Paramotoring, PPG - news
May 4/05 Check this out....
Major aeroplane crash! See video here.
May 2/05 Dog goes Zero
G! I wonder if Sam (my dog) would be into it?
Check it out....here.
May 2/05 This page needs
New assistant instructor Renata....
May 2/05 Do you know what is the
difference between powered paragliding and golfing?
In golfing you hear "whack......shit!" and in powered
paragliding you hear "shit...... whack!"
May 2/05 Another short
PPG video in Mark's paragliding video gallery.
Mark is trying to take off but does not turn the master switch
on. Luckily Andre is close by and things work out....
Got the help these young guys here and there.... ;-) See
the PPG video here.
May 1/05 Mark added
another short PG video to his paragliding video gallery.
Mark, I thought one was supposed to use legs on
landings?!! See this paragliding movie here.
April 30/05 Great
paragliding video of Sky Paragliders.
Well, I have posted link to this paragliding video while back but
I just noticed that that link does not work and the site that it was
on no longer exist. I have searched on the web to see if it is
hosted somewhere else but no luck. I thought it would be shame if
such nice film was lost. So here is a copy that I have put on my
site. Check it out it is called "Children
of the wind" and it is awesome.
Other then that it is raining so no flying today...GRRRR.....
April 27/05 Too windy? Try
Read more here.
April 27/05 The
translation option works well.
Lot's of people from other continents....
April 27/05 What
a crappy weather - I will never test that trike!
21019G27KT 8SM -RA SCT045 OVC060 11/03 A2969 RMK AO2 PK WND
20027/1348 RAB35 SLP062 P0000 T01060033
||KIAG observed 1353 UTC 26 April 2005
||3.3°C (38°F) [RH = 61%]
||29.69 inches Hg (1005.5 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1006.2 mb]
||from the SSW (210 degrees) at 22 MPH
(19 knots; 9.9 m/s)
gusting to 31 MPH (27 knots; 14.0 m/s)
||8 miles (13 km)
||6000 feet AGL
||scattered clouds at 4500 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 6000 feet AGL
||-RA (light rain)
April 21/05 Paramotoring
PPG XC flight trip 2005
Well, it has been 6 years since I added paramotor
to paraglider. It has been a lot of fun and I have taken numerous
great flight trips....BUT......
it is time to kick it up a notch. I am planning long XC flight from
Ellicottville, NY to Finger Lake region that is also in New
York State. About 200 km. This will be all day trip with several
legs including flying over some scary non populated areas. Only
experienced pilots will be asked to participate as this will be
very demanding task. You have to be able to take off and land in
various weather conditions on consistent bases and you have to be
able to handle GPS, radio, cell phone and good map in mid air. This
trip will kick ass as this is taking PPG paramotoring to the next
level. I have done some planning as far as our route goes you can
check it out here.
April 20/05 Ike
bought trike ......... for his DK.
The system of attachment bracket was erased as I do
not want people to swipe my design.
April 20/05 Course with
Paul, Lowell, Brett and Anne - Day 5
No training - too windy.
20016G22KT 10SM CLR 26/08 A2994 RMK AO2 SLP139 T02610083
||KIAG observed 1853 UTC 19 April 2005
||8.3°C (47°F) [RH = 32%]
||29.94 inches Hg (1014.0 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1013.9 mb]
||from the SSW (200 degrees) at 18 MPH
(16 knots; 8.3 m/s)
gusting to 25 MPH (22 knots; 11.4 m/s)
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||at least 12,000 feet AGL
||sky clear below 12,000 feet AGL
||no significant weather observed at this time
April 20/05 Course with
Paul, Lowell, Brett and Anne - Day 4
......By 5:30 pm Lowell progressed to the point
where he had no longer problem inflating the wing (both reverse or
forward) and kiting it overhead without effort. Since that was the
case we proceeded to next step. Strapping the engine on and trying
to see if Lowell can handle the shoot with the added weight and awkwardness.
Well, he could. This is first time I have seen anyone to strap the
paramotor on their back and proceed with inflations like it was not
there. Lowell was ready to fly, we only needed practice running
under power. 10 min later this is done and we are ready for serious
flight attempt. The air is now absolutely smooth. We decide on
Walkerjet Airwolf, very light and very powerful machine for it's
weight (20 HP). We know that Lowell will be slightly underpowered
but that is better then going to the Simon RR right the way.....
Read more at the bottom of this
April 19/05 It
looks like Frank
knows what he is doing....
Hey Andre, I had a great flight this morning. The winds in the
area lately, have been unflyable(20 khms+) the 4 hour rule
strictly applies in this area. A study of the weather this
morning(0600hrs) had 12 knot winds at 3000'/7 knot winds at 1500'
and Surface winds were 4 Khms. The predicted surface winds
for late in the morning were 10-15 Khms. I waited until 0700 hrs
to see if the winds were still OK and they were. I knew that my
window of opportunity would not be long and if I was going to fly
, now was the time. I was at the field by 0730 and by 0745 I was
connected up sitting in the harness and warming up the paramotor.
The conditions were excellent, light NW minds at 5 Khms. I
completed a forward inflation and I was off for my eighteenth flight
lasting 45 mins.
By the time I had landed, the winds had started to pick up
and it was the end of the flying for this morning. The big
lesson that I have learned as a PPG pilot, is to understand and be
able to predict when the weather windows of opportunity come along
as well as becoming friends with the local Met weather stations
(Met stations gives you actual winds vs. predicted). Have a
good one, Frank.
April 18/05 Course with
Paul, Lowell, Brett and Anne - Day 2 - story by Mark
The day started a little later than originally planned since the
wind speed was higher than forecast. Andre and I arrived at the
field around 3pm. Conditions were still fairly strong, but nice and
steady, ideal for reverse launching. Paul and his wife were already
at the field. Paul had been practicing with his wing before we
Read more and watch videos at the bottom of this
April 18/05 "WJ
spare battery starter kit" for WJ Simon or Apache 2004, 2005
Have ever gone to your take off field, unpacked, set
up just to find out that you battery is weak and will not crank the
prop over at sufficient speed to get your machine going? I bet you
did and so did I many times. This happens often in winter if you
paramotor is stored in unheated garage or if it gets very cold as it
is transported to the field. One will then try to hand prop the
machine that is quite dangerous especially if you are by your self
or try to use jumper cables and car battery to produce wonderful
sparks and electrical arches as you fumble around trying to connect
the high Amp wires. Well, no more!
Read more...... here.
April 16/05 Course with
Paul, Lowell, Brett and Anne.
After ground school in the morning and a whole
afternoon of kiting Paul succeeds in getting airborn on his first
day of training. Very nicely done Paul. Congratulations!
See video of Paul's first flight on Mark's
page. See pictures
and story here.
14/05 Why there is
GOOGLE ads on my website?
I have worked very very hard and spent
countless days to create comprehensive web site that helps PPG
or want to be PPG pilots with general info, technical issues, paramotoring
ideas and so on...
I have written lots of stories from my PPG flights and from
paramotoring courses, put together lots of helpful pilot resources and
technical improvements; the list just goes on... I do get a lot of
visitors who come in to check what is new, get
entertained or just stumble over but 99 % of these people are from
outside of Canada. The likelihood of them supporting Powered
Paragliding Ontario by buying something or
signing up for course is virtually zero. Thus the ads...
13/05 Had a quick
flight this morning....
Flew from field 5 min from my house.
Too windy for trike.Only 35 min in the air as it was
quite windy. Tested bunch of things that are secret at this point.
All worked well - you have something really huge to look forward to...
12/05 You can always count
on my advice...
-----Original Message----- From: Gary [mailto:gandpchatters....]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 8:23 PM To: Andre Zeman Subject: GPS
We’re getting your snow now, but I got about 10 flights in so
far this year with total time of about 32 hours. The WJ machine is
working wonderfully. I was wondering what you use for an altimeter
and have you had any trouble with it or what you might recommend? I
plan to go into controlled airspace this year and require a GPS to
relay my position and altitude. There are allot on the market and I’m
really not sure what would be the biggest bang for the buck. I
thought you might have some ideas.
I have Etrex Summit but it is 4 yrs old and there is better
stuff out there for less money. I did not look into it lately as I
have no need for new one. Any GPS will give you position, altitude
but having maps would be beneficial.
Also, do you have any tips for entering/exiting thermals? The
reason I ask is because spring time is ripe for these and on my
flight on Sunday, I lifted off at 09:30. Instead of checking the
ADDS on the computer, I simply checked the weather station on TV the
night before for what the winds were supposed to be and they said no
more than 5 km/h.
Mistake. Always check just before you drive out to fly.
Anyway I got back to my field at 11:00 and I know the wind was
more than 5 km/h and the thermals were very strong. I came in on the
upwind leg to my windsock at approximately 60-70ft just to check out
the sock. I planned to overshoot the sock and in my turn downwind to
begin my circuit back into the wind and land, I hit a very strong
thermal with a strong gust of wind at the same time. It then caused
an Asymmetrical Collapse on the right side. I pumped the shoot on
instinct and re-inflated at approximately 20ft or so off the ground.
I walked out the landing, turned and dropped the shoot. After I
cleaned out my shorts, I read up on Asymmetrical collapses as well
as upon returning home rechecked the weather and realized that the
winds were forecasted much stronger than the night before. At
20kms/hr gusting 30 in late afternoon vice 5km/h. My entire flight
was relatively calm (few thermals) until I returned to my field and
the weather conditions really changed fast. I just wanted to share
my experience with you and get your thoughts.
This time of the year thermals are very strong. Early in the
day say around 11 the turbulent air is close to the ground but it is
still calm 1500 ft up. By 2 pm it is turbulent in all altitudes. You
should stick with the 4 hour rule if you want to be super safe. Fly
up to 4 hours after sunrise and 4 hours before sunset. Also if it is
thermally and turbulent minimize time close to the ground.
General rules as far as flying in rough air:
- When flying in rough air keep brakes on 3 inches on both
- When you enter thermal the angle of attack increases so
- When you exit thermal the angle of attack decreases so
- If glider collapses do not over-correct - for example do
not pump the inflated side. You can stall it and enter negative
spin. Either go hands up or GENTLY brake on the still inflated
side to prevent turning and pump on the collapsed side to re-inflate.
- Stay high
Just remember that if conditions are very rough there is
nothing that will eliminate the danger of collapse. So use the 4
Glad you managed this one. Keep me posted
I can analyze my mistakes and see how they can multiply, but it
is good to have another perspective on these things. Talk to you
12/05 Video from Sat
kiting experiment. Video by Mark. See here.
Sodom Rd from 15 000 ft.....
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