Paramotoring, PPG - news
Demo and nice flight on Wednesday.
On Wednesday myself
and Mark went to Staff field to meet a possible customer Doron, who
wanted to see PPG in reality. We got together at the Staff field at
5 pm. Managed several short flights in high winds and bunch touch
and goes to demonstrate how PPG flies, answered questions etc. By 6
pm Doron, left and wind came down a bit. We decided to go for Cross
Country flight. Mark flew the Walkerjet XC with F130 engine and his
Firebird, DHV 1 medium size glider. I flew Walkerjet RR with F200
and Fides 2 Size XS by Sky Paragliders. This incredibly fast combo.
Very maneuverable and very agile. After take off we headed into the
wind which was SW. I was lot faster then Mark so after while we
parted and went our separate ways. I flew to Bieda's field wanting
to ask Henry if he successfully managed to break work record on skipping
Skidoo over water. I circled couple of times and then decided to
land. Flags were moving quite well so I did not bother to trim
glider back to slow speed and did not take wrap on brake toggles.
When I go to 4 ft from the ground I was still screaming at 40 km/h
and even perfectly timed flare did not slow me down to les then 20
km/h. What a fast landing. Have not had one of those for while.
After I took my helmet off I realized there is absolutely no wind on
surface. Very strange as the flags 20 ft up were flapping in the
wind. I stayed about 10 min hoping Henry would come out but either
he did not hear me or was not home. Forward inflation and I was on
my way back. The return trip was very fast with wind to my back.
Mark landed just before I did. He did some low flying. The it was
off to home.
18/07 Czech Open 2007 won by Renáta Kuhnová on Eris 2.
Renata, member of
Sky Para Team was flying Eris 2 glider by Sky Paragliders. Czech
Open was held in Italian Pieve d’Alpego. Congratulation Renáta.
PPO will only train students on WJ paramotors and Sky paragliders.
Occasionally in the past we had students that would show up with equipment that
was purchased used on Ebay or from some "fly by night" paramotor
or paraglider manufacturer. This equipment was often outdated, not
certified, not proven, not appropriate and down right dangerous. We have come to conclusion that it is just matter of
time before student under our guidance using inappropriate gear
will get injured. This is last thing we would like to see. Therefore
PPO will only train students on WJ paramotors and Sky Paragliders.
not to say that accident can not happen with what we use but there
is lot less of a chance that it may happen. Over the years we have
seen some students to sink both brakes down attempting to stall the
Sky Paragliders we use, we have seen students put extremely sharp
turns on just after take off attempting to put glider in negative
spin, we have seen some very bad steering, oscillations etc. To this day we have
not had single injury beyond some scratches or bruises. We want to
keep it that way.
As far as paramotor goes, it is a same story. We
have seen people sit too early, come down in no wind and not get up
out of the seat skidding along at the bottom of WJ frame, we have
seen people tumble forward getting protected from face plant by
comfort bars, we have seen people to "turtle" with
no damage to sturdy Walkerjet frame and no harm to pilot. Most other
paramotors out there would disintegrated and possibly result in
We believe that what we
use for training is the safest and most appropriate flying equipment
for PPG and will no longer train anyone on any other gear. It is
just not worth the risk. You can still purchase what ever you
want but when you fly in training you will fly Walkerjet paramotor
and Sky Paraglider. We know this combo is safe!
Next PPG course starts this Sat morning.
I still have some space left. Call to register or book on line.
Kieran manages 3 foot launched flights on Friday evening.
Mark and my self
planned to do nice late afternoon XC flight on Friday. We got to
Sodom Rd. field at 4:30 pm but winds were still quite high and very
gusty. We ended up jumping in every half hour for 5 min test flight
but conditions did not improve till 6:30 pm. At that time Kieran
came and proceeded to execute 3 perfect foot launched take offs and
3 perfect landings. These flights were 10 out of 10 on all levels.
The only thing that I have noticed that Kieran was rocking about
quite a bit as he flew. I thought it may be aggressive flying due to
his skydiving experience so I asked him on radio to fly smooth for
while and he did. When he landed he said that that was good thing
that I did, as he did not realized that the aircraft will fly smooth
and thought that the rocking was normal. I guess he was trying to
correct the oscillations but was getting the timing wrong. Great successful
day except me busting hinges on back of my car window. Long story, I
will tell you over beer one day.
Anyone can figure
out where to get 2 hinges for back window for Ford Escape?
Mark flies low...
Just a few shots
messing about with the camera strapped to his foot...
It is raining out - time to party.
Walkerjet testing new motors in Africa, Sahara desert - Fall 2005.
No need for training harness.
Mark doing some
ground handling without any harness. PARAGLIDER Fides 2 by Sky
Powered Paragliding Ontario promotional video.
Mark came with an
idea to make new promotional video for PPO that would better
introduce PPG to someone who has no idea what it is. We got together
one windy afternoon and in 1 hr got all the footage we needed. Note
that this was sort of half fast approach without tripod proper mic
etc. We needed it before this Friday so there was no time for fancy
schmancy. I must say that Mark did miracle with editing and the
whole thing is awesome. I can not wait to hand these out to the
older bearded Harley Davidson dudes in Port Dover.
See video on Mark's
web site here: http://www.marksparaglidingpages.com/videopop.php?videoid=196
PPG course July 10 - day four.
OK, another early
morning. I have picked up Mike and Patrick at 5:30 am so we arrive
at the field by 6 am. Both trikes assembled at 6:30 ready to fly. As
Mike was bit better on ground handling he was first to try. He was
off on second inflation but at approximately 15 feet he started to
pull brakes down quite a bit. I got on radio and said "release brakes,
release brakes" no response...
PPG course July 9 - day three.
No training. Too windy all day.
PPG course July 8 - day
As forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening
crap we decided to get up at 6:30 am, ouch, to do more ground handling
and some trike practice...
Chad, his big truck and PPG in small compact car.
Chad drove his big
truck to Peaks on Sat morning. This is what he emailed me later that
was driving home, and cursed the truck.... getting 1mpg and bouncing
me all over the highway. When I got home, I swore that if there is a
will there is a way! Something good had to come out of this day...
so I made the following pictures for your website! A real good
seller on compact aircraft!
Now who can fit PPG
into Smart Car? ;-)
July 9/06 PPG course July 7, 2007 -
Day one ground school and kiting.
...the early afternoon was very windy so we did not get to field till
5 pm. Wind were quite strong but by the time we explained how to
untangle lines, hook up glider to training harness etc. wind came down
to point where we could ground handle. Both Mike and Patrick started
to pick it up quickly. Then it got dark. Time to go home and get some
sleep because we will be getting together on Sunday at 6 am as the
afternoon supposed to be very windy again. I think that will kill
July 5/07 Forget the strobes - this
the way to do it....
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