Paramotoring, PPG - news
Aug 28/10 PPG course Aug 28/10
Two new students: Kevin and Jim
Non power simulator
Aug 27/10 Lupo added 2 more flights to
his log book.
Both flight very well done. Congrats.
Aug 22/10 I am back.
Please email or text me if you wish to schedule your next
July 19/10 I am away.
I will be in Europe from July 20 to Aug 21. Please email if you
need to get hold of me.
July 17/10 Lawrence and Rene flew
first solo today - July 14.
Wind today was perfect for first solo flights. Lawrence and Rene
were fine tuning their glider handling skills with motors on their
backs. I took off for quick flight to make sure air is not too
bumpy. It was good so Rene was first to try. Good inflation, good
control. I gave him the "windmill" which is the signal for full
power and take off but he sat down before the aircraft took him of
the ground. He needed a break so Lawrence got ready. Great
inflation, great control, great take off. Just bit too much brake on
lift off and at about 20 ft quick off power for split of a second..
But once in the air it w3as pleasure to watch Lawrence carve smooth
turns and work power ever so smoothly. He spent most of his time
well over 1200 ft. I did not bother to take any pics as he was bit
too for high. Meanwhile Rene got ready for another try. Good
inflation, good control. I gave him the "windmill" again but he sat
down again! OK that takes a special skill! ;-) Meanwhile
Lawrence asked if he could land. Since he was up for good half hour,
no problem. We set up for landing and he axecuted almost perfect
landing. Well done Lawrence. Congrats on flight number 1.
Ok. Back to Rene. We got ready again. This time Rene inflated,
powered up and ran till he was in the air. He spent 30 min cruising
around getting used to this new environment. On landing, pulled
brakes bit too much on B position and actually climbed back up to
about 8 ft or so. He did hit the brakes with the right C position at
the right time so it was not big deal. Not perfect landing but good
July 16/10 More ground handling with
Lawrence - July 13.
I spent couple hours with Lawrence today and he is ready to fly.
He can now inflate with motor on his back and control glider very
well. As soon as we have 10 - 15 km/h wind he can go for his first
July 15/10 PPG course Day 3 - July 12
Rene had to go to work on Monday so I had Curtis and Lawrence at
the field. Lawrence progressed very well with is ground handling.
All we have to do is to put motor on his back and if he can inflate
with the motor he is ready to fly. Curtis managed additional 2
flights in quite tricky conditions. Both executed wery well. There
was not much wind at all. Good day.
July 14/10 PPG course Day 2 - July 11
Both students Rene and Curtis progressed nicely with ground handling
and at the end of the day Curtis managed to do his first solo
flight. Solid take off, pretty good handling in the air. Landing
approach was bit rocky but the landing it self was no problem at
all. Rene tried a different machine in improvised simulator as the
previous one was not fitting quite well. I thought that he would be
the one to fly first but something happened in the second half of
our Sunday session and Rene's skills started to get worse. Tired
perhaps? We are planning to get together on Wednesday and if we have good
conditions I am sure Rene will fly.
Rene in improvised simulator
Rene and Curtis ground handling
Curtis in flight
July 10/10 PPG course Day 1
Two students signed up for this course. Rene and Curtis who
drove all the way from Alberta to take the training. We completed ground
school, park prep and spent 3 hrs ground handling both forward and
reverse. Both students need bit more ground handling but there is very good
chance they they will both fly on Sunday.
Rene on left, Curtis on right. Note the size of his slurpy mug...
June 28/10 Very busy.
This year is quite different from last. I guess the economy is
doing better. Many students are signing up for courses, I am very
busy teaching and have very little time to post updates.
I have recently trained with Vasyl and Oleg from TO, Michal and
Marius from Ottawa, Mark, Lupo. Lawrence and few others.
June 3/10 PPG course May 8/10 - day
three - Tuesday evening
Great forecast for the evening. Juilio and Tyler continued with
their training. Tyler managed 22 short flights in a span of
2 hrs and ALL of them perfect. He is done. 32 flights completed. One
of the fastest students ever. Congrats Tyler on completing your
course. Juilio has improved his ground kiting skills and is getting
very close to the flying stage...
May 25/10 PPG course May 8/10 - day
two - Monday evening
Great forecast for the evening. Juilio and Tyler continued with
their training. Tyler quickly managed 9 short flights in a span of
1.5 hrs all of them pretty much perfect and Juilio has improved his
ground kiting skills tremendously. He will fly soon.
May 19/10 PPG course May 8/10 - day
two - Monday morning
I got together with Tyler and Juilio at 7 am as forecast for
later in the day did not look promising at all. Juilio was
working on his ground handling and Tyler started to ground handle
with motor on his back. He had no problem at all. Almost like to
motor was not on his back at all. After several perfect inflations I
gave him the option to fly. He agreed so we went quickly over all
flight theory and emergency procedures such as unplanned engine stop
or loss of radio communication. Tyler was ready to go. Good
inflation, I gave him OK to increase thrust but he did not quite go
to full power, he hesitated so I told him over the radio to gun it.
he did, got of the ground but at about 40 ft backed of the power
again. He started to descend so again, I told him to go to full
power. This time he held it and climbed up to safe altitude. It was
quite cold this morning so after about 15 min in the air. I guided
Tyler back down for very good landing. He was pretty stoked and we
discussed what he could have done better. Wind velocity increased
and it started to be too gusty for flying so Tyler left I started to
work with Juilio on his ground handling. At 11 am wind was too much
to kite so we went for breakfast. Great morning. Congratulations on
your first flight Tyler.
May 17/10 PPG course May 8/10 - day
one - Sunday afternoon
We have arrived at Fireman's park, nice weather but winds were
gusting to 50 km/h. We took shelter behind a building, tied
paragliders to parking lot fence and started to learn how to:
Put on training harness
Paraglider - unpacking
Paraglider - clearing lines and untangling
Paragliding/training harness - paraglider
attachment for forward inflation
Paragliding/training harness - paraglider
attachment for reverse inflation
Paraglider - packing
Paramotor pre-flight check
Paramotor start and stop procedure
All students did very well so we drove to one of our fields to
practice ground handling. It was very windy and gusty. Tyler has
purchased equipment before this course started and with help of his
friend, learned how to ground handle and was doing very well given
the difficult and windy conditions. Juilio was using our training
paraglider designed for ground handling in high winds and Attila was
handling the smallest real paraglider we have that is size 24 m.
After about 1.5 hour we had enough. It was long day for everyone.
Tyler is ready to fly. Both Attila and Juilio need to ground handle
May 13/10 PPG and goats do not mix.
As most of you know I have a female black lab called Jazz. Here
and there when we travel south and none of our friends can look after
her she goes in a kennel near Fort Erie. Last time I was there I
have noticed large fields all the way around and thought I should
take off and have a flight nice from here as I have never seen this
area from the air. I asked the owner, Angie, and suggested
that I will take some pictures of her property for her while I am
up. That always works like a charm. I was told that I can come any
time when weather is good for flying so last week on Friday morning
I put one of my machines on the platform at the back of my car and
headed towards Fort Erie. I arrived at 9 am , started to unpack my
stuff when I feel gentle poking on my elbow. I look over my shoulder
and there is a goat. Small, white and perfectly blue eyes. Cute one
as far as goats go.
OK, it is friendly, I give her few pets and keep on unpacking.
Next I notice, it is chewing on a strap of my paramotor. That is no
good. I push it off but not it is tasting canopy of the paraglider.
What the heck. Again I push her off and now she latches on my packet
cover of my pants. You little bugger. I give her bigger shove and
now it is trying to attack me with it's horns. I guess it is not
that friendly after all. The horns are small yet sharp. She is after
me! I offer her old strap that was at the trunk of my car and she is
happy with that. Anyway, I set up. Take off and fly around. Very
nice morning, hardly any bumps. I took pictures for couple of
farmers, Angie and local church and flew to fort Erie to check out
an old runway by Eurocopters.
Very fun time. I will do more flights from various locations this
year as I am getting bored flying from our usual sites. Andre
May 12/10 PPG course May 8/10
The weather for Saturday did not look favourable at all so we
cancelled and instead started on Sunday May 9. I had three students
in class. From left to right Attila, Juilio and Tyler. Mete - a
student from way back 2004 - came to say hi. He is in white T-shirt
Ground school was finished at 2 pm and student pilot permits were
issued. Next step, Fireman's park to practice hook ups and to go
through powered simulator.
May 8/10 To all licensed PPG pilots.
Current aviation license holders should have received in the mail
a notice to apply for the new Aviation Document Booklet. All paper
licenses are due to expire this year and you must apply soonest for
the new Aviation Booklet. This booklet look's similar to a Passport.
It does not cost anything other than you require a passport photo
attached with the new application.
See this link:
May 7/10 I will not be available for
training from May 21 to May 24.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
April 21/10 Fun flight April 14, 2010.
When Tim realized he could not go on with his training I have
decided to go for a flight for my own fun since I was already at the
field. It was a beautiful evening, I drove all this way with all my
gear so why not. I have fuelled up my Walkerjet, strapped on the
camera, dressed up and said goodbye to Tim. Shortly after I took off
then headed into the wind that was at about 8 km/h from north west.
It took me about 5 min to settle in, set my foot rest bar, set the
cruise control, trim glider, zip up my flight suit and so on. I was
bit surprised that air was quite bumpy, I did not expect that at all
from conditions on the ground. I flew all the way to Short Hills
provincial park which is near Font hill about 20 km away. I also
under estimated the temperature. I always have gloves in my side
bag, but while back I took them out and never put them back. My
hands started to get bit chilli so it was time to turn around. On my
way back I played low as wind dropped to almost nothing and golden
light was guiding me back to our strip. There was dear, fox (or was
it a coyote), lots of geese and guys on four wheelers waving
I did not leave my self a wind sock at the field. The big one was
not moving at all. This may be tricky. I did couple of passes but
could not tell if there was any wind at all. I came in quite hot,
but it was good landing. I could not see exact spot where I would
land as sun was right in my eyes and got lucky this time as I missed
big wet, muddy spot at the end of the runway. Uhh that was close.
Great flight, good beginning of the season!
April 16/10 PPG course April 14, 2010.
Tim has arrived at the field at 3:30 pm, conditions were perfect.
Slight breeze from SW. Perfect for forward inflation practice. I
figured we will fine tune his ground handling and in couple of hours
Tim will go for his first solo. After 1 hr of doing and progressing
quite nicely just that Tim was ready for another forward. Upon
inflation wind picked up a bit, Tim lost control of the glider
overhead and as it was falling down it pushed him backward and in
the process Tim pulled muscle at the back of his thigh. He tried to
walk it out, stretch it out but no success, It was OK to walk on but
he could not rely on it for running or any other strenuous exercise.
Bummer. We were so close and conditions were perfect. I have
suggested that Tim goes back to his hotel room and ice it, then calls
on Thursday morning to let me know if it is back to normal.
Next day in the morning Tim called, his leg was better but still
not up to another training session. Too bad. Now we have to wait
till Tim's leg is back to normal. We will resume training as soon as
Good work so far Tim. I wish you speedy recovery.
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