Paramotoring, PPG - news
Aug 30/05 I will only be available
on weekdays for next few weeks..
I am off this Thursday till Monday Sep 4 . Then I am available
Tues Sep 5 - to Thurs. The weekend Sep 9 - 11 is our fly in - I will
not be doing any training just flying my ass off with all of past
students and doing bunch Monkey Butlers at Dora's. Then I will be available Mon - to Friday
but the weekend of Sep 16 - 18 I am committed to Peaks. So for the
next few of weeks I will only be available for training on weekdays. Sorry for
Aug 30/05 Muffler safety - see
news Aug 20/05.
This is how I did it. Automotive clamp and old paraglider line...
Aug 30/05 Busy day at Sodom Rd.
field on Sunday
Dan flew trike. Greg worked on inflations. Bob flew 30 min and
1.5 till he ran out of gas. Mate flew his ass off. Great day. Just
have to figure out why is Dan's machine vibrating.
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Aug 27/05 Tandem flight with
This is a short clip from Andrea's first tandem flight. The
daring 18 year old saw the featured article in the Globe
and Mail and knew she had to try it. She turned up with her mum,
and was soon ready to go for her 30 minute flight.
See the video here.
Aug 26/05 I will not be working
Sep 2 to 5, 2005.
Aug 26/05 Firebird under power -
Thursday 25th August 2005 - write up by Mark
This week has been a blast. I have flown Tuesday, Wednesday and
today. I finally got to fly my Firebird Z-One under power today. The
first flight was on a Walkerjet Airwolf. It was slow to climb and a
little sluggish in powered turns. These are my first impressions
anyway. It seems somewhat different under power. Later I got to try
it on Andre's big machine; the twenty eight horsepower Walkerjet RR.
This baby will get anything shooting skyward. It is heavy,
especially when full filled with fuel, but it really does climb
With no chance of any thermal activity (the cloud cover was
pretty constant) I decide to make a series of landings and launches.
This is always a good idea if you want to hone your skills. There is
little to be learned from pootling about with your engine on. I
completed five touch and go's and three separate take off and
landings. I don't want to be rusty for Andre's fly in!
At the field
Bob and Bruce turned up, ready to get some flying in. They have
got their skills polished to the stage where they no longer need to
spend time ground handling and can reap the rewards of all their
efforts. Bob's launch a bit dodgy. He seemed to take forever to get
in the air. He was rapidly running out of room. In addition, he was
not running into wind. The tendency to run up the airstrip and not
into wind overwhelmed him and he did a cross wind take off barely
clearing the fence. Into wind would have meant coming nowhere near
the fence. Having said that I think we will be moving students a lot
further back in future. Bruce flew too and made an excellent take
off. Both pilots are now at the stage where they simply have to
accumulate ours and practice take off and landings.
Herb showed up for the third day in a row. He had flown prior to
my arrival and did not fly again today. He was very pleased to have
had three days flying in a row.
Since the weather was looking bad for Friday it was time for
everyone to say their farewells.
Frank and Joanne, who had been staying at the Sodom Road field
all week, would now be getting ready to go back to New Brunswick.
They will be making all the arrangements necessary to set up Frank's
new training school - Powered Paragliding New Brunswick.
Thanks for all the: Tea, Beer, Grapes, Peaches, Peanuts, Crisps
but most of all your HOSPITALITY
Aug 26/05 Mete with Walkerjet
and Sky Paraglider goes to 6040 ft.
See the video here.
Aug 26/05 New PPG radio helmets available
Aug 25/05 Another day of fun...
another write up by Mark.
Today, there were two students to train and three tandem trike
launches to organize. Bruce was back again to try for his first ever foot launch. Herb
also joined us and Bob was keen to get back in the air after a short
break. Roy made his first tandem flight after six years and we got two
lovely ladies in the air!
Read more here.
Aug 24/05 Ha ha
Write up by Mark
Now that I am only working mornings at my day job my afternoons
are free. This is very fortunate when you happen to have a generous
boss willing to let you use his equipment for. Throw in the pick up
and drop off and life gets pretty sweet!!
Andre e-mailed me the night before to see if I would like to go
for a flight. After considerable thought for all of two seconds I
e-mailed my reply. Of course!
We arrived at the field at around 1:30pm. Frank was already at
the field. He is training with Andre to become an instructor. Frank
has slightly more powered air-time than me now and has been flying
at every opportunity, since gaining his powered paragliding license
in March. I took the quick tour of the RV while Joanne, Frank's
wife, put the kettle on for a cup of tea. Andre went for a flight to
check out the conditions. It was pretty windy and he was making
little penetration for a while.
After a while Bob arrived at the field. Bob has been training on
and off with us for a while now. He has finally come to the
conclusion that the odd day here and there does not allow for the
progression that many days in succession do. He has now taken time
off work to get his training completed in one go.
This was Frank's chance to try his hand at training; something he
is familiar with from all his time in the military. Soon Frank had
Bob performing inflation after inflation and old skills were coming
back. Bruce also joined us for the next step in the training.
At this point I jumped in for a flight. The conditions were
thermic, which suits me since I am a free-flight pilot at heart.
Flying the RR gave me the opportunity to switch off the engine and
have a go at thermalling. Conditions were perfect and I was soon
thermalling , engine off for twenty minutes at a time, using the
power to head from cloud to cloud so that I did not drift off. If I
had wanted to do a free flight XC it would have been the perfect
I landed and saw that Dan had joined us. I worked with him for a
while and discovered that his technique was still very good. He had
been getting lots of practice in at home. He was keen to fly and
soon got the opportunity to do so.
Herb turned up too. He has a distinctive blue wing with a
chequered pattern at one end. He was keen to get in the air once it
had smoothed out a bit and made a great launch. Within a short
period of time the air was filled with the buzzing of several
paramotors. Frank and I went for a flight together by the river and
got some good video shots, before switching off at altitude to do
some wingovers and a pretty tame spiral in to landing. The sun was
getting low so we all packed up, cracked open the beers and got
stuck in to the peanuts. It was a pleasant way to spend an
Aug 21/05 No demo today - far
||KIAG 211853Z 21016G25KT 10SM
FEW040 SCT048 SCT070 28/16 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP106 TCU DSNT NE
T02830156 PNO $
||KIAG observed 1853 UTC 21 August 2005
||15.6°C (60°F) [RH = 46%]
||29.86 inches Hg (1011.3 mb)
[Sea-level pressure: 1010.6 mb]
||from the SSW (210 degrees) at 18 MPH
(16 knots; 8.3 m/s)
gusting to 29 MPH (25 knots; 13.0 m/s)
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||at least 12,000 feet AGL
||few clouds at 4000 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 4800 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 7000 feet AGL
Aug 21/05 Nice video of Sky
Drive Sky Paraglider steerable rescue parachute.
Aug 20/05 Safety notice - Tie back your
As I wrote couple of days back I had customer whose muffler
failed and prop was busted too. I recommend to use automotive clamp
around the "coke like" end of the muffler so if it brakes
off it will not cause further damage. This is 5 min job that may
save your prop one day.
Put clamp on 1 and tie to 2
Aug 19/05 Frank is here to become
I'm back, this time to get my instructor rating. My wife and I
have arrived early and are currently living in our motor home on
Sodom Field. In the past 6 months I've had plenty of opportunity to
fly and have currently logged in over 60 hrs flight, this is mainly
due to my retirement from the Canadian Forces and a lot of time to
fly. I'm looking forward to working with Andre and learning the
instructional techniques along with the business end of
starting a PPG School in New Brunswick. In the next couple of days,
I'll be assisting Andre with training students.
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