The Starseed team

Our team consists of passionate pilots with more than 90 years of active flying experience. Our fellow guiding star is to create the most integrated and relaxed personal starship, which deliver the best possible balance of flight characteristics, feel, aerodynamics, safety, and design. Please be seated for an all-new relaxed flying style that fully bridges the gap between paragliding and paramotoring.

Manifesto

To me, flying is not about fabrics, lines and engines - or airplanes for that matter. It’s not about falling out of airplanes or doing the most radical stuff to feel alive. To me flying - and especially paramotoring - is about the total freedom it brings: ultimately without the need for gadgets and fancy, man-made contraptions to lift you up. I can fly by just thinking of leaving the ground. It’s yoga in the air. It’s about piloting with your soul. It’s almost religious.

Trond Nyman Aarre

TEAM MANAGER & TEST PILOT

Trond is passionate about aviation and is recognized as the Nordic pioneer of paramotoring back in 1988. He has more than 2000 flight hours, is a licensed instructor in paramotoring and paragliding and a former skydiver and ultralight pilot. In Starseed Inc., Trond serves as our team manager, concept developer & test pilot. With more than 20 years of experience as an innovation catalyst, brand developer and creative technologist, he takes pride in giving good ideas the best possible start and a happy life. By nature, Trond is restless - he believes in being curious and open, inclusive and dedicated. Trond's credo is simple: Rather advance than repetition and be truly different and show consistency in everything you do, from ideas via strategies to communication tools.

Chief DESIGN OFFICER

Given his Danish roots, Steffen has from early childhood been surrounded by the Danish design culture and has therefore gained a nuanced understanding of the key elements of Scandinavian design: simplicity, minimalism and functionality. In 2011, Steffen graduated with a MSc Industrial Design from Architecture & Design, Denmark. Since then he has brought different products to life and each time with the user in focus. As Head of Design at Starseed, it is his responsibility to take care of design and innovation aspects of the company’s products and services. A natural part of his work is to master the user-centered design process and through this transform early ideas into production-ready products and services that not only meet customer needs but are beyond their expectations. For him it is crucial to find good and innovative solutions to existing problems and combine them in a sophisticated and simplified yet beautiful design without compromising the flight experience.

Chief Technical Officer

Lars Ove is a certified mechanic, with 28 years of extensive and varied experience as a mechanic / hydraulic in the offshore industry. In Starseed, Lars Ove contributes with ideas and technical solutions as close to the design and concept sketches as technically possible and with an ever-present focus on the best possible practical performance. His vast mechanical experience is used for strength calculation and optimization of geometry. He is otherwise responsible for assembly, technical testing and quality control at all stages of the Starseed production. Lars Ove has almost 30 years of flying experience with paragliding and paramotoring and was in 1990 the designer of Skywalker One, the Nordic region’s first commercial paramotor model. Few, if any, have built up and serviced as many paramotors for the Norwegian market as Lars Ove.

CEO e-FLIGHT

Matteo Asnicar is based in Italy and recognized as one of the best designers of engines for paramotoring. For a number of years Matteo has been researching and developing new cutting-edge engine systems and associated technologies. The result is an engine of the highest quality, highest possible reliability and packed with technologies not previously used in paramotoring. In 2009, he developed the first inverter for paramotor engines for Per Il Volo (Miniplane). In 2011, he developed the first 2-stroke paramotor with electronic gasoline injection. In 2013 he started working for Per Il Volo (Miniplane) with responsibility for developing the Top 80 engine and others, all with electronic fuel injection. In 2014 he participated at Coupe Icare with a large innovation set consisting of four different engines with electronic fuel injection. In 2016, the first paramotor landing was made at the top of Mont Blanc (4808 m) and made possible as a direct result of engines with electronic fuel injection. In 2017 he created the first Miniplane frame for Per Il Volo with anti-pivot system.

TEAM PILOT

Fabrizio is based in Italy and together with Trond he forms our team of test pilots and concept ideators. His is an educated technician with a certificate as mechanical chief. After a few years working as a technical drawer and developer of industrial air plants, he continued his career in military aviation. Fabrizio is now employed in the Italian air force with planning and scheduling maintenance and inspections on helicopters as his area of responsibility. He is a paragliding, paramotoring and powered hanggliding pilot. Being very passionate for free flight, he has spent many years in the attempt to merge paragliding with paramotoring, trying to achieve the feeling of the free flight with the freedom of powered flight. For the last year he has been focusing on successfully matching cocoon harnesses with the Starseed Fusion frame, giving in this way the opportunity to enjoy the best of these two different sports. Curious by nature, he considers a goal achieved only when there is no more space for improvements.

TEAM PILOT

Ulrik is based in Norway and has been flying paragliders since he was 19 years old with experience and competitions in both aerobatics and cross country. He has a big heart for the sport and a wish to convey the thrill, the views, and the adventures of flying through social media.

In the recent years he has also developed a fondness for paramotoring, or as he would say “motocross, in 3D, in the sky!” Which sound quite fun, actually. Having flown for many years he has also been in the forefront for pilots doing safety training for becoming better pilots and if he gets a new wing its rushed over water by a towboat to see where the stallpoint is, where it spins and other fun ways to fly/not fly a paraglider.

With a background in design, and later as a teacher in social arts and English as a second language for Norwegian youth he tries to convey some of the ways of life paraglider pilots adhere to our younger generations. Ulrik has lately been working as a lobbyist for Union of Education Norway, and paramotoring seems like his way to debrief himself after hours of bureaucracy.

As a team pilot for Starseed Ulrik tests and reviews prototypes to best suit the craving for good weightshift, coherent feel and structural abilites in for example aerobatic flying. Which would translate, for other fliers, to a frame closer to freeflight feel and geometry, easy turning and doing corrections in thermals and not least good take off and landing control. Ulrik is a big fan of the Starseed X Feather with race-arms, which is structurally built for heavy g-load, and the weightshift ability which makes it "a pleasure to throw around" as he would say. We are happy to have such a passionate and creative pilot in our team.

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