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
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...
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" :-)
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.
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.
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.
from the E (90 degrees) at 12 MPH (10 knots;
10 or more miles (16+ km)
14000 feet AGL
broken clouds at 14000 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 20000 feet AGL
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....