Another Walkerjet and Sky Paraglider
Success, although Jim says it will take approx.
2 weeks to process the documentation and get my
registration numbers (of which he says will
phone in to me as soon as he gets them) where as
Matt got his immediately. After explaining the
anomaly between the Max. take off weight on the
Paramotor data and the Paraglider. The most
important fact was that the Paraglider allows an
extra 30% load with a paramotor. Jim
photocopied the load weight restrictions on page
8 of the Walkerjet Operator's Manual.
I would like to
thank you Andre for your prompt replies to all
my queries. Also, from a business perspective I
have never received the kind of service after
buying a product that I have from you. Keep
up the good work and have restful long weekend.
All for now, Jeff
I will be available for training on Monday from
3:30 pm on.
20/04 Second flight from
Ben's place - May 19, 2004
Story will follow...
Simon RR's in stock.... Get one!
I will not be available for training this
Past season I have spent almost
every weekend at the field and I never took any
time off. I often trained with just one person on
weekends but that is simply not enough to make it
worth. I have to be more efficient. It may looks
like I make tons of money but when I calculate my
hourly wage after spending time updating my
website, answering people's telephone and cell
phone calls, emails, repairing school equipment
etc. it is pretty minimal. Also, this year I would
like to have some Saturdays and Sundays to my self
and my family. I still do not mind training one
person on weekdays but weekends are too precious
for that. Therefore I advise to all to book your
sessions at least week or couple of weeks in
advance. Also I will be pushing for people to come
down for whole week of training as opposed to
trying to get things done only on weekends. You
can still come for ground school on Sat morning,
practice in the afternoon and do the same on
Sunday but if you are only available on weekends
completing the course may be long haul. I will not
be running any ground school sessions except for
dates that are scheduled for week
courses. Next one that is coming up is on
May 29/04. I know I am going to lose some
customers this way but I will end up with more
committed individuals not just weekend warriors
and at the same time be able to enjoy some free
May 17/04 Steven's
report from our flight on May 12/04
From: "Steven B. King" <sbking@b...> Date:
Wed May 12, 2004 9:30 pm Subject: Yesterdays
Went out to Niagara yesterday to meet Andre for a
flight. The wind was nonexistent as we set up our
gear. We decided to do a cross country and Andre
picked the route. Along the QEW past Niagara Falls
exits then east to the river back over the Falls
and to the field. The air was as smooth as a
babies butt. I flew mostly at an altitude above
1700' while Andre stayed lower. There was still a
little thermal activity but very mild. All was
going well when we reached the river but when I
started climbing to reach 3500' my engine started
running a little rough. I opted to go back the way
we came. There was more landing options this way
if I had to land out. I reached an altitude of
4200' and headed back for the field. Finally the
engine quit. I had 10km to go to get back to the
field. I was sure I wasn't going to make it so
along the way I kept picking spots to land. I
decided it would be easier for Andre to pick me up
if I was closer to the road so I headed more in
that direction but the field was getting closer
only a couple of km's to go so I opted to fly
toward the field and I made it. A couple of S
turns and landed just where we took off from. It
turns out I ran out of gas. Andre landed shortly
after very elated of the flight we just had. We
fuelled up and took off again doing some low
flying around the field for another 20 mins. The
cross country took 1:30 and we covered 45 kms.
What an evening. Life is good.
17/04 NOTE: I will
not be available for training this weekend.
16/04 Sunday was
busy day at the field.
Ike did not make it. Ray had
beautiful flight but seized his Sky Cruiser. Yuri
and Dennis came and both had couple of nice
flights as well. At one point there was all 4 of
us in the air which I think is record. Great day.
Weather was perfect and field is finally
13/04 Had an
awesome flight from Bieda's...
evening flight with Duke - May 11/04
story will follow...
PART ONE: Two Irishmen walk into a pet shop in
Dingle. They head to the bird section and Gerry
says to Paddy, "Dat's dem."
The owner comes over and asks if he can help
"Yeah, we'll take four of dem dere little budgies
in dat cage up dere," says Gerry.
The owner puts the budgies in a paper bag. Paddy
and Gerry pay for the birds, leave the shop and
get into Gerry's pick-up and drive to the top of
the Conor Pass. At the Conor Pass, Gerry looks
down at the 1000-foot drop and says: "Dis looks
like a grand place."
He takes two birds out of the bag, puts them on
his shoulders and jumps off the cliff. Paddy
watches as Gerry falls all the way to the bottom,
killing himself stone dead.
Looking down at the remains of his best pal,
Paddy shakes his head and says: "Feck dat. Dis
budgie jumping is too feckin' dangerous for me"
Moments later Seamus arrives up at Conor Pass.
He's been to the pet shop too and walks up to the
edge of the cliff carrying another paper bag in
one hand and a shotgun in the other.
"Hi, Paddy. Watch dis," Seamus says. He takes a
parrot from the bag and throws himself over the
edge of the cliff. Paddy watches as half way down,
Seamus takes the gun and shoots the parrot. Seamus
continues to plummet down and down until he hits
the bottom and breaks every bone in his body.
Paddy shakes his head and says, "And I'm never
trying dat parrotshooting either."
Paddy is just getting over the shock of losing
two friends when Sean appears. He's also been to
the pet shop and is carrying a paper bag out of
which he pulls a chicken. Sean then hurls himself
off the cliff and disappears down and down until
he hits a rock and breaks his spine.
Once more Paddy shakes his head - "Feck that
Lads. First der was Gerry with his budgie jumping,
den Seamus parrotshooting ... and now Sean is
keeping busy flying his Lift 28 and Simon RR....
Walkerjet Simon RR and XC are now
being shipped with 10 A fuse. If your fuse blows,
replace it with 10 A fuse please.
9/07 Went flying
with Chris yesterday morning....
It was just tad too windy. Used
Brontes first then Lift 24. The air was extremely
turbulent and gusty.. Should not have flown.
Had a minor collapse on landing - thus hard
landing. No damage to equipment. Sore ankle
1253 UTC 08 May 2004
[RH = 41%]
||30.31 inches Hg
[Sea-level pressure: 1027.2 mb]
||from the E (100 degrees)
at 14 MPH (12 knots; 6.2 m/s)
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||17000 feet AGL
||few clouds at 12000 feet AGL
broken clouds at 17000 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 22000 feet AGL
||no significant weather
observed at this time
8/07 Video from
yesterday's flight. (520 kb) See here.
7/07 Rreal time
rreporrt frrom Dorra's place - 9:02 pm,
21:02, 01:02 UTC.
Landed 5 min ago. Grreat flight but
verry gusty winds. Took Brrontes forr spin. Was
afrraid of majorr collapse. Too rrough conditions
even forr me. Glad to be down afterr 30 min. Was
nice to get in the airr. Weatherr rreally sucks
these days. Took few shorrt videos. Will make
shorrt movie clip and post soon. Sipping beerr at
Dorra's. You rread this - I was able to use my
cell phone and laptop to upload this to my site.
Rreal time rreporrts will now be on my website
frrom all PPG trrips I am planning to take this
summerr. This is way to cool.
Training with Joe, Ray, John, Adam, Mete,
Serge - Apr 24/04
Day started with 4 hours of ground
school. Serge and Joe were quick to learn and
before we knew it we were off to the field for
some hands on. The weather was favorable - sunny,
winds up to 10 KT. So we learned how to hook up,
hold brake toggles, lines and started to practice
ground inflations of the gliders.....
Read more here...
5/04 I can
not believe this weather....
No flying today. ;-( It is freakin'
windy again. This has been one of the worst
springs ever for flying....GRRRRR.
0953 UTC 05 May 2004
[RH = 83%]
||29.78 inches Hg
[Sea-level pressure: 1008.8 mb]
||from the SW
(220 degrees) at 14 MPH
(12 knots; 6.2 m/s)
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||7000 feet AGL
||broken clouds at 7000 feet
broken clouds at 8000 feet AGL
broken clouds at 10000 feet AGL
||-RA (light rain)
with Steven tomorrow.
I have emailed "Duke"
to go flying tomorrow. It looks like it will
be a good day. He called and we will meet Wed 7
am. At the and our discussion I said "...and we
will go for nice flight." Duke piped in with
"Well, that is only if you get of the
ground...???!!!!" Can you believe that!!!???? Duke
making references to my forward inflations like
that.... So now I have to tell you a bit about
Duke. I flew with him only 4 times.... First time
he did a little
number on his knees....The second time he
managed to do some parablending....The
third time he executed forced
landing about 15 km from where we have taken
off originally and I had to drive in to pick him
up...The forth time Duke did
not torque his prop properly and it fell off
mid air....Soooo I am anxious to see what he is
going to do tomorrow... I will keep you informed
as I usually do! Stay tuned!
4/04 Ground school
with Ike - May 2/04
All done in 4 hours. Crappy weather
outside so no hands on training today.
3/04 Training with
Shawn, Bob, Paul and Jeff - Apr 20/04
It has been almost 3 months since I
saw Shawn. Last time I have heard from him was
when he passed the ULTRA exam with Transport
Canada. We got together, the weather was perfect.
Bit on colder side though. Glider and paramotor
out, set the radio helmet. Ready? Go! Good
inflation, more power, more power and you are
flying. I see Shawn gaining altitude then all of a
sudden his prop stops turning.... Immediately I
yell in radio: "You have hit the kill switch,
restart, restart! At this point Shawn is about 20
ft and there is not too much altitude to spare. I
see him fumbling with throttle and preparing for
landing at the same time. It looks like he may
land in this ditch full of mock. No. No! NO! YES!
Splash! Right in the middle of it...... Read more
Ground school May 2/04
I will be running ground school tomorrow from 8
to 12 anybody interested?
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