Paramotor VS Ducati Hypermotard “Duc Duc Goose” Short Film

The latest video from Fly Halo East brought to you by Jeff and his local adrenaline seeking friends.    Jeff decided to shoot some close ups of his friend pulling some nasty wheelies on his Ducati Hypermotard.    

Check out the clip and enjoy the latest paramotor video to come out of Chesapeake VA.   Only 1 camera was used in the making of this video.


 

Jeff is rocking the SCOUT 185 Carbon paramotor, nice shots!

SCOUT Paramotor Harness Load Tested to 5,058 LBS

SCOUT Paramotors has just passed a pretty significant milestone after completing EN testing on the SCOUT harness.  The load testing surpassed 5,000 pounds of pressure on the harness which is the equivalent to 15g’s!

The SCOUT harness is certified according to European Standard EN 1651 to 5,058.2025 pounds.

What does that even mean?  Pilots can fly the SCOUT with the comfort of knowing they can throw whatever they want at the SCOUT harness in an aerial assault of acro.  The SCOUT harness is up to the task.    A pilot with the in flight weight of 330 pounds (150KG) can pull a whopping 15G’s and maintain certification. The testing was done with the SCOUT swing arms and hinge system in place to ensure the SCOUT under load will handle extreme G forces.   At that amount of G force, they would be long passed out before any structural failures!

Congratulations to the SCOUT team in Slovakia as well as the gifted harness design company that helped make this a reality!

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Endless Foot Drag Paramotor Fly In Event Recap

Nothing but good vibes at this years Endless Foot Drag Fly In.  Seriously, it was a great time had by all.   Britton Shaw of River Valley Paragliding was quite the host and even gave Jeff some delicious honey buns. What a nice guy!

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The freshest guy in the sky – Photo by Blannie Wagner

Every single session we spent on the sod farm was flyable and pilots took full advantage.   We had a large number of pilots test fly the SCOUT paramotor and had great feedback from all.

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Formation work – photo by Blannie Wagner

Thanks again River Valley Paragliding and Britton Shaw for being such great hosts.

Paramotor Video: A Flight In The Life Of Shane

This film is for our good buddy James Allred 🙂   We know you’re hiding some amazing footage from a recent flight so, get going please fine sir.  But seriously, this video is from a recent flight from our lead paramotor test pilot, Shane Denherder.

Shane seems to be liking the Thor 190 so far but he still has a long way to go to get to the 50 hour mark for testing. We’ll be doing much more Thor focused testing now that the weather has warmed up.  Be sure to stop by and check it out at this years Endless Foot Drag Fly in.

SCOUT Paramotor Customer Review – Trevor Meeks

When we call the SCOUT paramotor a game changer, we mean it.  We do not use empty marketing hype to promote the SCOUT.  It truly is a revolution to this sport and we are quite proud to put our name behind it.
The following is a review from the latest SCOUT customer, Trevor Meeks.

“I am extremely excited to get up in the air on my new Scout. After flying a demo unit a few weeks ago thanks to Shane and Byron with Team Fly Halo, it’s all I have dreamed about.TrevorMeeksSCOUT

If you aren’t familiar with the Scout, it’s a fairly new design that is constructed almost entirely out of Carbon Fiber. The frame itself is aluminum, with the spars, prop and outer hoop formed from Carbon Fiber. The swing-arms are CNC’d anodized aluminum, and the harness is extremely comfortable. The whole thing just screams quality. It’s powered by a Vittorazi Moster 185, and they have a few new engine options in the smaller cc range coming out soon I think.

Where this unit really shines though, is the anti-torque system. I’ve flown a few different motors and each has their own way of dealing with engine torque — either by hooking the glider in with slightly different height hook-ins, or using adjustable straps to pull a bit of weight-shift into the harness to counteract the torque. The Scout uses the aerodynamic spars (the parts holding the outer hoop to the frame) to counteract torque using the air being pulled over them by the propeller. This system works EXTREMELY well. I was skeptical when I heard the initial “hype” when the design was introduced, but wow… it really works.

Hopefully without sounding like a sales pitch, I just want to say that I am extremely happy with this paramotor so far, and I’m looking forward to expanding my flying horizons for many years to come with the Scout! It truly is a magnificent piece of engineering.

A shout-out to the guys at Team Fly Halo for the excellent service and for just being friendly, great dudes in general.

I’ll keep you guys posted as I get a bit more experience with this machine. So far I’ve just completed breaking the engine in, in preparation for a paramotor fly-in this weekend here in California.

Happy flying!”

– Trevor Meeks        Click here for the full review by Trevor.

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Dual SCOUTs. Photo by Christopher Pine.

Taking One For The Team – Thor 190 SCOUT Paramotor

With the release of the new Thor 190 Lite,  we’ve been working with SCOUT Paramotors to get a unit ready for market.   Due to the past issues with Polini’s reliability on the Thor 200 unit; we will not be selling this unit until we can gather quite a bit of air time on the engine.

The SCOUT frame has been redesigned to accommodate the new Thor engine and we are excited to begin testing.  BOOM!   No really, we hope it doesn’t do that.   We’ll be posting updates on the testing of the Thor 190 as our team pilot Shane Denherder puts the engine through its paces.

DEMO SCOUT 185 Paramotor Sale

2013 SCOUT Carbon Fiber Paramotor

$7500 with reserve

Up for sale is our 2013 Demo SCOUT flown by Shane Denherder. This unit has 30 hours total on the motor and frame.

Comes with Team Fly Halo throttle, prop covers, safe start system, 52″ SCOUT prop, cage bags and a travel suit case. Also included is the clear bra kit to protect the carbon fiber.

40m Gin Yeti reserve has recently been repacked, already installed in the SCOUT under-seat reserve container.

Still under warranty until May 2014.

Initial Impressions on the Dudek Snake – By Shane Denherder

After flying the Dudek Hadron for the first time a mere six months ago, my only question to Dudek was “Awesome – so when are you going to update it?”

I was late to the party. The wing that was a “game-changer” for me had come out nearly three years prior to my first flight on it. The only model of it’s type, the Hadron had a high aspect ratio (5,9) providing efficiency that rivals modern traditional paragliders, with nearly the speed and stability of the fastest of competition reflex wings. I loved this combination – as a heavy guy who rocks high altitudes, I love the launch ability and climb rate that an efficient wing provides. Aside from that, high efficiency provides an added safety margin for low flying, a conceivably better life span for your engine, and of course my favorite; energy for maneuvering.

Over the past six months of being blown away by the Hadron; I didn’t know that Dudek had developed a more solid, maneuverable, and faster sequel – slithering through the grass slowly and waiting to bite the paramotor community.

We were perhaps first introduced to the Dudek Snake when the Polish Paramotor Team posted a somewhat crudely-edited video of them training with the 16m Snake on a barren, frozen wasteland in January of this year. Everyone’s reaction in the US community seemed to be the same – unimpressed, as these were not known athletes, and they were not demonstrating any measurable capabilities over other slalom wings.

Boy were we wrong.

Their early season training paid off, as five of the top 10 slots in the 1st FAI World Slalom competition were taken by their team, and seven of those 10 slots were on the Dudek Snake. Skill plays the largest role in any competition, but when seven-tenths of the leaderboard in a 60 pilot competition is one particular model – it warrants a look.

Looking at the data of the Snake, it’s interesting to try to imagine what it flies like. A 5,8 aspect ratio suggests that it should have near-Hadron efficiency with slightly more maneuverability. It also claims an impressive 65km/h accelerated speed, but that’s also what a Paramania GTR claims – so it’s top speed is nothing revolutionary. Where Dudek wins is in having usable speed, thanks to high efficiency.

Looking further at the data published by Dudek we see that they are achieving a 25km/h minimum speed, which is impressive because it tells us that this wing has the highest published speed range of any dedicated “slalom” wing. Now you have a tool that can smoke other gliders in the turns and win the slow/fast tasks and make picking up / dropping objects easier. Practical benefit: Easier to launch and land.

Speed isn’t everything, especially when it comes to this wannabees usability.

What allows Snake pilots to dominate the leaderboard is the maneuverability, speed, and stability of the best “slalom” gliders while not trading off it’s glide ratio for pitch-stability. Sure, your reflex wing can do 42mph in a straight line, but how far can you bank it while accelerated and not lose altitude? That is something that only a higher aspect ratio (or an insane amount of power) can help you with. Also with increased efficiency comes the ability to launch and fly a smaller size than you could in another model. Higher wing loading = more than published speed.

Top-tier reflex speed and precise handling make it great; but the efficiency to retain energy while exercising those traits is what makes this wing special. I predict that the Snake will dominate the comp scene as well as “advanced glider” market for the next few years. After pilots fly it and “see the light” about how important high-efficiency is, other manufacturers will hopefully shift focus onto what will essentially make their gliders more usable for every pilot.

This is a good thing for the industry.

My initial flights on the Snake were conducted at the Wings Over Winter fly-in over the course of a weekend where conditions made testing glide ratio and speed incredibly difficult. However during a flight with winds aloft gusting to 20mph, I was able to fly a few circuits with my variometer and come to some initial numbers that were extremely impressive.

I was consistently pulling 37mph at fast trim in level flight – cool. The stunner was my initial l/d test showing a 7.55:1 glide ratio. That’s 7.5:1 with a paramotor on my back at idle. That would be incredible. I don’t believe it either, maybe I was too sleep deprived. So I insisted that I take the Snake home with me and try the test a few different ways in smooth air.

What follows these initial impressions will be a comprehensive test of the Snake showing it’s most important innovations. Where hard data is not available to demonstrate traits e.g. “maneuverability,” I can only call upon my experience and give the most objective opinion while trying to use measurable substance wherever possible.

The next installment of this test will also include in-depth descriptions of the features of the glider, their intended application, and wether or not they are all they’re cracked up to be. Then we will get to the important stuff – the glider’s characteristics during advanced maneuvering!

If the winter temperatures warrant, I’ll try a third installment after completing a three-gallon cross country flight focusing on the features that will help go the distance.

I will be sure to record as much as possible with video, and publish the test procedures. I would also welcome any open discussion about the merits of this wing and how it may potentially change the industry.

By Shane Denherder

Continue reading part 1.5 –  “Daily Dosage of Vitamin G”

 

Fun Times in Monument Valley, Utah

We got the band back together this past week in Monument Valley, UT.   Shane, Byron and Jeff all came down to hang out at surely one of the biggest gatherings ever held @ Goulding’s Airport.     Team Fly Halo was represented well and had many great friends hanging out with us for the week.   We’ve captured some pretty amazing photos and will have some videos trickling down the pipeline in the coming months.

The SCOUT paramotor was a big hit,  lots of people really enjoyed the smooth curves of the SCOUT as well as it’s performance at altitude.  Our New Dudek Hadron 20 also performed great launching in the tough conditions famously known in the area.     To check out some of our photos from the fly in,  visit our facebook page or click on the image below.

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