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Why a powered paraglider airshow?
Simply, we fly the smallest and slowest aircraft in the world which allows us to do maneuvers which are unique among all aircraft. Because we move so slowly through the air, we can safely fly near balloons or stationary objects on the ground. We can be much closer to people on the ground than ordinary aircraft. It is safe and easy for us to land just a dozen yards from spectators and be fully compliant with all FAA safety regulations. Crowds love our beautiful and graceful streamers – over 700' long. Streamer deployment at altitude is one of the most spectacular things we do.
We have performed both in the United States and in Mexico including the Amigo Airsho, Fiesta del Globo (Chih. City, Mexico) and various balloon rallies.
Formation flying with streamers – all photos below courtesy of John Shaw.
Some notes on powered paragliders (paramotors)
Careful preparation is necessary to deploy our long streamers
Lee Boone flying above Had Robinson in tight vertical formation. Only slow moving aircraft can almost touch.
The deployment bag (d-bag) containing the streamer is attached to the front of the pilot with a bungee cord. After climbing out to a safe altitude, he deploys the streamer in much the same he would a parachute.
Powered paragliders mix well with faster aircraft – as far as spectators are concerned. Our movements are graceful and precise, like other natural aviators – the soaring birds. Below are performers at the 2012 Amigo Airsho.
Lee Boone (L) & Glenn Tupper (R) perform aerial acrobatics with smoke
Lee Boone flying a 700' streamer
Our flight crew (L-R): Melissa & Rodrigo Hernandez, Jonathan Chrum, Lee Boone, Bill Cummings, Lance Tripoli, John Shaw, Had Robinson.