Parastars Convention Leads Off Spring Fly-In Season


The annual Parastars convention of powered paraglider pilots was held on and above the grounds of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, over Easter weekend. The three-day event attracted over 140 pilots of these slowest ultralight vehicles from all over the United States and beyond. A wide array of dealers and parts vendors intent on supplying the growing market these machines are scratching out were also in attendance. This fourth installment of the Parastars Convention remains an entirely volunteer get-together, staffed by the pilots themselves. Unusually brisk winds that had persisted for several days subsided on cue Friday, allowing for dozens of flights. Fantasy of Flight played host for the third consecutive year, opening the attractions, runways and wide-open fields to pilots and campers alike.