A Little Bridge Fun — Powered Paragliding Portland Oregon



So what kind of fun can eight powered paraglider pilots have in Portland, Oregon? Well here’s a sneak peak as captured by seven cameras as we have a bit of fun flying over and under 10 of Portland’s Historic Bridges on a beautiful Sunday morning.

Do note that safety and proper clearance was of importance to us. On top of having a signed letter from the FAA, we took proper precautions with life vest and a chase boat should one of us were to have ended up in the drink. Luckily the only thing we needed the chase boat for this time was to capture additional video footage.

A note to newbies and/or really everybody. Foot dragging anything especially a river can be dangerous. Even with a quick release harness, and flotation devices, something could still go wrong. This is a risk/reward and you as a pilot must weigh your skill level, your desires and if you can afford to retrieve and/or replace your equipment should you not be able to recover it. For me personally, it’s a risk worth taking.

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

I’m never opposed to being sponsored or selling some of my raw footage. I can always use cash for more equipment, warm weather gear, camera’s, computer’s, editing software, fuel and of course travel so I can hit more locations. Just contact me at my new company,

Video taken with several GoPro Hero2 cameras along with a Sony ps760v
Settings were 60fps on most cameras with some shooting at 1080 and others at 720
Edited on Final Cut Pro X at a frame rate of 23.98 after optimizing media 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. Extra time taken in color correction so the video will really pop.

Music By: Goodwill & Hook N Sling
Album: Take You Higher (Single)
Song: Take You Higher (Radio Edit)

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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. What is your skill level? Are you a newbie or have you been in the sport a while? 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.

If you want more info, just hit me up or check out my brothers website.

36 comments

  1. One would think that would have been the case. But there must be something about the 2 stroke oil mix which takes away the combustion of the gas for I tried using the spark from the spark plug along with the fuel in the tank. Strangest thing ever that it would not light.

  2. Les Stroud of survivor man would be proud of you , That wasnt fly camping that was fly survival . He does all his own camera work too . On building a fire , a little gas from your tank on a stick with tinder , a pull from your motor to get spark from your plug and you'll have ignition . Wa la and you'll be warm for the night.

  3. For my current GP2's I set them at 720/60 and I have a third camera I shoot 1080/60 with. Most of my edits I run at 720/24. Kinda excited to test out the new GP3 with the 1080/60 setting and 720/120 setting.

  4. With 8 of us on this day, we had a nice selection of gear. With some guys weighing in at 130, others at 240, we were all over the board on motors and wing selection. Skill levels also play a factor. I'm always happy to discuss privately what I fly and why. Feel free to hit me up anytime either on here or at leisek (dot) com

  5. We watched your video in Rome (Italy) with Leigh and Ed (family of Gabe). They wanted to show us how Portland looks. Well, it impressed us, the movie is great!!

    Regards,
    Roel & Dop

  6. My opinion will gain relevance as your freedom diminishes i.e. if you continue with self-serving shock value you will be regulated as we are – this will piss you off way more than my supposedly negative rant. Comments like these are my duty, .On a more positive note, once you are regulated it will become MANDATORY for you to learn the RULES – only then can you comment with meaning for the future of our sport -.fly on my friends – one day we will share video's that are not fit for the internet.

  7. This is a Positive for the sport . Everything needed to be done to make it 100% legal was done BEFORE the flight ever left the ground. To bad you didn't invite a news Crew to come along. This is the exposure the spoty needs . Not some more spur of the moment half cocked, bone head that needs an adrenalin fix and a You tube Sensationalism fix to stroke their eago. It ONLY gives us ALL a bad rap in return and saddly ,some just dont get that . Good Job Guys! and Well done

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