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AEREAS (AERIALS) by Sylvestre Campe

Aereas (Aerials) is a series of films produced by Ozone team pilot Sylvestre Campe for Brazilian TV channel Canal Off. Sylvestre, together with another Ozone team pilot Kester Haynes are traveling in search of the most extraordinary and challenging places to fly a paramotor. Each episode is a real story with its up and downs as nothing has been staged. The films show pure paramotor adventures and incredible flights, which simply inspire to fly more, travel more, and explore more. I hope you enjoy it. Each episode is 20 min long in English and Portuguese.

In Episode 1 Sylvestre and Kester travel together to the Philippines to fly over Mount Pinatubo, Vulcano notorious for its eruption in 1991, the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. Sylvestre lands out due to motor cut!

We are planning to publish one episode per week on IGTV, Ozone Power Fb page and Ozone Paragliders Vimeo Channel.

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

Namibia Expedition 2019

In May 2019 a group of pilots organized a paramotor expedition to Namibia. Among them were Ozone team pilot Kester Haynes, Ozone friend and Brazilian cinematographer Sylvestre Campe and Ozone Power representative in Brazil Daniel Rodrigues. They flew 85 km in 10 days being followed by 4×4 track with camping equipment.

Daniel reports: “To begin with, I would like to say that it was one of the most amazing experiences I had in life! We started on the Skeleton coast, a fishing village with houses without walls, without wires and electric poles on the streets – a city designed perfectly for paramotor pilots! The morning scenery was amazing, cold and ghostly mist, several wrecks and skeletons along the way… After a few hours flying in this magnificent place, we entered the gigantic desert and felt that cold in the belly! A change of temperature, a yellowish color and the feeling of endless space and freedom, what a stunning scenery! We were moving fast with a good tail wind to a gigantic volcanic crater, where we find our support team with several tents already mounted, a perfect to camp. We camp in places, which looked like scenarios of space movies, every night the sky was so clear we could see millions stars, planets and even the galaxy.
Engines and wings behaved once again too well, not causing any landing without planning on remote areas or hungry lions!

It was really a unique, collective and individual life experience, I recommend and I’ll be back. I arrived full of expectations, out crying of happiness and that feeling of having lived an odd moment in my life! I made 25 flights, total 885,5 kilometers in 20 hours!”
We are truly blast by all those beautiful photos from their trip!
Cheers, form all the Ozone Team

6000 mile Adventure

Earlier this year, French American pilot Jean Francois Chabaud flew 6000 miles paramotor tour across America! This is by far the longest distance ever attempted and achieved by paramotor!

He was flying Ozone Roadster 3 in size 22m and supported by ground crew along the route.

Jean reports:

“Total forty days of flying: San Diego, California to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida then Mexico.

Distance flown: 6,150 miles and only driving 60 miles in US and 200 miles in Mexico.

Launched and landing at the same spot 98% of the time.

My The longest flying day was 8.5 h! The biggest and fastest distance was over 1,000 miles distance flown in just four days!

This epic adventure had its highs and lows, literally… from sea level to 9,600 ft
(2926 m)!

My top speed was approximately 81.4 mph (131 kmh) above Mobile, Alabama.

I had about 40 deflations, including six major deflations but the great Ozone Roadster 3 saved my life many times as it’s such a good and safe xc wing.
This Roadster 3 wing is brilliant, fun to fly!”

If you want to meet Jean and chat about his epic adventure, he will be attending some events in Europe this year, like Parafest in UK (July) and Coupe Icare in September in France. Congratulations to Jean. We are looking forward to see his next adventure!

Cheers from all Ozone Team

1600 km XC in Brazil

Earlier this year, two pilots Kester Haynes (Ozone Freeride) and Daniel Rodrigues (Ozone Roadster 3 26) planned 10 days cross country flight, with a goal to design a route for the 2019 Icarus Trophy Race. They flew total distance of 1600 km having a ground crew support of three 4×4 cars. Kester describes it shortly as “next level adventure”

Kester reports:

“Daniel and I set off on our mission with all the kit we would expect an Icarus Trophy pilot to carry, its heavy! Although we would be carrying everything as if unsupported – Race Class style – we had made pre arranged meeting points with our ground crew, more like Adventure Class.

The landscape, terrain and fuel availability for the first couple of days, was a gentle warm up. Then leaving the hills behind, comes the Pantanal – the World largest tropical wetland area. This is where you feel like you’re entering another world. I never could have imagined what it felt like to fly over this wild and difficult place! To try to put the remoteness of the landscape into perspective, we often flew for a couple of hours and then the support cars had to take a 14 hours route!  Apart from my brain continuously trying to figure out how we would run the Trophy here, the overriding fact I couldn’t get over was how the Paramotor is simply the best way the explore this stunning place.

Only a couple of hundred Kilometres in, you start to feel a huge sense of freedom and remoteness. Only passing the occasional farm, the wild stretches in-between are crowded with wildlife, most of which would not be friendly companions to be grounded alongside!

On a couple of legs crossing the Pantanal, we knew we would not have any support from our ground crew. I think I can speak for both pilots when I say these legs were the best. Being self-sufficient was a great feeling, carrying everything you need to survive with your own aircraft, as well as added pressure of knowing you can make very few mistakes in order to make it out of there alive!

Leaving the Pantanal behind and entering more familiar territory of farmland, we B-lined for Benito, were we will be hosting the finish line ceremonies. This was yet another complete shock to the senses, we ended up in the middle of a Lasso competition. Cowboys and cowgirls everywhere, banging music, and one mega party!…

The Pantanal is defiantly a next level adventure”

Cheers form all Ozone Team.

Ozone pilots fly over The Great Pyramid of Giza

Last week of April, Sky Sports – Ozone Power dealer from Egypt – organized an event inviting 35 pilots from 10 countries (USA, Mexico, UK, Poland, Spain, Cyprus, Germany, Oman, Brazil, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia) to fly paramotor over The Pyramids of Giza.

The oldest and largest of the three pyramids is The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

Despite a few technical problems and delays in logistics caused by heavy storm just the night before the even started, all pilots could fly 6 days in a row every morning.

Emilia Plak (Poland) reports: “Flying near Egyptian Giza Pyramids was one of the best and “once in the life time” experience. We were taking off only 500 m from the Pyramids and we could fly just next to them! I am happy I could share it with so many of my paramotor friends from around the World”

Chad Bastian (USA) : “Thank you for the invite! This turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly somewhere extremely unique. The bonus was the group of pilots from all over the World, we have new friends and new places to visit soon! I am extremely grateful to the Egyptian authorities that allowed it, and Sky Sports and Ozone Power for putting this together. I bet it was not easy to get permission. We will never forget this!”

Andreas Kolb (Germany): “Sitting in the office and looking dreamily out the window… then I look at the pictures again and realize it was not a dream it was true. My eyes and opinions have opened up a little further and I hope I can keep these impressions for a long time for me. Many thanks to all the nice people I got to know, you have enriched my life with another experience”

Sofoklis Sofokleous (Cyprus): “Travelling to Cairo and visiting the pyramids of Giza is an amazing experience on its own. Having the opportunity to fly over one of the 7 wonders of the world is mind blowing! The energy and the vibe of just being there, is incredible, but most importantly meeting up with so many great pilots from all over the world, made the whole journey just so much better. Thank you to Ozone and Sky Sports for such a beautiful experience.”

Cheers from all Ozone Team

IRELAND TO AFRICA BY PARAMOTOR

Oisín Creagh flew his paramotor from Ireland to Africa in August / September 2016, to raise awareness and funds for an African charity.

His expedition has earned him a nomination for an award with Ireland’s Outsider magazine – the winners will be announced on 2 February 2016.

The Irishman, who was dubbed ‘lawnmower man’ by Irish newspapers, planned and executed the 3,000km paramotor journey in order to try and raise €12,000 for the International development aid organisation, Gorta-Self Help Africa, whose mission is to help end hunger and poverty in rural Africa.

Oisín left Ireland on 24 August, making the 38km crossing of the Irish Sea to Scotland – the first of three open-water crossings – and going on to fly 300km in two flights on his first day. It was just over three weeks before he set foot in Africa, landing at Ceuta on the northeastern tip of Morocco on 19 September after crossing the Straits of Gibraltar. Sadly, the permit to fly in Morocco that he had applied for arrived too late, hence the final destination of Ceuta, which is Spanish owned.
Oisín flew an Ozone Spyder 26, and Air Conception Nitro 200 motor.
Here is what Oisin says about his trip: “Both [the Spyder and Nitro 200] performed remarkably …I would not have flown the English Channel and the Straits of Gibraltar without boat support, unless I had huge confidence in the combination of this motor and the Ozone Spyder wing…. “
You can find out more about Oisín’s mission, including extracts from television interviews, on http://www.flyafrica.ie

Congratulations from all Ozone Team.

Pal Takats flew over Mt. Fuji

Pal Takats got off the plane, started his motor and flew from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to Mt. Fuji, Japan.

“Less than 24 hours after arriving to Japan and still fighting serious jet-lag, I managed to overfly Mount Fuji (3,776m) !!! It was simply insane, a dream coming true! 55 km flight with an altitude gain of 4200 meters, launching and landing at the shores of the Pacific Ocean!”

For more about Pál Takáts latest adventure: http://paltakats.com/blog/paramotor-overfly-mount-fuji

 

Video: Island Hopping by Emilia Plak

Constantly looking for adventure and challenge, Ozone team pilot Emilia Plak had an idea to make an over sea flight crossing from Menorca to Mallorca Island, Spain. In late September on a Saturday morning, she took off from Ciutadella in Menorca and 1,5 hours and 68 km later landed in port Alcudia of Mellorca. She flew with a Slalom 19 and was accompanied by another pilot flying the new Roadster 2 26.

Emilia reports:

“Baleares islands are a one night ferry ride away form my house. We didn’t think much about the plan. As soon as the weather looked more or less OK we took a ferry to Menorca. We had no boat following us but we were equipped with all possible safety equipment: GPS, iPhone, Agama water rescue system, life jackets, wet suit, knife, smoke system, torch and … an airbed from a Chinese shop.

“There will be plenty of boats crossing from Menorca to Mallorca during weekend” – said my friend, when we were discussing the plan. In reality there were NO boats at all! Fortunately we had an emergency contact in Mallorca. The flight went incredibly well despite the visibility that day being really bad. After only 30 minutes of flight, we had already lost Menorca from sight. We both flew with trimmers set to have a good compromise between economy and speed, and the average speed was 45 km/h. There was no need to rush. We both prefer to relax and enjoy the flight rather than flying full speed to reach the land as fast as possible. Our max altitude was 100 m and min … 1 m. Yes, I know, it was low but we both agreed this would be an over water flight with all the risk involved rather than hanging in the air too high, being cold and seeing nothing. Seeing only big blue water, huge fish, birds doing wingtip touches and your flying buddy for an hour was incredible! We did approximately 68 km in about 1,5 hour and burn only 6 lliters of fuel each. The next few days the weather conditions were not good enough to make the next crossing from Mallorca to Ibiza. We managed to make two more local flights in Mallorca and Ibiza and head back home. The next crossing adventure has to wait until my next visit.

For me this adventure was amazing but I don’t want you to think that I encourage pilots to fly over water. Flying over water with a paramotor is dangerous. If you do so, it is very important to be aware of all the risks involved and to take all possible safety equipment, wear life jacket, buy an Agama system, and to inform and ask your friends to be ready for a boat rescue mission.”

Emilia Plak

Paramotors: PAP PA125
Wings: Roadster 2 26, Slalom 19
Time of the flight: 1,5 h
Fuel used: 5 liters each
Distance flown: 68 km/h
Average speed: 45km/h

All numbers are only approximate estimations.