Southern Skies, LLC is the only factory-authorized US distributor of the quietest, most powerful and easiest starting paramotor units we know: The Fresh Breeze. Many dealers/instructors are available nationwide, see our Dealer Network.
Our motor units support some of the best power to weight ratios on the market. Precision German engineering provides a light but robust powered paragliding unit that will endure the test of time. This motor is the only unit offered in the USA certified by the DULV (German Ultralight Association) for safety and design. Fresh Breeze motors feature a soft J-bar suspension system with a quick release that allows both a excellent feel for your paraglider and an emergency motor jettison feature for even more enhanced security in flight. There is also a comfort bar suspension available for a more rigid hook in feel or the new, patented SportiX mid-hang point, articulating arm system with great weight shift and no motor pivot. Additionally, Fresh Breeze motors feature tuned exhaust, Bing float bowl carburetor (most models), special intake silencer, and carbon composite props for a powerful but very quiet motor.
All Fresh Breeze motors also use a HEIS (High Energy Ignition System) which allows a very easy start, the Simonini features a Fresh Breeze engineered, German made digital ignition with automatic, digital spark advance for super smooth idling and smooth throttle response. You can actually get a spark at less than 100 RPM making electric start unnecessary. The fuel tank is mounted above the float bowl carburetor on most motors allowing positive fuel delivery, with no priming required. All in all, the Fresh Breeze represents the forefront of powered paragliding technology and with 20 years in the field our units have proven their value and are constantly updated.
Fresh Breeze Paramotors are precision crafted in Germany from the highest quality components and come loaded with options and features. They carry the best warranty, service and support and are known as the most reliable and quietest units in the industry. Electric start add on $ 650.00 surcharge.
Southern Skies is a real business, not just a website. We operate a shop with many Gliders, Motors, Harnesses, Helmets and Accessories stocked. All spare parts for Fresh Breeze motors are available and shipped by UPS daily. A full service machine shop and a sewing shop on site can do most repairs immediately. Real people answer the phone, help you with problems and are generally here for you like we have been since 1994. We pledge to be here for you tomorrow and for years to come. Our equipment is top of the line, high quality gear, mostly engineered and safety certified in Germany, available at reasonable prices. Training and Flying site are either leased or owned by Southern Skies and will be available for you in the future. We do not carry low end, bargain equipment that you might find shopping around on the internet today. We believe that when airborne you should be able to trust your equipment 100% and should have the best training and service possible. Please contact us for testimonials and referrals from pilots in your area.
About the Owners:
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It started for Chris in Barbados in 1989. For Tammy, a first flight from Sheeba Crater in Arizona in 1993. We were hooked. We flew every chance we could and decided to bring the magic of Paragliding to as many people as we could. In 1995, Southern Skies was born. In 2013, Chris' son Marco joined the team full time. He is breathing new life into the business with his hard work and enthusiasm. We are going strong after 20 years of hard work, and plan on being here for many more. Come fly with us and turn your dream of flight into reality!
Chris Bowles: USHPA Certified Advanced Tandem Instructor, Examiner, Towing Administrator and USPPA Powered Paragliding Instructor and Administrator. Chris heads the training committee at the USPPA and he started Paragliding in 1989, Powered Paragliding in 1994. He is originally from Germany, but has lived in the States since 1989. Chris uses his machinist background to service Fresh Breeze units at the on site machine shop, utilizing tig-welding, turning, millwork and more. Chris is also known as the "Solo Doctor" due to his knowledge and years of experience with the Solo 210 engine.
Tammy Bowles: USHPA rated instructor Founder/Owner, Secretary and CFO. , P4 rated pilot. Flying since 1993 Founder/Owner, Secretary and CFO of Southern Skies
Marco Stelter: Chris' son from germany, USPPA Powered Paragliding instructor, USHPA Basic instructor, P4/ PPG 3 rated Pilot. Marco started Paragliding in 1999 but lived in Germany until 2013. He then decided to dedicate his life to teaching people how to fly.
Watch a video about the school and training process here.
Southern Skies operates a full-time store with gliders, spare parts, accessories and equipment in stock. They have a flight simulator which is also convenient for hanging in a new harness or setting up your new equipment. Classroom time includes the basics of flight, weather and videos. Southern Skies specializes in Customer Service.
Where to find us: Taylorsville is located in the Brushy Mountains (the foothills of the Blue Ridge) 70 miles North of Charlotte, 65 miles West of Winston-Salem.
The best time for training is late March through early July and late August through early December.
We can highly reommend the Brushy Mountain Lodge located just 10 mins from the flight park. Mention Southern Skies for a small discount. $80 per night for a double room.