PPG course May 5, 2008 - Day 4 - Tuesday.
OK, I'm sort of losing track of things. We did get together on
Tuesday morning. Ron was still working on his ground handling skills
but it wasn't going very well. Evan flew flawlessly 2 times. We
finished at 10:30 am as wind started to gust and went to Dora's
sorry I meant to say Europlates for nice lunch. I called the flight
services in St. Catherine's and was told that the forecast for late
afternoon is really nice. We made plans to meet at four o'clock with
Ron to practice one on one ground handling skills. I told all the
others that they can either come at five o'clock and go straight to
flying or show up at four grab a glider and a training harness and
practice on their own I really wanted to dedicate myself to Ron as
his struggling was presenting a personal challenge for me...
May 8/06 PPG course May 5, 2008 -
Day 1 - Ground school
May 7/06 PPG course May 5, 2008 -
Day 3 - Monday
Forecast for Monday morning was showing light
winds from Southwest. A perfect conditions to get together for more
ground handling. Ron and Evan showed up we got the gliders out and
started it with forward inflations. We spend couple of hours working
on kiting skills. Evan got it but Ron was really struggling. Ron
seem to be a leader not a follower and he tries to fight the glider
all the time rather than work with it. Evan is definitely ready to
fly. He managed to ground handle with the engine on his back
absolutely no problem.
May 6/06 PPG course May 3, 2008 - Day 2
Our tentative plan for Sunday was to meet at one of clock.
Unfortunately the winds were really high and we had to push our
meeting till 5 p.m. When we got to the field the wind was gusting up
to 35 km/h per hour. I thought it was too windy to do anything but
Mark suggested that we take our training glider designed for ground
handling in a very high winds and do quick demonstration on forward
and reverse inflation.
May 4/06 PPG course May 3, 2008 -
Day 1 - write up by Mark
For the first time ever, all our students arrived before 8am and
we were ready to start on time. We got the paper work out of the
way and went through the theory, before hooking into the machines
for a taste of what's to come. After checking the weather it was
obvious that ground handling would be out of the question; rain
and strong winds were forecast for the rest of the day.
Fortunately, Andre had a plan!
Great flight on Friday Apr 24, 2008
Last Friday was a
pretty much amazing day. I woke up in the morning, checked the
weather forecast and it was perfect. It's been a while since I went
on a nice flight so I e-mailed Mark and ask him if he wanted to come
along. I didn't get any answer from him so I packed up at four
o'clock and left Catherine's to go to Staff's field for some
May 1/08 Sunday
at flight field - Write up by Mark.
turned out to be a hell of a lot windier than the forecast, with
south winds howling down the runway. Even getting the wings out of
the bags proved entertaining. Thermal gusts were coming through in
cycles. They were spaced apart just far enough to trick you into
thinking the wind might be dying down, before unleashing their
power. Since it was far too windy for any of our new students to
ground handle I took the opportunity to brush up my skills in strong
winds and was soon being wrestled off my feet by 30 square metres of
wing before being dumped back down in the mud. With a bit of effort
I was able to get 5 feet in the air on a flat field, but I was still
overpowered twice, ending up running down wind trying to locate the
C lines. We took a break for lunch at EuroPlates and grabbed some
coffee before returning to see if the wind conditions had died down.
They had not.
Read more here
April 29/08 Another
good weather website for those planning to come to our field for
Thanks Doron for pointing it out.
May course is full.
We have 4 students booked for May 3 course. We would only accept
one more student if he/she had extensive PG experience or was planning
only to participate May 3 and 4 (Sat and Sun) then schedule another
Three new pilots celebrate their first flight at Europlates - Apr
My self, David, Roy
and Jason got together yesterday for more training. The winds were
good for reverse inflation practice and that is what we did for
couple of hours. Roy was showing bit better glider handling skills
then Jason and David so he would be first try to fly once wind drops
off. We have practiced running with paramotor on Roy's back as
he missed Monday when everybody tried that. About 45 min before
sunset wind started to drop off very rapidly. I wanted to jump in to
re test the air but wind was decreasing so quickly that we did not
want to loose any time. Roy strapped in and executed very good take
off. There was a slight tendency to sit down too early. Roy was
using WJ 23 HP XC model with Fides 28 but for David and Jason
we needed more power. As Roy was buzzing around we pulled out the
Simon XC with 28 HP engine and Fides 30. Next was David to go. We
hooked up the paraglider to the machine, started it to get it warm
then Roy flew over quite low. I thought it was just circuit but Roy
turned off the engine and proceeded to land. He had good approach,
right direction but did not get out of the seat at all. He landed
the famous WJ way on the bottom frame - got the love the WJ frame
design. I typically want to be involved in student's first landing
so next time Roy; just tell me you are getting cold and you wish to
land rather then doing it on your own. It was pretty good landing
job though and nothing broke as Roy turned off the machine so at the
end it was OK. Next was David to go. We went over the take off run
stressing that he needs to run till he is lifted of the ground. Last
time David sat down too early and only by luck did not chop any
lines. He had very good inflation, run and good take off. After 10
min Our plan was to practice one inflation We have for beer at Europlates.
There was still slight tendency to sit down too early but not as bad
time. Good flight and not bad landing. There was a bit of a
skidding along the bottom of the frame as David did not get quite
out of the seat. Next was Jason. First inflation went well but Jason
was bit hesitant on throttle as he was aiming for the big patch of
muddy part of field. Eventually glider suffered minor symmetrical
tuck and I called "kill the engine". We re aligned, good
inflation, glider came up quite crooked but Jason applied
appropriate brake, feathered the power on the engine and sorted things
out like a pro. I am not kidding. Then he was in his take off run. At
this point there was no wind so Jason had to run very fast and did
he ever. Nice, gentle, very gradual take of and very short flight as
sun was almost down. Three first flight in 45 min! I must give a lot of credit to these guys. We
only had 45 min of appropriate weather and I thought it would be
impossible to get everyone off the ground. Well done! Congratulation
pilots on your first flights!
From left to right Roy, Jason and David.
News from Sodom Rd.
On Monday I got
together with Doron and Doron's father Uri who used to be jet
fighter in Israel at Europlates. We went over the PPC related ground
school and I have issued Uri's SPP. Conditions at the field
were bit gusty so we decided to wait. Don was there practicing
ground handling hoping for flight. After about 40 min the wind has
decreased a bit so I took Uri for intro flight in Xcitor. Once we
got off the ground we started to rock about and drop up and down.
After 5 min I handed controls to Uri but we both had enough shortly
after. We landed uneventfully and after 10 min of gusty and
turbulent flying. Don started to pack up as it did not look like the
wind will die down. We waited bit more but as it was very cold so we
opted for beer at Europlates.
Don with his WJ RR
Uri taking cover of the Xcitor.
Safety reminder - Secure your muffler springs.
If you do not have
your muffler springs secured I suggest that you do so before one of
them breaks and goes through your prop.
Use metal wire and end stoppers.
Then clear silicone the eyelets.
You can purchase
the wire and stoppers here:
April 15/08 Very good
weather website for those planning to come to Sodom Road for
Thanks Doron for pointing it out. _____________________________________________________________________________