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Eric Dufour

Since 18 years of age, Eric Dufour has lived his life fully and with passion through aviation sports.

He started in the aviation sports as sky diving instructor and private pilot.  Now at 63 year old, he is a Sport Pilot #10291955 (USA), Transport Canada Ultralight instructor #Q211928 and USPPA (USA) training committee member and instructor examiner.  He is also a paraglider rigger and expert witness.

Pioneering in this sport in North America, he is one of the leaders in paramotor teaching and has innovated in this new discipline with the simulator trainer, the winch take-off for first solo flight, the training bar and the buddy trike trainer.

Dufour's new teaching techniques make learning easier, safer and faster.  This is the reason why some of his techniques are now used in different schools across America and Europe.

He is the designer of the first generations of SD paramotor models, called SD (for Safe & Strong Design) and has innovated in paramotor technology, with the twin engine paramotor, the SSS steering bar for paramotors on trike and the adjustable J-bars, which incorporates the advantage of high point attachments with the ability to shift the pilots' weight and feel the glider in flight. 

Dufour is also consultant for paramotor businesses.

Because of his exceptional talent as a paramotor instructor, Eric Dufour earn the American EB- Visa, which given to those are foreign nationals who either have "extraordinary abilities", or are "outstanding professors or researchers".

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Picture by Ted D'Eon

Dufour won first place at the US national paramotor competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006, as well as first place for spot landing with engine out during the Basse-Ham 2002 fly-in, France and Pizzo 2003 fly-in, Italy. He has quit comps in at the end of 2006.

He is currently the most qualified person worldwide to manage and direct the world record event of the most paramotors in the air and in 2000, Dufour was part of an expedition with the prestigious National Geographic to fly over an area known to be the most prolific in volcano activity, Kamchatka, Russia.
Eric Dufour
Picture by Leslie Britt

Proud of his achievements, since 1992 Eric Dufour has taught with his teams, more than 1,000 pilots (including instructors) in Canada and the USA. 

Dufour has come up with one of the best paramotor training curriculums available in North America for foot launching and trike techniques and some of the best PPG pilots on this continent can be counted among his students,such as Richard Good (American aerobatic pilot), Stanley Kasica (1st place at the American national competitions), David Sigier (5th place at the 2007 World competitions in China), Marty Hathaway (2nd place at the American national competitions 2003), which he says is the best reward an instructor can get.

Eric Dufour doing a touch & go on Alain Harvey at the
Palm Bay fly-in in Florida on March 2013
Picture by Marty Hathaway

Eric Dufour