My name is Tucker Gott and I am a 19 year old private pilot from New Jersey. Coming from a family of aviators, I have been fascinated by flight for as long as I can remember. About three years ago, I first discovered powered paragliders while watching youtube videos. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to do.
In the summer of 2013, I was ready to make my dream of flying paramotors a reality. With a little online research, I discovered Eric from Aviator PPG. I gave Eric a call and immediately felt right at home. Eric helped me pick the best gear for my needs and was very flexible to work with my somewhat tight schedule. About a week later, I was able to meet Eric for the first time at the EAA Airventure airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I could tell right away that he was super passionate about aviation, just like myself. After watching Eric fly, I was even more stoked to begin training with him.
About a week after Oshkosh, Eric and I met in his hometown of Lake Wales, Florida. Eric really made me feel like I was part of his family for my entire 10 day visit. Training began right away with an introduction to the equipment, general knowledge/regulations, and kiting. Eric is a natural teacher, as he is very calm, positive, and focused while instructing.
After about four days, I felt confident kiting and was ready for my first flight. Eric talked me through the entire flight, from launch to landing. I felt very safe under his instruction and followed everything he had taught me. The feeling of my first flight was truly amazing. For the remainder of my time at Aviator PPG, Eric and I worked on more advanced skills and shared many awesome flights. I loved every moment spent in the air, as Lake Wales is an insanely beautiful area to fly in. From the very beginning, Eric has been a great friend and incredible instructor. I would definitely recommend Aviator PPG to anyone looking to get into this awesome sport.
James Peace is a security specialist from South Florida. He came to join us for our February session. We wanted to take a moment to share his latest thoughts on his training with our school :)
James Peace's Full Testimonial:
My name is James Peace, and being born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and surrounded by airports and living only few blocks away from one, I fell in love with the thought of one day flying myself.
I still live in Fort Lauderdale and still live a few blocks from the same airport as a child. My dream was always to become a helicopter pilot. Unfortunately, that never happened. I've always had the dream of flying and in March of 2014, I got to fulfill my dream and make it a reality. After learning about powered paramotors, I did extensive research for months. During that search, I searched for instructors in Florida. One instructor stuck out to me. Eric Farewell of AviatorPPG in Lake Wales, Florida. After watching every video he had on his Youtube channel, I realized he is the instructor I wanted. From a fixed wind instructor to a powered paraglider instructor, Eric has done it all and has a lot of knowledge to share with everyone. I made a few phones calls to Eric and it was like I had known him forever. After answering several questions I had, I booked a training course with Eric at AviatorPPG.
Apon my arrival at AviatorPPG, I was greeted by the other students and Eric. Again, it felt like I was coming over to see old friends. Everyone made everyone feel at home, and I did! We jumped right into training and the one thing I found exciting was how Eric taught everyone how to read your environment and surroundings. From learning cloud formations to spotting thermals and any dangers that might be lurking around the corners. At AviatorPPG, you will find it fun to learn, from kiting around beautiful lakes to warm sunny beaches!
After 4 full days of training, Eric said I was ready for my solo flight! I was stoked! After setting up the gear and doing a extensive pre-flight check of everything, Eric walked me through a beautiful foot launch to a graceful landing through awesome radio instructions! My dream is no longer a dream, but now a reality forever with the outstanding training through AviatorPPG. The equipment Eric uses, Nirvana paramotors and Dudek paragliders, for his students is top of the line and very reliable and safe! I am very pleased that I chose AviatorPPG for my training and I think you will be too!
- James Peace, Pilot
Hello, my name is Kory Fletcher.
! Growing up, I had always dreamed of having the ability to ﬂy. The idea of
shooting up to the sky and seeing the world in a whole new way intrigued me
tremendously. I had almost forgot about his crazy dream, until about a year and a half
ago when I had stumbled upon an interesting video of a man ﬂying a paramotor; I was
instantly hooked. I had then spent the majority of that year constantly watching videos
and trying my best to learn as much as a good about the beautiful machine that, I had
hoped, would make my fantasy of ﬂying ﬁnally come true.
While surﬁng YouTube for videos of this fascinating sport, I found Eric Farewell; my mind was blown! Not only was he an awesome pilot, but he had been sporting the paramotor gear I was most interested in. I soon sent him an email asking questions about his gear and the sport in
general. After just a couple of phone calls, I was setting up a trip from my hometown in
Ohio to Florida, so that Eric could train me for what I had always dreamed of doing;
When my girlfriend and I arrived in Florida, we immediately met up with Eric.
when we walked into the shop we felt as though we were being greeted by a friend that
we had known for years! That’s just how Eric is, not only an awesome guy, but an
incredible instructor; full of knowledge and vast amounts of talent, and also very good at
conveying what he knows to you. What a great teacher! Not only was I learning, but my
girlfriend (who wasn’t coming for training, but just to support me) was learning a ton
about the sport as well!
It was an awesome experience, full of memories and great
people that I will never forget. I highly suggest that anybody who is interested in picking
up this awesome hobby to contact Eric “Aviator” Farewell! A fantastic teacher, who sets
up all of his training to perfectly comfort the needs and ways of learning for each
student. Eric, thanks for helping me ﬁnally achieve my childhood fantasy of viewing the
world from up in sky. I am proud to say that, thanks to you, I am a PPG Pilot!
Super happy with my wing purchase from Eric Farewell. I purchased my wing after many phone calls to Eric discussing my skill level and which wing would be appropriate. I had a 28 Revo 2 at the time which I liked very much but was looking to move down in size. I was ready to try something different. I went with a Gin Mirage 26. I was unable to fly it due to unfavorable conditions then winter set in.
Over the winter I begin to question my decision. Maybe I overstated my skill etc etc. Eric reassured me that it was an excellent wing with amazing flight and launching characteristics. I'm embarrassed to admit how many times that happened. He not only listened and did not push me to keep my new wing but he offered to do anything he could to get me on a wing I would be happy with. I decided I have to at least fly it once.
I took my first flight on that wing a couple of days ago. It was exactly as he described. The most fun I've ever had on a wing and I was just circling the field. It launched incredibly easy and landing was as exciting as flying it! I'm by no means certifying my self as some highly skilled expert because I got a new wing but it is the right wing for me. I have plenty of room for improvement and will continue to try to get better. Thank you Eric, you the man!
-King Holmes, Ohio