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Hernan Pitocco joins the Ozone Team

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Hernan Pitocco. We have long admired Hernan’s imaginative projects around the world; his sense of adventure and his eye for airborne beauty have created some of the most impressive images seen in our sport. He has been an overall world cup champion, an XC distance world record holder, and has pioneered vol-biv routes in the Himalaya and Andes, making him a veteran of all disciplines. We look forward to supporting Hernan on his future adventures, and sharing the results with you. Cheers, from all the Team.

Follow Hernan’s adventures:
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Coupe Icare 2015

This year at the 42nd Coupe Icare Ozone Power revealed the latest new products: The Spyder is a fully reflexed lightweight wing for powered flight based on the successful Roadster 2. The Mojo PWR is based on the Mojo 5 and is a new EN A universal paragliding and paramotor wing. Also announced was the Roadster 2 22 a new smaller size of the successful Roadster 2.

Ozone Team pilot, Alex Mateos, 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. There were 8 top pilots competing from the international scene, including past winners and 2015 Slalom World Champion Jeremy Penon. Alex flew his Slalom 16 and repeated his victory from previous years, 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 Raffaele Benetti.

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

Dean Eldridge, 1965-2015

Ozone friend and legendary PPG pilot, Dean Eldridge, passed away after suffering injuries in a tragic paramotoring accident on July 7th. Dean was a skilled veteran and a dedicated educator in the PPG scene. Dean’s efforts to improve safety and education in the PPG world will be felt for a long time to come, and the flying community will suffer for his loss. We are deeply saddened by his passing, and our thoughts are with his family.

Dean’s accident occurred during figure-8 slalom flying. Sadly, there were no witnesses and there is no way to accurately determine the precise cause of the accident. The inherent dangers of slalom flying should give everyone pause for thought, but for now our deepest thoughts are for the passing of a legendary pilot and the loss to his family.

World Champion Honorin Hamard Joins Ozone R&D Team

The Ozone R&D Team is growing! Dav, Luc, Russ, and Fred, are pleased to welcome Honorin Hamard to the R&D Team. “Hono” is 23 years old, and has been flying since age 13. His young age belies his calm and mature attitude, however, and all of us at Ozone have been entirely impressed with his rapid progress and mature attitude in the air – an attitude that saw him win the 2015 World Championships, win the declared goal world record in 2013 (423kms), and stand on several National podiums.

He will be working closely with the boys as a test and development pilot, and brings with him a wealth of experience and talent. Not only that, but also he dramatically reduces the average age of the Ozone test team; the future is bright!

Cheers, from all the Team.

Giving Back, in Nepal.

Following the disastrous earthquake last week, our good friend Isabella Messenger is helping to spearhead ground rescue, supply, and medical relief efforts in the villages around Pokhara, Nepal, a well known flying site where thousands fly each year.

Karma Flights is a local pilot-run charity in Pokhara. Run by pilots who want to ‚give back’ to those in the community, it’s now found itself at the centre of relief efforts in Pokhara and have been doing remarkable aid work without the help of the government or any large NGO’s for the past week, organizing supply and food distribution and sending teams to the local villages near the epicenter of the earthquake to offer whatever medical assistance, shelter, and rescue efforts that they can.

We’d like to assist them in reaching out to fellow pilots to help them keep up their efforts. Rest assured that any donations are going directly to help those on the ground. If you’d like to help, the simplest way is to donate through the Karma Flights website. You don’t need a PayPal account, just a bank card.

Isabella has been posting updates on her facebook page with photos and details of their work which we highly recommend following.

Coupe Icare 2014

This year the 41st Coupe Icare saw a lot of activity on the paramotor field. Ozone team pilots showed off the two latest paramotor wings in our range, the Viper 3 and Roadster 2. We’d like to send a thanks to all of the paramotor pilots who visited us at the stand, flew with us on the field, and / or tested our wings – Some gorgeous flyable weather allowed for scenic flights above the plateau of St Hilaire.

Ozone Team pilot, Alex Mateos, 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. There were 8 top pilots competing from the international scene, including past winners, Paco Guerra and Thomas Migneaux. Alex flew his Slalom 16 and repeated his victory from previous years, 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 Emilia Plak.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and so many new faces.
See you next year!

The Ozone Slalom Open at Neeroeteren, Belgium

The 2nd editioin of the Ozone Slalom Open series took place the weekend of 18 – 20 July in Neeroeteren, Belgium. The event was organized in cooperation with Filip Peremans, our Ozone representative in Belgium who runs Pro Fly Paramotor School.

Ozone Slalom

Despite a windy forecast, more than 30 pilots came together for this event! During the training tasks, a few of the pilots present were able to experience flying around pylons for the first time, and they had their time measured and compared with their friends. Alex and Emilia were on site to give practical advice on how to improve their precision flying. On Saturday evening, everyone flew one hour x-country to visit the local region, and demo wings were on-hand for local pilots to fly. The new Viper 3 was also shown during the event by Alex, Emilia and Filip.

Congrats to the podium winners at this friendly comp:
1. Francois Blanc
2. Luc Vangoethemd
3. Kurt Clerix

Cheers from all the team, and stay tuned for a short film about the event.

Alex Mateos 1st in French Slalomania League 2014

Ozone team pilot, Alex Mateos, has won the first 2 events of the Slalomania league, competing against former World and National Champions.
The first event was held in Saint Omer (France) in June, where Alex won 12 of the 15 tasks. At the second event, in Albefeuille-Lagard, last weekend, Alex reported that 50% of the field were flying Ozone wings.

Alex is flying Ozone Slalom 16 with the Macfly Polini Thor 250.

Current Overall results:
1st Alex Mateos
2nd Jeremy Penone
3rd Pascal Vallee

Coupe Icare 2013

This year the 40th Coupe Icare 2013 saw a lot of activity on the paramotor field. Thanks to all of the paramotor pilots who visited us and either flew with us or tested our wings – we really enjoyed the ideal weather conditions which allowed for many scenic flights above the plateau of St Hilaire.

Ozone Team pilot, Alex Mateos, participated in the Parabatix Sky Race (slalom / precision competition), which took place on Saturday and Sunday in plateau of St Hilaire and the landing of Lumbin. There were 10 top pilots competing from the international scene, including last year’s winner Thomas Migneaux. Alex flew his Slalom 19 and won the first day’s tasks, and 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 Aurelien Ganaye – thanks guys!

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and so many new faces.
See you next year!

THE OZONE SLALOM SERIES

During the weekend of August 3rd, we held the inaugural event in the Ozone Slalom Series, in cooperation with Raffaele Benetti. The OSS is designed to be a fun and friendly event for PPG pilots to experience slalom flying, and competition. Slalom competitions have grown in popularity recently, and the Ozone Slalom Series puts pros and amateurs together in a friendly learning environment.

Ozone Slalom

Pilots at the event were able to demo Ozone wings, including the new Ozone Slalom. Ozone Team Pilots, Alex Mateos and Emilia Plak were on hand to give tips and instruction on the best techniques for Slalom flying, and PPG flying in general.

Although the focus was the pylon course, pilots at the event also went for a spectacular XC flight along the coast at Viareggio.

The results of the informal competition were as follows:
1. Alex Mateos (Slalom 19)
2. Raffaele Benetti (Slalom 19)
3. Emilia Plak (Slalom 16)

Italian podium:
1. Raffaele Benetti (Slalom 19)
2. Baroni  Fabrizio (Slalom 21)
3. Alessio Meconi (Slalom 21)

The youngest pilot in the event was the 17 year old, Leonardo Pezzini, flying his Speedster 19. He finished 7th.

Cheers from all the team, and stay tuned for more a short film about the event.

All photos by: Vania Da Rui