Paramotoring, PPG - news
from Jack's cottage - May 20, 2005
I said before my dad is visiting here in Canada so for this long
weekend we drove to my father in law's place on lake Huron. The
cottage, well more house then cottage, is right on the lake, a beautiful
area to spend few days, relax and .....fly.
Read more here.
Course May 26/05
I will be starting
course for someone on May 26 this Thursday. Anybody else
interested to start?
We have a new baby
in our family and things will be different....
Read more here
19/05 Update from Matt.
I will be there on September 2-4 and I am looking forward to
another good time at your annual Fly-In. I have flown at least once
a week all winter long and now that it is getting warmer I fly at
least 3 times a week and I am in the air for a minimum of 2 hours at
a time. This sport is a major stress reliever for me and I hope to
do this for the rest of my life!
P.S. I have just flown and documented my 100th
hour on my Simon RR in just under 18 months and it is still running
like it did from day one!
Thanks, Matt MacArthur
18/05 Update on training.
am spending this weekend with my dad who is visiting from the old
country. I will be available though for training on Monday afternoon
from 2 pm on if the weather permits. If you are interested to
go on with your flying call or email to reserve a space.
18/05 Fly in 2005 -
Sep 2 - 4, 2005
is that time of year again when we can start to look forward to the
annual fly in. This year's fly in is going to be a lot of fun, maybe
even better organized than last year and there will be prizes for
each task. Some of the tasks we aim to complete (weather permitting)
are listed below. Feel free to contact us with any ideas of your
own. There will be an opportunity to try out the trike, and if it
gets too windy to fly you can also try out the trike in its kite
buggy configuration. We will be having a barbeque midday for those
that want it. As ever, there will be plenty of drinks in the evening
at Dora's. Camping at is available for those of you that plan to
come from some distance, just make sure to eat and drink at Dora's.
It would be handy to get an idea of numbers in advance. Everyone is
welcome. If you plan to fly you must hold a Canadian Ultralight pilot's license. I can issue you with a student pilot permit if I am
satisfied that you meet certain criteria. Read more here.
8th May 2005 - Ellicottville
set off early for Ellicottville. We headed for a sculpture park, that
Andre and Chris knew of. This would make a great visual backdrop for
some filming. The launch site was a bit dodgy for take off due to
the wind direction. It was coming over a row of trees in the
distance, giving the possibility of some rotor. Take off was going
to be tricky and a little risky.....
Read more here.
14/05 First trike student
in the air - congrats Barney
See video by Mark
14/05 Answer to Ray's
question with respect to Chris's collapse.
Mistake # 1 - The collapse
happened at 4:30 pm which should be generally safe time to
fly even in May. One thing that escaped our attention was
that the whole morning was overcast so 4:30 pm was actually
about 11:30 am on thermal time.
Mistake # 2 - None of us
jumped in foot launch to test air - we just kept flying the trike.
Flying foot launch we would have noticed that air
is extremely turbulent and decided not to fly. You just do not
feel the bumps on trike as you would without it.
Mistake # 3 - Chris was flying
with very little or no brake pressure. He admitted he did not
"check" (brake) the glider surge just before the
Mistake # 4 - Chris was flying
low to the ground for most of his flight. If he was at higher
altitude he would not have hit the ground.
One thing that was good was
that Chris was flying DHV 1 glider Lift 28 by Sky Paragliders. You
can see that the recovery was instant. There is nothing one can do
to speed it up so flying a glider that is quick to recover without
any major surge, dive or steep turn is super important.
- Late afternoon or evening
may not be safe time to fly if it was overcast for the first part of
- Keep in mind that bumps
you feel on trike are actually huge bumps as you can not feel
them as well.
- Fly actively when
flying in turbulent air. See here: http://www.poweredparaglidingontario.ca/resources/thermal_flying.htm
- Stay high and fly
with rescue parachute!
13/05 Important changes to
course fees and structure.
I got an email
where someone is asking if the 80 % collapse Chris had on Saturday
was a first collpse we have seen with student?
No Chris is not
student. He is an experienced pilot.
...and yes this
is first time in 6 years we have seen such major collapse. It
happened at 4:30 pm, a generally safe time to fly in May, but
since all morning was overcast 4:30 pm was actually about 11:30
am on thermal time. Similar thing happened to me at 10:30 am on
Sunday flying in Ellicottville but I was about 500 ft up so
glider just recovered and I continued flying....
12/05 Update from Frank
and my reply.
You certainly got the idea.
You must keep improving on your own. Flying in turbulent air
is far more challenging and no amount of experience will eliminate
ALL risk. That is why I simply advise against it during the
course. If air is extremely rough you will eventually get whacked,
lets hope it will be very high and not on landing or take off. If
that was the case remember that you want to lift your knees up and
let the Walkerjet stand take the hit. See what happened to Chris
on news page. Taking free flight course is a good idea but I would
make sure to select proper company and site. Nothing in the east
part of Canada is good.
Hey Andre, how's the flying going on down there. I've been
flying at every opportunity whenever decent weather comes
along. I've been working a lot on improving my skills and I must
say that getting off the ground is much much easier than it was
when I first started. My forward and reverse launches has
improved considerably in the last twenty or so flights.
I've been flying mostly in light wind conditions and I have
the paramotor running before inflating the glider. Once you get
the feel and timing for power on inflations, your chance
of getting in the air the first try improves dramatically. I'm
now working on properly controlling the glider when entering,
flying in and exiting thermals. Yes, even though we all
like to fly in nice smooth air, it rarely happens. Even though
I'm a newbie as a PPG pilot I have been bounced around quite
often and you must be prepared to control the glider at all
times. I have the chance of reviewing some videos like Dixon
White's, "Flying in lifting air" and also some other articles
on flying and controlling your glider in thermals. A basic PPG
course gives you the basic understanding of controlling a
paraglider, but in most cases this is done in normally in very
calm conditions. I believe it's up to the individual pilot to
improve their knowledge and skills to be able to handle a
paraglider in less than perfect conditions. I now have a better
understanding and respect for the free flight paraglider
pilots and I am seriously considering taking a free flight
course this summer to improve my PPG piloting skills. Powering
to thermals would be the ultimate experience,
Frank. (Andre, I'll see you again sometime in the Fall)
9/05 Crazy days of summer – Saturday 7th
May 2005 Video by Mark.
- see the paraglider hand towing movie video
See me take off
in trike here.
Fly with us! Or
with trike - major collapse. Video from this paragliding
accident is here. Huge 80 % paraglider collapse very close to
ground. See the video here.
engineering - how to fix bent axle on trike. See PPG video here.
9/05 Crazy days of summer – Saturday 7th
May 2005 - story by Mark
The weather was
looking good after an overcast start to the day, a light breeze –
warm and sunny. Andre and I arrived at the field just before 2pm.
After testing the trike out during the week, Andre was confident
that this would be a great progression step for students; he was
keen to get our first triking student airborne. The trike allows you
to make many launches without getting tired. Barney would have the honor
of being the first PPO trike student through the school. He worked
on his inflation and kiting skills while Andre set up the trike.....Read
Mark got everything
on video so movies will follow soon.
May 7/05 Update from
stunt man Tom
F. - he really is a stunt man. No kidding!
I went for my first flight in a while
this morning at about 8:30 am. Conditions were great with a 5 km/h
My hands still got cold however. I did
a reverse inflation in front of my garage and was happy to be in
the air on my first attempt. I went for a 30 minute flight and did
some touch and goes in a big field for practice.
I then came around for a nice powered
landing in our yard. A successful first spring flight! I f you
guys want to come up and fly from here some time that would be
Anyways, talk to you soon, happy
See stunt man flying here.
May 6/05 200 km XC flight
on one tank of gas? No problem.
Today would be day to do it. Take off in 6 MPH wind, climb pass
2000 ft into the wind shear layer then travel downwind close to 70
MPH.... This would be kick ass! Too bad I do not have anyone today who would
pick me up 200 km down the road....
||KIAG 061120Z 061212
12005KT P6SM FEW090 SCT250 WS020/20030KT
||1200 to 1400 UTC 06 May 2005
||FROM: standard forecast or significant change
||from the ESE (120 degrees) at 6 MPH
(5 knots; 2.6 m/s)
||6 miles (10 km)
||few clouds at 9000 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 25000 feet AGL
||at 2000 feet ( 610 m) AGL, from
the SSW (200 degrees) at 35 MPH (30 knots; 15.6 m/s)
||no significant weather forecast for this period
May 6/05 Update.
May 6/05 Ground handling with
Brett and trike test.
So I have finally tested my new trike and let me tell you it is
awesome! After couple busted inflations and loss of pants (I have
added this extra bracket for additional foot support that ripped my
pants - and shortly after removed it again) I have perfected the take off
technique and flew the trike about 8 times. I have got to tell you it is kind
of nice when one does not have to get up with the machine... Definitely way to go for someone who does not have the
physical fitness to carry the paramotor. Especially with the superpowerfull
So trikes are now available and I guarantee perfect functioning
with every Walkerjet machine. The trikes are very light as they are
built from thin but very strong stainless steel tubing. The bracketing system is
made out of aluminum. Cost $ 750 Cad including seat for kite buggying. More info
on trikes here.
See the video
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