Paramotoring, PPG - news
May 12/09 Note from Mike H who was
in Sep 2008 course.
Sent: May-05-09 11:06 PM
To: Andre Zeman
Subject: RE: Flying last weekend
Just to keep you posted, I went flying last Sunday morning in west
Toronto down by the lake at a clearing beside a park. That was my
26th flight. I
arrived at 7:00 AM and there was no wind and the grass was very
wet. This was a secluded area - almost no people just beside a very
large parcel of contaminated fenced in land. After a few attempts I
realized that a 2mph wind kept changing direction and made it
difficult for me to keep the now very wet wing flying. I aborted
about 6 attempts.
I decided to wait for some wind, and wait for the sun to dry off the
wing. Around 9:30 a slight breeze started from the south east - off
Lake Ontario - directly on shore. It was about a 5mph wind. Just
enough to make a forward inflation easily hold up the now dry wing.
The take off was non eventful and I flew along the lakeshore and
occasionally over the edge of the contaminated land. Being on the
water, there seemed to be no thermal activity despite the time of
flight was about an hour long ending with a nice landing.
I would still like some more advice on forward inflations with no
wind - I must be doing something wrong (probably not running hard
enough!). So I keep watching your web site for times you may be
available - I will get out to see you again soon..
Mike in the middle.
May 10/09 May 2009 PPG course -
Day 3 with Doruk - Thursday May 7, 2009
Forecast looked OK for Thursday so Doruk came
again. Wind was forecasted from SW at 10 knots and it looked like we
will have a very good conditions for first solo flight. When I have
arrived at the field conditions were less the ideal. Gusty winds
from SW up to 25 km/h. Not very good for the first solo. I took off
for test flight and sure enough, the air was far too turbulent. Se
we spent another 2 hrs working on Doruk's ground handling technique
and used hand tow rope to improve his forward control. At 7:30 pm
wind started to decrease but it also started to rain gently. I took
off for another flight and noticed the air has improved a lot. It
looked like the rain will only last 10 min or so we decided to wait.
We sat in my car and watched the "risk and reward" video
focusing on the take off chapter. After 15 min or so rain ended. We
still had some breeze so I gave Doruk the option to fly. He took it
and soon after he was ready to go. Good inflation, power, run but
the Doruk simply sat down too early. Not a big deal, we laid out the
glider again, I have stressed the need for continuous run till one
is in the air and also told Doruk that he was lucky not to break
the propeller. On his second try he has repeated the very same mistake.
This time the prop did touch the ground and chunk went missing.
Bummer. It was getting quite dark so I did not bother to pull out
spare prop from my trailer and mount it. We packed and went home.
Too bad; Doruk was so close to first flight two times but each time
the urge to sit in the seat before aircraft had sufficient air speed
prevented him from flying.
May 9/09 May 2009 PPG course -
Day 2 with Doruk - Tuesday May 5, 2009
Doruk and I got together on Tuesday. (Albert
is busy till Sat) Wind forecast was for NE gradually turning to E.
Velocity 18 km/h. This will be good for reverse handling but air may
not be flyable as east winds are always messy. We spent another 2 hrs
ground handling and the ground handled with paramotor on Doruk's
back. After 30 min struggling he made a transition and was ready for
solo flight. I hoped in for test flight and like I expected the air
was very very turbulent. Not good conditions for first flight. We
will have to wait till another day.
So far this year the weather for flying had
been terrible. I can count the number of good days on fingers of one hand.
May 7/09 May 2009 PPG course -
Day 2 with Albert - Monday May 4, 2009
Doruk could not make it for training on Monday
so it was my self and Albert at the field. We spent couple hours
ground handling and Albert was really getting the hang of it. By 6
pm winds started to come down and we proceeded to ground handle with
paramotor on Albert's back. This is the most physically demanding
part of the course. Albert made quick transition and his skills were
ready for first solo flight. We got set up, went over all info
related to take off, flight and landing including emergency
procedures. By the time Albert was strapped in wind has dropped to 7
or so km/h so faster run will be required for take off. After
forward inflation, Albert started to add power, I gave him the go
ahead and he started to run and increase power to full. After about
30 feet of running he went off power. I assume he got discouraged by
the speed of the run. No problem. I have a=explained that in lower
winds one has to run fast to take off and we got ready again. This
time there was even less wind. I again stressed the need for fast
run. Again successful forward inflation, good control, power to full
so now Albert is running down the runway under full power. It is
just matter of time before he takes off but again he decided that
this was too fast for him and aborted. Too bad. It was all there on
the other hand I would much prefer is students decide to abort if
they do not fell 100 %. We will have another day with more wind and
it will be better as with more wind one does not have to run so
fast. Good day, we have progressed a lot. Good work Albert.
May 8/09 Not available for
I will not be available for any training from
May 31 to June 10. Sorry for the inconvenience.
May 3/09 Two students in our May 2,
2009 class - Albert and Doruk.
May 3/09 No flying today - Sunday.
To all students. Forecast is no good for today.
It will be windy till 8 pm. No flying.
Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
Output produced by TAFs form (1417 UTC 03 May 2009)
||1800 UTC 03 May 2009 to 0000 UTC 04 May 2009
||FROM: standard forecast or significant change
||from the SW (230 degrees) at 14 MPH (12 knots;
gusting to 23 MPH (20 knots; 10.4 m/s)
||6 or more miles (10+ km)
||scattered clouds at 25000 feet AGL
||no significant weather forecast for this period
April 30/09 Next PPG course starts
We still have 2 spaces available. Book now,
start on Saturday morning and you most likely fly solo for the first
time in your life on Sunday evening. YOU CAN also do
April 27/09 First flights of the
season - write up by Mark
Andre picked me up at around 3:30pm. We had
three students booked in: Mike, Texas and Eduardo. The forecast
wasnít great but the weather looked like it might cooperate, so we
headed off to the Sodom Road field. Conditions looked great as we
pulled off the road. There was a light breeze, enough for a reverse
launch. Andre was trying out a new engine and propeller combination
and wondered if I might put some time on the engine. He warned me
that it might be a little underpowered.
Text me please.
To save time and money I would prefer that those of you who have
my cell number text me rather then call if you have a simple
question such as "Will there be demo on Sunday?" or "Will you fly on
Sat? Can I come?" or such. I will text you right back. I appreciate
if you could. Thanks Andre
"My first flight." by Mike D.
April 16, 2009
I came close to flying my first day of training. I had bought my
glider, received some initial training from Andre and practiced
ground handling several weeks before starting the course. After
taking the ground school course, Andre checked the detailed forecast
and the winds were favourable up until about 4 p.m. at which point
they would change to calmer and alternating directions.
Once at the field, I reviewed my ground handling with Andre for a
while and then began some ground handling work with the motor on.
Soon after, the winds changed as predicted, right on schedule...
Course April 16/09 - day 2
Finally forecast for Thursday was favourable. Mike met me at 4 pm
and we quickly proceeded to go on with a bit more of ground
handling. After 1 hr Mike was ready to fly. We did couple of dry
runs, all went well so next step was to put helmet on and give it a
go. We discussed the possibility of radio contact loss, powers loss
etc. Mike got ready, reverse inflated, gradually increased power and
then took off in very well controlled matter. He had no tendency to
sit down. That winch set up (see news Feb 25) is already paying off.
As Mike was cruising around I decided to take some video footage and
that is when I saw Mike gliding closer and closer to the ground. All
I could say on the radio was more power more power but Mike just
landed. He said on the radio that his throttle lost all resistance
and would not rev up the engine. Hmmm sound like the stopper from
the throttle wire came off. We soon discovered that the stopper did
not come off but the wire slipped from its housing which was not
pinched enough to prevent such disconnection. We have quickly fixed
this and Mike managed two more flights this time using forward
inflations. All his take offs are good. Flying is perfect. He does
pull some break on landings though which is resulting in less then
feather like landings. This is what will work on next time.
ON YOUR FIRST 3 FLIGHTS!
This is what I have received from Mike next morning:
Mike Dunham [mailto:.............@cogeco.ca]
Sent: April-17-09 6:37 AM
Subject: RE: Sodom Road Thursday afternoon
Iíve been up since 5:30. I didnít get much sleep. My body was tired
but my mind would not shut off. I havenít had this happen since I
was a kid. My adrenaline is still running strong from yesterday and
I perhaps getting ready for the next flight.
Have a good day,
Apr 19/09 Got electric scooter.
This thing is a blast. It goes about 50 km/h. It will do about 60 km
on full charge that takes about 4 - 6 hrs costing about 30 cents which
is 30 times more economical then car. I put about 100 km on mine so far
booting around St. Catharines doing errands. I am really having lots
of fun. No insurance, license, or fossil fuel needed. If you ever
consider getting one of these I sell them. I am working on simple web site
www.electricvehiclesontario.ca but it is not finished yet.
Apr 18/09 Course April 4/09 - day 1
The weather forecasted for Sat April 4 was not good at all. Rain and
high winds. Since Mike was only student registered and lives
relatively close we decided to postpone and get together on Sunday
as weatherman was promising better conditions. We completed the
ground school, not the best one I have taught, I keep fighting this
cold that I had over 5 weeks now and often feel bit under the
weather. Anyway off we went to our flight field. We had 2 hrs of
pretty good reverse inflation conditions. We worked hard but when we
were nearing the level of skill a student needs to attempt first
solo the wind has turned into light and variables, not best
conditions even for experienced pilot. Speaking of which, Evan came
to pick up his new paraglider, PG harness and rescue and planned to
go for flight. The conditions were tough but the biggest problem was
that Evan's paramotor was acting up and was not achieving full
power. He owns Airfer with Black Devil engine which is normally
quite reliable set up. We tried couple of things but did not fix the
problem completely. Evan was able to get in the air by blowing into
his blow tube constantly to keep gas tank positively pressurized but
was still only able to fly at 50 % power. Enough to have 40 min
Here is Mike writing his pre-solo exam.
Apr 6/09 I will not be available
from Apr 9 to April 12/09
Off for Easter.
Feb 27/09 Leroy is enjoying winter
Gear: Paramotor Walkerjet Simon XC and Sky paraglider Atis
I will be away from Feb 28 to March 9.
Sorry or the inconvenience.
Mike in preparations for his course - part of email from Mike.
... attached are some pictures of the simulator
and winch I set up. It is totally self-sufficient. After walking
around with the paramotor on I hook in and power myself off the
floor. I practice slipping into the seat and also slipping out
(coming in for landing) and getting used to taking the weight of the
motor after touching down....
The April course still has space available. Book and you will fly
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