New Products Added From Gin, Nova, Parajet and Polini

We’re at it again, adding more products to the FlyHalo line up.    We’ve got both the Parajet Volution Thor 130 up as well as the Zenith Thor 130, both new for 2013.  Check out our Parajet Paramotors section for those listings.

We’ve also gone ahead and added the Gin Atlas, a great new free flight wing from Gin Paragliders.   The final product update is the addition of the Nova Mentor 3, ENB paragliding wing.   This new wing is making a lot of great noise in the industry.  The Nova Mentor 3 puts forth some new technology over other high end ENB gliders like the MacPara Eden 5 and the U-Turn Blacklight.   It’s definitely one to check out for the free flight focused pilot this year.   2013, the year of the EN-B!

Gin Vantage and Gin Mirage Reviewed By Ojovolador

Ojovolador has been doing unbiased paraglider wing reviews for a long time.  They recently had the chance to try out the Gin Mirage and the Gin Vantage.   Although it’s in spanish, the pilot and man behind Ojovolador Daniel Crespo really loved both of them!     Don’t take our word for it though, check out the videos below.

 Gin Vantage Wing Review

Gin Mirage Wing Reflex Wing Review

Paraglider Wing Repair Motor Minute

In the latest motor minute episode, we teach you how to properly repair a paraglider with wing tape. Out in the field, sliced up your brand new glider? Watch the video and learn how you can keep on having a good time flying in this fun and informative motor minute.

No, we did not actually cut the Gin Mirage used in this video. Why is the production quality so good on this one? We have the power of Ryan Southwell! Ryan filmed and edited this video for us while we were out in Glamis Dunes, California. Hopefully one day, all of our videos will be at this level but for now, we really want to thank Ryan for working with us!

Please like the video and share it with your friends. We aim to make this sport safer and more fun, one video at a time.

Limited Time : $1,000 Off Glider Trade in Program

Starting February 21st we will be doing a $1,000 trade in when customers buy a new paraglider wing from us.    We don’t care what brand it is,  you trade it in and get $1,000 off the purchase of a new Gin glider.   Get rid of that old whip and start flying something fresh!  This offer is only valid for the first 5 people, don’t miss out.

 

Call or email us for details.  [email protected]  or 855-Fly-Halo.

Please note:  This offer only applies to Gin Gliders at this time.  If you’re looking for a different brand wing, ask us about it and we’ll work with you.

This deal lasts until 11:59pm EST, February 28, 2013.   Valid for USA Residents only.

Spring Powered Paragliding Training April 19th – April 28th

Our February training session has just officially kicked off.   If you missed out,  don’t worry – we’re heading back to California in April.   This time we’ll be hanging in the Monterrey area.   Students can fly into San Jose where we will pick you up and bring  you down to our powered paragliding training location.   This new spot is going to be awesome for teaching with miles of soar-able beach!!

The dates will be April 19 – April 28th.    Shoot us an email or give us a call for more information!

Need more motivation?   Watch our training video below or check out our student feedback section that we recently updated.

 

Team Fly Halo News – Salton Sea, Glamis Dunes Filming

Shane Denherder

Team Fly Halo had an awesome get together this past week with all of our team pilots.  Mind you, we are from Montana, Utah and Virginia so it’s always a great time when we can all meet up and do what we love to do – FLY.

We started out our week long trip in Glamis Dunes, California.   Ryan Southwell, expert videographer came out to Glamis and did some insane video work with us (just check out the image above for a screen grab).   Ryan learned to fly earlier this year but you couldn’t tell, he’s a natural and looked great.   We’ve got some amazing footage from Glamis that is going into a high quality video being put together by Ryan.  Stand by for really awesome powered paragliding footage and editing, very different than the standard run of the mill youtube video!

filming with ryan southwell

After spending 3 days in Glamis we headed north west to the Salton Sea fly in where we did more video work with Ryan and got to meet a lot of great people.   We had over 7 Parajet and Gin pilots flying and ended up doing a lot of cool formation work which you will probably see in the video.    Did I mention we have an awesome video coming?   We can’t get over how good the footage is that Ryan captured, we’re all so stoked!!

All 3 of us did a ton of flying on the new 24m Gin Mirage and came away very impressed.  It is a very stable, fast and efficient glider.  The best part about it though is it’s handling!

Spiraling down on Chris Santacroce

 

Thanks to Chris and Othar from Redbull for taking pictures of us in the “Gin Squad.”   We all threw down and had a killer time!

 

Chad Vermillion Talks Team Fly Halo Paramotor Training

“I had the privilege of training with both Byron and Shane of team fly halo. There are many things that I will say about them but the thing that stands out to me the most is how conscientious they were about my safety above all. The spent countless hours drilling basic wing-handling skills into me instead of giving me “just enough” to get me into the air. I have come to realize just how important these skills are for a ppg pilot to obtain to remain safe throughout his years as a pilot. They wouldn’t let me fly until I had first mastered the wing, even though it meant hard work for me.

The second thing I will say about them is their patience and work ethic knows no bounds. I came to training to learn and not waste time. They were with me on the beach sunrise to sunset EVERYDAY and put just as much into my training as I did. They taught me not just how to fly but also when not to fly, how to read the weather, and how to prevent accidents. They didn’t treat this time as “a vacation” to the beach. Rather, I felt like their most important client which pretty much bonded me to these guys for life.

Also, something that told me a lot about their character is how well they maintain their equipment and train students to do the same. This is my life after all and they showed me they took my well-being seriously.

Finally, they continue to support me long after training is over. When you train with these guys, you get instructors for life. This is so important for a ppg pilot as you encounter new things everyday and need a good support team in place to answer the questions that arise. These guys aren’t just top-shelf instructors, they are great guys and now awesome friends of mine. Byron looks like a pirate and is a lousy fisherman. Shane wears weird hats and listens to Beyonce but I don’t hold all this against them :-) ”

– Chad Vermillion

More Cushion For The… The Latest Team Fly Halo ‘Motor Minute’

In this episode, Byron shows us a secret pocket on the back side of the Parajet Volution harness. This pocket works great for adding additional cushion to your harness or another place to store extra flying items like stuff sacks.

This pocket is more than likely on the back of most Apco based paramotor harnesses.

Look for us @ Salton Sea and be sure to come by and say hi. We’ll be there by mid week before heading to our February 13-22nd training on the California coast.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Speed Bar Installation and Techniques – Motor Minute Series

The latest video in our motor minute series comes from team pilot Shane Denherder. Shane goes over the basics of speed bar use and how to properly hook up the system on a Parajet Volution. Many pilots have never tried speed bar, those guys are really missing out. Speed bar is responsible for adding an overall higher top speed which can be great if caught in a stiff head wind or if you need to make it back to the LZ before it gets dark.

 

On many free flight gliders, speedbar is the only way to accelerate the glider unlike motor wings that have a trimmer system as well. When it comes to motoring wings, generally trimmers and speed bar account for an equal increase in speed such as 5/5 mph. Considering we fly some of the slowest forms of aviation, these are pretty big increases! Gliders like the Gin Mirage and Paramania GTR can fly at speeds up to and over 40mph (depending on wing loading) with speed bar at full fast!

On non reflex gliders, speed bar can lead to an easier collapse as it’s bringing down the leading edge making in more prone to tucking. Reflex gliders do this as well but they load the glider so that all of the weight is on the front towards the leading edge. This creates much higher wing loading and increases stability.

If you have any questions about how to properly hook up and use your gliders speed system, please give us a call or email!

The speed system should only be used by pilots that have the training to do so.  Video instruction is no substitute for proper teaching of the speed bar system.   Be sure you are experienced enough before going out and trying this on your own!