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Airythmia: A Heart-Stopping Performance

By Erin Henze

July 28, 2021 – Coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year is newly formed paramotor team Airythmia. Team members Travis Burns, Todd Scandrett, Andrea “Aly” Yancy, Alexis Quintana, Justin Fox, Scott Baxter, Steve Reed, and Kyle Mooney are excited for their team’s debut performance.

“We’ve all been flying for a long time, and are just excited to get to do [AirVenture],” said Kyle. “We’re just humbled to be asked to be a part of it … of course there’s a little bit of nerves, as there always is, but everyone’s really excited and just ready to go out there.”

With so many different teams out there, what is it that makes Airythmia different?

“People will see that on our team it’s not just mid-20s, fit kids,” Kyle explained. “I think 25 is our youngest pilot and our oldest is reaching in to high 50s ... it’s kind of nice to have the broad range; there’s women, there’s young people, there’s older people. It was a really cool way to do it rather than just a group of 20-year-olds, because then it seems out of reach for the average Joe at that point.”

Travis Burns has been flying paramotors for over 10 years. Before that, he was a pilot in the Coast Guard for about 20 years. He owns a paramotor business called One Up Adventures along with team members Kyle Mooney and Andrea Yancy.

Todd Scandrett was taught to fly by members Travis and Kyle a couple years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Todd came up with the name Airythmia, stemming from the medical term arrhythmia, a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. Todd spent over 20 years in the military and continues to work with veterans today. His nonprofit called Resurgence PPG teaches disabled veterans how to fly.

Andrea “Aly” Yancy has been flying paramotors for three years and is one of the owners of One Up Adventures, along with Travis Burns and Kyle Mooney. Andrea lives in Florida in her van and loves to customize her paramotor, which is currently pink.

Alexis Quintana has been a paramotor instructor in Texas for over two years, but is soon moving to Wisconsin with her boyfriend. She hopes to continue teaching there.

Justin Fox has been flying paramotors for over six years. Justin is currently serving as the EAA ultralight and LSA councilman. He also co-owns Fly MI PPG, a paramotor flight school in Michigan.

Best friends Scott Baxter and Steve Reed have been flying together for over 10 years, but have been friends for over 20 years. They started the company Midwest Parajet in 2010, which is based in Illinois.

Kyle Mooney has been flying for 10 years and is self-taught, something he doesn’t recommend. Kyle is one of the three owners of One Up Adventures, along with Andrea Yancy and Travis Burns. He has flown at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, SUN ’n FUN, and numerous other air shows in his life. He has a 4-month-old son at home in Florida.

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