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Published on Jan 15, 2012
Checkout the XP2 Quadcopter I'm now using for some of my aerial shots: http://www.xproheli.com#oid=3_1_Crook... There was a bit of a breeze up high, but once we dropped down into the Canyon under the bridges and near the Crooked River, the flying was great. Wish I would have gotten some more flying time in with Nick, Kevin and Gabe while they were in town, but I was busy on a painting project for my daughter. Also the reason for delay on popping this video up sooner.
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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 from H.264 to ProRes 442 upon import. I am then able to take advantage of Conform Speed effects in FCPX dropping the speed to 40% when needed for my slow motion shots without effecting image quality.
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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.
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.