Helix Team Pilot:

Karen Skinner

Karen Skinner, a British national residing in Spain for 28 years, is an extraordinary figure in the world of paramotoring, boasting an impressive list of accomplishments. As an eight-time world record holder, Karen has not only excelled in numerous world and European competitions but has consistently stood on the podium, showcasing her prowess as a competition pilot. She held the title of Female Champion of Spain in Classic paramotor competitions from 2005 to 2015 and Female Champion of Spain in Slalom from 2013 to 2018. Her achievements include World Classic Bronze Medal and Silver team (2012), World Slalom Bronze Medal and Bronze team (2013), and World Classic Vice World Champion, Silver Medal (2014), among others.

Karen is currently a member of the Spanish Paramotor team and describes herself as a competition pilot, cross-country pilot, record chaser, and adventure pilot. Her involvement in the paramotor community is driven by passion, considering her flying a dedicated hobby. Karen’s journey into paramotoring began in 2003 when she stumbled upon a paramotor flying near her residence in Spain. Enthralled by the experience, she delved into the sport, eventually finding a school in Berga.

Since 2003, Karen has been flying with Helix Propellers and became a sponsored pilot in 2014. She entrusts her engines, including the PAP Safari 125, PAP Polini 250, and PAP Polini 202, with Helix propellers. Her choice is rooted in the realization of the importance of having the best propellers for fuel efficiency, low noise, and crucially, minimal vibration—a criterion perfectly met by Helix propellers. Karen Skinner’s dedication, achievements, and commitment to excellence make her a prominent figure and a respected ambassador in the global paramotoring community.

Accomplishments & Accolades:

  • Female champion of Spain in Classic paramotor competitions from 2005 to 2015
  • Female Champion of Spain in Slalom from 2013 to 2018
  • World Classic – Bronze Medal and Silver team – 2012 – Marugan, Spain
  • World Slalom – Bronze medal and bronze team – 2013 – France
  • World Classic – Vice world champion, Silver medal – 2014 – Hungary
  • World air games – Bronze medal – Dubai – 2015
  • European Slalom – Silver medal & Bronze team – 2016 Bornos, Spain
  • World cup Slalom – Bronze medal & Bronze team – 2017 – Egypt

World Records:

  • Non stop distance of 440,9 km, taking off by foot with 75 kg of weight of equipment, flying 8 hours 30 minutes from Sevilla to Zamora, Spain
  • Height record of 6250 metres, Castejon de Sos, Spain
  • The FAI Anne Welch diploma for Record achievement in 2012
  • Speed to 3000 metres, 22 minutes. Sant Pere de Pescador, Spain
  • Tandem Speed to 3000 metres, 41 minutes. Sant Pere de Pescador, Spain
  • Distance over a closed circuit, 310 km. Taking off foot launch with 65 kg weight of equipment, flying 5 hours 25 minutes beating the previous record by 130% in Cervera, Spain
  • The FAI Anne Welch diploma for Record achievement 2020.