the team

Darren Locklear

Co-Owner of Carolina PPG, Introductory Tandem Flight Instructor

Background and Experience

  • Originally from Scotland County, NC
  • Day Job- Medical Service/Sales
  • Family man with a beautiful wife, 4 kids (I’m actually the youngest kid in the house), 3 grandchildren, 2 dogs, a lizard, and a rabbit

my dream

Family man with a wonderful wife and four children, I bring a zest for life that often makes me the most adventurous “kid” in the house. Known in the neighborhood for my high-energy pursuits, I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie—from skateboarding and dirt bike racing to riding motorcycles. My passion for excitement has led to a few broken bones along the way, including a memorable attempt to fly off the roof with a trash bag as a parachute.
As a child, I dreamt of flying and would eagerly try to return to those dreams each night. This lifelong fascination with flight took a new turn when a neighbor introduced me to Tucker Gott’s paramotor adventures on YouTube. Instantly captivated, I knew I had to experience the thrill of paramotoring myself. This passion for powered paragliding has become a significant part of my life, fulfilling my childhood dream of soaring through the skies.

my goal

My goal is to grow Carolina PPG and share this amazing sport, because I have seen and experienced how life-changing it is. When students complete their first flights, I’m just as excited as they are. I am absolutely one million percent in love with this sport… I can’t imagine my life without it

Andrew Solano

Retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, Aircraft Mechanic and Paramotor Instructor

Background and Experience

After 20 years on the flight line for the Marine Corps, Andrew brought his experience in aviation to his passion for paramotor instruction. 15 years of paramotor experience and 5 years of paramotor instructor experience bring a well rounded and gentle voice on the radio and a wealth of knowledge in the classroom.


Co-Owner of Carolina PPG, Director of Sales

Background and Experience

  • US Navy veteran, stationed aboard USS Enterprise, Norfolk, VA
  • Bachelor of Science Business- East Carolina University
  • Day Job- Spectrum Enterprise National Channel Manager
  • Married to Amanda with 2 amazing boys Beckham 15 yrs. & Reed 9 yrs. & dog: Rocket, 8 yrs.

Paramotoring Experience:

  • Foot Launch Training 2018 - USPPA 1 & 2 Certified
  • Foot Launch PPG 3 2020
  • Wheel Launch PPG 1 2020, PPG 2 & 3 2021
  • Tandem Certified 2021

pilot school

I started training for my private pilot’s license in 1998. I completed ground school and numerous hours, but ultimately decided the ongoing expense was too high and I needed to find a cheaper hobby. 

Life happened… marriage, mortgage, children (you know the story), and I put aviation on hold.

the discovery

Fast forward twenty years… I am driving my son to early morning football practice, and I often noticed an individual flying over nearby fields. Like others before me, I jumped on the World Wide Web and found the World of Powered Paragliding (PPG). I located a nearby school in Fayetteville, NC, and wish I had discovered the sport years ago.

I am so blessed and hope to help others who are interested in PPG, for it has “flown” to the forefront of my passions.