June 11, 2003           Another happy PPO customer: 

...Andre. I love my equipment I purchased from you. The dependability of hitting the starter button and knowing you are going flying is great. I am flying on my own at this time and wish I was about 4 hours closer to St. Catharines. I am sure I will see you before the weather turns cold. I enjoy your web site and reading the stories about a few guys I have met, Jim and Matt. Show a close-up of your trike next time you have your trusty camera out, and before you lose your batteries. Anyway I think it is great equipment and I love my trike and am in the process of putting bigger tires and a better axle on it.....    Take care and say hello to Jim and Matt                   Dave

       

June 11, 2003            No moRE THIS:

OK the caps lock key was driVING MY CRAZY!!!!! Kurva doprdele to snad neni mozny!!!! Uz zase!!!  I am a slow two finger typer and eveRY TIME THIS HAPPENS I AM JUST ABOUT TO LOSE IT. Well no more. I have shoved piece of twist tie under the dreaded cAPS LOCk key and taped it secure. No moRE THis. Sometimes simple ideas are the best ideas....

June 11, 2003            Various news:

  • I am still planning to fly from Windsor to our field near Niagara Falls. It is 360 km and I plan to cover it in one day. We would follow the north shore of lake Erie for most of the time. Those of you that fly over beaches know that this should be unbelievably smooth flying. With 20 km/h to our back our ground speed should be around  65 km/h. so about 6 hrs of flight time - with some brakes to re-fuel, drink, snack and pee we should be back at our field in 10 hrs. Anybody interested Yuri, Jim, Phil?

  • Also I am planning a fly in of all Ontario PPG pilots at the end of September. This will include lots of prop talk, BBQ,  PPG compettetion and more and more. Let me know if you are interested.

  • Oh yeah and it is a storm season.....be aware of these cloud formations: 

 

June 11, 2003            Proper size paraglider demystified:

There is a lot of people inquiring about what size of paraglider to pick to fly with a paramotor. It is proper to choose glider within pilot's weight range so it can be used for non powered flights and fly it over the specified weight with paramotor. The reasons are that the weight range for each glider size such as 24, 26, 28 or 30 only refers to achieving same glider ratio and minimum sink for different size pilots. This is not important to PPG pilots since when flying powered your gliding ratio can be what ever you wish to be based on your throttle power setting. With more weight you get more safety as slightly overloaded glider is flying faster therefore creating more internal pressure therefore there is less chance of glider tip collapses. I often fly Sky Para Lift 24 in very windy conditions overloading the glider by as much as 40 %. 

 

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Lift 24

Lift 26

Lift 28

Lift 30

No. of Cells

-

42

42

42

42

Wingspan

m

10,94

11,4

11,85

12,31

Area

m2

24,0

26,0

28,0

30,3

Sink rate

m/s

1,15

1,15

1,15

1,15

Glide ratio

 

7,7

7,7

7,7

7,7

Aspect ratio

-

5,0

5,0

5,0

5,0

Minimum Speed

km/h

22

22

22

22

Maximum Speed

km/h

45

45

45

45

Weight

kg

5,7

5,9

6,1

6,5

Take-off weight

kg

60-75

70-90

85-105

100-125

Certification SHV

-

SHV

SHV

SHV

SHV

Category

-

Standard

Standard

Standard

Standard

So for example if you are pilot who is 70 - 75 kg you  have 2 choices. You can fly larger wing or smaller wing such as Lift 26 or Lift 24. Some benefits and non benefits are summarized in table below:

Size Benefits Non benefits
Smaller glider Faster air speed, smaller probability of asymmetrical or symmetrical collapse, easier to inflate in no wind conditions, easier to handle in higher winds, Worse glide ratio and minimum sink, your take off run will be longer, faster landings, no possibility to add trike or auxiliary fuel tanks, worse fuel economy
Larger glider Better glide ratio and minimum sink, your take off run will be shorter, slower landings, it is  possible to add trike or auxiliary fuel tanks, better fuel economy Slower air speed, higher probability of asymmetrical or symmetrical collapse, harder to inflate in no wind conditions, harder to handle in higher winds, 

June 9, 2003.       Pete's first flight and Yuri's certification - June 3, 2003:

....I have jumped in the air to take some midair pictures of Chris. I should tell you something about Chris. Chris is a wild guy. He has purchased his equipment from a dude on internet and learned how to fly it him self!!?? No assistance or instructor whatsoever! That is what I call big balls. Of course it required few busted props and several hairy situations but as you see Chris has survived to tell the stories.....Read more here:

      

June 8, 2003            Walbro 39 carburetor on WJ Spider demystified:

There was some confusion about the Walbro 39 carburetor on the Spider units so here is more info to get things clarified.

 

  • # 1 is a jet screw - should be adjusted 1 1/4 from fully closed. See this for most performance tuning. 

  • # 2 is a idle screw - it is not a jet screw - it should be a fully closed - turn clock wise all the way. This increases your idle and eliminates most vibration.

  • # 3 is a screw that will fine adjust the length of your throttle cable - if you push the trigger and there is delay in power increase - turn this screw clockwise to shorten the cable action. I actually use this screw to increase the idle so the engine is running at 5 % of power when the throttle trigger is released as I try to eliminate all vibrations.

  •  # 4 is a cable stop that will rough adjust the length of your throttle cable 

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