Fly The Fan

Fly The Fan was founded by long time paragliding instructors Joe Seitz, and Patrick Eaves.   They each have over 20 years of paragliding experience.

 

Joe and Patrick also operate their own schools.  But they recognized the need for a full time, local powered paragliding team that could offer training, gear, and on-going support through events and service.  Blending their schools and experience allows them to offer the best and most comprehensive support to students.

 

More than just a school, we are creating a community here on the Central Coast.

  

We have several paragliding sites all over San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterrey Counties.  We do not recommend flying in Cayucos or Morro Bay due to noise complaints by residents.  But we do conduct non powered sections of our training there, like ground handling.  We also have training  locations in Paso Robles, Atascadero, Cambria, Los Osos, Avila, Grover Beach, Oceano, Pismo, and Santa Maria!   Some of those locations for only for ground training, and some we can fly at based on conditions.


We truly love to fly, join us and find out why!

Meet the team

Joe Seitz

 

Joe Seitz first experienced foot launched aviation in the mid 80's through Hang Gliding, Paragliding in the mid 90's and became a basic instructor in 2002.  


Since then, Joe has logged thousands of hours of free flight, and paramotor flight and instruction around the world.  


Joe also created and implemented the wildly successful powered paragliding program at the well known and respected Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, NH.   Morningside still utilizes Joe's talents for training on various trips and clinics.  


Joe was also selected as a tandem instructor in Queenstown, New Zealand, a coveted goal of top tandem instructors worldwide.  Due to the high volume operations, Joe was able to log more tandems during his time in New Zealand than many paragliding instructors will log their whole career.  


After offering his services far and wide, he and his wife Jahara are happy to have found their home on the Central Coast of California.  And, they are newlyweds, woohoo. Congratulations Joe and Jahara!


All of the initial powered paragliding training for Fly The Fan is handled through Joe's school, Feather Light Flight.  Feather Light Flight Students have travelled from all over the country to train with Joe.


Joe is mechanically gifted, and keeps all the students happy with fine tuned motors. New pilots will appreciate Joe's infinite patience and understanding of individual needs.  Advanced pilots will recognize his thorough knowledge of the sport.


USHPA Advanced Instructor

USHPA Tandem Instructor


USPPA Advanced Instructor

USPPA Tandem Instructor

Patrick Eaves

 

After a couple of skydiving lessons in 1994, Patrick was introduced to the world of sky sports.  He began learning about paragliding from friends, and started pursuing training in 1997.  In 2003 Patrick earned his tandem instructor rating, followed by his basic instructor rating.


Patrick went on to manage and instruct at local legend Kinsley Thomas-Wong's school, XtremeBigAir.  He also opened his own school, WingEnvy Paragliding. 

  

In 2004 Patrick traveled with the WingEnvy paragliding team to Peru, Nepal, Thailand, and New Zealand.  The team documented the trip and produced a DVD "OneSky" that was sold around the world.


Patrick has been paragliding on the Central Coast for over 20 years.  He has been active in the local flying club, and has served as the club president in the past.  He has an intimate knowledge of local flying sites and conditions.

Patrick also finished his skydiving training, earning his skydiving tandem instructor rating.  He was the lead instructor at Skydive Pismo Beach for several years.


He and his wife, Mariah are natives to San Luis Obispo County.   You may recognize Patrick and Mariah as the founders of SLO's first and only escape room, The Locked Inn.  Though they have moved on from that venture, happily handing it over to another great couple, they continue to develop new forms of entertainment through their company Eaves Entertainment.


USHPA Advanced Instructor

USHPA Tandem Instructor


USPA Tandem Instructor

USPA Pro Rated Skydiver