GoPro® Helps Spread the Word About Paramotors

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition I had been working with GoPro® for some time on a video that was published to their YouTube channel on Monday August 4th, 2014. It’s called “3rd Person Paramotor” and it showcases the wonders of paramotors and the capabilities of documenting them with the chase cam I designed last year. The video features footage from a short film I produced of myself and my flying partner Ryan B. Smith taking an aerial adventure in the fall of 2013. Our destination was a rolling hills & oak tree-lined valley in Central California called O’Neals – Sort of a nickname given to it by my cycling partners and I as it’s a place we like to ride for its scenic beauty.

Paramotors are the most capable machines on Earth that enable human beings to fly like birds, something we have been aching over and looking forward to for centuries…

Behind the Scenes

GoPro LogoThree Hero cameras were used in the production of the video. One was on the chase mount flying behind the paraglider, another was on my helmet, and the last was on my wrist using a custom mount that a friend who works at Scaled Composites and I built in a 3D printer. This wrist mount is different then the factory wrist mount in that it turns the camera 90 degrees, allowing for more versatile use among paraglider pilots as we are usually always sitting with our arms focused upwards to the brakes, wrists facing in.

The Chase Cam

Chase Cam ViewThe video features the 4th and final version of my chase cam, a custom design achieved through countless hours of trial and error (and considerable monetary outlay) until a suitable product was being delivered in the form of what I consider to be the most exceptionally smooth & stable video attainable from a non-gyro stabilized device, using only its aerodynamics and positive stability to achieve that goal. What’s remarkable is that at 3 feet long, the weight of this chase cam is only 12.6oz — Including a GoPro® Hero 3+ Black Edition in its case.

Thank You GoPro®!

GoPro Selfie Shot!It was a great experience working with the fine people at GoPro® 🙂 I am especially happy that they wanted to showcase the wonders of paramotoring as much I as do, and I’m glad the chase cam helped facilitate it. Paramotors are the most capable machines on Earth that enable human beings to fly like birds, something we have been aching over and looking forward to for centuries – Now we have it! With that, I look forward with great anticipation to what the future holds for sharing paramotoring with the world using GoPro® Cameras!