MICHEL CARNET BREAKS WORLD SPEED RECORDS

 

Michel Carnet flying Ozone Viper and Bailey trike in his way to breaking the world record

Michel Carnet has broken two world speed records flying a small Ozone Viper. The records, which now have to be ratified by the FAI, were speed over a 15 to 25km course in the footlaunch category. This record is currently held by Czech pilot Jiri Sramek, and speed over a 100km closed course in the trike category which had not previously been set. Michel use a Bailey JPX330 and the new Bailey Quattro 175 4-stroke trike.

In the tandem footlaunch category Michel has broken two more records flying a Dudek Orca and the Bailey JPX330 with 74-year old passenger Dave Smith. The pair took the records for speed over a straight 15/25 km course and speed over a closed circuit of 50 km. All the record claims are currently with the FAI for ratification

Michel Carnet and Dave Smith flying under the Dudek Orca during the record attempt

There are 14 possible world records in each of the four classes: Footlaunch or trike, solo or tandem. Some existing records are hard to beat whilst others have yet to be claimed.

“Flying competition is all about choosing the most versatile equipment” Michel told us, “it’s a compromise between performance, speed, economy, handling and stability. To break world records however, you have to look at ‘extreme’ equipment, either very high or very low wing loading, powerful or economical engines, depending of the type of record you are trying to break.

“It’s exhilarating to fly very different combinations of motors and wings and fortunately I am able to borrow gear from various manufacturers; I am grateful to Bailey, Dudek, Ozone, Lynx, Helix and Miniplane for their support.”

Michel Carnet with 74 year old passenger Dave Smith

Record Details from the FAI

FAI has received the following Class R (Microlights) record claims:
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Claim number : 14844
Sub-class :RPF1 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched /
Flown with one person)
Type of record : Speed over a straight 15/25 km course
Course/location : Brighton (UK)
Performance : 63.71 km/h
Pilot : Michael CARNET (UK)
Paramotor : Ozone Viper
Date :19.10.2007
Current record : 60.13 km/h (19.07.2004 – Jiri SRAMEK, Czech Republic)
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and
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Claim number : 14845
Sub-class :RPL1 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown
with one person)
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without landing
Course/location : Brighton (UK)
Performance : 58.49 km/h
Pilot : Michael CARNET (UK)
Paramotor : Ozone Viper
Date :18.10.2007
Current record : no record set yet
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The details shown above are provisional. When all the evidence required
has been received and checked, the exact figures will be established and
the record ratified (if appropriate).


Marcel Meyer
FAI Executive officer

Record details from FAI website

Sub-class RPF2 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with two persons)

Speed over a straight 15/25 km course : 37.11 km/h

Date of flight: 02/11/2007
Pilot: Michel CARNET (UK)
Crew: David SMITH
Course/place: Brighton (UK)

Microlight:
Dudek Orca

Sub-class RPF2 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with two persons)

Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing : 32.83 km/h

Date of flight: 02/11/2007
Pilot: Michel CARNET (UK)
Crew: David SMITH
Course/place: Brighton (UK)

Microlight:
Dudek Orca

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