Paramotoring, PPG - news
April 26/11 Equipment for sale - contact Curt
I wrote to you about a month ago concerning my father, Ted
Davey's Walkerjet with MZ 34 engine and Sky Paraglider - Tandem wing
- model Golem. If you recall, you had said that if we sent you some
photos you would post a 'for sale' notice on your website, and that
the gear is worth anywhere between 6000 - 7000 Cad.
The ppg is in excellent condition, having always been garaged and
well cared for between a total of approximately 12 flights. Due to
Dad's failing health there were only a couple of flights in the past
year, the final one being October 16th. As you can see in one photo
it includes a set of custom made skis for winter use. We also have a
dump-type box trailer which was specially modified to carry the ppg.
Considering the condition and low use, I would like to ask $7000 or
best offer for the Walkerjet complete, and $1000 for the trailer.
I hope this letter finds you in good health and flying above the
clouds. As Dad was fond of saying, Rise Up!
Best Regards, Curt Davey
April 26/11 I have a foreign PG or PPG license -
can I fly in Canada?
The answer is unfortunately NO. See below:
If i have a Sweden Paramotor license can i use that to fly in
Canada. I am from NY and i took a course in Sweden and received
Sweden license PPG 1.
thanks James O.....
I just double checked that with Transport Canada. Your license
from Sweden has unfortunately no credit here in Canada. To fly in
Canada you would need to complete 20 hrs of ground school, pass
ULTRA exam and complete minimum of 30 flights (5 hrs total -
minimum) under supervision of Canadian Instructor.
April 8/11 Season starting very late.
I went to the field on Thursday to test fly couple of units that
went through yearly carburetor maintenance and engine tune up etc. I
met Claudiu who wanted to see PPG and meet as he is considering
taking course. The runway is still unbelievably wet and i could not
drive my truck onto it as I did not want to damage the grass.
Luckily wind was coming from N so it was not very far to walk from
where my car was left at the entrance. I flew several times to test
the units to make sure that they all work properly and are ready for
the season. This was around 1:30 pm and thermals were starting to
kick in. I could do this demo in the middle of the day as the
morning was completely overcast. It was nice to get in the air - I
did not have gloves so each flight was only 5 min or so because my
hands got very cold very quickly.
Jan 4/11 Course dates for 2011 set.
Nov 4/10 Training with Vasyl and Oleg.
What a great afternoon we had yesterday. Sunny, warm and slight
breeze. Just as we met at the field cumulus clouds started to pop
all over the sky, clear sign of thermal activity. I took of for
short flight to see if air is bumpy; it was nice flying but bit too
rough for students. We decided to ground handle for a while. After
about 1 hr or so. I checked the air again and it was suitable for
flying. Oleg took off for nice flight and stayed up good 30 min even
it was quite chilly and he had no gloves. Vasyl got ready, took off
on second try and started to cruise around but 5 min into the flight
Vasyl's glider got pretty good collapse. There was plenty of height
so I just said on the radio "hand up, hands up". Couple seconds
later the glider was back to normal and Vasyl continued to fly. I
was carefully observing his canopy and after another 5 min or so
decided that it will be better if he lands. Good landing. I took of
for yet another test flight. Air was smooth first but after about 5
min I also felt sudden jerk out of nowhere. It was weird; usually
there is some warning. I landed checked the forecast, looked at
Vasyl's barometer that was dropping rapidly and decided that we
should pack up for the day.
Congratulations Vasyl on your first flight.
Nov 2/10 Private courses available.
I am able to teach private (one on one) PPG course any time from
now till Xmas. I will suit your schedule. If interested please call
905 988 5013 or email
Oct 31/10 Ground handling with
Sunday afternoon was bit windy then forecasted. My self and Ian
spent 3 hrs learning how to reverse inflate and stabilize
paraglider. I did go for a quick flight with one of the Miniplanes
to make sure it works well. I just did bunch of preventive
maintenance on this unit. I did not like the conditions at all. Very
windy, very gusty. Good but tiring session. Not for me but for Ian.
Oct 14/10 Lynx helmets, headsets
and radio gear
I am now a dealer for Lynx products. This is the stuff
professionals use. Check it out here.
The quality is top notch. I know because I just
purchased and tested their Micro system. Wow! Works great!
Oct 14/10 Introductory flight
with Ben and Mike
I have been emailing with Mike for the last 4 weeks about the
possibility to go on tandem flight. He came out while back to check
us out at the field. His next step was to see if he will like the
actual flight. At 4:30 pm Ben, his son, was ready to go. Nice take
off, bumpy 1 hr flight and good landing. We had to do a temp fix on
the unit - the spark plug boot needed to be re-fastened. After this
was done I took off with Mike and we had a perfect flight. The air
was smooth as butter. I also tried my new communication system from
Lynx. It is absolutely awesome. It makes all the difference. After
we landed, it started to drip rain a bit so I quickly packed and
drove back to Peaks to store my unit. Great two flight, two happy
Oct 14/10 PPG course starting Sep 26/10 -
day 6 - Thursday - morning
8 more flights to go for Ryan. Conditions at the field were
perfect again. Ryan started to work on his last eight flights. All
was going well. On second last flight I had Ryan try "Big Ears" - an
emergency descent technique. Well done so on last flight we wanted
to practice some tight turns. Ryan was up, I called 4 inches on left
brake, then another 3 and next thing I know Ryan is in pretty tight
spiral... There was not a lot of extra altitude so I yelled,
release, release which he did and came out of it with some rocking
and pitching. It was too close for my comfort. Lesson learned,
student needs to be at least 2000 ft and entry must be more gradual.
This was Ryan's flight number 30 and he successfully completed
practical part of the course. Congrats! Well done!
Oct 1/10 PPG course Sep 26/10 -
day 5 - Wednesday - afternoon.
Ryan talks about his PPG course experience from way up there...
Sep 30/10 PPG course starting
Sep 26/10 - day 5 - Wednesday - afternoon.
Back at the field at 4 pm. I did quick test flight. Too turbulent
to fly for student. We went for coffee, came back 1 hour later. Good
but weak conditions. Ryan added another 3 flights to his log book. We are now
at 22 flights and Ryan is taking off and landing on his own.
Sep 30/10 PPG course Sep 26/10 -
day 5 - Wednesday - morning.
We have arrived at the field at 9 am planning to go back to solo
flying. Great conditions. From 9 am to 12 noon Ryan managed 16 solo
flights for total of 19 in his log book.
Ryan celebrating flight number 10.
Sep 30/10 PPG course starting
Sep 26/10 - day 4 - Tuesday.
Very windy and raining - rest day
Sep 30/10 PPG course starting
Sep 26/10 - day 3 - Monday morning.
Ian had to go back to work so it was just me and Ryan. It was on
the breezy side with wind coming from east. Too turbulent to fly but
very good conditions for reverse handling. We spent 3 hours
mastering kiting in reverse position. Ryan has got it. At noon it
started to rain and the rest of the day was write off.
Sep 29/10 PPG course starting
Sep 26/10 - day 2 - Sun.
I have arrived at the field at 8 am planning to take students on
do tandem flight.
Ryan and I
Ian and I
It was very calm. Both students had a chance to control aircraft
in the air, make turns, work the throttle thus change altitude. It
was great. The Xenit trike will be amazing tool in process of
teaching PPG. We then proceeded to forward inflation ground
By 11:30 am we had very light and variable conditions so we
decided to take break for lunch. We were back at it at 2 pm. After
another 2 hrs of ground handling Ryan was ready for first flight.
Success. He was off on first try and shortly after added another two
Ian will fly on day three for sure. Good two days so far. Well
done Ryan. Congrats on your first solo + 2 more flights.
Sep 28/10 PPG course Sep 25/10 -
day 1 - Sat.
Two students in this course. Ian on the left and Ryan on right.
Ground school in the morning. Student pilot permits issued.
Park preparations in the afternoon:
Learning hook up for forward and reverse.
My favorite tree branch and power simulator.
Learning how to properly run using the motor for forward motion
We have finished at 5:30. There was no ground handling as winds
were up to 22 knots.
Sep 27/10 Solo flights on tandem
trike to brake in the engine in.
I have flown the Xenit trike on Sunday morning and again Tuesday
morning. In both cases I have used Tandem glider as I wanted to take
it nice and easy on the new engine.
This trike comes with Simonini Mini 2 engine equipped with 2
blade 1.5 meter carbon fibre prop. It was very easy to inflate the
glider and given the fact that I was using tandem glider I was in
the air using 1/3 of the throttle only climbing steadily - this
machine is very powerful. I was able to maintain level flight at 20
% of RPM. It is very comfortable, and very well designed. The best
part is that it can be flown solo and tandem as well. Another great
feature is that it will collapse to a very small box. It takes about
10 min to make it look like this.
Coming in to land on my second flight the thermals were already kicking in
and for about 15 min I simply could not get down. The Xenit is only
58 kg, I am 80 kg = 138 kg. The Tandem glider is rated 140Kg to 210
kg. I was on very light side getting tons of lift and basically had
to wait till thermals passed before I was able to land. Not even
tight turn would bring me down. I had a lot of fun. The engine has
now 2.5 hrs on it so next time I fly I will use the Fides 30 as I
can take it bit harder on the engine. Can't wait to share my
experience with new students.
Sep 9/10 Tandem introductory
flight available soon.
I have purchased the Xenit PPG trike that I plan to use for
introductory training flights. I will fly it first for 5 hrs solo to
brake in the engine then I will be able to take passengers up to 190
lb for intro flights. These flights will mostly be conducted very
early in the morning to ensure most pleasant experience with no
bumps, wind or thermals or near the sunset.
Cost will be $ 250 + HST for 1 hour flight or $ 450 + HST for
two 1 hour flights back to back if you want to bring a friend or girlfriend
along. $ 100 + HST will be credited back to you if you sign up for
Sep 8/10 PPG course starting Aug
28/10 - day six Thursday morning
Forecast was favourable for training session in the morning as
wind in the afternoon were supposed to exceed our 20 km/h per hour
Kevin quickly flew 9 times managing all landings on his own
including one touch and go and all forward inflations. I think we
nailed his gear package. Miniplane along with Fides 2 - size XS is
perfect for him.
Jim added two more flights in his log. Both forward inflations as
Well done guys. Congrats on becoming PPG pilots!
Sep 8/10 PPG course starting Aug
28/10 - day five
Unfortunately it was too windy and we could not conduct any
Sep 2/10 PPG course starting Aug
28/10 - day four - Tuesday afternoon Aug 31/10
Excellent conditions. Jim quickly added third flight to his log.
It was quite long flight and Jim really got good feel for turns,
power use and general flight behaviour. Former student Arthur showed
up and asked if he could try one of my Miniplanes along with Fides
glider. In no tome he was in the air loving the Miniplane. Jim set
up for his second flight but realized he was bit sore and tired so
he decided that one great flight is good for him. Kevin was still
struggling with reverse inflation so we switched to forward and used
smaller glider Fides 2. That was it, he quickly managed 5 solo
flights with perfect take offs and landings. Good work.
Sep 1/10 PPG course starting Aug 28/10
- day three - Monday afternoon Aug 30/10
Perfect day. Jim and Kevin managed two solo flights each using
reverse inflation in all cases.
Jim after first solo
Kevin in the air
Kevin "flying high"
Congrats pilots on your first solo flights! Now you have to buy
Aug 30/10 PPG course starting Aug 28/10 - day
two - Sunday afternoon Aug 29/10
Great day. Both Jim and Kevin improved their ground handling
skills to the pint where they started to kite with motors on their
back. They will fly most likely fly first solo tonight - Monday
Lupo came back and managed 7 take offs and landings. Well done.
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