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Sep 14/04 I had a
great 2 flights on Monday and Tuesday.
Total of 3.5 hours added to my log book.
Sep 13/04 Lift by Sky
Paragliders kick ass.
See video here.
Sep 11/04 Training with
Ray, Csaba, Roy and Imad.
We flew from Bieda's Motor Sports at the weekend since the
regular field was hosting a big event. This is a playground for big
kids to play with big toys; skidoos, quads, dirt bikes, jet-skis and
just about anything that has an engine. We arrived a little after
midday. Imad (who loves big toys), Csaba, and Ray were all eager to
fly. Imad was to make his first successful flight today in near
perfect conditions.....Read more here.
My commentary will follow shortly.
Sep 13/04 Jerry on the Cloud 9...
Awsome Flight saturday morn,The field was clear and calm.Just got
off the ground and flew around the feild a couple of times,just then
a thick fog blew in I climed to 1000 feet.It was increadable nice
smooth air and an increadable view.I looked north and could see
clear sky,so iheaded north,I flew around for 90 minutes thinking the
fog would clear.No such luck,so I picked a nice field to land just
so hapens I new the property owners and they were quite happpy to
give me a lift back to my truck. Just thought you would injoy these
pics off to germany tomorow,hope to check out the paragliding store
in munick See ya jer.
Hot, tired and stupid! Sep 5/05 - report by Mark.
Sunday was just as hot as Saturday but with a gentle breeze it
was much easier to inflate the gliders. Jamie arrived after a 4 hour
slog from Toronto in heavy traffic. Less running around meant that
he was able to attempt a launch on only his second day. The first
attempt was "good to go", but Jamie was a little hesitant
on the throttle. I don't think he really wanted to take off! Now
that he had a feel for it he was a lot more determined and the take
off was nice and clean. With full power on he was soon up and away
climbing nice and high. After a few minutes admiring the view and
getting used to this new sensation Jamie was setting up his approach
to land. Everything was just great except Jamie forgot that he
needed to get out of the seat. This new style of seated running was
very funny to watch but not too effective! With a nice headwind,
however, there was no harm done and it was still a pretty good
landing. With new found confidence Jamie was ready to try again. The conditions were just perfect and he made his
launch attempt. The glider came up a little faster on one side and
unchecked continued to swing around to the left. With the engine
still running and the throttle still pressed the glider swung around
further. With too much going on at once Jamie didn't cut the engine
in time and he stumbled and nicked his first prop and the cage
putting the machine out of action for the rest of the day. Meanwhile
Mark (Butcher) had been acquainting himself with his glider. Several
inflations later and a bit tired he was getting a bit frustrated.
After some colorful language and a rest he was ready to try again.
There were several good inflations by the end of the afternoon, but
the heat and humidity were zapping everyone's energy. Dennis arrived
with his machine , but was unable to fly due to a previous injury.
Dennis has a tendency to sit down on take off. I think that this
will soon be rectified after he watches his slow motion action
replay on video. I'm sure he will soon be a master of the launch
technique . I look forward to seeing it! Shawn was also hard at work
on Sunday. He was determined to build on the success of the previous
day. His forward launches were looking really slick now and he had
two nice long flights in calm conditions. Shawn was still at the
field when everyone else had gone. Andre suggested that he get the
spare machine running (to replace the one Jamie damaged) and we all
fly over the falls. A great plan! I had been looking forward to this
since my first flight. I was finally going to fly over the falls!!!
Well we were all getting ready. Shawn went for a launch. I didn't
see it all but what I did see out of the corner of my eye was Shawn
doing a somersault with his engine running. Then I heard the now
familiar thwack of a prop busting (2 days old!). I turned off my
machine and went to see if he was alright. He was fine but PISSED
OFF!!! The cage had been severaly dented too. There was no chance
of fixing this today and Shawn was grounded. Having seen that he was
alright we went back to our machines to continue setting up. Andre
was soon airborne after a couple of unusually sloppy attempts (we
were all getting tired). I couldn't start the spare machine. I
didn't know that it was set up differently. Shawn came over to help.
He got it running. Great, I am ready to go. The engine cut out. Then
the starter cord snapped! No flying for me then. Andre came in to
land and we all packed up, disappointed not to have made a nice
evening flight over the falls. Ok so I have covered HOT and TIRED,
here comes the STUPID bit..... As I am packing all the stuff back
into the trailer I put the keys on top of the trailer. You guessed
it, I got distracted and forgot I had not locked the trailer (only
shut it tightly and replaced the lock). Half way home it suddenly
occurs to me that I think I left Andre's keys on the roof of the
trailer. Well you can bet they are not there now! We pull over and
check....no surprises. I can tell Andre is really pissed off, but he
doesn't make a fuss. All his climbing gym keys and house keys are
on that key ring. We go back to the field and look to see if they
dropped off anywhere on the dirt track. Shawn and Andre check the
ramp to the QEW and I get eaten alive by mosquitoes. NO KEYS!
Two busted props, two busted cages, a broken starter cord and no
Sep 5/04 Czech pilots
Czech PG team won task 10 at the latest world championship
event in Turkey. Czech female pilot Petra Krausova came first in over
all results. Congrats. See results here.
Tak hosi to vam k tomu vitezstvi hezky blahopreju.
5/04 Important info re Sodom Rd training
On Sep 10, 11,12 there will be an aeroplane fly in.
I was asked to make sure that there is no PPG that (next) weekend.
Any PPO training will be done at Bieda's field.
Sep 5/04 HOT HOT HOT!!! - Sep 4/04
Wow what a scorcher! The sun was beating down on the Sodom Road
field as some old faces and some new turned up to hone their skills.
There was Jamie, who was on day one training after a morning of
theory with Andre at the climbing gym. Russian Dennis and friend,
American Dennis, Mark, Jeff, Imad (in his shiny new red love
machine), Sean (Shawn?), Andre and myself. By two o'clock everyone
was overheating except for Shawn who was attempting inflation after
in inflation in light variable winds. The wind never really seemed
to decide which way it was coming from until the evening when it
seemed more reliable. American Dennis performed his second ever
launch after prematurely retracting his landing gear before putting
it back down and running like a man possessed! Eventually he rose
into the air. Next time Dennis we want to see those legs moving
until you are at least 10 feet in the air! Shawn finally nailed his
forward inflation and made a near perfect launch in stunning calm
evening conditions. Russian Dennis got signed off and Imad finally
got to try an inflation with the power unit on his back. All in all
a successful if not exhausting day. By the end of it we were all
smellier, wearier but happier. Tomorrow should be even better. Mark.
Pictures and my commentary here.
Sep 5/04 Aviation the
It sure is pretty darn cool when you retract your
gear right after take-off. But it definitely looks stupid when you
touch that lever too early ....see video here.
Sep 4/04 Life just gets better
I finish my day job at 4pm, go home and grab a bite to eat. At
5pm Andre calls to say he's meeting up with Chris to go for an
evening flight and do I want to come along! Hmmmm ok then! Since I
have nothing better to do! We leave about 5:40pm are at the field by
a little after 6pm. The wind is light and conditions are nice and
smooth if a little hazy. We are all in the air by 6:30pm heading out
low towards Lake Erie. Chris is not paying attention and his radio
isn't working. After heading off on his own for a bit he loses sight
of us and we continue without him. We later learn that he went to
the falls. Andre and I continue buzzing along nice and low over open
farm land and golf courses. Wherever we fly people wave and look up.
I'm sure we wouldn't get the same reception in any other aircraft.
We keep going until we are eventually at the lake sure. By this time
Andre has made a bit of headway since his glider is a little faster
than mine. The beach is a great spot to fly by. People are coming
out onto their patios and everyone is waving. It is like being a
superstar. We fly along the beach a bit more until it is starting to
get dark. The sky is getting really hazy, the visibility
dropping rapidly I decide to head back down wind to the landing
field. The outward journey took about 45 mins but the return trip is
much faster. I climb to around 3000ft and get a bearing on where I
am before setting the cruise control and sitting back to enjoy the
view. I am soon back on the ground packing up in the failing light,
being eaten alive by swarms of mosquitoes. Soon to follow are Chris
and Andre. Andre descends from 7000 ft telling us he had clocked
90km/hr on the GPS. He was in high level winds and was concerned
that he might get blown into the States. He spiral dived to descend
quickly into the lower level calm air mass. Chris told us he had
lost sight of us early on and decided to fly in the opposite
direction to Niagara Falls. We all packed up and went to Dora's for
a quick beverage and a bite to eat. Same again tomorrow? I hope
Sep 3/04 Another
idiot with helicopter bites the big one...
See the video here.
Sep 2/04 Thanks for the compliments
Great web site Andre! I only recently started flying PPCs and
love it. My instructor, Wayne Mitchler of Sky-Biker Aviation is also
a PPG instructor (along with his wife Susan) and I've watched him
teach other students in their PPG training. I must say, the more I
watch, the more I want to learn to fly PPGs too.
I really enjoyed reading your stories and looking at the pics.
Very entertaining and interesting. I've not gone over it all yet but
I'm reading it all little by little (when I get a chance here at
work). I'm a control room operator at an oil refinery so I have time
to browse your site.
I really look forward to checking back and reading the events and
stories of this passing summer. I'm sure they'll be awesome and I
look forward to reading them.
My brother just moved to your area so if I ever get a chance to
visit him, I'd like to stop in and say hi. All the best and please
keep up the good stories/pics.
Sep 2/04 Training with Cabo and
Shawn - Sep 1/04
More pictures here.
Great morning flight with Mark - Aug 31/04
Life is pretty good in Canada! I went for a two hour flight with
Andre this morning. We flew from a small lumpy field in St
Catharines. We both forward launched in a light breeze and were soon
heading for Lake Ontario shoreline. From there we followed the
highway for about half an hour making fairly slow progress into
wind. We turned back inland and headed towards a nice little tree
covered ridge to attempt some soaring. Birds were managing fine on
the updrafts but we would soon have been on the deck without the
engines. After a while I thought it time I started to head back
since by fuel levels were extremely low. I set off downwind climbing
as high as possible so that if I did run out I would have ample time
and distance to consider my landing options. Well, sure enough I ran
out! No problem I just called Andre on the radio and told him where
I would land (he was just below me). We made our arrangements and I
landed in a small vineyard just about a mile short! t of the launch
site. Within 15 mins of landing I had been retrieved by Andre and we
were off to get some coffee and bagels at the nearest drive through.
A great morning! Now I had to go to work!...
CHEERS Andre - Awesome flight! Mark
Aug 30/04 This
Maximum take-off weight was definitely exceeded .......
see video here.
Aug 30/04 Even
gorillas fly Walkerjet - report from Fly in - Sunday
had a great sleep. Mark was not squirming in the tent and Sam was relaxed.
Just one peaceful sleep till wrrrrrrrrrrwwrrwrrrrwwww.... Who is that
in the air? Damn! That is the end of my rest. I poke my head from
the tent flap and see red paraglider. That must be Matt or Duke....
Read more here.
Aug 27/04 Big
aircrafts brake prop too...
This is what happens when idiot buys helicopter....
see video here.
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