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Sep 9/08      Powered Paragliding Ontario on radio.

While back we had a person from CBC to come and record Sam's progress through our PPG course. It  will be broadcasted  on Wednesday, September 24th at 8:38 PM (99.1FM). Check it out.

Andre,

We're all set. Just received confirmation from Steve. The program will air on CBC Radio ONE's "Outfront" on Wednesday, September 24th at 8:38PM (99.1FM). Those who can't access a CBC Radio ONE frequency in Canada or in the US (though the options are comprehensive: http://www.cbc.ca/frequency/) the program will also be simultaneously broadcast online with streaming audio on the CBC website (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/). Eventually, it will be available as a podcast on the "Outfront" website too (http://www.cbc.ca/outfront/). Enjoy / OVER!

Hope you like it.

ciao,ciao Sam

Sep 8/08      Course Sep - Monday. 

After bad weather on Sunday my self and Ted spent 3 hrs this morning working on forward and reverse inflations. Then spent another 2 hrs this evening doing the same then practiced trike taxiing and finally Ted flew trike for the first time. 

Congrats Ted on your first flight!

Sep 7/08      Course Sep 6/08 - 2 flew on the first day. 

 

2 students flew solo first day after 10 hrs of training! Mike H foot launched and Mike M  flew trike with very funny landing. Very rewarding day for both the students and instructor.

 

  Mike M, Mike H and Ted after day of training...

 

Sep 5/08      Busy with no time.

 

You may wonder why is it difficult to get me to answer my cell phone or office phone. With more pilots trained by me, more students in progress and more equipment sold there is now close to 200 people that call and email about various flying related things. What happens often is that the conversation about $ 5.00 part takes 40 min as people want to talk and share their flying experiences. I apologize, but if I was chatting with everyone on the phone I would not be able to get anything done. So your best bet is to email me. I check my email 2 - 3 times a day and I will get back to you. 

 

Overwhelmed Andre

 

Sep 4/08      I will not be available for training Sep 19 to 25.

 

My manager at Peaks will be on holiday and I have to cover the gym.

 

Aug 31/08      Training with Kelbe boys.

 

Kelbe boys Rob and Dave (no longer Bobby and Davie ;-) came back after 5 years to do their first flights. Both manage 3 flights each after 6 hour refresher course. 

 

 

 

Aug 30/08      Course Aug 6/08 - Day 3 - Francois and Tom talk about their first flights

 

 

Aug 29/08      Course Aug 6/08 - Day 1 and 2 - flight simulator and unexpected gust front. 

 

 

Aug 28/08      Private course Aug 19/08. 

 

Two students started private PPG course on Aug 19/08.

 

 

Aug 27/08      Nice note from Jason. 

 

Andre
 
Thanks for starting and maintaining the Powered Paragliding School!
Thanks for not giving up and pursuing a vocation where you could actually make some money ('cause we both know anything in ultralight aviation ain't gonna do it), and opting instead to help spread the fun of affordable flying. I could go on for days about this. Those who give, get back in return, ya know...

Jason

 

Aug 17/08      Course Aug 6/08 - all but one flew. 

 

5 out of 6 students flew for the first time after  18 - 22 hrs of training. This usually translates to 3 - 4 days. The only person who did not manage to fly was Phil as he only had Sat and Sunday to train and had to go back home. It is ironic as his skills were best of all students on Sunday. We tried to get him in the air but it did not happen. 

 

  Francois and Tom after their first flights...

 

Aug 13/08      Course Aug 6/08. 

 

Six students started the course.

 

 

Aug 1/08      I am back from vacation. 

 

July 5/08      I will be on vacation from July 7 to July 31. 

 

June 30/08      PPG course June 24/08 - day four. 

 

On day four there was four of us. Mark, Agnes, Evan who recently got his license and me. It was windy and gusty and conditions were no improving al all. I have flown several time to check the air but every time I went up the air was very unpredictable. Agnes and Mark did some reverse ground handling. Both of them got it down to 100 % now. Evan jumped n the air but it was very bumpy and after about 10 min of up and down decided to land. The sun was getting closer to horizon and I have decided that I will fly one more time to see if air improved. I switched one of our Skylite units and took off. The climb vas very marginal in fact I was barely getting of the ground. I was chocking it up to bad air so I just stayed on full throttle knowing that eventually I will gain altitude. Meanwhile I was heading for one paraglider that was laying out on the grass. I still had about 30 ft when I noticed it so for sure I thought I will be way over it. Guess what. I have sunk right over the glider and parablended it very nicely. I have bad year, couple months ago I got dragged by wind through gravel right in front of students and then this! Crap. I remembered that Eduardo was telling me on Sunday that this paramotor did not appear to have enough power. That must be it. It was not just air, it was sudden lack of power. I have decided to try again and sure enough I got to about 20 ft, flew almost the whole length of runway trying to gain altitude but nothing in fact near the end of it I started to do down so I landed. Yap, there is for sure problem with the motor. While this was going on, the winds dropped of and Mark was able to jump in for 2 flight. It was sill bit windy and since I parablended the XS glider that was perfect for Agnes she has decided to wait it out till conditions are perfect.

 

  Mark and sunset....

 

June 30/08    Winds aloft forecast.

 

Very handy site if you fly in Niagara.

 

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/Winds/Aloft.cgi?location=BUF&Submit=Get+Forecast&hour=06&course=azimuth

 

June 26/08    How to read spark plugs.

 

The appearance of the firing-end of a spark plug shows how well an engine has been operating, the suitability of the plug heat rating, and whether or not the carburetor and ignition timing are properly adjusted. The information below is intended to assist you in correctly choosing your spark plugs and determining operating condition of your engine. Even plugs presenting a good appearance, as those shown in Figures 6 - 24, can quite often be covered with lead deposits, which cause misfiring...

 

  More here.

 

June 23/08    PPG course June 23/08 - day three. 

 

Major thunderstorms. The training session today was cancelled.

 

   

 

It was a good decision as this is what was over our training field at 5 pm. Check it out for your self here.

 

June 24/08      PPG course June 22/08 - day two. 

 

I got together with Agnes at 3 pm and we practiced reverse handling one on one for 1 hr. Then Mark and Eduardo came. Both struggled with the reverse technique but Agnes was reverse handling no problem even though she was using our special high wind training glider that is very twitchy and hard to control. Once wind came down Agnes tried couple inflations with motor on, it went well but by the time we got ready for flight she started to feel tired and decide to post pone her flight till next day when she is fresh and fully in control. Mark managed 4 flawless flights. Eduardo flew twice both times sitting bit too early on take off and butt landing on his second flight. He landed with engine because he decided that he will lend on his own without telling me what he was planing to do. Not a good idea, the prop could have been gone.  Status on day two: 

 

Mark - 5 flights first sit down too early on take off - all others well done

Eduardo - 3 flights first well executed - other two with some issues

Agnes - about to fly

 

 

At the end we ended up helping to push the only flying Mark IX Spitfire back to his home. 

 

 
Spitfire Mark IX
 
Country: Britain
Year: 1942
Engine: ROLLS ROYCE MERLIN 61 1660 HORSE POWER V-12 LIQUID COOLED ENGINE
Max Speed: 408 mph.
Range: 434 mi.
Service Ceiling: 36000 ft.
Max Weight: 5610 lbs.
Armament: 50 Caliber Machine Guns
THE SPITFIRE FIRST FLEW IN 1936, AND ITS LAST OPERATIONAL FLIGHT WAS IN APRIL 1954. THERE WAS 24 DIFFERENT VARIANTS OF THE AIRCRAFT PRODUCED. IT BECAME THE MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. IT SERVICED AS A RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT, A LOW LEVEL GROUND ATTACK AIRCRAFT AND A HIGH LEVEL AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTER. THIS SPITFIRE IS A MARK IX, MANUFACTURED FOR SUPERMARINE AVIATION CO. BY CASTLE BROMWICH IN 1944. A TOTAL OF 20,334 SPITFIRES WERE PRODUCED.

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