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El Paso Paramotor Demo Team

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Team members

El Paso Paramotor Demo Team member Glenn Tupper  El Paso Paramotor Demo Team member Had Robinson  El Paso Paramotor Demo Team member Lee Boone

 Please contact us if you would like more info on our team or for us to fly at your event.

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.

powered paraglider formation flying

Some notes on powered paragliders (paramotors)

  1. The lightest and smallest powered aircraft in the world  (less than 50 lb plus the weight of the pilot)
  2. The slowest moving powered aircraft with a trim speed of about 21-25 mph.
  3. The engine on a paramotor can be as small as 80 cc (or about 16 hp).
  4. Can launch and land almost anywhere including the sides of mountains and in deep canyons.
  5. The average paramotor consumes around a gallon of fuel per hour, depending on conditions.

Careful preparation is necessary to deploy our long streamers

preparing streamers for towing aloft

powered paraglider pulling a streamer  powered paraglider pulling a streamer

Lee Boone flying above Had Robinson in tight vertical formation.  Only slow moving aircraft can almost touch.

two powered paragliders stacked one above the other

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 paraglinder launching with a streamer deployment bag

powered paraglider preparing to launch with a streamer deployment bag

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.

Amigo Airsho 2012 performers

Lee Boone (L) & Glenn Tupper (R) perform aerial acrobatics with smoke

powered paragliders in the air with smoke

Lee Boone flying a 700' streamer

powered paraglider with streamer

Our flight crew (L-R):  Melissa & Rodrigo Hernandez, Jonathan Chrum, Lee Boone, Bill Cummings, Lance Tripoli, John Shaw, Had Robinson.

El Paso Paramotor Team members and flight crew

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