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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Team Fly Halo training – May 1st – 10th

If you’ve been thinking about jumping into this sport with both feet, there’s never a better time than right now! Get started off right this season with Team Fly Halo’s proven method of paramotor training.

Starting May 1st, a new crew will begin ten intense days of training filled with tons of ground-handling, free-flying experience, guided solo flights, aerodynamics, emergency training, flight fundamentals, meteorology, flight regulations, and many other subjects.

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Of course, one of the unique things about our training is the group environment which fosters stronger retention of skills and knowledge learned by repetition. We’ve found that this “full immersion” path of learning consistently turns out safer and more skilled pilots than the alternative.  At the end of training, you’re armed with the skills to deal with anything the flying environment can throw at you – with a thorough understanding of your capabilities.

We analyze each student’s flying environment as part of training in order to arm these new pilots with their own plan for progression.  That means you go home with a clear plan and goals to work toward to further your skills and keep progressing through the “ranks.”  As a Team Fly Halo member in good standing, you have the option to attend future initial training courses again and again – so you can always come back and brush up on skills or work on new ratings.

So if you’re thinking that 2015 is the year you’re going to start paramotoring, start it off right by getting the most thorough training there is!

 

Happy New Year from Team Fly Halo – Training dates, and a “resolution” promotion!

We hope you all are having a wonderful 2015!

 

We know lots of you have dreamt about personal flight for years, and hope that you have chosen to make 2015 the year you pull the trigger on some top-notch training and equipment!

 

Team Fy Halo is conducting it’s first session of the year in Morro Bay, CA, February 20th – March 1st.  These group classes are the best way to immerse yourself in the learning environment for your paramotor training, and Team Fly Halo’s comprehensive course is as good as it gets.

 

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Sign up now and save!

 

For those who have been on the fence for a while, but have decided that 2015 is the year; we’re offering $300 off if you sign up no later than January 10th*

 

Remember, our training includes admission, in-and-around travel, lodging, and the use of all materials and gear.  This is going to be a great session, with a maximum of six students, and 2-3 instructors.

 

Call now!

 

*qualified students must verbally commit to training no later than January 10th, with payment received by January 20th.

 

Happy Birthday to a Legend – Jeff Toll

ShaneScoutBy Shane Denherder

Just over three months after the passing of our dear friend Jeff Toll, we celebrate his life on what would have been his 27th birthday, December 29th 2014.

We share today, a short edit of the footage taken from Jeff and Shane’s last flight together on September 3rd, 2014.

 

Shane writes:

 

I want to share with the flying world, paramotor pilot Jeff Toll soaking up the last rays of sunshine at the end of an epic two-week flying trip he and I had this past summer.
As some of you know, Jeff was killed in a flying accident, less than two weeks later on September 16th of this year.  Today I share the memory of my last flight with one of my best friends.
Jeff and I were equally stoked to do this flight – as I had a new camera that I was going to test out some hand-shooting with, and he was getting to finally see a flying area in Utah that he had seen in so many videos, yet never gotten to fly himself.
As we rushed through the evening shadow to the summit of the 8500ft mountain; it was a constant struggle to keep up with Jeff and adapt to the lighting changes.  
At about the point I got the camera dialed in, Jeff reached the summit and commenced to play around in the butter-smooth air during the last minutes of daylight.  Though I didn’t get to play around myself, I much preferred to watch Jeff exhibit the freedom that we both enjoy from our sport, while demonstrating perfect freestyle flying form.
Alpenglow is a phenomena that occurs atop high mountain peaks during sunrise and sunsets.  Usually something appreciated from afar, Jeff and I were able to bask in the rosy glow of the setting sun while enjoying our favorite sport as close friends.
The flying world won’t be the same without Jeff’s kindness, knowledge, skill, and grace.  I’m glad I was able to capture such a rare opportunity of him enjoying our unique sport – on such a perfect evening.
We all know that this was just one of many significant flights is Jeff’s fulfilling life as a PPG pilot.  We hope that by showing his spirit as a skilled, freestyle pilot – we can inspire others to live life as he lived it.  Exploring boundaries and breaking barriers, in search of ultimate adventure.
We are reminded as 2014 comes to a close, to cherish our loved ones and enjoy our sport responsibly – for a conservative mindset and thoughtful progression is our best chance to enjoy paramotoring for many years to come.

 

Combined Review of the Niviuk Kougar 2 and Dobermann Reflex Wings Part One – By Shane Denherder

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We as pilots evolve our flying styles, skills, and tastes over the years; in many ways like glider developers evolve their technology. That technology changes and advances our flying styles and skills, and our flying styles then drive further advances in technology. Everyone benefits from pilots and developers “looking forward;’ as the products keep getting better, safer, more enjoyable, and more accessible.

A little more than three years ago, I was staunchly anti-reflex – in favor of pilots learning an active-flying skill set and not relying on “crutches” like “passive pitch-stability.” The technology hadn’t really convinced me at that time that it was anything more than a false sense of security, and it was enabling unskilled pilots to get in way over their heads – people were actually getting hurt. At the same time, sales and marketing rhetoric perpetuated the idea that the wings “fly themselves” and “all you need to do is fly X-brand” – and you’ll be rewarded with invincibility and unrivaled cool-points. As a professional trainer, I will always be an advocate of thorough training the “old fashioned” way. Pilots who never learn old-school skills will plateau early, and their training shortfalls will be apparent when circumstances eventually demand the right input…I digress.

The arrival of the GTR from Paramania brought the paramotor world a wing that delivered the stability that reflex wings were purported to have, with the handling that everyone wanted. It was revolutionary. Stable, no-frills, fun, and easy. While it was (and still is) a legendary wing – it just wasn’t for me. I loved the stability and handling, but at my weight and typical takeoff elevations, it was just too power-hungry for me to consider it to be the “ultimate.” To each his own.

That motivated me to seek out paramotor wings that are “liftier,” even if it meant a slight compromise in stability. It didn’t matter to me; with the right skill set, you rely on your active piloting skills should technology fail you. In that grand quest to find the perfect compromise, I’ve found that efficiency is as much a safety factor as pitch stability is. It makes tough launches/landings easier, gives you better climb rates/angles, and gives you that extra little buffer when you slightly mis-judge a swoop, get low on a foot drag, or have an engine-out over unfriendly terrain. In the search for efficient reflex wings, I really liked the Dudek Hadron and Snake. Both gliders were as much of a game-changer as the GTR was, but in a different way. I still continued to seek out something that mixed supreme stability and efficiency, and absolute top-quality. Something that everyone could benefit from. The GTR set the bar for stability, as the Hadron did for efficiency, as the Snake did for maneuvering.

But I wanted it all.

Paragliding technology, while still in it’s infancy, has been rolling over about every three years since the early 2000’s. A glider doesn’t necessarily become obsolete at the three-year mark, but it’s apparent that a “generation” worth of technology has been happening in about a three-to-four year span. As such, Paramania and many other manufacturers have released new-generation paramotor wings this year to build on the success of trendsetters like the GTR. There are a handful of new models that are combining “all the tricks” learned in the last few years from successful paramotor wings, (reflex profiles that actually work, construction methods that keep internal pressures up, “PK” speed systems that integrate speedbar & trimmers, integrated steering toggles that have two axis of control, etc.) as well as design features from the highest-level competition paragliders; adding stability and performance gains that are sure to be followed by the rest of the paramotor wing industry. This is an extremely exciting year for us as pilots.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing – Niviuk Paramotor Wings

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Rumors of a “shark nose” reflex slalom wing from Niviuk have been out since last summer, though few details were released as they continued tuning this special design over the past year.

Niviuk, a relative newcomer in the paramotor world, has been no stranger in the free-flight scene since it’s inception ten years ago. Niviuk has embraced their slogan “the importance of small details,” and the result has led to them becoming one of the “big 3” winningest brands in competitive paragliding for several years. Niviuk’s construction methods and equipment, facilities, and designs are top-tier. This, coupled with the skill and vision of their chief designer Olivier Nef, made us extremely excited to see them turn their attention to advanced paramotor wing designs. Finally – Paramotor pilots get “trickle-down” technology from the advanced designs found in competitive paragliding – the “big dogs,” if you will.

My first experience with Niviuk was in 2011 when my initial free-flight instructor, Brad Gunnuscio, introduced me to the brand. He always spoke about Niviuk with high regard – as a company that wins competitions when the conditions were less-than-ideal. His theory was that Niviuk pilots had the confidence in their gliders’ stability to push them further, when other pilots were too scared to push their “twitchy” race ships in the sketchiest of conditions. Sound logic, and coming from the 2009 US National Paragliding Champion – I’ll take it.

I had the chance to fly the original Niviuk Kougar prototype when two Niviuk factory representatives were visiting the USA in 2011. While the fit and finish, quality, and performance were excellent; the original Kougar felt like a competition paragliding wing with a basic reflex profile – it was……a little boring. It wasn’t what most pilots wanted; which is stability first, then performance, and finally – FUN! The handling was just a little bit too sluggish, and the glider’s smallest size was a 23 meter. In the modern world of advanced freestyle flying and competitive slalom racing – that’s a pretty big wing.

This time around, Niviuk empowered the PAP/Niviuk team pilots including Nico Aubert, Karen Skinner, and Ramon Morrilas to test and give feedback on their two next-generation reflex rides during development. What they have delivered is two revolutionary models that combine the highest level of reflex stability, wide speed ranges, and without question the best glide ratios (performance) we’ve ever seen in paramotor wings.

These new wings, the Kougar 2 and Dobermann, suit pilots from skilled “beginner-mediates” up to the most advanced expert slalom racers – we couldn’t be happier.

What follows is a list and description of the technological advances and features found in both the Kougar2 and Dobermann gliders from Niviuk. Segment two will focus on individual features, flying traits, and tech data of the Kougar2.

 

RAM technology

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Most pilots in the paragliding industry call this technology “Shark Nose,” which refers to the patent held by Ozone made famous on their R11 (and subsequent) competition gliders. Niviuk first employed a basic version of this design trait in 2010 on their Hook 2 LTF1-2/EN-B glider with great success, although the design focus was different than how it is used today.

Competition wings started to sport a more-aggressive version of the profile after that, which ultimately led to Ozone’s patent. It’s important to note that while the source of the technology (first theorized in 1989) may be arguable, no one has tried to charge royalties to competitors as a result of “technology sharing.” As a result, all top-tier Paragliding manufacturers have used RAM or Sharknose to some degree in wings for all skill levels over the past couple seasons.

The Kougar 2 and Dobermann from Niviuk are the first reflex paramotor wings to feature an aggressive RAM profile – akin to their flagship competition wing, the Icepeak7 pro.

The benefits of having a RAM profile are simple – better accelerated stability, and better recovery characteristics; allowing more efficient designs and better glide performance throughout the wide speed range.  RAM allows greater internal pressures, a cleaner leading edge profile, better handling, more-positive air intake at varying angles-of-incidence, greater resistance from collapse, and faster recovery should a collapse occur.

To read more about the science and history of RAM/Sharknose, check out:

http://www.free.aero/en/media/sharknose-E.pdf

Some of the potential disadvantages could be: Increased complexity of structure, cost, weight, more complex care procedures and repairs, greater performance losses should damage occur, et al.

To me personally, the benefits clearly outweigh any disadvantages. And we think these gliders undoubtedly increase safety and further the capabilities of pilots wishing to step into the next-generation of reflex paramotor wings.

 

Evolved Reflex System Profile

Niviuk designed their two new gliders from the ground-up with a profile that allows class-leading efficiency and stability – on par with the most stable reflex wings we’ve seen thus far. The technology isn’t quite as straight-forward as one might think; while some reflex wings feature nearly the same degree of reflex deflection across the entire span of the airfoil for supreme stability, others use varying-degrees from the wingtips to the wing’s center. While the varying-reflex method does tend to offer better efficiency, you usually pay for it with less pitch stability. (e.g. “soft tips”)

I can’t speak factually about the design traits of the evolved reflex profile found in these gliders – I haven’t yet asked the designer about it. (He’s gonna approve my Facebook friend request any day now.) My theory is that the added efficiency of the RAM profile has allowed the designer to use a more effective reflex profile in this design while still retaining excellent efficiency. Higher internal pressures can’t hurt either – but this is purely speculation on my part.

 

Structured Leading Edge (SLE)

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Two separate nylon rods form the nose of each cell, coming together much like a heart-shape, to form the RAM leading edge that sits further behind the nose than classic designs. Nylon rods are easy to care for with a simple pack-up job, and easy to replace should they become damaged or deformed. Again, nothing ground-breaking here; but noteworthy because as one inspects the (quite complex) structure of each of the cells; the quality and attention to detail that goes into each line of stitching and cut of fabric becomes apparent.

This truly is a high-end model from a premium manufacturer.

 

Reduced Line Plan

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Glancing at the Kougar2 or Dobermann in-flight, they appear to have the amount of lines common to a three-riser system. Both gliders have a four-riser line plan, but upon closer inspection of the risers you see a unique drag-reduction technique. The D-riser is a simple spectra rope that attaches one line, cascading out to the D row on the glider far above the risers. The reduction in lines is visually-apparent, and you can see the difference in overall line-reduction by comparing data tables of the most popular competitors. It’s small in the grand scheme of things, about a 5-10% reduction in line drag. But when it comes to pushing out every potential point of glide, scrapping 30 feet of line makes a difference.

 

Trimmer/Speedbar activation compatibility

Steering/trimmer/speedbar configurations always seem to be the most interesting thing for pilots to look at in a new reflex wing. This is due to the limitations brought on by some configurations. The speedbar and trimmers both manipulate the risers the same way mechanically. Meaning, you don’t have to be fully trimmed out to start using speedbar. Based on our speed tests, it appears as though the trimmers account for about 40-45% of the overall speed range, leaving 55-60% in the speedbar. While the “cool guy” setup is a 50-50 split, we like to think that encouraging pilots to use speedbar for momentary changes instead of flying around with the trimmers out is good practice. As with any high-performance paramotor wing, you should always fly with speedbar to use the glider to it’s fullest potential.

The common setup in reflex wings is, the trimmers increase the reflex and speed you up a little, the speedbar decreases the angle of attack and speeds you up a lot. But in that setup, you cannot use speedbar before letting trimmers up – it creates an unsafe configuration. The risers on the new Niviuk gliders increase reflex profile and speed commensurately. For temporary speed changes, use speedbar.

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Steering/speed system compatibility

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Both the Kougar2 and Dobermann utilize a steering system commonly referred to as “2d,” made famous by Dudek. The brake line goes through the pulley as in a classic glider, then a “steering line” or “course corrector” (CC) line is attached to the toggle from outside the pulley. This makes control of the glider intuitive when changing steering methods. A pilot actuates brake normally when at trim speed or half-accelerated. Once full trimmers and speedbar, or full speedbar and trimmers are applied, the pilot then only actuates turns by weight-shifting and pulling inward on the brake toggles – activating the tip steering or “CC” lines. Most pilots rarely find themselves in the configurations that require this alternate method of steering, and they do have to practice it to make it work. But having the ability to “change up” the characteristics of a turn (flat, diving, roll & climb) adds another dimension of control, and makes the experience that much more fun for all pilots to fly.

As mentioned before, this system was first implemented by Dudek and has been used by many paramotor wing manufacturers – there’s nothing revolutionary about the steering setup. What is noteworthy about the Kougar 2 and Dobermann is the ability to use speedbar without trimmer activation, as well as the ability to steer normally while on either full-trimmers or full-speedbar. As new generations arrive, those configurations with complex limitations disappear. Hallelujah!

 

Split A’s – Easier launch

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With a higher aspect ratio (A/R,) a glider can tend to “horseshoe” or even come up crooked on inflations with anything but the perfect setup. Utilizing only the center A’s on a split-A system is a trick to remedy this when launching in the calmest of conditions, or the dreaded “switching two’s.” Good to note – with a high A/R and a RAM intake, pilots who are thorough in their layouts will have the most success when the conditions are challenging.

 

Adjustable Pulley Positions – for high-hangpoint paramotors

Due to the design of the risers and the long range of the speed system, dual hook-in points were not an option on the Kougar2 and Dobermann. Instead, an easily-adjustable brake line pulley system comes standard, so high-hang pilots can easily adjust the length of the brake/CC lines, and make a corresponding adjustment to lower the brake pulley (adjusted with velcro straps.) If pilots are not comfortable performing this task, they just need to specify which unit they have, and their dealer or Niviuk Paramotor Wings USA can make the adjustment prior to shipping.

 

Summary

After flying the Kougar 2 and Dobermann for the past three and a half months, I can say without a doubt the reflex profile’s effectiveness on both wings are on par with the most stable paramotor wings out there. We’ve tested varying sizes of the Kougar2 and Dobermann in Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, at altitudes from 0 – 11,400ft (3500m), and in conditions from laminar-smooth, to the absolute-worst-sustained-rotor-ride I’ve ever had.

Niviuk has pulled out all the stops on these gliders.  Their persistence shines when looking at the advanced features, performance, safety, and finish of these two models. The second segment of this review will focus on individual characteristics of the Kougar 2, real data on performance, pilots’ opinions, as well as recommendations as to whom the glider is best suited.

 

 

Remembering a legend – Jeff Toll Update

As an update to the tragic announcement last week about Team Fly Halo pilot Jeff Toll’s passing, we wanted to let our friends know what’s been happening. For those that didn’t hear, Jeff was involved in a fatal paramotor accident on Tuesday, September 16th. The cause of the accident is still being investigated by our team as well as other industry experts.

Jeff’s flying friends Keith, Micah, and Mike have dedicated his local flying spot in Chesapeake, VA as the “Jeff Toll Memorial Field.” A memorial celebration of Jeff’s life was held on Saturday the 20th with a large bonfire, food, and as all would expect – a huge turn out of family and friends.

Jeff Toll Memorial Field

That night, everyone realized that Jeff’s favorite place to fly was special, and that it needs to be preserved and shared. We want to thank his friends for commemorating him in such a big way. We are working with his friends and the landowner to make an annual fly-in happen, commemorating Jeff’s life and his passion of flying in this special place.

Check out the Facebook “places” page for Jeff Toll Memorial Field. His flying friends, as well as the field’s owner would love to see your support in keeping Jeff’s memory alive – be sure to “like” their page and drop them a message saying thanks.

There was an overwhelming amount of community support in the Chesapeake, VA area for Jeff. We want to thank Liz Palka and WAVY News ch10 for their diligence in reporting Jeff’s passing in a respectful and accurate way during their broadcast on Friday, the 19th.  Initial reports said that Jeff collided with a set of power lines, but after further investigation, State Police ruled out this as being the cause of the accident.

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Jeff’s official memorial service was on Tuesday, September 23rd. Again, an absolutely overwhelming amount of love and support from many family and friends. Five different speakers with touching remembrances celebrating different aspects of Jeff’s life. All echoed the same message – that Jeff was a great man.

Ryan Southwell made a miraculous effort to deliver a video with Jeff’s words explaining his love of paramotoring. The video, which concluded the ceremony, was filmed at the Black Rock Desert three weeks before his passing.

Team Fly Halo’s “offices” are now officially re-opened as we begin to move forward and redefine our company without our dear friend. Jeff contributed in a huge way in communications, social media, and organization. Scout Paramotors USA,  Niviuk Paramotor Wings USA, and Team Fly Halo are all be back online – but may look slightly different from here on out.

We appreciate all the support and condolences the community has sent us through this difficult time regarding Jeff’s passing. We want to take another opportunity to raise awareness about the fundraising effort that was set up to help Jeff’s family through his loss. Any contributions are greatly appreciated, and the support so far has been through the roof.

Keith Butt, a close friend to Jeff and the Toll family, is organizing a fundraising Bon Fire event on Nov 1st.  Music, food, celebration, and the $20 cover charge goes to the family of Jeff Toll.

Team Fly Halo carries on the spirit of Jeff’s vision for the organization, and his estate will continue to benefit financially as a co-founder of Team Fly Halo from future business operations.

Our friend – Jeff Toll

 

Friends of Team Fly Halo:

We are shocked, and deeply saddened to have learned that our partner and friend, Jeff Toll, passed away in a tragic paramotoring accident yesterday.

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Jeff knew that he was the best kind of person.  He had a lot of love in his heart for people – all people, a great sense of humor, and a presence about him that ensured a good time for all involved.  He will be sorely missed by his family with whom he was very close, and perhaps most of all by his wife Jessica.

Jeff was a skilled paramotor pilot – one of the best in the country.  This truly is a tragic accident that reminds us all of our own mortality, and serves as a reminder that regardless of how skilled or calculating we are – accidents can happen.  Though we wish to eventually learn of how and what happened, we have no wish to discuss or comment about it for the time being.

Please respect Jeff’s memory, as well as his family and friends’ peace and serenity, as we grieve through his loss and the huge wake he leaves behind.  We will be taking a hiatus from normal business operations for the coming weeks as we decide where to go from here.

Jeff – you were without a doubt our favorite wingman, and our best friend.  Not a day will go by without us thinking of how you influenced and enriched our lives.  We are so lucky to have known you, and had you as part of the team for these few short years.  

You’re a legend, and we already miss you more than you know.

-Shane & Byron

Click below for a video prepared by Ryan Southwell, celebrating Jeff’s love for flight.

 

 

 

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