May 21/04     Another Walkerjet and Sky Paraglider registered...

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Eder [mailto:......@look.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 4:13 PM
To: info@poweredparaglidingontario.ca
Subject: Re: Registration

Andre,  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 E.

May 20/04     I will be available for training on Monday from 3:30 pm on.

May 20/04     Second flight from Ben's place - May 19, 2004

  Few pictures here. Story will follow...

May 18/04     Simon RR's in stock.... Get one!

May 18/04     I will not be available for training this weekend.

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 the 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 personal time.

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 flight

Hi all,

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.

Steve

May 17/04      NOTE: I will not be available for training this weekend.

May 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 dry. 

May 13/04      Had an awesome flight from Bieda's...

May 12/04      Great evening flight with Duke - May 11/04

    Pictures here story will follow...

May 12/04      Irish adrenaline adventures......enjoy...

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 them.

"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"

PART TWO:

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."

PART THREE:

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 feckin' hengliding."

May 10/07      Dave keeping busy flying his Lift 28 and Simon RR....

May 10/07      Technical notice.

Walkerjet Simon RR and XC are now being shipped with 10 A fuse. If your fuse blows, replace it with 10 A fuse please.

May 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 though.

Conditions at: KIAG observed 1253 UTC 08 May 2004
Temperature: 9.4C (49F)
Dewpoint: -3.3C (26F) [RH = 41%]
Pressure (altimeter): 30.31 inches Hg (1026.5 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1027.2 mb]
Winds: from the E (100 degrees) at 14 MPH (12 knots; 6.2 m/s)
Visibility: 10 or more miles (16+ km)
Ceiling: 17000 feet AGL
Clouds: few clouds at 12000 feet AGL
broken clouds at 17000 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 22000 feet AGL
Weather: no significant weather observed at this time

May 8/07      Video from yesterday's flight. (520 kb) See here.

May 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.

May 7/04     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...

May 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.

Conditions at: KIAG observed 0953 UTC 05 May 2004
Temperature: 9.4C (49F)
Dewpoint: 6.7C (44F) [RH = 83%]
Pressure (altimeter): 29.78 inches Hg (1008.5 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1008.8 mb]
Winds: from the SW (220 degrees) at 14 MPH (12 knots; 6.2 m/s)
Visibility: 10 or more miles (16+ km)
Ceiling: 7000 feet AGL
Clouds: broken clouds at 7000 feet AGL
broken clouds at 8000 feet AGL
broken clouds at 10000 feet AGL
Weather: -RA  (light rain)

May 4/04      Flying  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!

May 4/04      Ground school with Ike  - May 2/04

All done in 4 hours. Crappy weather outside so no hands on training today.

May 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 here.

April 30/04        Ground school May 2/04

I will be running ground school tomorrow from 8 to 12 anybody interested?

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