Training and first Paramotor flight video

As promised, here it is, video proof that I actually got in the air with nothing but a paramotor on my back, a wing above my head, and an extra layer of underpants!

The training ended up being around 3 days because of the rain, and in between we did a bit of theory, drank a lot of coffee, and went to San Francisco for a day trip. This video covers just the first day in about 4 minutes, mainly because day 1 was so full of activity. We started training at around 9am, got towed into the air by around 12pm, and were flying solo by about 5pm!

I was incredibly nervous this day, but as it went on it became all about the training and the cool guys I was sharing this experience with (Joe and Billy). The weather was perfect for Powered Paragliding, which is lucky because it wasn’t perfect again for most of our time there.

The first part of the day was spent getting acquainted with the equipment, learning about the wing (parachutey thing) and what all those cables coming off it are called. Learning how to kite the wing (fly it from the ground), and then getting to know the engine and best practices when using all of the above.


The engine is a pretty serious piece of kit, and with everything attached (the cage, the harness, fuel) it comes in at around 60 – 70 pounds. Make no mistake, this thing is heavy! So much so that the first time you put it on you truly question how the hell you are going to run with it.

The cool thing is that the better you get, the less time you spend standing around and running with it on your back, and the more time you spend sitting comfortably in your harness watching the ground float away.

I was nervous when we got there. I was nervous the first time my feet left the ground when being towed with just the wing. I was nervous when I put that weight on my back and I just about soiled myself the first time I had to run while pulling on the A-risers (it makes the wing go up), throttling the engine about half way, and getting ready to pull softly on the breaks, all of which meant hands full of cables and gadgets. All of this with about 60 pounds on my back, a helmet on my head, and an engine/ chopping machine of death whirring away inches from my soft mushy flesh.

It was almost too overwhelming, and then I left the ground and took to the skies, and it was all worth it. The rest is history. Enjoy the video of Day 1, Powered Paraglider training at the Blackhawk Ranch.

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  • Jimmy Dau
    Posted at 09:25h, 18 February Reply

    Dude that is so cool! Nice work, I’d be shiiiiiting myself all the way
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      Posted at 12:06h, 18 February Reply

      It was scary, but now with a bit of distance from the intense training I am looking forward to getting back up there!

  • Lisa Williams
    Posted at 10:36h, 18 February Reply

    That is insane! Tyrhone, what an amazing start. Hope they issue oxygen expecially to YOU if you plan on going above 9000 feet or so. Congratulations!

      Posted at 12:07h, 18 February Reply

      Ha! Thanks Lisa, I do fully intend going above 9000 feet, but not until I get a lot more practice under my belt, although saying that, the higher you go, the more time you have to sort oout any potential problems.

  • Adrienne
    Posted at 11:21h, 18 February Reply

    All I can say is “Wow”!

      Posted at 12:08h, 18 February Reply

      Thanks Adrienne, hopefully next time I remember to get some footage from the air!

  • Just1backpack
    Posted at 16:42h, 18 February Reply

    Cheers all around man. Very excited for you. What an amazing experience! Looking forward to your next adventure.
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      Posted at 17:02h, 18 February Reply

      Thank you very much, I am sure there will be more than a few adventures now that I can fly!

  • Brendan
    Posted at 16:46h, 18 February Reply

    And you will never ever forget the first time your feet left the ground.

      Posted at 17:03h, 18 February Reply

      Or the feeling of soiling oneself which comes along with it πŸ™‚

      • Brendan
        Posted at 20:27h, 18 February Reply

        Yeh….That’s just you.

  • Pam
    Posted at 17:14h, 18 February Reply

    Just amazing!!! I kept thinking how is he going to get down. Just love the dog watching you all the way . Xxx

      Posted at 18:41h, 21 February Reply

      Thos dogs were crazy! You think they would be used to it but they still love to get involved πŸ™‚

  • Sam
    Posted at 00:30h, 19 February Reply

    Super cool! Well done! Really enjoyed watching that video and can’t wait to see more! I still feel bad about the crappy weather that you guys had while in California! You’ll have to come back to experience San Francisco under sunny skies sometime. Did your paramotor gear make it safely back to Mexico?
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      Posted at 18:43h, 21 February Reply

      Thanks Sam, it was a shame about the weather but you win some you lose some right! The engine looks good, but the suitcase is destroyed, so fingers crossed!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 04:49h, 21 February Reply

    AWESOME! Couldn’t imagine how good that must have felt. Well done mate! Loads of flying adventures ahead! Xxxxx stay safe. Maybe you need a fulltime medic with you?

  • Rob
    Posted at 14:05h, 24 February Reply

    God I really wish my internet was fast enough to watch this video!

    Well done mate on the brave first flight, amazing experience imagine. Bet you can’t wait to unleash the beast (sorry that sounds a bit wrong) in Mexico. Does it have a name yet? I still think ‘Torpedo Tubbs’ is a winner πŸ™‚
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      Posted at 10:18h, 26 February Reply

      Dude you are missing probably the best video anyone has ever put on Youtube ever in the world, it makes me sad for you.

      I am dying to unleash the beast, and maybe even fly after that if I have any energy left. No name, I think I have to get it up in the air and then see, I am waiting for my wing to show up which is taking longer than expected, and unfortunately the longer I wait the more nervous I get. recently posted…When you can’t fly, you…My Profile

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  • Maddie
    Posted at 14:45h, 27 February Reply

    I have to say that for someone who had never done this before you look so cool, calm and collected in that photo after you’ve landed! Good on you for making this dream happen so quickly, seriously impressive.
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      Posted at 17:34h, 16 March Reply

      Whoops, missed this comment. Thanks Maddie, very kind words. It did all come together remarkably quickly, hopefully it is a sign that I am learning and growing as I get older, and hopefully procrastination will start to take a back seat.

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