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Amazing John O'Groats to Lands End flight for four Bailey Aviation Pilots Completed !!

Suffolk Squadron pilots, John Caston, Henry Glasse, Brian Pushman and Alex Heron landed today, 18th September 2009 at Lands End, having left John O'Groats on Sunday 13th September. Their chosen 'Scenic' route had them covering a total distance of 1250 km.

The trip was completed with zero mechanical problems whatsoever. All four pilots were flying Bailey175 4 stroke machines. Congratulations to all four pilots on their fantastic achievement

2009 sees the introduction of two all new, third generation 4 stroke engines, known as the V3-180 and 4V-200. The V3-180 is an 18HP, 180cc, 2 valve engine that directly replaces our 4stroke175 and features a number of improvements; 1kg lighter, more compact in every dimension, more powerful, improved cooling, provision for electric start with manual back-up, increased oil capacity, improved oil filtration/scavenging and much more.

The 4V-200 engine is based on the V3-180, but has a capacity of 200cc (22HP) and features a unique 4 valve cylinder head, ideally suited to paramotor pilots that weigh over 110Kg or the perfect answer for self-builders of trikes, ultralights or powered hanggliders, looking for economical, reliable 4 stroke power.

Our 'World First' 4 stroke paramotors have proved devastatingly effective over the last 5 years in competitions, with many UK, French and World Championship podium positions. Bailey Aviation machines are the leading choice for competition pilots, long XC pilots and fun-flyers alike. The 4 stroke design provides a superbly linear power delivery, smooth from idle to the higher RPM limits, far removed from the peaky power delivery of some 2 stroke designs. Many pilots are enjoying the extra flying time our fuel-efficient 4 stroke design offers, with 4+ hours flights now possible from a 10 litre fuel load.

The Bailey 4 stroke is a single cylinder SOHC design and features CNC machined alloy crankcases, pressure compensating carburettor, stainless steel exhaust, Poly-V belt drive reduction, high power CDI ignition and electric starting system. The Bailey 4 Stroke engines are compact and weigh in at 18.3Kg (V3-180) or 19.5Kg (4V-200) with all ancillaries (but minus battery pack).

But are the 4 strokes heavier?

Many people are apprehensive at the dry weight of our 4 stroke paramotor compared to a 2 stroke counterpart, without understanding the affective advantages of the design. There are currently many 30kg + paramotors available, most having a fuel consumption of 4-6 litres / hour. This means that when fuelling for a 2-hour flight on such a machine it would require the loading of 10 litres (7.20kg) of fuel, bringing the total take-off weight to 37.20kg. A similar flight on a Bailey 4 Stroke that uses 2 litres/hour would only need 4 litres (2.88kg) of fuel, resulting in a take off weight of only 36.38kg. When contemplating the weight of a Bailey 4 Stroke, the fuel load has to be taken into consideration, as the 4 Stroke is very economical.

The new Bailey V5 lightweight 4-stroke paramotor.
Following on from our world championship winning 4V-200 engine
design we introduce the Bailey V5 lightweight.
Engine weight 15.2kg (complete with all ancillaries)
Capacity 195cc
Power 20.5hp
Static Thrust (1.3m propeller) 60kg
Fuel consumption 2-3l/hr cruse
4 stroke, 2 valve, overhead camshaft.
Unique Bailey ‘easy start’ system.
Oil capacity 500cc
Forced air cooling
Titanium exhaust system
CDI ignition
Quick release propeller system.
Total machine weight 27.5kg including oil (no fuel)
For more details see
Orders taken...Call Norman on 01904 693969

New Bailey V5 with cast crankcases.

First one waiting to go out to its expectant owner