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
The April course still has space available. Sign up and you will fly
Course dates for the first part of this season set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Again too windy. All plans for flying today were cancelled.