Powered Paragliding Starts Accidental $100,000 Business | Broken Top Mountain Range | Central Oregon




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Published on Dec 18, 2011

Ever have a hobby open doors to new opportunities?

With a love for adventure and flying, I had a hobby, turn business which started making me $100,000 per year after a show to be produced on HGTV saw a few of my aerial videos on YouTube in 2012.

I soon became a global traveler, shooting for HGTV, DIY, Discovery Channel, NatGEO, and others!

Tell me about your hobbies and what kind of windfalls you fell into because of them.

Checkout the XP2 Quadcopter I'm now using for some of my aerial shots: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=3_1_Broke...
What a great morning of flying with Nick Blizzard here in Central Oregon. Took off near Mt Bachelor and enjoyed our time over Sparks Lake, Broken Top, Todd Lake, Green Lakes, South Sister and the Cascade Mountain range.

While it looks cold, it's like any other sport. If you plan for it, dressing properly, then you'll have a blast. Great shots of the mountains, ice crystals and flying between the trees.

I can always use more flying buddies. If anybody is interested in meeting up or getting started in the sport of powered paragliding, just drop me a line. More information, photos and videos can be found on Byron's website at http://www.ppgfun.com

Video taken with GoPro Hero2
Settings were 720p/60fps
Edited on Final Cut Pro X at 23.98fps after optimizing media upon import. I was then able to take advantage of Conform Speed effects in FCPX dropping the speed to 40% without effecting image quality.

Music by Mike Viola
Album: Please, Please, Please - A Tribute to The Smiths
Song: How Soon Is Now?


Many have asked about entering the sport, training, equipment, etc... Hope the following info helps.

Proper training...
Don't try learning on your own from watching a few videos.
Don't do a half day, 1 day or 3 day training.
Real training is a good 6-9 days and usually runs just over $2k.
If you find an instructor who will have you flying after the first day, run away. You should be on the ground for the first 3-5 days learning nothing but glider control. Only after you can control your wing with your eyes closed, then and only then should you add a motor. Yup, you will be flying and you want to be properly trained.

As for equipment, I'm happy to share what I fly and why. Like any sport, you have options. There is cheap equipment, equipment that lacks safety and higher end cadillac equipment. At the end of the day, I'm happy to fly with anybody who wants to fly regardless of choice. I personally fly the same units that Red Bull has chosen for their own team.

As for equipment cost...
For what I fly, you can get into the sport on a good used setup for $7k-9k or $12k-$13k new which includes your motor, wing and reserve. Can't beat that price for personal flight. Best thing is it all packs up as small as 22x22x33 inches and fits in the trunk of your car if needed.

If you want more info, just hit me up or check out my brothers website. http://www.ppgfun.com/

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    • Mike Viola, The Section Quartet
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    • Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths
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    • Morrissey, Johnny Marr
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