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April 10/05        Weekend news from Sodom Rd.

Saturday started with Ian.

Couple of hours of ground school then off to the field. The plan was to test Mark's new remote camera that we have been fiddling with for couple of days. Last test before we were going to mount it on the canopy revealed that the camera is very directional sensitive and will not work in our application. Damn. I have also brought the trike to test it but it was quite gusty and windy so no trike test. I then took Ian's machine for quick flight.. The air was quite turbulent so I decided to take my kite out and untangle the lines from my last winter outing. See news Jan 24/05 We played with the kite for a while and then I though we can try to hook up paraglider to kite lines and see weather we can inflate it and fly it. We had to tie (shorten) the speed system as there is only 4 kite lines but to control paraglider you need 6 lines. 2 riser lines, 2 brake lines and 2 lines to shorten A lines on inflation. It took us couple minutes to set it up. Mark had the camera rolling and I gave it a try. Well it worked. I got the glider up although it required some serious struggle but once overhead it was quite easy to control. I even got my first jump in -  about 10 ft in the air for about 3 sec. It was neat to see the glider hovering good 80 ft up but other then that it was too slow to dive it and move it around. There is reason why kites are used for kiting and paragliders for paragliding. It was fun to try it none of the less. I think Mark got it on video so we will see. After that Mark went for quick flight 

         

and reported that air is not as bouncy anymore. We were tempted to go for long XC flight but I needed to be back at Peaks for 3 pm so there was not enough time. I spent whole Sunday in the bed. I am still fighting this stupid cold and cough. I am going to see my doctor on Monday to get some antibiotics. It has been over 3 weeks and I can not shake it off.  Andre

April 7/05        May course date change!

Please note that the May course start date has been changed from May 7  to May 14, 2005. Sorry for the inconvenience. See course dates here.

April 6/05      If you fly you must have heard about wing tip vortex....

 

They can last as long as long as 5 min so watch out if you planning to land behind large aircraft.

April 5/05     Had a great session with the acro plane at Sodom Rd. the other day...

April 4/05        Info on speed bar. 

  Read here.

April 4/05        New video by Mark. 

Mark has put together another video from the 2004 season with some high quality footage from our fly in at Sodom Rd. Check it out here. Also you should go to Mark's site and check out all the other videos that are there. It is "time kill central" :-)

April 2/05        June course date change!

Please note that the June course date has been changed from June 4 to June 11, 2005. Sorry for the inconvenience.

April 2/05        Weather is crap. 

Ever since Frank left weather is crap. Windy on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and today we have 4 inches of snow..... GRRRRR. I will never test that trike.

Conditions at: KIAG observed 1253 UTC 02 April 2005
Temperature: 1.1C (34F)
Dewpoint: 0.6C (33F) [RH = 96%]
Pressure (altimeter): 29.67 inches Hg (1004.8 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1005.6 mb]
Winds: from the NNE (30 degrees) at 22 MPH (19 knots; 9.9 m/s)
gusting to 31 MPH (27 knots; 14.0 m/s)
Visibility: 0.75 miles (1.21 km)
Ceiling: 600 feet AGL
Clouds: broken clouds at 600 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 1100 feet AGL
Weather: -SN BR  (light snow, mist)

March 31/05        Check this out - Red Bull X-ALPS. 

http://www.redbullxalps.com   This will be very interesting to follow.

March 29/05       Course with Frank - Day 6

Forecast for Wednesday and Thursday was not very favorable. It looked like there will only be short opportunity to hop in for few quick flights on Wed morning. We got together at 9:30 am at the field. There was hardly any wind but by the time we unpacked the glider the wind was gusting to 10 knots. More importantly the wind was coming from east which always signifies major change in weather patterns and conditions are usually very very turbulent.. With even stronger winds in forecast I did not want to let Frank take off without me checking the air. I jumped in and sure enough the air was extremely rough. I would say 8 out of 10. I landed and we packed up as we knew that this will only get worse.

METAR text: KIAG 301453Z 09010KT 10SM BKN140 OVC200 09/04 A3006 RMK AO2 SLP186 8/017 T00940044 58001
Conditions at: KIAG observed 1453 UTC 30 March 2005
Temperature: 9.4C (49F)
Dewpoint: 4.4C (40F) [RH = 71%]
Pressure (altimeter): 30.06 inches Hg (1018.0 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1018.6 mb]
Winds: from the E (90 degrees) at 12 MPH (10 knots; 5.2 m/s)
Visibility: 10 or more miles (16+ km)
Ceiling: 14000 feet AGL
Clouds: broken clouds at 14000 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 20000 feet AGL
Weather: no significant weather observed at this time

We were off to Peaks to complete the rest of the ground school where I showed Frank bunch of nasty (mostly PG) videos to spook him out and make him realize that shit can happen if one makes poor decisions. 

See what scary PG  videos will do to a person....

We would pause and analyze each particular situation and concluded that 99 % of time the problems were created by pilots poor choice. We also covered XC strategies and mechanical and thermal turbulence. With enough time in log book and sufficient amount of take off and landings I have signed Frank off. Congratulation PILOT Frank on successful completion of PPG paramotoring course here at PPO. 

Next course starts on April 16 at 8 am. Do not hesitate and sign up. You can be flying as well.

March 29/05       Course with Frank - Day 5

After rest day we were anxious to put couple more of short flights into Frank's log book. The morning was overcast but all forecasts were showing gradual clearing by 1 pm. The plan was to meet at noon. Do 3 - 4 shorter flights and then set off for XC flight over the Niagara Falls. When I arrived at the field, Frank was already there. I took my chance on the soaked clay road and drove my car with my funky trailer to the entrance so we did not have walk back and forth and carry all the stuff in. Especially when we needed all the equipment and all the gadgets for the XC. Frank was all happy telling me how he did 3 - 4 no wind inflations and walked with glider all the way from there (pointing far into the field) to here. Little did he know. I looked around, and all I could think of was light and variable....

  Read more here.

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