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Nov 7/07      Requirements to fly PPG in Canada.

There was some confusion lately about requirement to get an ultralight pilot license restricted to powered parachutes. This is right from TC Canada website at:

421.21 Ultra-light Aeroplane - Requirement

(1) Age

An applicant shall be a minimum of sixteen years of age.

(2) Medical Fitness and Validity

(a) An applicant shall hold a Category 4 Medical Certificate valid for a Pilot Permit - Ultra-light Aeroplane.

(b) An applicant who meets the medical conditions specified on and signs the Civil Aviation Medical Declaration shall be deemed to have met the Category 4 Medical Standards.

(c) The medical validity period for the permit holder is 60 months.

(d) The permit is maintained by a valid Category 1, 3, or 4 Medical Certificate.

(3) Knowledge

An applicant shall have:

(a) completed a minimum of 20 hours of ultra-light aeroplane pilot ground school instruction on the following subjects:
(amended 2005/12/01; previous version)

(i) Air Law, including laws, regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the permit,

(ii) Navigation, including navigation, radio aids and electronic theory,

(iii) Meteorology,

(iv) Aeronautics  General, Knowledge including airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments, flight operations and human factors, including pilot decision making process, and

(v) Emergency procedures, including stall recognition and recovery procedures, and

(b) obtained a minimum of 60% on the written examination Pilot Permit - Ultra-light Aeroplane (ULTRA).
(amended 2005/12/01; previous version)

(4) Experience

Within the 24 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall have acquired in ultra-light aeroplanes under the direction and supervision of the holder of a flight instructor rating - ultra-light aeroplane or aeroplane a minimum of 10 hours of total flight time, including:

(a) a minimum of 5 hours dual instruction flight time and 2 hours solo flight time, and

(b) a minimum of 30 takeoffs and landings, including a minimum of 10 as sole occupant.

(5) Skill

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall submit to the Minister a letter from the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating - Ultra-light Aeroplane, or the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating - Aeroplane certifying that the applicant has demonstrated the ability to perform both normal and emergency manoeuvres appropriate to the ultra-light aeroplane used for the training program, and with a degree of competency appropriate to that of the holder of a pilot permit - ultra-light aeroplane.
(amended 1999/03/01; previous version)

(6) Credits

(a) Knowledge

(i) An applicant who holds a pilot permit or licence in any other category of aircraft shall be deemed to have met the written examination requirement.

(ii) An applicant who holds a pilot licence - aeroplane shall be deemed to have met the knowledge requirements.

(b) Experience

An applicant who is the holder of, or has held a pilot licence - aeroplane within the preceding 5 years shall have the experience requirements reduced to a minimum of 5 hours of flight time in ultra-light aeroplanes, including a minimum of 2 hours dual instruction flight time and a minimum of 2 hours solo flight time. The flight time shall include a minimum of 20 takeoffs, full circuits and landings, including a minimum of 10 as sole occupant.

(c) Skill

An applicant who holds a pilot licence - aeroplane shall be deemed to have met the skill requirements.

(7) Powered Parachutes

(a) When the experience requirements have been met, in whole or in part, on powered parachutes, the permit, when issued, shall be restricted to powered parachutes.

(b) The restriction shall be removed when the experience requirements have been met on ultra-light aeroplanes, other than powered parachutes.

(c) For the issue of an Pilot Permit - Ultra-light Aeroplane restricted to powered parachutes, the 10 hours total flight time shall be reduced to 5 hours and the 5 hours dual instruction flight time shall be deemed to have been met.

So 30 take offs and landing and 5 hrs of flight time.

Nov 7/07      This is the hosting I use. The best deal on the planet...


Nov 7/07      The pleasures of winter flying...

Been there done that although when he is reversing (second half of the video) there is serious lack of skills... 

Nov 6/07      Wrapping up for the day.

This picture is from Sep 23, 2007 We were all packed and about to go for beer to Europlates. 

From left to right: Bob, George, Andre, Silviu, Rob

Nov 6/07      Neat aircraft - but bit too slow...

The Gen H-4 ultralight one-man helicopter costs $30 thousand and requires about 40 to 60 hours of assembly.

Nov 5/07      Winter sale.

Every year at the end of the season we sell equipment at discounted prices. This is new or slightly used equipment in perfect working order. 
See prices here:
Take care

Nov 5/07      Rob finished his training on weekend.

Another student successfully completes our PPG course. Congrats Rob on completing the practical requirements to receive your Ultralight pilot license 

Video from Rob's flight number 2 here:

Nov 3/07      Doron finished his training on Friday.

Write up by Doron: Sometimes, the hardest step in flying is the unbuckling. 2 Nov 2007, 2-5pm, wrapping up my PPG course at PPG Ontario ( My parents came to visit with a video camera. Initially, the engine and the wind were unstable, making it difficult to take off on the trike. As the engine warmed up and the thermals calmed a bit, it got easier and I was able to do about 10 flights one after the other to complete my licensing requirements. Besides take-offs and landings, I practiced very-low-level flying ("mowing the grass"), tight turns and enjoying the stunning Niagara scenery. After about 3 hours, my parents, who've had enough of watching, almost had to drag me out of the trike kicking and screaming.

Congratulation upon completing you course. Good luck on written exam with Transport Canada.

Oct 31/07      Finally some time to post - uff that was busy month!

Doron's wife makes comments as Doron flies....    

Oct 3/07      Rob training with Mark on Sun Oct 1/07 - story by Mark

After a successful day of training with Andre on Saturday, Rob and I hooked up on Sunday for some more training. We were the field at around 3:30 pm. It was a bit breezy with some gusts coming through that indicated there may still be some thermic activity. Rob was keen that I test out the air for him and I reluctantly agreed ;).


I straightened out the wing, connected everything up and warmed the engine. I did a quick reverse launch and was soon in the air. It was bumpy, but nothing worse than you might expect for the late afternoon. I climbed to altitude, switched off the engine and began my descent. Just as I was approaching to land I had a major asymmetric collapse. The entire left side of the wing collapsed. It recovered very quickly, but in the process I had lost most of my height and was now headed fast downwind over the bushes with little altitude to play with and of course no time to restart the engine. I had just enough height left to swing back into wind before landing, but only just. I landed as I was turning skimming the tops of the bushes and setting down the machine on the dirt road that leads to the take off.


I decided it was probably best to wait a while before sending Rob into the air. He agreed!


We practiced some ground handling and I showed Rob how to use the C lines to control the wing in strong wind conditions before I went up again to see if the conditions would be any more suitable. This time it wasn't as thermic and by the time we had Rob clipped in and ready to go it had smoothed out a lot. Rob then proceeded to execute a perfect reverse launch, climbing to altitude for a nice 30 minute flight around the airfield before landing halfway up the runway as agreed.


Once Rob had had a nice long flight and the battery was suitably charged for multiple starts we concentrated on getting as many launches and landings done as possible. Rob performed another perfect reverse launch and flew for about 5 minutes before switching off the engine at altitude and judging a landing without power. This is a useful exercise as many pilots rely too heavily on the power to get them where they want to land. Switching off the engine at altitude gives you a much better understanding of your glide and allows you to be better prepared to set down the paramotor where you want to in the event of an engine failure.


As the wind died off Rob switched to a forward inflation technique. Again his launch was flawless and this time I told Rob that at ANY time during the flight I would call 'engine out' to simulate a power failure. He performed excellently and landed well. Flight number four went just as well. This time I asked Rob to pick a spot on the ground and try to land near to it without making any extreme maneuvers near the ground. He did very well, but I advised him to try turning his S turns into figures of 8, and to avoid 360's low to the ground.


Rob was just about to go for flight number 5 when he had a loss of engine power at high revs. He cut the engine and aborted take off, a good decision. The machine seemed starved of fuel at high revs, so we packed up for the day. Rob wanted to check it out thoroughly at home before flying again. We packed up, cracked open a beer and  reflected on the afternoons flying. Rob is now close to completing his course with just a bit more work needed on his landing approaches and some exposure to different conditions before being signed off. Well done Rob.

Oct 2/07      Rob first landing - video.

Oct 2/07      Rob and Doron training on Sat Sep 29/07

As it is impossible to finish course in 1 weekend Rob scheduled another training session for this Sat. Along with him came Doron who I met at Peaks an hour earlier. He is interested to purchase paramotor so we looked at Simon XC that I have in stock. 

The weather at the field was perfect. Rob had his gear all ready to go so I just asked him if I could borrow it so I can make sure that level of turbulence is OK. No problem with thermals so Rob took off. Again 10 out of 10. He is natural! I then flew the Simon XC with Doron's glider to make sure all works well and yes it did. Doron has strapped the Simon XC on for couple of test inflations and since the frame on the Simon XC is smaller then the new XC or RR he found this machine to be batter balanced and more comfortable for his back. After Rob landed it was Doron's turn to fly. Good inflation, great control and nearly perfect take off. The flight was about 10 min but then on landing Doron decided to follow his instincts rather then listening to me on radio. There were some minor oscillations that little pressure on both brakes would take care of but Doron decided to try to fix it and as most beginners he was off timing and actually made the oscillations bigger. With about 15 ft of the ground Doron started to pull brakes even though I kept saying brakes up. About 10 ft of the ground Doron pulled in C position - full on flare - and descended pretty vertically nearing the stall point of his glider. Not the best landing. 

Next was to Rob to fly. He is very natural. Again no problem. Perfect take off and perfect landing. Following Doron's flight was also interesting. After inflation a minor correction was needed. Doron over steered and swung the glider the other way. Then he proceeded to jump in the seat too early and bottom of the frame only cleared ground by inches. That was lucky.  How many times we have to tell students, run, run, run until you are 10 ft up? Good flight, landing was good too. I will not write more about Rob as he is perfect. There is nothing I can fix for him. He got comfortable adjusting trims mid flight to counter act the torque and proceeded to 2 mote foot launched flights. The last one being in absolute no wind situation. 

Doron went to flight 3 where our motor started to give us hard time. It would run at idle for 30 sec or so then die. After we primed it would start fine but again it would die. Clear fuel delivery issue. I have replaced the priming bulb as machine came with one that was very cheap. I took the carb cover and cleaned deposit in the fuel strainer and finally to the carb cover on the other side to look and clean the carb pump membrane. Although I did not discover any major problem beyond some speck of debris this seem to fix the problem. Doron the proceeded to last flight. It was getting dark, grass was wet and I though there is no way Doron will manage to foot launch. But he treated the take off as trike take off. Glider came up, he corrected slightly, ran few steps at half throttle and then went to full power. Of he went. Good take off in very challenging conditions and also very good landing. 

Successful day. Both students added hand full of flight to their log books. The day was completed with some pirogies and beer across the road at Europlates.

Sep 30/07      Sep course - Day 3 Monday

Mr. P and Rob only planned to train on weekend so at 2:30 I met Silviu for couple of hours of ground handling one on one. The wind was good and the use of hand towing technique allowed us to improve to the point where Silviu was ready to try inflations with motor on his back. George arrived at 4 pm but unfortunately the winds were still quite high so he just watched as me and Silviu worked on his foot launching technique. By 5:30 pm wind calmed down and I gave Silviu the option to fly. He did not hesitate and said yes. Within 5 min he was set to go. Forward inflation, power, run, run, run. Do not sit down till you fly! Off he went. Nice 25 min flight and very good landing. After that condition were good for trike. George had about six very good inflations and controlled taxi rolls. I also gave him the option to fly. But it was getting bit dark as sun was setting so he was bit hesitating. On the following inflation, that was again perfect, I told George on the radio that it does not get any better then this, If he wants to go, now is the time to do it. He applied full power nicely and gradually, and took off...only to about 4 ft off the ground though where he gradually decreased power and landed. After I talked to him, he said he was not quite ready, it was getting darker and also he did not see me ahead of him as he taxied past me... So he decided to play it safe and land back again. Well I guess it was a flight, even though it only lasted 3 sec and max altitude was 4 ft only. The whole thing was nice and controlled so why not! 

Congrats Silviu on your first foot launch flight and George on your first trike mini flight! 

Sep 30/07      Sep course - Day 2 Sunday

Sunday weather turned out to be on windy side. We have arrived at the field at 1 pm and while all students were unpacking gliders and hooking up I have mounted one of our units on trike. The plan was to continue with ground handling and learn throttle control while riding trike around. One at the time students would practice take off rolls. We also went over the baby steps run with paramotor strapped on. George at this point only interested in triking due to his bad knees focused just on trike work. When wind settled a bit Mark, took off for short flight to test the air and demonstrate students how PPG should be done. After that Rob was ready to fly so we set him up. I gave him the final prep talk and off he went. Perfect take off, perfect flying and perfect landing. 10 out of 10 on everything! Unfortunately we had to cut his flight short as small plane was scheduled to take off shortly after he launched. After Rob landed we all congratulated him on his first flight. The wind has calmed down and George and Mark started to work on trike taxiing with glider attached. George was really getting hang of it when battery in our more powerful unit died as more starting then flying will eventually drain it. I have rigged up external spare battery and George was able to keep practicing. I have also mounted the other machine on our second trike and Silviu and Mr. P were taking turn in taxiing with glider attached as well. Their efforts were not quite good. The loss of initial feel can make the transition from ground handling to trike flying quite tricky. After all good training day though, Rob managed to foot launch on day 2 and all other progressed to the point where they will fly soon.

Sep 26/07      Sep course - Day 1 write up by Mark

From: "mark andrews" <> To: "Zeman, Andre" <> Subject: Saturday's write up Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:12 PM

As usual, ground school started at 8am, but everyone arrived punctually for a change. We got the paperwork out of the way and delved straight into the basic theory. The weather forecast had not looked promising for the afternoon and Andre's internet connection was down so we had an extra long lunch break and made tentative plans to meet at the Sodom Road field for around 4pm. From the highway we could see a giant traction kite, which Andre told me belonged to a continuing student, Ziggy. On arrival we found the students parked well away from the end of the runway. The airfield was being used today, apparently, so we might have to train elsewhere. We jumped back in the car and drove the short distance up the road to the Russell hangars, where we met Ed Russell himself. He explained that there would be some activity today and that as long as we were prepared to move out of the way at short notice we would be able to continue using the field today. This was very generous of him. We thanked him and returned to the students to relay the news.

The wind seemed to be dropping as we unpacked the equipment from the trailers. The plan would be to spend some time learning how to untangle gliders and connect harnesses before looking at reverse launch set up and technique. After this we would hopefully get a break in the wind to concentrate on forward launches. That was the plan and the wind seemed to cooperate with us.

We had met Rob last year. He had bought a set of gear to practice with and had been given some brief instruction from Andre. He had taken the time to go away and practice his ground handling on his own and it showed. Within a couple of hours Rob was demonstrating some very good control. Mr P, George and Sylviu were also progressing very well considering they had never even unpacked a glider before today.

At times the wind was still quite gusty, so Andre took the opportunity to familiarize the students with the use of the trike and the control of the throttle. While I assisted with ground handling the students took it in turn to trike up and down the field varying the throttle speed.

Eventually the wind dropped right off and we were able to try some forward launches with some success. By now it was getting dark so we packed up and went to Dora's which under new ownership is now called EuroPlates, not very catchy I know, but the place looks a whole lot smarter and the beers are better! We even got a round of drinks on the house.

Sep 22/07      Sep course - Day 1

4 students: George, Rob, Silviu and Mr. P who requested not to be identified and also he does not want any pics on our site because of his job. We figured he must be a secret agent.... 

Ground school in the morning. Then break till 4pm because of the high winds. Then ground handling till beer time at 8 pm. Rob is ready to fly. George and Silviu are ready to trike. Mr. P needs bit more ground handling. 

From left to right: George, Mr. P, Silviu, Rob.

Beer reward at the end of the day at what used to be Dora's restaurant. 

It is much classier joint now called Europlates. It is nice to have a place to go for beer after flying again. Thanks Mirek.

Sep 19/07      Doron manages 8 flawless trike flights!

We finally had a break through with Doron's trike flying. After 30 min of ground handling and another 30 min of attempting reverse foot take off in light wind we decided we will trike. First several attempts were not successful as Doron was too aggressive on steering often over correcting. After while I told Doron to follow my hand tapping rather the trying to look up and use the heavy brake input. That made the difference. Once Doron realized that glider needs far less input the he was giving it he was able to taxi the whole length of runway. Then I would fly the machine back and we would do it again. This really improved his feel and after that he just started to fly. He was taking off and landing just as well as I do, no problems what so ever. In 1 hour and 30 min he managed 8 unassisted trike flights all executed with perfect control. Very successful session. Congratulation Doron on mastering the trike flying.


Sep 18/07      Technical update.

Note: I will no longer stock parts for the WJ 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 models. These parts cost fair amount of money and it is no longer feasible to stock them. If you own one of the older models, I suggest to order some easy to brake parts and keep them in stock your self. This way you will not be grounded while we hunt for parts. These include: propellers, batteries, vibration mounts, muffler springs, gaskets, fuel tank etc.

Sep 17/07      Finally some flying.

The Peaks construction project is done. All I have to do now is to paint lobby, change rooms, office and lay laminate floor. 

I was able to sneak out for flight with Mark yesterday. It was quite windy and bumpy but it was nice to be in the air.

Sep 10/07      Update

Just in case you wonder. I am are working on major improvements to the climbing gym I own, which is taking a lot of my time. I did couple of training sessions with various students though. We also had a student who tried to take of with major glider oscillation resulted from asymmetrical tuck during take off roll. This has resulted in tipping trike on it's side, braking propeller a damaging cage. 

NOTE: Keeping full power on and using self correcting can only solve minor oscillation on take off. Not a major one. Trying to do so can result in crash from higher altitudes. I like to see long roll and slow increase in power rather then gunning the engine. It should go like this:
Inflation 100 %
When glider up down to 50%
Roll and control glider at 50 %  for good 50 to 100 ft
If no oscillation at all - gradual increase to 100 % of power

Aug 25/07      No flying this weekend

I have gigs with the portable wall both Sat and Sun. 

Aug 23/07           Doron sitting too early captured on video! 

...With some trike flights under his belt, Doron was now keen to attempt a foot launch. Despite the constant reminders and video footage to persuade students not to sit down to early, Doron managed the technique perfectly, lifting his legs and landing on the cage... I now have another example to share with students, demonstrating what not to do. Thanks Doron. He then proceeded to do it again! Luckily our sturdy Walkerjets are up to the beating so no harm done and he had another try. Eventually he was in the air, but he still has a tendency to lift those legs a little prematurely. This is something that will need work on before he develops bad habits. And if he does, we will have to make him a mini trike....

     of Doron sitting too early...commentary by Vladimir

Aug 23/07           What a flight!

I wasn't expecting a call, or even a chance to go flying, but Andre turned up at my day job and asked if I wanted to join him for a flight. Fortunately for me I had my flying boots, flight suit and flight deck in the car, just in case! After walking Andre's new dog we set off for the Staff field. The wind was clearly indicated by a rather large bonfire at one end, which would later serve as a beacon for our return leg. We took off within seconds of each other using our engines to provide a little extra wind in the light conditions. Climbing up over the escarpment we could see Lake Ontario and Toronto faintly in the distance.

Flights like these are what powered paragliding are all about. Don't just take my word for it watch the video!


Pilots: Mark flight, Andre take off and landing;  Camera: Andre: Editing Mark, Beer and dinner: Andre 

Aug 22/07           More on Rimouski fly in - story by Mark Dean

We missed some of you guys but didn't notice because the Goulash was soooo goood - Dan did up 60lbs. of french fries and deep fried chicken that I tasted twice because of too much red wine and plum brandy had me talking to the big white telephone. Who cooks better than Ontario pilots? - NOBODY ON EARTH, thank you gentlemen. The famous crumple zone saved Csaba, who walked up to our camper to show us he is still OK (send him for x-rays and a second opinion please, you may have to knock him out for the trip as he won't go willingly). There were 177 pilots registered Saturday, and we drank all the Maudite ourselves - so there... you know who you are. I had the Coast Guard rescue Tim from an Island after his engine seized on a cross country flight, but he was pre-rescued by tender young women first, who catered to his needs with 4-wheeler transportation to the rescue boat. My, what a nice weekend, all weekends should be 5 days long. I am so looking forward to Mark's pictures and photo's as my Archos crapped out again - I got NO VIDEO, piss me off. Nice take off's Mark and Andre your sense of humor is fitting. You guys were GREAT, now don't tell anybody about the French pilot briefings and about the circuit direction stated and what was actually the end of the day we noticed something missing in translation but no matter, language is no barrier to love or PPG flight. Thanks for the run on the Plasma Joe, I was scared of it before the morning overhang, and being on a loaned motor with no reserve, I was overcautious so took no speed bar and flew it like a baby would. I can say I flew it but really didn't try it out if you know what I mean. On the way home, my wife says "this is the longest time to wait for the next Rimouski run" this is the depressing part - so long to wait for the next one... Cheers Bro's (and missing Maudite drinkers), Marko ReflexMonkey 


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