This section features member stories and pilot profiles for the simple fun of it

  1. Santa Siting

    December 11, 2008

    Roger Messerly of Fort Dodge, IA, looked up to find Santa Claus flying his paramotor. After a quick display of milk and cookies, Roger was able to get his machine back. Must have been a warm-up flight and, no doubt, Santa’s gone feed the deer nothing but the best synthetic this year. Santa was out […]

  2. Car Kiting

    December 9, 2008

    I live in Fredericton, N.B., Canada. The father of one of my flying buddies, Dave Bradley, owns the nearby “Weyman Air Park” where we fly from regularly. On Nov. 1, 2008, flying conditions got a bit rowdy. It was too early to go home, so we decided to “ham it up” and show a new […]

  3. It’s Still Winter

    March 15, 2008

    While much of the U.S. begins thawing from its frigid hibernation, our Canadian friends make the best of their continued winter. Frozen lakes are still thick enough to make great, wide launch sites as long as can stand up on them. This flight was March 14th at Gondola Point, NB Canada. Mark Dean shared his observation of […]

  4. PPG in Dubai, UAE

    January 15, 2008

    Paramotor pilot Johan is a world away from most of us. But he’s not far from the the world wide web and shared this view of an increasingly famous man-made development. It’s another examples of how, given the chance, humans everywhere want to enjoy the simple, pure pleasure of PPG. He writes: “Although far away […]

  5. Children’s PPG Cheer

    December 12, 2006

    You never know who your flying will make an impression on. Rest assured, though, that it’s making some kind a mark in your children’s mind. Gary Brown, a Chicago area pilot, recently sent us some refrigerator art done by his kids that he found quite encouraging. It included commentary. Nice work. We’ll look forward to […]

  6. Balloonists Welcome PPG

    November 25, 2006

    Another example of how to be welcome is the work of Ed Poccia and Derick DeGennaro, USPPA members from New Mexico. They have worked with organizers of the 2006 Socorro Balloon Rally to get paramotor pilots invited to participate. The Albuquerque based Route 66 Flyers PPG Club will have 5 to 7 members flying and […]

  7. Recognition

    November 11, 2006

    Much of the time we’re just tolerated. Sometimes it’s a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with landowners looking the other way in hopes that having never given permission lessons their perceived liability.So it was a nice change of pace that Texas City took the acknowledgement of fun to a new level. Thanks to Andy McAvin […]

  8. Power Soaring

    October 17, 2006

    We fly Paragliders–—designed originally for gliding. Soaring, that is, without a motor. But the motor grants airtime when otherwise there might be none as shown by member Phil Russman on a well-known soaring ridge in Mexico. The site requires either a half-mile hike up a 700 foot ridge, enduring an hour-long bumpy drive around the […]

  9. Lazy but Informed

    August 6, 2006

    Marty of the Florida Flyers found a way to prevent tired arms while flying and staying informed at the same time. Next we hope to see a flat panel display with rearward looking cameras to keep a vigilant watch on fast movers from behind. The pilot would launch with this clipped harmlessly somewhere on his […]

  10. PPG Showing

    July 20, 2006

    Dan Kriseler and James Coblents from the Dukes of Windsoar and a few pilots from the Velocity Flyers will be putting on a PPG demonstration at the Martinsburg, WV Balloon Fiesta. They have worked out details with airshow officials and, according to James, will be flying in the same space as some Air Force hardware.Airshows […]

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