Paramotoring, PPG - news
June 23/09 PPG
course June 20 - Day 2 - ground handling and flying on Sunday
I have tried to go to sleep, but this weekend
of PPG keeps waking me. Your ground school on Saturday was
comfortably informal & informative and the PPG Bible(2) gave me much
great reading for the rainy Saturday that cancelled further training
that day. Ground school at Sodom Rd. on Sunday was easy at the
start (when I didn't think or try too hard) and when I did start
pushing too hard you had the patience and expertise to teach me to
slow down without breaking my spirit. I still can't believe how
easy you made my first (and second) journey into the sky. Six hours
of fun and informative schooling inside (answering all questions
without getting p'd off) and three hours of coping with a "Newbie"
trying too hard and you still got me in the air! You are an honest
and hard working individual with phenomenal people skills and I am
proud to share our Czech heritage.
Thanx! Ralph Zavadil.
P.S. Here's a couple links to my previous
stupidity and the documentary Jay Cheel is doing.
See you Monday!
PPG course June 20 - Day 2 - ground handling and flying
All three students
Ralph, Lawrence and Todd arrived at the field at 1 pm as planned to
start to ground handle. Todd who has already purchased PPG gear had
a bit of a head start and his technique was near perfection. The
only problem was that his Atis glider with old style risers was not
locking in so I suggested to use one of our gliders. Once Todd
switched to our glider he was bang on and we were able to strap
paramotor on his back. Meanwhile Lawrence was working on his kiting
skills with Mark. Ralph basically hooked up for forward, inflated
perfectly on his first try and had good controlled run. Wow. This
will be easy! Well any other try for next 2 hours was far from
perfection. We had to sort out few things the worst one being too
much force, trying to muscle the glider rather then allowing it to do
it's job. After few more hours Todd and Ralph were ready to fly. I
focused on Ralph and Mark on Todd. After few mock up runs with motor
on Ralph's back I was confident he can handle him self in the air so I gave him
the option to fly. He took it, we got ready, first inflation and he was
off. Perfect take off. As Ralph was flying Albert, one of the
students from May course was ready for flight and so was Eduardo who
only has 3 more flight to do to finish his license. Both of them did
not waste any time and soon were cruising above me and Mark. After while
radio crackles and Albert goes: "Andre are you watching your
student?" "Yes, sure." I replied. "Why?" Because he is
heading for the US border..." "What??!!" I look up and sure
enough Ralph is good 3 km from our field. I get on radio hoping he
is not out of range and tell him to get back immediately. He
apologizes stating that he did not know that leaving the field was
forbidden. I guess so, I did not tell him that assuming common
sense. Anyway after while Ralph landed. Good landing. Holy
excitement, this guy is something. Man, and you should see his vehicle...
Eduardo completed last 3 flights to total 30 in his log book.
Congrats on finishing the Transport Canada practical requirements.
Well done. Mark got Todd in the air for the first time. I do not
know how it went. All I know that Todd dropped his radio ( he was
using his own set up) and flew first flight completely unguided.
Luckily he has flight experience on other aircraft so it was not big
deal. Albert took off again for flight number 2 and Ralph was
getting ready to go up again. We got ready, Ralph inflated and I
gave him thumbs up to proceed with power. He went to full power
immediately which caused large amount of torque and Ralph stumbled
and fell on his take off run. He was quite lucky that he did not
brake a propeller. He tried again and basically repeated the same
thing. On his third try he was up again. 2 flights after total of 9
hours of trainings for Todd and Ralph. Well done guys! Very
PPG course June 20 - Day 1 - ground school
3 students in June
20 course. From left to right: Ralph, Lawrence and Todd.
Students passed the
Pstar exam and Student Pilot Permits were issued. Since it was
raining we had to cancel any hands on stuff. Forecast for Sunday
looks good. We are ready to fly.
Flying on June 15/09
Monday late afternoon Albert and Ted came down
to go on with their training. Wind was nice and light so Ted and I
started to work on taxing technique using A assist system. It was
easier to inflate the glider but Ted's reactions were tad too slow
to get the power and glider under control. (Ted is 78 yrs old) We
kept trying but all of a sudden wind swirled around, turned 180
degrees and blew Ted's glider back through the protective ring right
into the spinning prop. I saw it was coming, yelled kill the motor
on radio but it was too late. I could hear the fabric being slapped
by the prop. Yap, nice big hole. Bummer. Total freak accident. Oh
well, it will get fixed. Meanwhile Albert was ready to fly. We tried
couple of reverses but then switched to forward as Albert was more
comfortable like that. In no time he was up and flying. I took one
of my gliders we attached it to Ted's trike and kept trying. No
luck. Albert landed with only fumes in gas tank. That was close. I
know he was low, but I have to watch the fuel level more closely. We
took a brake. Then tried again with Ted. No luck. I felt very bad
for him who was trying so hard but just could not hit it right. We
refuelled Albert's machine that started to give us some trouble on
starting. We finally got it going and Albert again took off. I later
found out that automatic decompressor was sticking. I went back to
Ted and we started to try again. No luck. At the end I decided to
help Ted and do assisted take of where I pull the trike by hand and
pilot inflates the glider which as easier to do as one does not have
to flight the prop wash. After several tries, Ted had a good one. I
gave him OK to power up and soon he joined Albert in the air. As
wind dropped to nothing and sun was going down I told both pilots to
enjoy long flight and slowly started to pack the trailer. In about
30 min Ted landed as he took of with half tank of fuel. Albert was
still buzzing around, nice and low, truly enjoying him self. 15 min
later he landed, packed up and we went our separate ways. Ted's glider
was shipped for repair and once we have it back we will fly again.
On a side note. I wish that I will be able to
fly at the age of 78. I doubt it though. It is just remarkable and
we did not have any student that would come even close to Ted's age.
Congratulation Ted on your third flight!
June 16/09 Update from Mike D.
I got in a few days of flying this weekend. Friday afternoon I had a
great XC. I headed a few km to the edge of the Escarpment. The
attached picture if of Borerís Falls (see attached) near Dundas.
I was inspired by your early morning flight in your recent news and
was on the field at 7 this morning. The dew on the freshly cut grass
made for an interesting take-off. I had no problems running but by
the time I got the engine throttled up I was skiing across the grass
to my take-off. That was fun.
After flying Friday I got talking with someone who new a guy with
another private air strip. The one I have been using is about 6 km
from home and this one is only about 3 (wow). It turns out the owner
was hosting a local ultra-light BBQ so I stopped in. The field was
populated with many small planes and a few ultra-lights. I got
talking with the owner and he gave me permission to use his field.
Itís behind a place I take my daughter to for dance lessons. It is
also nicely situated for some short XC to Rattlesnake Point and
I am hoping to try it out this week. I have also attached a picture
with my prop guard back on the paramotor. The grass trimmer lines
worked out great. Also, I am sitting back fairly nicely with this
June 15/09 More flying on June
Eduardo flew twice more. Doruk added very long and cold flight to
his log book. Rozo went to fly over Niagara Falls but did not
realize that the 3500 minimum meant 3500 ft not m! So Rozo flew over
Niagara Falls at 10 000 ft. Great evening.
Andre and Mark go on epic XC flight.
It has been a while since Mark and I got a
chance to fly together. After such successful Saturday I proposed
that we get up early do nice XC flight on Sunday morning. We
met at 6:30 am at my house and drove out to one of our "flying for
pleasure" fields. When we arrived the wind was very light coming
from north, an ideal conditions. We fuelled up, got ready and took
Not available for training.
I will not be available for any training from
May 31 to June 10. I am heading back homer to visit family and do
some business. Sorry for the inconvenience.
May 30/09 PPG course May 24/09 -
Day 2 - in flight interview with Valentyn
May 30/09 PPG course May 24/09 -
Day 2 - Sunday
We had tons of people show up at the field again. Albert managed two
more flight but this time we had a chance to practice getting in and
out of machine in simulator so he got seated no problem and enjoyed
both flight tremendously. Valentyn jumped in for first solo flight
after about 9 hrs of total instructions. Not bad at all. Eduardo
flew bunch of times and so did Texas. Again we always had 2 or 3 students
in the air. Very productive and successful day..
May 30/09 PPG course May 23/09 -
Day 1 - afternoon at training field.
We had tons of people show up at the field in the afternoon. There
was so many students that I actually do not remember all. Rozo who
is an experienced pilot basically flew flight after flight after
flight. Every body
had a good time and flew several times. Valentyn was working on his
ground handling skills and at any given point we had 2 or 3 students
in the air. Great day.
May 28/09 PPG course May 23/09 -
Day 1 - morning - ground school.
We had two students in our May 23rd course. Rozo from Columbia who
is an experienced pilot. He learned how to fly PPG in USA and now is
in the process to obtain Canadian PPG license. The other student was
Valentyn from Bulgaria. It is funny, 90 % of our students are not
from Canada. What is up with you Canadian guys? I guess you prefer
that huge house, big truck, TV and bag of chips...
This is first time we have used this flight simulator in the
parking lot behind Peaks. It worked well until it turned into
landing simulator. Sorry Valentyne. You are first student to
experience lending before take off. Those of you who were there know
what I am talking about.
May 25/09 No more unfamiliar gear.
In the past year or so I have had several students who purchased
used PPG equipment on their own without any consultation with me.
Not all equipment is created equal and there are some seriously bad
and dangerous designs out there. In addition, there are some pilots
who purchased way too powerful engines not suitable for their weight
and level of skill. All this increases risk and in a sense puts my
business in jeopardy as any serious injury at the field would for
sure cause lose of access to this site. That would be end of PPO
until replacement site is found. I have been trying to secure
secondary location similar to this one for past 8 years with no
success. I am not willing to go on limb anymore. We have been lucky
so far; no injuries what so ever; and I really really want to keep
that record. I am not saying that someone using our equipment can
not have a stumble or perhaps break a propeller or even worse but we
know that this is always related to skill of the student and not
equipment design. That is the level of risk I am willing to accept
but no more then that. Some people who are already in process may be
grand fathered in and may be allowed to use what they have purchased
if deemed appropriate but anybody who started in 2009 is out of
luck. If you are thinking of purchasing equipment that you plan to
use while under our supervision, please consult with me.
May 25/09 Too windy - no flying today.
Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
Output produced by TAFs form (1830 UTC 25 May
||KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US)
251720Z 2518/2618 05012KT P6SM SCT250
||1800 UTC 25 May 2009 to 0400 UTC 26
||FROM: standard forecast or
||from the NE (50 degrees) at
14 MPH (12 knots; 6.2 m/s)
||6 or more miles (10+ km)
||scattered clouds at 25000 feet
||no significant weather forecast
for this period
May 17/09 Evan likes his Atis 2.
Sent: May-12-09 11:21 PM
To: Andre Zeman
Subject: Atis 2
Just wanted to let you know that the new ATIS 2 is working very
well for me. I've now flown it with power and without and
it's great for both (though my free flight skills definitely
need some work). This wing could definitely work for a
beginner, handles very well, and flies fast and stable when
trimmers are out.
I saw Michael's post about zero-wind starting. I've
started doing power-assisted forwards and they work really well
and inflation is super easy, and safe too. I give it
about 75% throttle at about a 50 degree angle for 20-30 seconds,
then instantly drop to idle to eliminate the torque...and run
like hell. The wing pops right up, and the airflow
sustains for a while after the power dies. Usually
trimmers 1/3-1/2 out to make the inflation faster... i'm a good
runner and don't mind the little bit of extra takeoff speed.
May 16/09 Andre takes students
Eduardo and Mike D on XC flight - May 13/09
Write up by Mike D.
had just completed my third set of flights. Within these flights
Andre asked if I would like to apply my newly formed skills and
judgment and practice taking off and landing without his assistance.
He would offer help only if needed. This was a chance to take my
learning to the next level and I jumped at (rather, flew at) the
opportunity. I ended up logging seven flights that day. Flying up to
this point had felt like a freedom I could only have dreamed of.
Working on my own added to this freedom tremendously. Wow, I am not
only enjoying flying more each time, it is coming in waves.
May 15/09 Andre goes on amazing
morning XC flight - May 13/09
May 14/09 One would not want to fly
||KIAG (NIAGARA FALLS, NY, US)
1413/1512 18022G32KT P6SM -SHRA SCT025CB OVC040
||1300 to 1800 UTC 14 May 2009
||FROM: standard forecast or significant change
||from the S (180 degrees) at 25 MPH (22 knots;
gusting to 37 MPH (32 knots; 16.6 m/s)
||6 or more miles (10+ km)
||4000 feet AGL
||scattered clouds at 2500 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 4000 feet AGL
May 14/09 PPG course May 2, 2009
Day 1 - Saturday. Ground school and Fireman's park.
May 13/09 Mike D talks about his 7
flights in one session
We had very successful day at our flying field on Monday. Eduardo,
Mike and Albert came and did quite well. Mike D managed 7 foot
launch flights, Eduardo added 4 more flights to his log book and
improved his landing technique tremendously and Albert flew his
first solo flight and his second flight shortly after. The only
problem was; that he used a different machine then he tried in
simulator as we needed more power and was not able to get into the
seat. So both of his flight were by the cohonas. Ouch. Sorry Albert.
I hope the boys are back to normal. We are planning to get together
at Peaks again to practice how to get in and out off the seat on
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