Paratour - Happy
January 2012
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Rod Thernovsky, Leslie's boyfriend, at the shop with Eric

January 1st was filled with nice company, flights and some mechanical maintenance.
We nicely ended it up with a good dinner at the Japanese restaurant Kobe
to celebrate Leslie Britt's 28th birthday.

Todd Adams came with his new trailer to start the year with us. 

CC is a happy pilot with the SD MiniMax
New Years day flight in New Brunswick, Canada
(Edited by Mark Dean)

A January video from Mark Dean in New Brunswick:


Rockwell Smith, from Georgia, looks great in his new Ozee flightsuit

PPG pilots in Georgia
(Edited by Tim Gaskins)

Glen Boyd's execution of his usual perfect landing in his SD trike
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Sam Nash is paramotor pilot from Georgia who loves photography. 
He now has a Website filled with his pictures and a blog:

The 5 following pictures have been taken by Sam

Skydiver and PPG pilot, Mark Gerlash, from Tennessee,
is a happy camper with his Power Pluto II
and Titanium Ultra 130 paramotor

--->See his testimonial on his Power Pluto II wing<---

(Picture by Sam Nash)

Mark Gerlash highly enjoying the Florida sceneries.
(Picture by Sam Nash)

(Picture by Sam Nash)

Steve Heller

Steve is retired and lives in a beach house. 
He took his training with Eric 3 years ago, has been flying a lot since.

(Picture by Sam Nash)

Steve Heller, from Florida, is also very happy
with his light and powerful Titanium Ultra 130 paramotor.

And he likes so much his Power Pluto wing,
that he recently bought another one:  A Power Pluto II.

Steve Heller
(Picture by Sam Nash)


Tony Gibson, instructor in South Africa, sent us the link of this nice video :

(Picture by CC Moisan)
At the glider shop, Eric with long time friends Monique Carreau and husband François Leblanc from Quebec, and Elisabeth.

François and Monique, both skyders and plane pilots, are also owners of a skydiving center for 30 years.  She has over 7,000 jumps.

Eric invited Monique for her firs
t ride in the XCitor

According to this picture, we think she liked it!

Left to Right:  Tim Gaskins, CC Moisan, Lyn Malbury, Dell Miller and Eric
(Picture by Elisabeth)

Another nice visit from the Georgia boys

Fun at Paw Paw Mound, by the St John's river,
during the Georgia boys
' January visit:
(Edited by Tim Gaskins)

Another video from Tim Gaskins following his visit at our place:


Video on Rick Gaskins and Tony Kechichian during their training. 
It was filmed in December, but edited in January
(Edited by Tim Gaskins)

Rick joined his brothers, the twins Tim & Bob Gaskins,
in the PPG brotherhood.
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Rick Gaskins
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Rick Gaskins
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Rick Gaskins
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Up:  Michel Sicotte, Michel Fournier and Sylvie (Michel Sicotte's wife)
Right:  Benoit  Lejeune

It has been a pleasure having the 4 of them with us. 
All are from Quebec and came for some R & R,
good flights and warmer weather.    

Tony preparing the parabarge for some nice flying by the St John's river

(Picture by Melina Joslin)

Bald eagles at the St John's river

(Picture by Melina Joslin)

Tom Evers and Tony Kechichian preparing to fly
(Picture by Melina Joslin)

(Picture by Melina Josli

Derrick Davidson about to take-off
(Picture by Melina Joslin)

Tom Evers Taking-off
(Picture by Melina Joslin)

(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Some of these magical moments while flying by the St John's river.
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

CC Moisan, Tom Evers and Eric Dufour

Tom executing a perfect turtle on landing.

(Picture by Melina Joslin)

(Picture of Tom by CC Moisan)

Tony Kachichian
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Tony Kachichian
(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Mike Britt, AKA Water Magnet (but never been in the water yet!),
always flies with his Agama

(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Skydiver and PPG pilot Brian Scott is enjoying the air
at the river with his Escape glider

(Picture by Melina Joslin)

Eric Dufour bringing the gears at the river

(Picture by Steve Coffey)
Marty Hathaway caught in the act.

Jumping from an XCitor:


Gilles Roger from France, took his paramotor training from Eric Dufour 11 years ago. 

Not only does he still enjoys flying, but he makesa living out of it.

You ca visit his Website at

Here is a video where we can see aerial pictures of the area where he lives:


Steve Durgins taking some sots of Derrick Davidson

Somewhere in Florida in January

(Picture by Steve Durgins)

Some of the Tampa area paramotorists: 
Tim Jones, Derrick Davidson, David Girard and Peter Houba
(Picture by Steve Durgins)

The Ohio PPG guys:
(Edited by PPG pilot Michael Jenovic)

(Picture by Kirk Moser)

Kirk & Sue Mozer, both Green Eagle pilots, enjoyed some
nice January
flights in Salton Sea, California.

To make a long story short:  Kirk came to Florida to train with Eric Dufour on a Green Eagle.  Once back home in Albuquerque (New Mexico), he went flying with the local group of paramotor pilots; met Sue and got married PPG style. 
They spend al lot of time in the air together, each on their own Green Eagle

----> Click here to see our blog page on their PPG Wedding <----

Catherine Dylon, from Colorado, who recently took her training with Eric
on her Kangook trike and Power Pluto II wing, enjoyed her sunset flight
while visiting Paramotor City in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Here, right after landing
(Picture by her husband Paul Dylon)

Michel Proulx who learned to fly with Eric 2 years ago,
came from Montreal to spend another week of flying with us.

Michel enjoyed flying all week
with the Power Pluto II and Titanium Ultra Moster paramotor

Following Bertrand Maddalena's suggestion (summity in glider inspections and repair and founder of RipAir, the biggest paraglider shop worldwide), we acquired the Woerner lines measurement system (made in Germany) to get a more precise measurement of the lines during paraglider inspections.  

As this system is more expensive than others, most Woerner Systems are used by paraglider manufacturers.  Paratour was the lucky#100 worldwide to buy this very precise system and our closest neighbor who bought it is the paraglider manufacturer Sol, in Brazil.

It just so happened that Peter Werner visited a friend who lives just a few minutes away from our place, so we had the chance to meet him and his nice girlfriend Patricia.

Peter is an engineer, a plane, paraglider and paramotor pilot.  In addition to German, he fluently speaks  English, French and Italian.  He is fun to be with and his girlfriend adorable. 

Steve Coffey (left), knowledgeable in hard drive,
Eric Dufour, knowing what measuring lines is all about, 
and Glen Boyd (right) who is very knowledgeable in Excel program,
joined forces to install the Woerner Lines Measuring System at our glider shop. 
To date, we are the only ones to use this system in North America. 

Peter Woerner, Patricia on the left and Elisabeth.

(Picture by CC Moisan)

  (Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Max Bochenko on Take-off, always assisted on radio by Eric Dufour

(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Max did many touch & goes

Good friends Max Bochenko and Ben Kovalenko started their training together with Eric.  

As they share the same equipment, they chose an Ultra Moster paramotor, which is light enough for Max and powerful enough for Ben.

(Picture by Marty Hathaway)

Max on landing

 Max Bochenko did a record at our school: 
15 flights on the same day he soloed.

(Picture by Tim Gaskins)

Eric radio guiding Ben during his solo flight.

Eric always have his students use custom made
helmets allowing the use of 2 different radios for a safety back up. 

He also has 2 radios on him. 

Communication is paramount in paramotor training.

(Picture by Glen Boyd)

Kovalenko congratulated by Eric after his first solo flight.


Ben, Eric and Max

The useful mechanical course during training.

 Paramotor pilots for 8 years, Glen Boyd experienced his very first engine out.
Steve Coffey (left) and Michel Proulx (right) brought him back with the pick up truck

David Bradley from New Brunswick paid us nice visits
during the week he came near by for golfing. 
David is a paramotor, plane pilot, and a skydiver.

Glen and David used to fly and skydive together in New Brunswick
They were happy to see each other again and had a long chat on the field. 

Eric, who played golf many years ago,
hit the golf course with David while he was here. 

We also had another visit from Jeff Goin and Tim Kaiser from Illinois. 

Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser.
Jeff is currently working on Master PPG3, the next DVD of
his popular serie of Master PPG videos.

Tim Kaiser is involved in the USPPA,
the American paramotorists association

Flying in Thailand:
(Edited by Pascal Campbell-Jones)

Glen Tupper flying (legally) over the Grand Canyon:

New items added on our pre-owned section, including brand new wings and a brand new paramotor

Comments from Ultra paramotor owners

Comments from Axis paraglider owners

Jim Brenner,s January pictures on his Google album

Marty Hathaway's January pictures & more on his Picassa album

Melina Joslin's January pictures & more on her Picassa album

Derrick Davidson's January pictures & more on his Picassa album

Blue Skies !