Eric Dufour, the developer of the new fling sport SkyDriving:
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 62-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 regularly innovated in this discipline, foot launch and on wheels. Dufour’s 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 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".
For 27 years, Eric Dufour has been teaching powered paragliding on feet and on wheels. During all those years, he has always been thinking of new ways to help new pilots flying more safely, using wheels to make the process, safer, easier, faster and cheaper.
In 2004, a man who was missing one leg and was paralyzed from the waist down, asked Eric to teach him to fly paramotor on wheels. This was a real challenge for Eric and he told him that if he had the will, he would find the way. Dufour customized a small 3 wheels paramotor trike to start teaching him. The main difficulty was that he could not have the use of his leg and could not put his two arms high enough to reach the control. He immediately taught about a steering system where the man would be just like driving his car and developed what is today the beginning of what became the Skykart.
IT IS CALLED SKYDRIVING BECAUSE IT IS REALLY WHAT THIS IS; DRIVING IN THE SKY.