Calef's mom will tell you his "need for adrenaline" started in utero, when she rolled her Land Rover while 8 months pregnant. He denies being a junkie, but he did learn to ski at 2.5 years old and by 10 he was sledding off the 2nd story roof. Calef went on to compete in freestyle whitewater kayaking, winning medals at National and World Championships. He learned to paraglide in 2005 in Colorado and Utah from some of the best instructors in the Nation. Calef fell deeply in love with soaring paragliders and has traveled the world chasing the dream. When he moved home to Vermont, Calef found few local pilots capable of keeping up. It just wasn't the same without a gaggle of friends, so in 2009 Calef got his first Paragliding Instructor rating and he has been training fledglings ever since. In 2017 Calef received an USHPA P5 Master rating, but he'll be the first to tell you there's always room to grow, so he's focused on continually improving his flying skills and instruction techniques. If you want to try soaring in the mountains, tandem or solo, Calef’s your guy!
Ryan comes from a family of fighter jet and airline pilots, so it's fair to say that aviation and adventure are in his blood. His first paragliding experience was in 1997 at a ski resort near Murmansk, Russia on a high school backcountry ski expedition to the arctic. Launching solo off a ski slope, Ryan had his first taste of free flight. While attending university, Ryan pursued a "college career" of climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and skiing. This gave way to a "real career" as a tech entrepreneur in web design when Ryan and his college roommates founded what would become one of Vermont's most successful internet companies. Seventeen years later, Ryan sold his share of the company to pursue outdoor adventure. Paragliding was calling, so Ryan devoted a month of training at the Point of The Mountain in Salt Lake City with some of the best instructors in the country. He came back to VT a novice pilot and quickly became flying buddies with Calef. Ryan has proven to be a natural pilot who is insightful and calculated. Today Ryan is an advanced-rated pilot who has traveled all over the US and abroad chasing thermals and flying in cross country competitions. In 2017 Ryan earned his Instructor Appointment so he could help spread his love of paragliding.