2017 Training – back to the PNW!

Alright Pacific Northwest holdouts – we’ve got some news for you. Team Fly Halo is headed back to Oregon for a spring training session you won’t want to miss!

Pacific City, OR is one of our favorite places to fly and train – as that’s where we first started teaching pilots to take to the skies, and getting them solo-ready in one of the most scenic coasts in the country. Oregon is typically pretty unpredictable weather-wise, but when it’s good – it’s the best place we’ve ever trained.

Spring and Fall historically have the best flying conditions on the Oregon coast. In the summer months, inland temperature warm up excessively causing onshore fog that is an absolute no-go. Springtime has moderate temps, stable wind, and the occasional torrential downpour. But it’s all good – while a typical day of Fly Halo training relies on 5-6 hours of hands-on flying practice, there’s always much-needed time for ground school and gear-maintenance training while it’s too soggy to be on the beach.

Old-school TFH training at Cape Kiwanda, OR – back when people thought it was cool to fly without helmets.

Hands-on training is done in a variety of different ways including ground-handling, free-flying, slope-soaring, and instructional tandem flights. Oregon has one of the best flight training hills in the country, giving you a well-rounded experience with paraglider handling prior to your first radio-guided solo flight on days 5-6. Our goal is to make you so prepared that there isn’t a nervous bone in your body, and absolutely zero surprises on your paramotor flights.

Our instructors come from a mix of air sports, general aviation, and military aviation backgrounds to bring you the knowledge you need to stay safe and keep yourself legal. Paramotoring is in that strange category of ultralights that has minimal regulation and requirements to fly – but it doesn’t mean you can just boat around anywhere without a clue. Our program teaches the national airspace system and how it effects us, avoidance of commercial aviation activities, and gives a comprehensive approach of finding and exploring new flying sites.

Students will fly into Portland (PDX) on Thursday evening the 20th, where transportation is arranged to the training site. First day of training is Friday morning 9am sharp! You don’t have to worry about lodging – we take care of that piece. We also provide all the training gear and materials you’ll need for the course. 10 consecutive days of training is a great way to immerse yourself in the sport and get a thorough jump start to paramotoring.

As always, we aim to provide the best training possible as well as only the highest-quality and safest gear in the industry. Let us be your source! We’ll speak briefly about gear selection before you begin your course. A few days into training we will have assessed your needs, strengths, and weaknesses; and can get you outfitted with the gear that is going to set you up for success. We make it our mission to test everything on the market that’s worth testing, and we only offer equipment that is proven to be exceptional and industry-leading. We also offer package discounts for life to all of our students, but understand that there is no “perfect” motor or wing for everyone.

In short, we want to set you up for success – and success means equipping yourself with the best training you can, and the safest gear you can afford that you won’t “grow out of” any time soon.

One thing to keep in mind is that what makes a pilot safe and successful for many years to come is the right attitude and mindset. That, and a network of mentors to keep you going long after training. Since choosing an instructor is somewhat of a life-long commitment, we would love to speak to you if you’re interested in our program. So shoot us an email telling us about yourself, and tell us how excited you are to get flying in 2017!

 

Paramotor Clinic July 8th-17th

Join Team Fly Halo for our Mid-Summer Paramotor training clinic July 8th-17th in Eureka California. We’re kicking off with another ten-day session of drilling in the fundamentals, attitude, and knowledge that’ll make you successful for a lifetime of powered paragliding.  We have dozens and dozens of success stories over the past three years of students who left our class with an above-average skill set and have been killing it ever since.  What’s our secret?  We know that aviation is a lifetime of learning, and we’re humble enough to stay open-minded about our approach.

Training isn’t something you do once and “graduate” from for life.  And we apply that to our own course by seeking out the best training and latest techniques for ourselves – so that we can apply our well-rounded skill set to our school.  What you get is the best techniques and practices learned from our background in paramotoring, free flying, cross country, aerobatics, speed flying, and even general aviation knowledge.

But it doesn’t stop with your initial training.  All Team members in good standing have the option to return to scheduled classes to get current, learn new skills, or just come out and meet new flying friends.  We offer tandem and instructor training for our veterans, while giving them an opportunity to work with new Team members to get practical experience teaching.  We arrange advanced maneuvers and emergency training through our partners for intermediate pilots too.

Call or email us for more information.
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855.FLY.HALO

Zip Ties and Paramotors, like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Lets face it, zip ties are pretty much the best invention ever known to man!  I can almost guarantee that there isn’t a paramotor on the market that doesn’t have something zip tied, but how long has it been since you checked the integrity of those crafty plastic securing straps?  Over time, the plastic can become brittle, stretched or just broken and ineffective.  Take some time this weekend and replace any and all zip ties on your paramotor.  It’s an inexpensive maintenance project that will ensure things stay secure in flight.

Call us for all your paramotor questions and needs.

Fly Safe

855-FLY-HALO

Keep your PPG clean.

Don’t be a clown.. wipe it down.

Last year I was meeting up with a group of friends to go paramotoring.  I was asked by one of the pilots if I wouldn’t mind flying his unit because it was having some “tuning issues”.  On visual inspection of his Paramotor.. it looked like a Smokers Jet Ski from the movie Waterworld, which didn’t give me much confidence that it had been taken care of mechanically. 

If your paramotor is running fine, why clean it?  Below are a few reasons:

-Build up on the head or cylinder can lead to overheating

-Build up on the muffler can lead to hot spots and can lead to cracking.

-Excess build up or debris near the air box can lead to a clogged air filter that can cause tuning issues

-Excess build up or debris near the air box can lead to that mess getting into your carburetor and cause tuning issues or lean your engine out and burn a hole in the piston.

-And most importantly.. It just looks like you care 😉

Give us a call for all your Paramotoring question.

Fly Safe,

TFH

855-FLY-HALO

Paramotor Preflight Blues, a side effect of Post Flight apathy.

Have you ever discovered a problem during preflight that prevents you from flying?

I know it’s happened to me.. after a long day of work, you rush out to your favorite flying site just in time for that perfect sunset flight only to discover something on your Paramotor during preflight that prevents you from flying. 

Post Flight Inspection is one of the most important things to remember.  Quick tip: when/if you find a problem however small or big, fix is ASAP and don’t procrastinate.

Call or email us to chat it up about PPG anytime 855-FLY-HALO

Fly Safe!

Kind words from our Paramotor students

Ryan Smith

“I haven’t been flying lately because I’ve been working way too much but I got a call from my instructor yesterday and he came to visit me how cool is this! I had one of the best flights today withByron Leisek from Team Fly Halo I remember four years ago when I was choosing which school to go to he said that the training is the most important decision you will make, you will become a student for life. Don’t cheep out on cheap training because it really does pay off to have that right instructor and good equipment. Thanks for the visit what a flight today!

 

Johathan Bole

“Ditto, Byron stopped by a few days ago for a visit and a flight. Team Fly Halo all the way”

 

Travis Haley

“Here here That’s why FLY HALO is the best”

Freshen up your Paramotor fuel system

Unexplained hiccups during flight on your Paramotor?

Replacing your fuel system on your Paramotor can save you from unexplained engine outs, overheating and priming issues. Once exposed to petrol; fuel lines become stiff, brittle, and are constantly expanding which can lead to air leaks in your system. Tygon fuel line is our preferred product to use and can be found at most auto part stores. It’s always best to mimic your current system and refer to the owners manual – and follow the suggested method of installation.

If you have any questions or need help, feel free to give us a call. 855-FLY-HALO

Fly Safe!

Is your Paraglider ready for retirement?

How do you know when you paraglider is ready for retirement?

Our wing takes care of us, but do we actually take the time to take care of it in return, and how do you know when it’s time to let her go or hang on?

UV exposure, dirt, moisture and time in flight are just a few examples of how a wing is stressed and can wear overtime.  There is only so much that we can inspect visually.  Do yourself a favor once a year and have a professional repair facility inspect your glider.  Here is a short list of what they will test and look for during the inspection:

  • Risers for fraying or wear on the webbing
  • Cloth for any tears, punctures and porosity
  • Lines for sheath damage, severed, kinked, stretched or shrunk in length

Depending on the brand of paraglider you own, get in touch with your local or favorite repair facility today.. well okay, maybe after this weekend’s flying 😉

As always, if you have any question or need help finding a reputable repair facility, give us a call.

Fly Safe.

Team Fly Halo      855.FLY.HALO

Fix your paramotor tuning issues in less than 3 minutes

94.7% of all tuning issues on a paramotor are linked to one thing and can be resolved in a matter of minutes.

How long has it been since you replaced your spark plug? Before heading out this weekend, replace it. You’ll notice that your paramotor will start easier, runs smoother, produces more power and is less stressful on your entire system.

Have a good weekend and fly safe!

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