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Yes huge amounts, taking off heavily loaded r will need either more thrust or a longer run to get airborne, size your self right from the start on the right size wing for your weight and Miniplane will have almost every pilot of the ground.

As with all paramotors all units need to be checked  regularly due to vibration and wear,MiniPlane in Italy have some very useful links to prep and Maintenance which we've listed here

Maintenance Deadlines including Carburetor maintenance, locking torques and some handy spare parts.

Well in truth front mounted reserves conatiners are  more accessible. By sitting in your lap in flight you could use either hand to grab and throw your reserve. You might find that front mounted reserves restrict view of your pre flight checks, inhibit your run slightly but do act as a good coffee table for instruments in flight. .

Side mounted reserves are sort of out  of the way making your cockpit a little more clutter free, so making pre flight checks and running that little more comfortable, obvioulsy they limit the accesiblity of the front moutned reserve handle as it willl be either situated on one side or the other.

The recommended Miniplane reserve is mounted to the front hangpoints as opposed to traditional paraglider shoulder points, it's the last piece you clip in. It's been like all Miniplane products designed to be as simple to use as possible and is brilliantly light. Miniplane have researched having side and underseat options and have found that these designs either inhibits airflow to the engine and therefore efficency or the ability to run with the best thrust line for take off.

MIniplnae research into this is quite compelling but we apreciate if your a traditional paraglider pilot you might prefer the the shoulder option hence the Apco option for the harness. It comes down to personal choice.

Teaching full time abroad and in UK has offered up what works for some and not always for others.

In truth if you’ve never done  paragliding before and you new to paramotoring then launch will always be the more stressful time for you over your first year or so depending on how much flying you can get in outside weekends.

Paramotor wings with full Reflex have traditionally been a bit tricky in nil or very light winds to launch, not all but many. If you’ve half a mind to paraglide too then you’ll want to look at a beginners paraglider. Our recommendations are Ozone Buzz Z4 Pwr or Advance Alpha 6 as it offers some extra speed, benign take off behaviour and trimmers for use in flight like other reflexed wings. 

If you've got a wedge of flying experience or you've got the time to put into flying from qualifying then deally you want to go for a reflexed glider as they simply offer you more speed over the ground so no hanging around annoying the neighbours!