the same time.

It's good to see. We may indeed be months away from being able to buy the first production electric paramotor.


Video of Prototype
Dec 23, 2007 edited by

Yuneec sent us high-res video of their prototype flying in Shanghai. He emphasizes that the production model has a different frame and body. It is smaller than the one pictured at right.

Throttle design is a trigger style similar to the DK throttle and some others.

They continue to test fly the production prototype and are course to have a completed machine for us to test fly by April, 2008. We'll obviously have pictures and a flight test report when that happens.

Here is an edited version of the video showing the craft being flown by Mr. Zhang Ke. (2.3 Mg Nov2007_yuneec.wmv).

Press Release
Dec 11, 2007 by Clive M. Coote

Saturday 8th December Shanghai - Yuneec’s E-PAC flies for 40.63 minutes.

On Saturday 7th December 2007 one of Yuneec’s E-PAC prototype test units took to the skies for 40 minutes of electric powered paramotor flight believed to be one of the longest electric parawing flights to date. After the flight the E-PAC unit, which was using 12 battery packs (60A), still recorded 54v under load, 40% capacity remaining.

Flight Data:

Pilot: Mr. Zhang Ke
Weather: Sunny, 7~12℃
Wing: 27 Square Meter
E-Pack Weight: 33Kg (with 12 Packs)
Battery Pack Wt: 20Kg
Pilot weight: 75Kg.
Battery No. / Capacity: 12 Packs 60AH
Tested Airspeed: 34 km/h

The flight was part of Yuneec’s ongoing E-PAC test program. Daily ground testing and regular flight testing have been going on throughout the summer after the motor and speed controller specifications and design were finalized. Having all the development and production of electronics, software, motor and ancillary parts for E-PAC under one roof at Yuneec’s new factory in Shanghai means that constant running changes can be made to the designs to improve efficiency and ensure total reliability of operation.

The E-PAC testing program will continue with longer and longer flights during the early part of 2008 prior to production in spring 2008.

For further information on specification please see the separate specification sheet.

Production Prototype Announced - Press Release
11, 2007 by Clive M. Coote

Since the last information release much has been going on at Yuneec. In late July we were pleased to welcome to our Shanghai facility the now ‘World Famous’ Gilo Cardozo of Parajet UK who had recently flown over Everest in a PPG with his colleague Bear Grylls.

Gilo who is consulting to Yuneec on the design of its electric paramotor flew in for a couple of days to see the progress on motors and speed controller units as well as to ‘Fly Electric’ for the first time.

Unfortunately due to bad weather - Yes, wind and rain in Shanghai!! - Gilo was only able to fly on the last day of his visit but took to the air confidently with the standard reduction drive electric test unit and flew around happily for 25mins before landing.

Gilo commented afterwards that the speed control of the electric unit was incredibly smooth and that he really liked the progressiveness of the throttle which was far better than any other paramotor he had ever flown. He said he could not wait to start testing the production prototypes expected late November.

During his visit Gilo was able to see the design and prototype office as well as the current production facilities. Gilo said he was impressed by the strength of Yuneec’s hi-tech R&D capabilities and also the staff who were all 100% dedicated to the success of the EPPM project.

Since July Gilo and Yuneec’s UK managing Director Clive Coote have visited the Yuneec Shanghai facility several more times and their last visit in October gave Gilo once again the chance to see and fly the latest motor and speed controller samples.

Although the early initial test flights were done with a reduction unit Yuneec has been working on its own ‘Direct Drive’ motor and after much testing it is this motor that will be used in the Yuneec EPPM. The new Yuneec system features a sensored ‘Direct Drive’ motor producing 50Kg+ of thrust via a 1.25m prop. Batteries will be Li-Po. More precise technical info will follow shortly.

Test flights were done with a new frame (see photos) which featured a cooling system for the motor and speed controller. This frame is only for testing and info on the new revolutionary ‘space age’ frame for Yuneec’s EPPM, which has been designed by Gilo, will be released before Xmas.

After testing Gilo commented how powerful and smooth the direct drive electric unit was and that he looked forward to putting the new frame, production motor and speed controller units through their paces late November.

Production is still on target for spring ’08 and Yuneec looks forward to releasing more detailed information on the EPPG site shortly.

Further information, as it becomes available, on the Yuneec paramotor can be requested by emailing Yuneec’s European Managing Director Mr. Clive Coote at or calling on 01707 664111 (Office hours)

More Questions Answered
06/16/2007 by Jeff Goin

What is that in his right hand? I asked. Turns out that it's a remote control unit for a radio controlled car that is serving as the throttle. It's certainly not going to be the final product but is a concept they're testing. Mr. Coote didn't say whether the remote throttle concept would end up as part of the plan but they appear to be leaving few stones unturned.

June 15, 2007 by Jeff Goin

Mr. Clive Coote has informed us that they expect to be in full production of this craft by the first few months of 2008.

Questions Answered
June 11, 2007 by Jeff Goin

We had some questions and Clive Coote explained that they are testing numerous combinations of motors, redrives and battery types but would rather not give details just yet. They are planning on issuing some hard data soon. Mr. Coote, who is based in Europe, will be in China during late June and July so hopefully we'll get more by then.

He did offer that the weight of the two pilots was between 190 and 200 lbs (85-90Kg) with 6 foot tall Mr. Tian YU being the heavier one. He also is willing to answer other inquiries at We will bring updates when they become available.

Press Release
06/10/2007 by Clive M. Coote (release date May 25, 2007)



A New Player enters the Electric Paramotor arena – Yuneec International Ltd.

On the 15th May 2007, following 6 months of intensive design and development Yuneec International Ltd flew a prototype of their new electric paramotor unit in Shanghai for the first time.

After an initial 10 minute test flight, the unit was then flown with the same battery for a further 22 mins in the hands of Mr. Zhang, one of China’s top paramotor pilots who consults for Yuneec. An enthusiastic Mr. Zhang said the unit had plenty of take off power and was amazingly smooth and responsive in flight.

After a quick battery change Yuneec’s chairman, Mr. Tian Yu, a novice pilot who had only had only previously had one short petrol motor powered paraflight then took to the air with his own product. After a 10 minute electric flight Mr. Yu was thrilled with the motor pack saying that he had never thought the unit would be so light (unit weighs only 22Kg) and easy to use, especially for a beginner like himself.

“This will open up paramotoring to a much wider audience as well as offering existing paraglider pilots another quieter, more environmentally acceptable method of propulsion” said Mr. Yu.

Yuneec’s new ‘all in one’ factory in Shanghai which encompasses everything from design to mould making, motor winding, PCB and electronic assembly will produce the paramotor unit. Mass production is expected to start early 2008 after further extensive testing during this summer. Pricing has yet to be advised.

For further information, as it becomes available, on the Yuneec paramotor please contact Yuneec’s European Managing Director Mr. Clive Coote at

Tel) +44 (0) 1707 664 111

Fax) +44 (0) 1707 665 444

Getting Closer!

Some of the units being tested. In flight, Gilo leads the way.


Shanghai, China

Besides a master switch, the throttle will have a safety system to reduce the chance for accidental engagement.

Pressing the green button activates the system. When the trigger is first pulled an audible alarm sounds followed by a brief delay. Then the trigger can be pulled again but the first wind up is progressive so that even full throttle will only allow low RPM. Then full throttle is available.

The throttle will display RPM, temperature (battery or motor), timer, voltage, current/capacity and possibly others.

Initial body design. We're told this will likely be updated as they optimize cooling, appearance, comfort and access.

The Yuneec prototype flying.