My name is Andre Zeman. I have started to paraglide in 1988. This was a real dawn of paragliding, the equipment then was questionable, there was no schools to train pilots, we did not know anything about the weather… frankly, I am surprised I have survived those years. After moving to Canada in 1993, I have made numerous PG trips to Quebec to fly at Mt. Yamaska and also to the Finger Lake region of NY, USA.
When I started my rock climbing business – Peaks in 1994, I did not have as much time to travel to these far away places and wait for the proper flying conditions so I put my flying on hold and decided to focus on rock climbing. My flying passion was sparked again when I discovered that one can use a back pack style paramotor and hill or mountain to fly from is no longer needed. I got trained and completed my first hand full of solo flights in Czech Republic where I am originally from. After purchasing my first paramotor in 1998 and getting my Canadian Ultralight pilot permit I then spent 3 years flying around Niagara Region gaining a lot of experience.
I have earned and received an instructor rating from Transport Canada in 2001 and since then, I have taught Powered Paragliding, otherwise known as PPG or Paramotoring, to over 300 students. I am the most experienced pilot and instructor in english speaking part of Canada. I estimate that I have close to 4000 successful PPG flights on my belt. I also hold a private pilot license and currently have 200 hours on Piper Cherokee Warrior II. I am checked on Cessna 172 and own CH 701 STOL that am learning to fly.
So… if your wife or girlfriend tells you that you can only fly PPG if you take proper training from someone with a lot of expertise and credentials, you got the right guy.
Year 2017 will be my 16th teaching season. I do not cut corners, I do this right. Safety is paramount. I no longer get challenged by PPG flying, it is simply too easy for me, I get challenged by teaching students the most beautiful type of flying there is. Please give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions about PPG gear and/or my comprehensive paramotoring courses.
Take care and fly safely!