Paramotoring, PPG - news
Powered Paragliding Ontario on radio.
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.
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.
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!
Course Sep 6/08 - 2 flew on the first day.
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.
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
Course Aug 6/08 - Day 3 - Francois and Tom talk about their first
Course Aug 6/08 - Day 1 and 2 - flight simulator and unexpected gust
Private course Aug 19/08.
started private PPG course on Aug 19/08.
Nice note from Jason.
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...
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...
Course Aug 6/08.
started the course.
I am back from vacation.
I will be on vacation from July 7 to July 31.
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....
Winds aloft forecast.
handy site if you fly in Niagara.
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
June 23/08 PPG
course June 23/08 - day three.
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.
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
At the end we ended
up helping to push the only flying Mark IX Spitfire back to his
Spitfire Mark IX
Engine: ROLLS ROYCE MERLIN 61 1660 HORSE POWER V-12 LIQUID
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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