New Wing, Even Better Performance – The Dudek Hadron

We’ve bounced around from a few different paraglider brands since opening up Team Fly Halo in 2012. We believe in partnering up with the best brands on the market and as you can see from our latest video, Jeff is loving his new Dudek Hadron.

Shane actually talked Jeff into switching from his old wing to the new Dudek and Jeff couldn’t be happier. It handles better, efficiency is off the charts, launches easy and is a total blast to fly.  Enough about that, just watch the video and see for yourself!   It doesn’t hurt that it looks great too.

Check out that custom Team Fly Halo logo! Pretty awesome right?

Coolest Paramotor Launch Summer Contest – Entries Posted!

If you’ve been following Team Fly Halo for the past few months, you would have seen that we were running a summer contest for the “Coolest Launch.” We asked pilots to send in clips showing off their best launches, showcasing skills to improve our overall image as a sport. We now have all of the launches compiled into one video and we want you to choose the winner for the coolest paramotor launch. Some of these are more technical, some look cleaner.

It’s up to you to decide who should win. Simply watch the video below and then log onto our facebook page and click the poll – choose the winner!! Voting ends September 14th.

Go straight to the poll by clicking here. (You must like Team Fly Halo on FB in order to vote)

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Powered Paragliding Instructor and Tandem Rating Clinic – Galveston Texas

Team Fly Halo is teaming up with Parafreedom Air Sports on the Gulf Coast in September to conduct a beginner PPG/PG clinic from the 14th through the 22nd.

For the first time, we’re excited to be offering both Instructor and Tandem ratings through the USPPA for qualified Advanced pilots, as well as a skills clinic for those pilots wishing to improve their own flying or earn initial/advanced ratings.  Those pilots interested would be attending a clinic that runs concurrently with our novice pilot’s clinic, having a chance to work with live students and advanced instructors Bud Wruck and Shane Denherder.

Those pilots interested in improving their skills, earning additional ratings, or earning Instructor/Tandem ratings in a controlled training environment would be invited to attend Sept 17 – 21st.  No matter what your experience level, we are sure to be able to help you be safer, have more fun, and look much cooler in all things related to paramotor!  Contact Team Fly Halo for more information or to reserve your spot today!

Please note that not every applicant will be qualified for Tandem/Instructor ratings and therefore no rating is guaranteed.  Please contact Shane at Team Fly Halo to discuss your knowledge, skills, and experience.  We will be sure to thoroughly screen all prospective instructor/tandem pilots to ensure a reasonable expectation of success.  At a very minimum, you must have two years flying PPG and USPPA PPG3 or USHPA P-4 level skills.  Instructor / Tandem trainees can expect a minimum of one day screening/tuning up before beginning to work with students or fly tandem as pilot in command.

Team Fly Halo Carbon Fiber Paramotor Throttle

halo carbon fiber throttle

Team Fly Halo has officially released its latest in house product, the carbon fiber throttle system.   This new throttle design features a very comfortable grip with the option for ambidextrous use.    Our throttle system was originally built as the standard throttle for our black project paramotor, code named the Halo One.

Other features include:

– Built in Tiny Tach

– 2 multi-function buttons pre wired

– Throttle safety switch

– Carbon fiber design.


The Team Fly Halo Paramotor Throttle is available for individual purchase and will also be available as an upgrade from the Factory for the SCOUT paramotor.

Contact us for details!

Paramotor Training Schedule for August and September

Our July paramotor training session is fully underway.   We completely sold out of our July class and are expecting the same to happen in August.      If you’re considering training with Fly Halo,  be sure to get in contact with us before we run out of space.

Our upcoming training schedule is as follows:

Summer Season

Pacific City, OR : August 24-September 2nd   – 4 more spots available.  This is the last training in Oregon before we move to Galveston for the Fall season.

Fall Season

Galveston, TX:   September 14-22 – 4 more spots available.  


Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more pictures from our July class,  the guys are currently having a ton of fun kiting and soaring the giant sand dunes in Pacific, City.  They will soon be strapping on motor in the coming days and taking their first motor flights!

Kankakee Powered Paragliding Fly In Recap

This past weekend I was lucky enough to travel to the Chicago Land to both hang with friends and attend the Kankakee Fly-in put on by Jaro Krupa and Chicago Paragliding.

I had no idea how much fun I could actually fit into a three day period out in the land of the flat!

My trip started with a late arrival Wednesday to Naperville, IL where I linked up with Jeff Goin of I had brought my Mirage 26 with me on the plane, and Jeff was nice enough to loan me one of his Miniplane ABM machines for an ultra-early morning flight departing from Jeff’s back yard on a private airstrip out in the burbs. We did some low flying in the fog, then headed over to a wide open field to film some landings for Jeff’s upcoming video Master PPG 4. This was a great opportunity for me, as I got to practice some next-level dynamic landings with the master himself giving pointers along the way. Ended up being a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see the footage of us goofing off. Also my first time flying the ABM – what an awesome little machine. Even on a humid morning my 210 lb self was able to nail several no wind launches on a reflex glider in a tight environment. With a 40-some pound machine on your back, you have some serious mobility. Love it!

After that, Jeff was gracious enough to take me up for a flight in his Enstrom helicopter. This was a real treat for me, as it has in fact been 5 years since I’ve flown a helicopter. Jeff even let me fly for a bit, shoot a couple of approaches/takeoffs, and do some hover work. Totally different world in a 1600lb helicopter with a twist throttle and no flight control assist. I held my own, but I do not have the finesse that Jeff does.

After that adventure, Jeff and I packed up and headed down to Othar Lawrence’s place in rural Illinois. I had the Scout paramotor and Gin Vantage 22 shipped to his place, so after some assembly the three of us were able to catch a nice evening flight south of the Chicago suburbs.


Othar and I headed down to the fly-in near Kankakee the following morning, but in our haste didn’t realize that we couldn’t fly until 7am – we had arrived an hour and a half early! Rather than wake everyone up, we headed up the road a bit to fly near a gravel quarry that Othar had wanted to check out. That was really like flying near a beautiful oasis hidden in the midst of cornfields and country roads. A very unreal experience.

After burning off an hour of gas, we made our way to the actual event and met with some folks. This was great for me, as I really haven’t met many of the midwest PPG pilots in the country. What a great bunch of guys (and gals) with a really beautiful landscape to fly. Our days consisted of several short flights, low flying the corn, throwing down in front of the folks, hanging out under the Red Bull tent, helping John Erickson with the Parajet exhibit, showcasing the Scout, and visiting with friends.

While there I got to try out two Parajet Zeniths, with the Top 80 motor and one with the Thor 130. I was so impressed by the Thor 130; it pretty much met my prediction as the go-to motor for anyone not doing tandems, way heavy, or launching a really small glider. Kudos to Polini for that design!

I was able to test the Scout Paramotor out with both the standard gooseneck bars and the hybrid weight-shift system ad nauseum. I am loving this design more and more every flight hour flown, and it made some serious impressions on spectators and those who were lucky enough to fly it.

Most of my flying was done on the Gin Vantage 22 – an awesome all-around wing for me. I flew the Mirage a handful of times, and I also got to borrow Dudek Hadron‘s in various sizes, further making me want to get my hands on a custom 20 meter.

fly halo view

The Chicago paragliding guys had several friends with winches, and were doing free flight towing operations in the middle of the day. Some guys logged free-flights nearly two hours long, as conditions all weekend were so perfect. On Saturday afternoon, Othar and I took a midday motor flight to boost up to 6000′ to cloud base to go enjoy some cool air and a scattered layer of fluffy cumulus clouds. You haven’t seen this part of the country until you’ve seen it in this environment, so beautiful. It was a little strange for me, as Othar and I were both flying fast, competitive reflex gliders trying to core weak thermals to help our climb rate out. It was yet another experience that gave me confidence in the Gin Mirage, despite active midday air – it stayed together.

At the end of the flying day on Saturday, Jaro had barbecue sausages and music, flashing strobes and even a smoke machine. The unofficial term for this party was the “Disco Sausage Fest.” I was overjoyed to see Michael Mixer in good spirits and moving around, and got to talk with him a bit. He was actually out on the flight line during the mid day coaching three students through kiting practice. Michael logged some trike time, and assured me that he will be back up and foot-launching by next spring.

I had a 6:00am departure out of Midway Sunday morning, so I had to book it early and miss the last day. It was such a fun weekend seeing old friends and meeting new ones, enjoying the perfect weather and flying all sorts of new gear.

Wanted to give a big thanks to Othar Lawrence for putting me up – and putting up with me all weekend. Also for being a bad*** pilot in general, and making that Red Bull GT-R look rad every step of the way. Also to Jeff Goin for the hospitality and mentorship, and Jaro for putting on the flying sausage fest.

Team Fly Halo’s Kankakee Fly In Plans – SCOUT Paramotor

We know many of you are anxious to see the new age SCOUT paramotor at this years Kankakee Fly in.  We will have the Scout on display, but it will not be available for demo flights to the general public.  Some reviews are being conducted, and we want to ensure that it’s intact for the fly in.

Demo Equipment Available – 

Gin Vantage 22m – $3100 show special
Gin Mirage 26m – $3400 show special
Gin Yeti 40m with rigid container – – $900 show special

Shane will be on site Friday and Saturday and will be filming launches for the “Coolest Launch” contest.  Make sure to come say hello, introduce yourself, and make it look good.  Winner will be getting a Sena Bluetooth device.

Shane will also be conducting a short clinic on the basics of a paramotor reserve.  Installation, when to throw, why you should use, and some tech info on different reserves will all be covered.  Free of charge, can’t beat that!  Come by and check it out.  

Bring your cameras, we’ll see you in the sky.

Coolest Launch Contest: Win a Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset

sena smh10r bluetooth device

We’re kicking off summer with a fun contest for paramotor pilots around the world.  Our contest calls for pilots to submit clips of them performing the coolest, smoothest launches.   Taking off is our most awkward phase of flight and we aim to make it look as cool as possible.  If you pull off the win,  you’ll be receiving a brand new Sena SMH10R bluetooth headset.  

We are accepting entries until the 31st of July.   At that point, we will compile all of the clips and publish a video online.  The winner is chosen by you,  everyone gets to vote on their favorite smoothest launch.  We’ll have more details on that later.  For now, focus on making yourself look good on launch and getting us the footage!  Please upload to Google drive if possible and share it with    

We would appreciate it if HD clips were only used.  Looking good is in part thanks to a nice camera so please don’t send us a choppy cell phone video that your mother took while filming her toes 🙂

Dudek Paragliders – Paramotoring Wings Tested and Approved

Last month in Florida Team Fly Halo tested out some of Dudek Paragliders range of reflex gliders.   Specifically, we put the Dudek Hadron through its paces and the feedback we’ve received from our pilots has been nothing but awesome.    We loved it so much that we had to have one!   Team Fly Halo has decided to feature Dudek Paragliders as our main option for pilots wanting a reflex based powered paragliding wing to go along side Gin’s line up.

Here is Shane Denherder tearing it up last month on the Dudek Hadron with Jeff Goin filming.


If you have any questions or are interested in flying a Dudek Paraglider, give us a ring or email us anytime.

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