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Ozone welcomes Leah Catullo to the Team

Welcome to our new team pilot, Leah Catullo!

Leah is a talented and passionate acro PPG pilot from Florida, USA. Leah flies almost daily, training acrobatic flight in paraglider and paramotors, both. She has participated in many national and international paramotor events, and in 2020 she is planning to compete in the Classic and Slalom PPG World Championships.  

Leah says, “I fly because, like so many others, I had dreams of running into the air. I find peace, focus, exhilaration, and meaning in flight. My goals are to master acro in paramotor as well as start slalom racing. I hope to be an inspiration and model to female pilots. I would love to travel the World visiting all the events and share the passion of flying with international community” 

We’re excited to add Leah to the team, and look forward to flying with her for many years to come. Cheers, from all of us here at Ozone.

Ozone Team wins Slalom Championships

Big Congratulations to the Ozone Team for taking the podium of Spanish Slalom Open Championships which took place last few days in Bornos, Spain. This was one of the biggest slalom competitions of the season with 49 pilots competing from 9 different countries with 7 tasks flown. 

Alex Mateos won flying the Freeride 14 followed by Nicolas Auberts, also flying the Freeride 14 in 2nd place overall.  Alex says: “Everything went well, the training of this year paid off. I wish we could have flown more tasks but the results are there, so I’m very happy!” The big surprise came from new Ozone Team pilot Bartek Nowicki who finished 3rd overall. After flying Dudek for many years, polish pilot Bartek decided to change to the Ozone Freeride this season.  It is a completely different wing to fly, requiring a different technique and style and despite a minimum of training he managed to win the Polish Slalom Championships earlier this year. Thank you Bartek. 

Marie Mateos – the only girl amongst the top level pilots displayed her class once again, leaving behind many pilots who can only dream of getting to her level! Maries says: “This is the first time for me that I am so close to the podium in slalom competition. I am very happy with this result, especially with 7 valid tasks where I finished 4 times in the 3rd position. Nevertheless, I think with more training I can get the podium next time”. Go for it Marie!  

photo by Piotr Geło; Adam Pupek

Coupe Icare 2019

Once again, the Coupe Icare has come and gone, with all of the madness and excitement that one would expect from the world’s largest paragliding festival.

As every year Alixa/Ozone stand was not a traditional display of Ozone branding. Our friend, Mathieu de Quillacq, always manages to set us up with something original and non-commercial.
This year Ozone Power revealed the latest new products: Kona 2 based on the Buzz Z6 and EN B universal paragliding and paramotor wing.

Ozone Team pilots, Alex Mateos and Nicolas Aubert participated in the Parabatix Sky Race (slalom / precision competition), which took place on plateau of St Hilaire and the landing of Lumbin during three days of the event. Both of them flew Freeride 14 and ended up on the podium winning the overall final run. Congrats to all of the pilots and thank you for a great show!

Also, on Saturday afternoon the crowds enjoyed a PPG show put on by Alex and Marie while Raffaele Benetti were presenting his new project – electric paramotor for paragliders.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Alex and Marie win French Championships 2019

2019 French Paramotor Championships were held in ULM Airfield Couhe-Verac from 29 June till 6th July. There were total 35 pilots competing in class PF1 (solo foot launch), 9 light single trikes and 4 double trikes.  PF1 pilots flew total 13 tasks and trikes 11 tasks

Alex and Marie Mateos won the competition taking 1st (Alex) and 2nd (Marie) place. Both of them were flying with Viper 4 16.

Alex Mateos reports: “First of all, I am very happy with the performance of my equipment. Despite of tough condition and hot weather my engine was working really well. I am very impressed by speed and stability of my Viper 4 sometimes we were flying in a really strong wind, reaching speed up to 100 km/h! I started this competition a bit distracted, because I lost podium in French Championships in 2011 on the same airfield, it was the moment, when I first met Marie and fall in love » .

Marie says: « I am very happy with my final results. I think I started this competition really focused not to make any mistake, even small, possibly demanding too much of myself. But during competition, I manage to relax a little bit and really enjoy 2nd part of the competition when I won pure eco task. I won 3 tasks. »

Big congratulations to other pilots for their excellent results.

Nicolas Aubert just missed the podium, finished 4th in PF1 flying Viper 4 18.

We are pleased to see Ozone TriOx’s debut in classic competition. Two trike tandem teams were using TriOx 38 finishing on the 2nd and 3rd place in the Competition:
Vincent Beutter / Pascal Malochet – 2nd
Christophe Gloriant / Sigrid Sigorel – 3rd

Congratulations to all pilots!

Photos: Marie Chapacou, Alain FREMOND, Pascal Malochet

Alex Huxham wins 380 km race flying Roadster 3

UK pilot Alex Huxham won Icarus X Trophy flying his new Roadster 3 24. He has been flying only over 10 months being trained by SkySchool UK. “I have managed to clock well over 130 flights in that time” – he says. The race took place from 21st to 22nd June. The route was 240 miles (386 km) long, it was a triangle starting and finishing in Somerset, passing through Devon where he stayed overnight, across Dorset and Wiltshire. There were 27 pilots competing.

Here is how describes his first big and successful cross country adventure: “I wanted to combine my passion for flying and the need due to getting older to complete something out of my comfort zone and challenging. I was in the Race category, unsupported the entire time. I had to walk to get fuel with my Paramotor, a long gruelling walk, climbing over fences and barriers to get there and back. Took off at 4:36 pm, landed 8:47 pm to camp overnight, left again at 5:11am, landed at 8:18 am before landing at the finish line at 9:08 am. My equipment consisted of my Parajet Maverick paramotor with extra large fuel tank and my 24 m Roadster 3. I managed an average fuel consumption of 4.5 liter per hour fully trimmed out and speedbar for the duration of the flying.

A positive attitude, the right equipment and sheer determination. I got up early, I left as soon as I could, and when I landed, I ran around and got setup again. My Roadster 3 launches impeccably allowing me to get in the air fast with all the extra weight and make the whole experience so much easier. I never once or for a second doubted its ability to perform and remain stable allowing me to forget about the wing while flying and concentrate on hydration, food, course and altitude adjustments. The Roadster 3 is a versatile wing, trims in and neutral and it performs very responsively, trims out and the speed and stability this wing provides is unreal. My average speed was 39 m/h (62 km/h) over the course, with a sustained top speed of 47 m/h – 76 km/h”

Congratulations to Alex! It must have been an amazing adventure!

Cheers, from all the OZONE Team

Kester Haynes joins Ozone Team

OZONE is excited to announce that Kester Haynes has joined our team.

Kester Haynes is from UK and he has been flying since 2008. He works full time at Parajet / Gilo Industries, which produce paramotors, jet boards, Sky Car. He is their main test pilots, instructor, design and development engineer.

Kester loves adventure paramotor flying and he takes every opportunity to be a part of a paramotor expeditions anywhere in the World. He already completed many long distance cross country flights to remote places such as Brazilian Pantal and flown near erupting volcano Etna in Sicily. Kester says: “I have a passion for travel and adventure with various means of transport which include paragliders, paramotors, motorbikes, 4×4’s, jet boards. Even outside of work I still find myself designing and developing various flying machines and looking for the next expedition opportunity »

Together with Brazilian cinematographer Sylvestre Campe they travel around the World with paramotors producing adventurist TV series for Canal Off. They already visited Australia, Philippines, Cambodia, France, Italy, Sicily, Oman, Hawai, Namibia.
Kester Haynes occasionally works with Bear Grylls as his personal instructor, advisor or a tandem pilot.
Asked what flying means for you Kester says: “Flying has become a really important part of my life, giving me the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, often reaching remote parts only accessible by flight, meeting like minded people and making friends everywhere. I also love how it enables me to explore another style of flying, doing some manoeuvres to get the adrenaline pumping and being completely focused in that moment. There’s always room to improve and huge scope to challenge yourself.”

Cheers, from all the OZONE Team

Bartek Nowicki wins Gold in Poland

We are very proud of a polish national team pilot Bartosz Nowicki, who won the Open Polish Slalom Championships 2019 last weekend in Jutrosin, Poland flying with Ozone Freeride 15.

The event was the biggest international slalom competition this year with 42 of the best pilots from 11 countries: Poland, Italy, Germany, Netherland, Finland, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium, Greece. Despite windy weather and a tragic accident (not flying), during 5 days pilots flew 11 tasks.

Big Congratulations to Bartek. We are very impressed by Bartek’s victory and feel honored to support him in this competition. Bartek is one of the top 5 World slalom pilots, finishing 4th during last years World Slalom Championships in Egypt.

Cheers from all Ozone Team.

Nicolas wins Andalucian Paramotor Race 482 km

Andalucian Paramotor Race 2019 organized by Mario de Eolox  took place on 9 – 10 February. 28 best pilots from Spain intended to fly a long cross country of 482 km from Huelva to Almeria.  All pilots had a ground crew following them and were allowed to land for fueling. Ozone Team pilot Nicolas Aubert flying his Viper 4 and PAP Tinox with Thor 200 managed to make it first to the goal!

Nicolas Aubert reports: « I am very happy to won the Race. I flew total 482 km from Huelva to Almería. It has been one of the hardest flights I have ever made in my life! It took me nearly 9 hours with 3 fuel stops. Total flight time was 6 h 30 min at maximum speed. The last section from Guadix to Almeria was the hardest, I was so tired that my legs were shaking, but at the end we made it! I would like to thank my ground crew: Pierre Aubert and Juan Morillas.  I am also grateful for excellent and reliable equipment, PAP paramotor and Ozone Viper 4, fast, good performance and solid glider! »

Congratulations from all Ozone Team!

CHAMPIONS DU MONDE OZONE DE SLALOM

Le troisième championnat du monde de slalom paramoteur s’est déroulé en Egypte, au magnifique lac Qarun, dans le district de Fayoum, près du Caire.

50 pilotes en provenance de 13 pays se sont mesurés pendant 7 jours. En dépit d’une météo très ventée durant les trois premiers jours, l’Organisateur Sky Sports Egypt et le Directeur d’épreuve Jose Ortega ont réussi à organiser une compétition réussie avec dix manches avant que l’on assiste aux derniers runs effectués par les meilleurs pilotes.
Rien n’a été facile pour les compétiteurs en raison du climat brûlant et changements permanents de direction des vents. Certains pilotes ont fait des erreurs ou ont eut des problèmes de motorisation qui se sont terminés à l’eau.
L’observation de la manche finale entre les pilotes N° 22-18-12-8-6-3 et les deux meilleurs pilotes a été une expérience passionnante.
Team Ozone est très fier d’aligner les meilleurs pilotes de slalom du Monde ! :
Alex Mateos (France) termine premier et remporte le titre de champion du monde sous Freeride 14
Nicolas Auber (France) – Second sous Viper 4 14
Marie Mateos (France) – 1st Female World Champion and 6th in overall flying Freeride 14
Boris TYSEBAERT (France) – Troisième en catégorie chariot solo sous Viper 4 15
Chaudes félicitations à tous les pilotes pour les performances et leurs résultats
Cheers from all the Team

ALARD HUFNER VAINQUEUR DU TROPHEE ICARE 2018 EN AFRIQUE

le Trophée Icare est connu comme étant la course paramoteur la plus difficile au monde, où les pilotes volent sur de longues distances sans aucun soutien. il s’agit d’une compétition se déroulant sur près de 1600 km au dessus de régions parmi les plus sauvages de la planète.

Le Trophée Icare s’est déroulé sur 1200 km en 2018, comprenant le passage de deux frontières internationales, de l’Afrique du Sud au Botswana, puis du Botswana au Zimabwe. La course a débuté juste au nord de Johannesbourg et s’est terminée aux Chutes de Vic Falls au Zimbabwe.

c’est le pilote sud africain Alard HUFNER qui a remporté l’épreuve sous sa Speedster 28.

Alard raconte :
« Je me suis régalé. Quelle aventure amusante ! Comme la course a eu lieu en hiver, les conditions de vol étaient plutôt bonnes. Des matinées froides et des conditions gérables pendant la journée.

Le moment où nous avons vraiment eu la trouille, c’est quand Sébastien et moi étions posés sur une piste au milieu du Zimbabwe, à cause d’un câble d’accélérateur cassé, et où nous avons vu arriver deux lions à environ 50 m de distance….. Nous avons heureusement pu être transportés en lieu sûr grâce à un camion.

La journée de vol la plus longue s’est effectuée sur plus de 500 km, avec le vol le plus long sur 240 km. Je volais sous une Speedster 28 avec un groupe moteur Parajet Zenith Polini Thor 200″

Le camarade d’Alard et pilote ozone Basjan VAN HEERDEN volait sous Sirocco 2 26. Sebastien raconte :  » l’épreuve était une folie ! Le dernier jour, j’étais en tête mais ma poignée d’accélérateur a malheureusement rendu l’âme à seulement 40 km du goal !!! J’ai donc fini 4ème. La Sirocco 2 a été fantastique ; j’ai réussi un vol de 301 km en six heures sans m’arrêter et j’ai rencontré des thermiques gigantesques pendant trois heures à plus de 12m/s., sans fermetures notables.

Le Trophée Icare 2018 a donc été une aventure épique. RV l’an prochain au Brésil !

Cheers, from all the Ozone Team.