Paramotoring, PPG - news
March 28/05 Course with Frank
- Day 4
No training today - too windy
Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
Output produced by TAFs form (1727 UTC 28 March
found at http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov/tafs/index.php
||KIAG 281653Z 02013KT
10SM BKN022 BKN130 OVC200 09/04 A2965 RMK AO2 SLP047 T00940044
||KIAG observed 1653 UTC 28 March 2005
||4.4°C (40°F) [RH = 71%]
||29.65 inches Hg (1004.1 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1004.7 mb]
||from the NNE (20 degrees) at 15 MPH
(13 knots; 6.8 m/s)
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||2200 feet AGL
||broken clouds at 2200 feet AGL
broken clouds at 13000 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 20000 feet AGL
||no significant weather observed at this time
March 28/05 Fun email from my
From: borasca0107 [mailto:borasca0107.....
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 12:11 AM
Subject: greetings from Toronto
This weekend I have accidentally found your PP website.I must say,
I'm impressed!! First of all with these powered paraglides - had
no idea about them! - then the beautiful movies and pictures
and most of all the sense of humor generally spread around:)
I must say - if I found this page a week ago, I would already be
begging you to let me enroll into your classes over this
easter weekend. Now I have to wait until I save some
money 'cause last Thursday I spent some huge mula on my
trip to South America next month and I really feel sorry I did
that - after I went through your pages! GRRR
Looking at your pages and movies I started to think
that this little thingy with an engine could be a nice addition on
my back pushing me forward while hiking on Inca trail:)
I always dreamt of paragliding but I'm too fat for that - so my
goal over a few years now (GRRRR - still unsuccessful) was to
loose weight first and then start looking around for a
perfect place/instructor to start that flying... unfortunately, I
would've had to start living on carrot fields of Saskatchewan
first, away from any food source other than carrots - far away
from all the crappy junk - for at least five years to start
loosing even an ounce - I'm too addicted to ice cream grrr... so I
kind of gave up on my dream... but now browsing through your page
I couldn't believe that after all it's probably possible for me to
try!! After all, I'm a bit less than 5000 Ib. :)
I'll be back from my trip at the beginning of June - probably
completely broke:) so I guess I would be able to finally register
in the fall season (I can't believe I'll have to wait that
long!!!) if there will be any spaces available....
My main question, however, is - how do I get to the training
place without the car? I live in Toronto and do not plan on buying
a car - and won't always be able to ask my friends for a ride. Are
the Greyhound buses stopping anywhere nearby? I'm curious -
how many kilometres approximately is it from Toronto? Do you have
your classes during long weekends? - I won't be able to get
days off from my work:( etc. etc.
I have maaaaaaaaaaaany more questions but I'll save them for
Once again - thanks for that great webpage and most of all for
these GREAT MOVIES!!
Thank God you're not far away from Toronto! I'm pretty sure that
I'll give you a huge 'instructoral' headache this summer or fall
at the most:)
Hope to hear from you!
* * * *
* * * * *
* * * * *
* * * *
God, if you
can't make me thin,
make my friends fat
Video from course with Frank
- Day 3
See Frank landing supersuperfast and me stomping
around in rubber boots....here.
March 27/05 Traffic
No this is picture from the world paragliding
championship in Governador Valadares, Brazil where Czech team came
March 27/05 Course with Frank
- Day 3
1st nation: Switzerland
2nd nation: Germany
3rd nation: Czech Republic
Woke up this morning thinking that I will go to Peaks to get my
RR and maybe the trike. I have used Frank's equipment. The 14 hp
Walkerjet Spider electric and his small glider can get me off the
ground but RR is RR. Of course only for those who can handle the
weight. It would be total over kill if Frank was trying to fly the
RR. Anyway as the morning went along I started to fell like crap
again. I am still not over my flu, cough or what ever it is. Running
around the field with no hats and flying does not help the recovery.
So I though screw it. Read more here.
March 26/05 Course with
Frank - Day 2
March 25/05 Course with
Frank - Day 1
Since Frank was the only person booked we decided to start day
earlier as Frank arrived for this course all the way from NB on
Wed. I have been bit sick since Monday, it was long day today so I am too tired to write my report now.
I will do it later, I promise. Here
is report from Frank. Andre
Day one - Ground school started at
0800 hrs. We covered the theory of flight in relation to powered
paragliding. The basic theory was complete by noon in which
we packed up our kit, and departed to Sodom field for hands
on training. On arrival at the field, we unpacked my glider and in
no time I was practicing kiting. The wind speed was steady,
however not fast enough for reverse inflations. So we carried on
with forward inflations, I have to say that it sure harder than it
looks. The main goal for day one, was to inflate the glider
without looking up at it and just get the feel of what the
glider is doing and to keep it under control. We spent
several hours practicing this technique in which I was slowly
getting used to it. That didn't mean that I had it down but, Andre
felt that I had enough technique to carry on with the next step.
We went back to that trailer and pulled out my paramotor in which
we practiced running under thrust from the paramotor. Next,
we connected the paramotor to the glider and practiced forward
inflations. We had attempted several inflations, however to no
avail. I took a short 10 min break while Andre did a demo flight.
He made it look effortless. When he had completed his demo flight,
we wasted no time and we were back to practicing forward
inflations. Finally after several attempts I had a successful
inflation and the next thing I knew I was in the air. My first
flight lasted around 15 mins, unfortunately due to cold hands I
had to land. On final approach everything was going great until
about 50 Ft off the ground I started to oscillate. I
attempted to correct it, but unfortunately I blew the landing.
That's OK, if the equipment and pilot can walk away with no
repairs required, it's a good landing. We called it quits for the
day. I'm looking forward to day two, Frank.
Training with trike as progression step to foot launch.
I am planning to change the concept of the PPG
courses I offer. What I would like to do is to start with
trike training with should be much easier then learning how to foot
launch. I truly believe that it will be possible to complete
ground school in the morning, have lunch, then go to the field
practice forward inflations and go for flight the same day. Trike
should eliminate all the physical work as there is no need to carry
the paramotor on your back. This will give chance to women, disabled
people, and all those who simply can not handle the weight. With
less physical work one should be able to complete several flights
each day as they will be less physically taxing. Trike should also eliminate
the occasional stumble on take off and landing as with trike one
does not have to run to take off and student can easily practice
landings with touch and go's and land powered. Once the trike
technique is mastered student can proceed to foot launch. I will use
Frank (he is booked for March 26 course) as "Guinea pig"
:-) to see how the trike option will work in reality. I will keep
you posted on progress.
March 19/05 Trike
option available for those with Simon RR.
I have longer axle made that fits to the trike
so now it is possible to use it with Simon RR.
March 18/05 PPG course starting
April 16/05 is on.
I have one person registered for the April 16/05
course. See here.
Want to fly like a bird? Just call, register and you can be fully
licensed pilot by
April 22/05. Spaces are available.
PPG course starting March 26/05 is on.
How would you like to fly by the end of March? With
one person registered the course starting March 26/05 is on. See here.
Do not hesitate and book your spot. You can be fully licensed PPG
pilot by April 1.
I am planning to implement a trike option this
season which I believe will decrease the time one needs to get in
the air. With trike there is no need for physical fitness. Those with
bad knees or otherwise physically challenged now have an option to
is also ideal for women. Get your wife, daughter or girlfriend
March 10/05 Winter sale
ends March 10/05
Last chance to save some money on equipment before
Video from Ray's second flight.
High speed internet is necessary.
Feb 20/05 Check this
Might want to post this to your news page "Close Up" -
an PG documentary
Tuesday February 22, 2005; 9:00 am - 10:00 am This event does not
repeat. The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 1
minute. Event Location: National Geographic Channel - cable Notes: The
story of New Zealand paraglider pilot Bryan Moore and
friends trying to cross over the New Zealand Alps. Showing Feb 22 and
March 22 at 0900 on the National geographic Channel "
Jerry takes to the skies... paramotoring!
Way to go Jerry! Jerry flies WJ Spider el and Sky Paraglider Lift
Feb 10/05 First on
When searched for generic term "powered
paragliding" otherwise known as paramotoring or PPG.
Many companies would pay thousands of $$$ to be listed as first
on www.google.com ....well..... I did
not! Good content, many links to my site from people who enjoy
coming back and few other tricks did it for me with 0 (that is zero,
zilch, nada, nicego, nic, nothing) money spent.
Wouldn't it be nice if you sell say DVD's and your site always came up
first on most search engines when searched for "DVD's for
sale" or "buy DVD". How would that increase your
sales? If you run a small or big company and want to know how
I did it, email and I will tell you... ______________________________________________________________________
Older news 48
43 42 41
23 22 21