On the 5th February 2014, I flew to Valley Springs California, and learned how to fly a Powered Paraglider at the Blackhawk Paramotor Ranch. For some reason it took me 32 years to find Powered Paragliding (or Paramotoring), but when I did, I had no choice, I had to do it. Now my girlfriend and I have brought along this amazing flying machine to compliment our travels around the world.
After a handful of flights I packed up my Paramotor and flew back to Mexico. Now a several months later and after one blown engine which had me out of the Paramotoring game for a few months, I am really getting the hang of paramotoring. I still get nervous and need a lot more practice, but my launches and landings are getting great and I am less scared of sharp turns in the air.
I am flying a Blackhawk Kestrel Pro weight shift unit with a BH 125 Paramotor. My wing is a Velocity Elektra meant for beginners and intermediates and can also be used for free flying which I will try one day. For the moment though I am just going to keep practicing and become the best Paramotor pilot I can be.
I hope you will follow my journey from complete beginner to expert paramotor pilot.
I flew again! (I never cease to be amazed at that statement), and here for your amusement are the fruits of my labor, and by labor I mean fun times! I have put together a little video of my Paramotoring adventure … Keep on reading
I have now gotten up in the air here in La Penita on two separate occasions. Both times I was on the verge of soiling my pants, but this last time I actually managed, in between large bouts of fear, … Keep on reading
Slowly but surely we are edging our way back to what is the new normal in our lives, travelling without travelling, living without the regular rules, and just enjoying being alive. For a little while there these things left us, … Keep on reading
I finally have my engine back, and it actually engines! It has been about a month since my paramotor engine blew a piston, although it feels like much longer. I was just starting to get really confident with the … Keep on reading
I am unfortunately still waiting for parts for my paramotor after the first parts ended up being the wrong parts (loooong story), but in the spirit of silver linings which I try and make myself look for in every situation, … Keep on reading
Another day another failing body part. I know I didn’t look after myself as a youngin’, but this is getting ridiculous! Actually, I have up to now been amazed that I haven’t hurt my neck while flying. As you may … Keep on reading
I am still waiting for parts to arrive to fix my paramotor after the catastrophic engine failure I had last week, but I am still keen as all hell to get good at this sport. So I am kiting. Every … Keep on reading
As you might know, my Blackhawk Paramotor blew a hole in the piston. This of course sucks for a number of reasons, one being money, another being not knowing why, and a third being that I am grounded until the … Keep on reading
No more Powered paragliding for this fella. Check out the video below and then have a read as to why. I have blown a hole in the piston of my Paramotor. After a total of about 3 hours flying, … Keep on reading
So now we are in Guatemala I am lucky enough to have found a trainer for Powered Paragliding. I say lucky because although I had a few great sessions with my paramotor trainer Joe Cruz at the Blackhawk Paramotor … Keep on reading