On the 22nd of March 2016, masters of sports Ionuț Riteș and Adrian Buzan, paramotor pilots broke their own global world paramotor flight record in Salina Slănic Prahova, Sala Mihai, established in 2009, where they flew at 140m depth, this time being able to perform in the same saline, but in Sala Unirea, at 208m depth, with an continuous flight distance of about 5 km, occasion of which the two of them flew simultaneously.
This is the second successful flight of the two pilots indoor, unique in the world, where the duration of flight was of approximately 12 minutes.
The previous global record of the two was registered in Record Book “World Record Academy” from USA, followed hopefully by a future ratification.
Ionut Rites is 40 years old and the coach of paramotor department of CS West University of Timișoara; he has 12 titles of national champion at parachutism and three world records: deepest paramotoring (PPG) flight, the millennium jump and the one from the time of the total eclipse in 1999.
Adi Buzan, was a parachute testing pilot for 23 years. He represented Sport Association “Phoenix Club 89” as President. He has also three world records: deepest paramotoring (PPG) flight, Highest Launch of a Jewelry Collection and the one from the time of the total eclipse in 1999.
Slanic Prahova saline is the biggest in Europe, but the „Unirea” hall – where the flights were realized, has only 33 m width and 54 meters height. The Mine is open to the public now, being used as a spa, amusement center and museum of the salt mining industry.
International contests of Indoor Model Aircraft Flying (Modellism) take place annually in the upper level (Mina Mihai) of the Old Mine.
Paramotor is a generic name for the propulsive portion of a powered paraglider („PPG”). It consists of a frame that combines the motor, propeller, harness (with integrated seat) and cage. It provides two attachment points for the risers of a paraglider wing that allows for powered flight.
Pilots who fly these engage in paramotoring, also known as powered paragliding.
Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his or her back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider wing. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required.
In many countries, including the United States, powered paragliding is minimally regulated and requires no license. The ability to fly both low and slow safely, the ‘open’ feel, the low equipment and maintenance costs, and the portability are claimed to be this type of flying’s greatest merits.
“Flight deep down” event was organized by “Learn How to Learn” Association and Applied Strategies Centre in partnership with SC Salrom SA.
On behalf of “Learn How to Learn” Association, President Ms. Valeria Tivdă and Mr. Liviu Tătaru, as organizer of the event, gave their contest and Mrs. Alexandru Duca, Cosmin Marinescu and Costin Nicolescu, on behalf of SC Salrom SA, made the entire adventure possible.
More images with depth flight record can be found here: