Byron Leisek

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USA | 36 | Co-Owner and Instructor at Team Fly Halo

Byron began hang gliding solo at the age of 13 as well as 'dabbling' in paragliding. With a father and grandfather keen on the sport of hot air ballooning, Byron comes from a family with a strong flying pedigree.

From the time he could reach the hot air balloon burner, aviation has always been a passion and an important part of his life, “It’s never felt right having my feet on the ground for too long”. 

In 2005 was introduced to Paramotoring.  In 2012 Byron along with two other friends decided to turn their hobby into a business; Team Fly Halo: “I always felt that there was a lack of advocates for safety in our sport which is one of the reasons I decided to take a hobby and transform into a business.”  

Byron currently has over 3400 Powered Paraglider flights including 275 tandem Powered Paragliding flights.  Byron is also a certified parachute rigger and his experiences as a seasoned pilot include:  high altitude launching (over 6000 msl), high altitude flights (over 12,000 msl), mountain flying and reserve pull and re-pack. By the start of the race, he will have been in PPG for 10 years. 

Ever since Byron's feet left the ground he has merged aviation and nature. He is responsible for coining the phrase “Para-Camping” which involves paramotoring to a remote location and camping.

Ryan Southwell and I are going to team up. We both have the attitude that we are in it for adventure, but we are going to be in the Race Class.
— Byron