Powered Paragliding Gear Selection: Foot Launch or Trike?

Powered Paragliding Gear Selection: Foot Launch or Trike?
Let me start out by saying that currently, most Powered Paragliding Pilots prefer foot launch. The reality is that foot launch is actually more difficult to learn and to master. Trikes are easier to learn on and are starting to get more popular. Both ways of launching are great. Here are some of the advantages and ...

Which AAD should I buy? Cypres or Vigil?

This blog post is for my skydiver friends ūüėČ As a certified parachute rigger, I often get asked this question: "Which Automatic Activation Device should I buy?¬†Cypres¬†or Vigil?" Arguably, these two are the only real choices in today's market. While both units have had some growing pains in their initial releases. I am¬†condident that both ...

Flying my Paramotor at Sunset, with a Full Moon…

Last Friday I did a little Paramotor flight with a few of my Paramotor friends: Michel, Isabelle and Mariusz. It was a little chilly, but the scenery was amazing. We were flying over the east end of Orleans - to the east of Ottawa. We took off and flew to Petrie Island beach and waved ...

The world’s only flying Glass-Bottom Hot Air Balloon?

The world's only flying Glass-Bottom Hot Air Balloon?
If you've been here before, or you know me, you'll eventually learn that I built my own Hot Air Balloon, from scratch... For a little background on that story - see my Hot Air Ballooning page. Over and above building the envelope, which a few  people have done, I also built the basket, which is ...

Firebolt 119 Main Parachute opening video

Check out this video of a Jumpshack Firebolt 119 Main Parachute opening. Notice the following: Fast, but smooooth. No snivel. Perfectly on-heading, every time. The Firebolt opens in hundreds of feet, not a thousand feet like some others.  It aslo opens on-heading, everytime. I've personally flown a Firebolt Main Parachute, and I really liked it. Jumpshack has ...