Paramotoring, PPG - news
Nov 3/08 Leroy flies his
Walkerjet Simon XC with Sky Paraglider Atis.
Nov 2/08 No
training today either.
Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
Output produced by METARs form (1500 UTC 02
found at http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov/metars/index.php
021453Z 09014G19KT 10SM FEW025 BKN250 04/M02 A3049 RMK AO2
SLP340 8/108 T00391017 50007
||KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US)
observed 1453 UTC 02 November 2008
||-1.7°C (29°F) [RH = 67%]
||30.49 inches Hg
[Sea-level pressure: 1034.0 mb]
||from the E (90 degrees) at
16 MPH (14 knots; 7.3 m/s)
gusting to 22 MPH (19 knots; 9.9 m/s)
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||25000 feet AGL
||few clouds at 2500 feet AGL
broken clouds at 25000 feet AGL
||no significant weather observed
at this time
Nov 1/08 No
training with Mike, Eduardo and Paul.
After week of crappy weather we finally had some good forecast for
Saturday. 8 knots from north. Unfortunately I was scheduled to work
at Peaks from noon till 4 pm so the only possibility for flying was
Sat morning. I really do not like to do the morning sessions. It is
cold, one has to get up early, there is no time to do the final
phone check as plans are firmed the night before. At 8:30 am I
arrive at the filed and flag at the end of the runway is already
flapping in steady NE wind - looks like reverse handling. Next thing to
find out is whether the air is stable or not. I set up one of the
machines and take off. Right of the bat I feel major turbulence but
it may be from the trees on east side of the field; once I clear the
tree tops it may be OK. Well it is not, higher I go les predictable
the air is. I decide to turn down wind and then I pretty much park
my self over the center of the field for couple minutes to feel the
air. It is bad. Lots of quick jerks and fast up and downs with
glider going all over the place, plus I am flying backwards. ( I later
check TAF and see that I was in gusts up to 18 knots) I work the
steering toggles trying to keep the canopy over head and go off
power to glide down for landing. As I descend, things get even
worse. OK I am only couple hundred feet of the ground so there is
not enough height to recover from collapse so I decide to pull big
ears to prevent uncontrollable collapse but ....with the high hook up
points on the machine I can not quite get my hands high enough to do
a clean pull on the outside A lines. So I pretty much induce 80 % symmetrical
close to ground which spooks the students watching below. I release the
A lines, glider
recovers and I glide in for smooth landing from about 30 ft high. OK
that was scary! Decision made, no flying now and most likely not
later either. Bummer but safety must come first. We go for breakfast
hoping that wind may decrease or smooth out but no luck, at 10 am it
is still very windy and gusty. I do not even bother to test air
again so we shake hands and I go to work at Peaks.
I hate when I tell people to come and weather does not co-operate. I
think I am done with the morning sessions and east winds. They are rarely good.
Conditions at:KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US) observed 9:53 am UTC 01 November 2008 Winds:
from the NE (50 degrees) at 15 MPH (13 knots; 6.8 m/s)
Conditions at:KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US) observed 8:53 am 01 November 2008 Winds:
from the NNE (30 degrees) at 16 MPH (14 knots; 7.3 m/s)
gusting to 21 MPH (18 knots; 9.4 m/s)
Conditions at:KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US) observed 7:53 am 01 November 2008 Winds:
from the NNE (30 degrees) at 9 MPH (8 knots; 4.2 m/s)
Training with Roy and Jay - Oct 19/08.
Sunday afternoon training was limited to students with their own
equipment as my car is still in the shop. Both Roy and Jay completed
2 flight each flying their own gear for the first time. It was beautiful
fall afternoon. Days do not get any better then this. Apparently
though it was bit cold in the air...
Oct 16/08 Not available to train till
Monday or Tuesday
My car is in shop for repair and the rental does not have a
Paul B - flight numero uno...
Oct 15/08 Jazz, me and Mike H -
great touch and go...
Oct 14/08 Letter
from a lawyer...
If you are in adrenaline - high adventure - sport business and receive
a letter from a lawyer it is usually bad news...
Luckily, this one is not!
Oct 13/08 Busy
Saturday - write up by Mark
Having a couple of days off work I was hoping to make some
progress on my basement renovations. I need to earn some brownie
points with the wife, since the project has slowed down a bit now
that my long summer vacation is over. Of course, just as I am
getting into it, the phone rings. It is Andre. How would I like to
join him at the field for a couple of hours and get some flying done
while he trains a few students? How can I refuse?
I tinker around in the basement for a couple of hours making sure
that I make lots of noise and sound like I am getting lots done. In
reality I am trying to relocate a drainage pipe, and the concrete is
proving to be a bit of a challenge. I figure three hours of this is
enough to justify disappearing for the rest of the afternoon. I head
out to the field to find that Andre is a busy man. There are at
least 9 cars parked along the road and many new and returning
students are at the stage where they can fly under Andre's
supervision. Andre seems to have it all under control, so I grab a
machine and a glider and hop in the air for a quick flight. I am
flying a Walkerjet. It has been a while since I flew one and I
remember that they are quite heavy, but not as heavy as I
remembered. The hand position in flight is more comfortable, but I
didn't adjust the balance point before launching. I noticed it, but
was too lazy to change it. This means I am tipped forward a bit.
This made-take off a little different but now has the effect of
putting my brake handles somewhat near the cage and the prop. I
decide that I should readjust this when I land. Engine off, I come
in for a quick landing. I adjust the balance point to my normal
setting and go for another inflation, but I keep catching the
throttle as I attempt to launch. This is not good as it means I have
to unclip and set up the machine again. I decided that I will
attempt a reverse launch even though the wind is extremely light.
Somehow it works and I am off again. Take-off is always my favorite
part of a flight. I just love that feeling of my feet leaving the
ground. It is something that never gets old. Since conditions are so
ideal I practice a series of landings and take-offs.
Leigh and Mike, Mark and a few new students are getting some
flights in too, although at one point I realize that there were two
gliders in the air when I launched and now there is only one that I
can see. I scan the sky to see if I can locate the second glider.
After some time I realize that the second glider has landed. Leigh
had caught the kill switch just after his take off and was now knee
deep in the long grass. I check to see if he is ok. He smiles and
waves. I guess he can now check the box marked 'emergency landing'!
He starts the long march back to the airstrip. Personally I would
have taken the far shorter distance to the second runway and
launched again. Leigh later admits that this did not occur to him,
but it would have saved some work.
With the sun low in the sky we call it a day and pack up before
heading out to the bar. The flying season will soon be over, but for
now all is good.
Paul and Eduardo
- Eduardo - 3 flights
- Leigh - 4 flight
- Mike H. - 4 flight
- Paul B. - 3 flights
It was busy day but with all the above students in the flying
stage it was great and rewarding training day.
Nice email from Ted...
----- Original Message -----
From: Ted Davey
To: Andre - Powered Paragliding Ontario
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 10:25 PM
Subject: Ted's Trike
am inspired to tell you that your professional instruction (and
Mark's as well) has been a tremendous help to me. Every part of
the training program, from the first-rate ground school to
the airfield work at forward and reverse launching and actual
flying, was so well done that I can't imagine it being any better.
At the age of seventy seven you and Mark have made me feel like
I'm about eighteen! The sheer joy of flying the WalkerJet Trike is
fantastic for me,.. a dream come true! Many thanks Andre! You've
put me onto a "learning curve" that makes life very
exciting and fulfilling! I know that my close friends, Leigh and
Mike, feel the same way too. We all hold you in high regard!
Oct 8/08 Not available to train
from Tuesday Oct 14 till Friday Oct 17/08
My car will be in the shop for repair and I will no means to pull
Mike H. in flight + lands PPG nicely.
Training on Oct 5/08
Mike M. talks about his 2nd trike flight.
Oct 5/08 Back in business. For
I was able to tie down my engine hood and replace light bulbs in
my head and blinker lights so I can train till my car goes in shop
Not available to train till further notice due to car accident.
I got in accident today. Someone hit me and my car
is damaged. Headlight and blinker does not work + engine hood will not
stay down. I have to sort out rental car through insurance. It
should be done by Monday mid day if all goes well. But I am not sure
if I can get one with hitch and same wiring to hook up my trailer so
we will see. I will keep you posted.
Powered Paragliding Course Sep 29/08 - day three.
Paul and I got together one on one at 3 pm to work on his ground
handling skills. We had very low winds and thus practiced forward
inflations. Within 10 tries Paul had it down pat. We decided to strap
on the engine and that is where Paul struggles. For some reason as
soon as Paul has the engine on his back he looses all his skills. We
have more work to do. Around 4 pm Leigh and Ted showed up. I
have asked Leigh to do one practice inflation, Leigh did it no
problem with 100 % control so from then on proceeded to flying. He
managed 6 foot launched flights for total of nine in 3 days. He is
natural! Since winds were low we were able to assemble trike and
have Ted practice taxiing. He first struggled but I slowly corrected
his technique and at the end he managed another trike flight. We
wanted to get another flight but fuel in his unit was low and by the
time I mixed more the sun went down and it got damp very quickly so
we decided to pack it up. Good day. Again no pics or video. I keep forgetting.
Powered Paragliding Course Sep 28/08 - day two.
We had full house on Sunday. Mike H. from last course came to
complete 3 more flight, Kieran managed 5 more flights. Leigh
added 2 more flights to his log book and Ted decided to re visit the
trike and practiced hand throttle control. Unfortunately it was too
windy for him to practice trike taxiing. At one point we had 3
students in the air. It was neat; I was on radio with Kieran and
Leigh and Mark was
looking after Mike H. Very successful day also very busy. There was
no time to take pics or video. Sorry. A.
Powered Paragliding Course Sep 27/08 - day one.
Three students started PPG course on Sat morning.
From left to right Ted (refresher course) and two new students Leigh, Paul.
After the usual
ground school (taught by Mark), simulator and all paperwork we headed to the field.
We worked on forward inflations and by 6 pm Leigh was ready to fly.
We have tried few practice runs, last one with helmet on and motor
idling and it all went well. I gave Leigh option to fly and he took
it. 5 min later he was in the air. After 15 min flight I guided him
back down to perfect landing. Paul was also doing well with forward
inflations but when he put the motor on his back he lost most of his
skills. We see this quite often bit more training is required to get
used to the awkwardness of the machine.
Leigh on accomplishing your first flight on day one!
Powered Paragliding Ontario on CBC Radio.
Better quality here: http://www.cbc.ca/outfront/listen/2008/08-09-24.html
Silviu comes back for 2 more flights...
Eduardo comes back for 3 more flights...
Course Sep 6/08 - Day 3 - Ted talks about his first flight
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