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Feb 17/09      Ground handling session with Mike.

Mike is a PPG student booked for April 4th course. He took advantage of the winter sale and purchased WJ paramotor model Simon RR while back in January and today we got together for some introductory ground handling. It went well even though it was very cold with gusting winds quite turbulent conditions. Mike took home new Fides 28 planning to practice on his own to be ahead of the game when we start the course in April...

 

The April course still has space available. Sign up and you will fly soon...

Jan 14/09      Course dates for the first part of this season set.

  • April 4 - April 9/09
  • May 2 - May 7/09
  • May 23 - May 28/09
  • June 20 - June 25/09 

You can register here: http://www.poweredparaglidingontario.ca/news/availability.htm

Dec 9/08      Just as you thought there was no free lunch...

Ted sent me 4 T shirts with flying logo that he has designed and told me that I can do what ever I want with them. So thought why not give them out for free to pass the generosity on. Who ever email me first with name, address, size and one funny sentence about flying PPG that I will post on this website will receive free T shirt in the mail. I have 3 XL and 1 XXL black, longs sleeve T shirts. I guess only big guys should bother as I do not have any M or L sizes. Hurry up the race is on! Canadians only. 

Thanks Ted.                             

Dec 1/08      Flying season is over.

I just packed my gear away for the winter - no training till end of March. Thanks for your support.

Andre       

Nov 19/08      Texas manages 4 flights  - Video

        

Nov 20/08      Texas manages 4 flights - Nov 19/08. 

On Wed early afternoon Texas came to our training field to do some flying. It was overcast with winds around 12 kmh. Perfect conditions. The only problem was that there was approximately 2 inches of snow on the ground and temperature was below 0 Celsius. Uh that would be cold flying. I needed to test one unit that was in for repair so I bundled up and took off for quick flight. Machine was running great so I just kept climbing till I noticed that visibility started to decrease and I was flying in falling snow. OK, that is high enough. I have descended, flew around for another 5 min or so then landed due to cold hands. Air was smooth so there was nothing that would prevent Texas from attempting first solo flight. We went over all the important stuff related to fist flight and got ready. Texas did not hesitate and took off on first try. He did forget to lean back against the motor during his take off run so he sort of slid across the ground but he did not give up, kept the power up and was airborne shortly after. After about 10 min of flying his hand were getting cold so we decided to land. On landing approach he killed the motor by accident but picked nice bush free spot to land about 200 ft north of the cars. No problem, good soft landing. So we hiked the gear out and then Texas proceeded to 3 more flights all with perfect take of and some slippage on landings. As this was going on there was more and more snow coming down so we decided to pack up. If it did not start to snow Texas would probably manage 10 ort more flight and he made it look very effortless. God work Texas on you first 4 flight.

       

Nov 19/08      Ground handling with Texas  - Nov 16/08 - Video

        

Nov 19/08      From sea level to 22 100 ft in 2 hrs with WJ - F 200 engine in PAP frame. 

        

Nov 18/08      Ground handling with Texas  - Nov 16/08

 

After major rain on Sunday we got together on Monday to ground handle. It was quite windy so we used the trainer glider that is designed for ground handling in high winds. Very fast, agile and twitchy does not produce too much lift. Texas picked it up very quickly and in 2 hrs he was reverse and forward handling no problem. Since it was too windy to upgrade to bigger (normal size) glider we decided to take break and went to near by pub for coffee and cup of soup. When we came back the wind was smoother and not as strong. I though there may be possibility to get Texas in the air so I jumped in for quick flight to test the air. After take off I was shoot to 1000 ft within seconds in very strong thermal, then I flew around for about 5 min. It was not too bumpy but for sure too much for first flight. Also there were some very dark ominous clouds near by so we decided that Texas should try to ground handle with the motor on his back and regular size glider which is always last step before going for first flight. No problem at all, Texas is ready to solo. It will most likely happen next time we get together. Over and out!

Nov 17/08      Texas started PPG course this Sat - Nov 15/08

After successful completion of ground school we went to Fireman's park in Niagara Falls to get familiar with paragliders and do powered simulator. It was pouring rain but we accomplished all we could to be ready for some ground handling.

Nov 14/08      Charlie PGing with Sky Para Fides

Andre , here's your wing and me doing my solo from 2300msl. Got my P2 Novice rating. Some flight's and it's paramotoring. Thanks for everything Andre! Charlie

Nov 10/08      Training with Paul, Mike and Roy - Nov 5/08.

What a great weather! Paul and Roy managed two flights each an Mike added 3 more flights to his log book.

Nov 4/08      Again too windy. All plans for flying today were cancelled.

Forecast for: KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US)
Text: KIAG 041720Z 041818 22014KT P6SM SCT080 SCT120 BKN220
Forecast period: 1800 to 2000 UTC 04 November 2008
Forecast type: FROM: standard forecast or significant change
Winds: from the SW (220 degrees) at 16 MPH (14 knots; 7.3 m/s)

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