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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 some pics...

   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 kite buggying...... 

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!

METAR text: KIAG 261353Z 21019G27KT 8SM -RA SCT045 OVC060 11/03 A2969 RMK AO2 PK WND 20027/1348 RAB35 SLP062 P0000 T01060033
Conditions at: KIAG observed 1353 UTC 26 April 2005
Temperature: 10.6C (51F)
Dewpoint: 3.3C (38F) [RH = 61%]
Pressure (altimeter): 29.69 inches Hg (1005.5 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1006.2 mb]
Winds: from the SSW (210 degrees) at 22 MPH (19 knots; 9.9 m/s)
gusting to 31 MPH (27 knots; 14.0 m/s)
Visibility: 8 miles (13 km)
Ceiling: 6000 feet AGL
Clouds: scattered clouds at 4500 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 6000 feet AGL
Weather: -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.

METAR text: KIAG 191853Z 20016G22KT 10SM CLR 26/08 A2994 RMK AO2 SLP139 T02610083
Conditions at: KIAG observed 1853 UTC 19 April 2005
Temperature: 26.1C (79F)
Dewpoint: 8.3C (47F) [RH = 32%]
Pressure (altimeter): 29.94 inches Hg (1014.0 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1013.9 mb]
Winds: from the SSW (200 degrees) at 18 MPH (16 knots; 8.3 m/s)
gusting to 25 MPH (22 knots; 11.4 m/s)
Visibility: 10 or more miles (16+ km)
Ceiling: at least 12,000 feet AGL
Clouds: sky clear below 12,000 feet AGL
Weather: 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 page.

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. 

  Fredericton, NB

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 arrived..... 

    Read more and watch videos at the bottom of this page.

April 18/05     "WJ spare battery starter kit" for WJ Simon or Apache 2004, 2005 models.

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.

April 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...

Summary by Month
Month Daily Avg Monthly Totals
Hits Files Pages Visits Sites KBytes Visits Pages Files Hits
Apr 2005 6846 4406 2427 281 4127 6121204 2532 21845 39655 61620
Mar 2005 7531 4658 2659 305 11702 25033932 9456 82450 144413 233478
Feb 2005 7169 4189 2917 299 10826 18959751 8374 81676 117316 200759
Jan 2005 5246 3254 2025 239 5381 9377047 7439 62787 100900 162632
Dec 2004 4212 2651 1514 217 4321 6765062 6736 46949 82193 130601
Nov 2004 4880 2580 2195 188 3661 5850193 5649 65874 77413 146414
Oct 2004 5623 2912 2449 205 3907 8122630 6380 75932 90296 174322
Sep 2004 6222 2928 3071 192 3752 4958280 5761 92151 87849 186687
Aug 2004 5827 2700 2969 192 3560 5735933 5975 92054 83730 180641
Jul 2004 4808 2242 2407 172 2700 3338014 4318 60195 56053 120224
Jun 2004 5637 2766 2770 200 4305 7165972 6015 83107 82992 169126
May 2004 6773 3059 3637 179 5072 5757126 5559 112747 94852 209993
Totals 107185144 74194 877767 1057662 1976497

April 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...

April 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

Hello Andre,

Were 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 Im really not sure what would be the biggest bang for the buck. I thought you might have some ideas.

Gary,

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:

  1. When flying in rough air keep brakes on 3 inches on both sides.
  2. When you enter thermal the angle of attack increases so release brakes.
  3. When you exit thermal the angle of attack decreases so apply brakes.
  4. 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.
  5. Stay high

Just remember that if conditions are very rough there is nothing that will eliminate the danger of collapse. So use the 4 hour rule.

Glad you managed this one. Keep me posted

Andre

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 later.

Gary

April 12/05        Video from Sat kiting experiment.   Video by Mark.   See here.

April 10/05        Sodom Rd from 15 000 ft..... 

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