It's what we do
"Adventure Flying" is a broad sweeping term that encapsulates all of the risky, exciting, courageous, and strange things that bold pilots attempt on these crazy contraptions. Flying a PPG to the top of a 10,000ft mountain range, loading up with gas and oil and attempting to fly as far as possible in one day, flying with camping gear and setting off into the hills for an overnight excursion, we love it all.
We believe that adventure flying is in all of us, that is, when a person first starts to dream of PPG flying, they typically do not dream of taking off and landing in the same field week after week without any exploration or pushing of personal limits (although the act of flying a PPG alone is quite adventurous).
Adventure flying takes skills, discipline, experience, and judgement; and it doesn't all click at once. When we first started out, we would push our limits just a little bit with mini-adventures - flying 20 miles and top-landing on a prominent mountain. Taking off in the morning and heading to a rural gas station for a refill and a sandwich. Or crossing a mountain range during ideal weather and having a friend pick us up on the other side.
Are you ready to take the next step to Adventure?
2022 Team Fly Halo XC Adventure Training
Gather your camping gear, strap a motor on your back, fly, land and sleep the night under the stars. The next day return home or maybe continue on for a bigger adventure. Or, maybe you want to do a simple, short XC, land for a break and return to your LZ? Any XC offers new challenges and, of course, new rewards - you are only limited by your imagination and possibly some skills. Team Fly Halo XC Adventure Training will help make your adventure dreams a reality with a three level program taking you from novice, ambitious pilot to advanced, skilled XC Master!
Module 1 Scheduled for December 2022 - Shoot us an email if you are interested!
Scout & Team Fly Halo WINGMAN CHALLENGE
September 17 - 30, 2022 ** COMPLETED**
Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol reef, Canyonlands, Moab, Monument Valley, Shiprock, Grand Canyon…
Fly more than 1100 miles through four states, cross mountain passes, lava fields, rivers, forests, deserts, canyons…plan your own routes, check the weather, find your own fuel stops and camping places.
Yes, it is hard to do it unsupported, but it is impossible to do it with support. Do you recall any pilot in the whole history of Icarus Trophy who had his partner driving a camper along the route ever fly a route this long to the finish line? In fact, it was not their fault at all! While good sleep in a camper may seem like a great idea, it is exactly the opposite. Spooning your partner in a warm bed would make it impossible for you to get up before sunrise again and again.
You have to do it on your own because that is the only way. And in the end, you will feel like a hero because you will become a hero.
Use the two weeks to the fullest (including rest)
The whole distance would be doable in 4-5 days if the weather is good and you push it really really hard. But then you would skip some beautiful places on your way and arrive at the finish line totally destroyed. Even if you did not quit from exhaustion somewhere in the middle, why rush the whole race in 5 days and then wait alone for the others in the finish line?
Instead of racing, we want you to enjoy it to the fullest. And for that we need rest days.The whole route will be split into 3 sections of around 400 miles. For every section there will be a specified date for all of us to meet for rest days: sleep, food, shower, repairs, friends, stories, photos, beers…
Sometimes you may want to push harder. Well, no one said you need to take the shortest route to the next meeting point. Take a detour, discover new places, see the country.
This is not a competition!
There is no trophy for the first one to arrive. This is not about who has the fastest glider or who takes the most risks.
The pilot with the craziest and funniest stories will win.
The pilot taking the best photos will win.
The pilot taking the most detours will win.
You will be a winner in any case because you will become a better pilot.
Fly into the unknown
Something you have never done before. Maybe you don’t even know how it feels!
Become a better pilot.
You do things you have never done before.
Weeks before the adventure you will receive a complete guide of how to do your own research and preparation.
- Research possible routes between meeting points. Would you prefer to fly along the highway or take a shortcut over two mountain passes?
- Find refueling options, locate airfields or gas stations with open fields around for landing and take off, check the street views to see if there are any fences around…
- Prepare multiple alternatives so you can flexibly chose one according to weather
- Create your own maps and setup your navigation app in your phone
- Upgrade your gear (bags, additional fuel, sensors, gadgets, cameras) and test it.
- Get to know your gear properly: do lots of preparation flights to measure your airspeed and flight range at different trim settings or altitudes.
Two days before the adventure you can join our progression training camp. Ask experienced instructors about piloting techniques and skills you need to improve.
Right before the adventure begins consult your flight plan with experienced pilots. Discuss routes, weather, fuel stops, elevation considerations…
Get continuous advice and guidance during the adventure.You will not be the same pilot you were before. Period.
Troubles will make you stronger.
That is the best part. Something will go wrong and it is part of the adventure. You may run out of fuel, your prop may hit a stone, you may be too optimistic about the weather forecast or make a few wrong decisions. Improvise, be creative, be committed. Hitchhike, ask strangers to stay overnight, order Ubers to bring you a bottle of two stroke oil and hide it under a specified bush where you hope to find it…
For each section you will fly unsupported. As long as you are not in danger, it is all part of the adventure. Sometimes it will be tough… But in the end you will have great stories to tell.
We will watch your back.
You will get a satellite communicator to call for help anywhere, even if there is no mobile signal.
Beyond that we will constantly monitor your position and make sure you are safe. If we see your dot on the map has stopped on an unusual spot and you are not responding, we will go and check your situation.
As we will have a few off-road support vehicles following you all along the route, there is a good chance one of them will be nearby.
Note: The support vehicles are there to maximize your safety, not your comfort. We are not there to make it easier but, safer. The support vehicles will not drive you over mountain passes or give you shelter if it rains. We will not come with a canister if you run out of fuel. Solve your problem and in the end you will have a good story to tell. That is all part of the challenge you decided to face and we do not want to take that away from your experience.
We leave no-one behind!
We will all meet at every waypoint. Whoever stayed behind for whatever reason, will be picked up to join the group. Whoever had an engine issue, we will do our best to fix it and get you back in the air.
Fresh, rested and motivated by the comradery everybody starts again for the next multi-day section. Yes, you may fly in groups of course, at least you will have photos of you 🙂
Spare parts and technician available.
A truck full of SCOUT and Vittorazi parts will follow us all the way. If you fly another brand, you may have your own specific spare parts in our truck too.
There will be a mechanic in the team too. And if he cannot fix it, then no one can. For that unlikely case we have a spare paramotor and a spare glider!
Note: At each meeting point we can help you to fix your paramotor but, not in between. If you get grounded during a section, it is your task to get to the next meeting point. You may have spares shipped to you by FedEx or hitchhike to the meeting point. It is all part of the adventure and we will not interfere. Should you not be able to make it on your own despite trying hard, we will pick you up to catch up with the whole team.
Meet new paramotor friends for life
All the new paramotor experiences, stories and photos are amplified if shared with friends over a good BBQ and with a beer in hand.
Lets talk about dates
The dates are as follows, starting at September 17th
- Day -1 (Sept. 17th): Training day Lake Tahoe (optional)
- Day 0 (Sunday, Sept. 18th): Arrival, briefing at 3pm, unpacking, preparation, welcome party
- Day 1 (Monday, Sept. 19th): Start from Lake Tahoe early morning
- Day 3 (Wednesday, Sep.t 21st): Arrival to the first meeting point in the evening
- Day 4 (Thursday, Sept. 22nd): Mandatory rest day
- Day 5 to 7: Second Section
- Day 7 (Sunday, Sept. 25th): Arrival to second meeting point in the evening
- Day 8 (Monday, Sept. 26th): Mandatory rest day
- Day 9 -11: Third Section
- Day 11 (Sept. 29th): Arrival to finish line in Apple Valley, UT, party in the evening
- Day 12 (Sept. 30th): Packing, departure home, transfer to start point if needed
$2,290 Participation Fee
$940 for SCOUT PARAMOTOR rental if you need it
- satellite tracker
- constant monitoring of your position for your safety
- 3 support vehicles driving along
- guidance, advice
- logistics of your gear and spare parts from start through meeting points to finish line
- accommodation in the meeting points and finish line
- BBQ parties in the meeting points and finish line
- comradery, adventure, challenge, …
- logistics of your gear back to starting point
We may arrange for you at extra cost:
- shipping of your gear from EU Slovakia to US and back
- shipping of your paramotor to any address in the US after the adventure
- fuel and oil for your paramotor (you plan your route and your fuel stops on your own)
- accommodation during your flight (you plan your route and sleeping spots on your own)
- transport of you and your PPG gear during flying days (you are expected to fly, not take a ride:-)
- transport of you from finish line back to starting point (take a plan or bus, eventually we may have a seat or two)