Paramotoring, PPG - news
July 4/11 Thursday June 30; finally
flight for my self - write up by my flying buddy Mark
I had to borrow a neighbour's ladder to climb into my garage
through the roof access, past a wasp nest. I'd locked myself out and
needed to grab my new wing for an evening flight with Andre. We met
up at Andre's place and drove to the airfield only to find that the
wind was pretty strong. I decided to get the new glider out to see
how it ground handles. I was excited to get it out of the bag for
the FIRST time. It handled well, coming up quickly and locking into
place. After a few minutes of messing about with the wing it was
apparent that the wind was not too bad so we fuelled up, suited up
and got ready for an evening flight. Andre launched first. Then I
was up next. I still love these lighter machines. They are so easy
to launch. We flew south towards Lake Erie and over some nice
properties. I chased a deer for several hundred metres across
freshly ploughed land. It was kicking up dust as it ran and looked
like the gazelles you see on safari documentaries (only slower!). We
were thinking about investigating a huge fire over in Thorold, but
Andre radioed that his spark plug boot was loose and we decided that with
the wind direction it was probably not worth the trek. We later
found out that it was a scrap yard that was burning for a day or
two! After that we headed back so that Andre could secure the spark
plug boot. We landed back at the field. Five minutes, and one zip-tie
later we were in the air again. This time we headed out low to do
some ground skimming in the large open fields, now that Andre was
confident his ignition was to work.. We saw
more wildlife and I tried to chase a second deer, but it disappeared
into woodland before I got close to it. After a quick fly by of the
local campsite we headed back, people waving at us as usual. A cool
beer was all we needed to wrap up the evening, although at the
prices we were charged you usually get a free show!
On this on one you can actually see how I am pushing back the
spark plug boot in flight. Got zapped pretty good...
Much needed great flight.
June 30/11 Sunday June 25 at the field.
Andrew ground handled more, unfortunately when he was ready to
fly wind has died off completely and it did not happen for him. Ian
added 3 more flights to his log book.
June 21/11 Sunday June 18 at the field.
I met Sebastian and Andrew at the field at 4 pm for ground
handling. Wind was coming from NE at about 8 kts. So very good
conditions for kiting. Ian has arrived at 6 pm ready to fly so I
took off for quick flight to check air. Unfortunately the air was
very turbulent as it always is with E wind and sometime with NE or
SE winds as well. So Sebastian and Andrew were working on their
kiting skills and me and Ian talked about some paramotor purchase
choices. Another hour later I have tried again but still very
turbulent air. Sebastian had enough, was tired and went home. I
later told Ian that it will not be flyable today and so at the end
it was just Andrew and my self. His kiting got to the point where I
put motor on his back and he did quite well forward inflating
without any issues. I am pretty sure he will fly on his next
June 18/11 Andrew starts PPG course.
Ground school first as usual.
Then off to the field to work on ground handling and powered run
Ian came as well later on to complete 7 more flight in absolutely
June 15/11 Brothers Oleg and Vasyl fly again
I have to figure out what makes the awful clicking sound.
June 15/11 Brothers Oleg and Vasyl fly
There was hardly any wind at the field so at one point I thought.
Bummer. These guys came all the way from Toronto for nothing. Then
wind picked up a little bit. Oleg got in the air first and Vasyl
followed shortly after. Since conditions were not very good for many
short flights, I let these guys fly and fly and fly in incredible warm
and smooth air...
Vasyl on left and Oleg on right.
June 12/11 Introductory flight with Anne and
I have been emailing with Michel about the
possibility to go on tandem flight. The forecast for Monday night
was good. I hour flight with Anne and another 1 hour sunset flight
with Michel. Landed just after sunset.
Mosquitoes were ate us us alive after klanding but other then that
June 6/11 Jose - training day # 4 - June 5/11.
Met Jose at the field at 6 pm and we went to straight to flying.
George, who I was emailing with for while, showed up to
check out the sport. The conditions were quite nice and for next
2.5 hours Jose was taking off and landing. Jose added 9 more flights to his log book
with couple of flights being 30 min long as conditions at the field
were absolutely awesome. All were forward
inflations with well done take offs and great landings. Equipment
used - Miniplane 125 and 115 and Sky paraglider Fides 2 size XS.
This set up works like a charm!
Jose in the air
May 31/11 Ian - first solo flight - May 30/11.
Ian started his training in fall of 2010 but was only able to come down for
first two days - Sat and Sunday. He since purchased his own Fides
26 paraglider to save time and practiced ground handling on his own.
We got together last night for more training. After 2.5 hrs Ian's
ground handling skills were up to a standard required for the first
solo flight attempt. After verbally going through all that new pilot
needs to know on first solo flight to refresh Ian's memory he was
off on second try. He then flew one more time. Great but very hot
and humid session also grass at the field is very tall and can not
be cut as the tractor would disappear in mud! I can't believe how
wet this spring and summer is so far.
Ian - flight # 1
Congratulation Ian on your first two solo flights!
May 19/11 Jose - training day # 3 - May 9/11.
Met Jose at the field at 4:30 pm. Few other visitors showed up to
check out the sport. The conditions were quite turbulent for next
2.5 hours but things finally mellowed down around 7 pm. In 1.5 hour
Jose added 5 more flights to his log book. All were forward
inflations with well done take offs and great landings.
May 8/11 Jose - training day # 2.
Met Jose at the field at 2 pm to work on ground handling. After
1.5 hr of fine tuning his skills Jose was ready to kite with
paramotor on his back.
Jose and Miniplane 115
We first needed to practice the powered runs which look like
Pretty silly eh?
Jose did fine, so we started to ground handle with the motor on
Jose's back. After another 1.5 hr he was ready to solo. I have
checked the air by going up for quick flight. Too bumpy. We waited
another 1/2 hour, I have checked air again and it was good. In no
time Jose was up in the air and proceeded to do that 4 more times. 5
flights were completed. Congrats Jose on your first solo + 4 more
flights to log. Not bad after only 15 hrs of training.
May 7/11 Stuart picking up his Polini based
This is first Kangook paramotor I have laid my hand on. I got to
say. Very very nice unit with some unique features. Also the Polini
engine is one beautiful piece of machinery. You can tell it was
produced by large industrial company. Also the way Polini ships the
motor is professional too. The engine was mounted in steel frame
that was then placed inside of heavy duty cardboard box.
Stuart and his new unit
May 6/11 First course of 2011 - day six Thursday.
Forecast was good so the plan was to do last morning session as
George needed to head out Thursday mid day. We met at 7 am. George
got 2 more flights in but thermals started to kick in unusually
early and we had to pack up at 8:30. George is now ready to write
and hopefully pass the ULTRA exam with Transport Canada. Congrats
George on 13 flight completed despite the terrible rainy weather we
May 5/11 First course of 2011 - day five Wednesday.
It was raining when I went to be so I thought there is almost no
chance that it will be somewhat dry in the morning. Woke up at 5:50
am. Yikes! Sidewalk in front of our house is dry so I texted George
to be at field at 7 am. He confirmed so 45 min later I have my
rubber boots on and am setting the paramotor and glider to be ready
when George arrives. 10 to 7 - George is here. Nice steady wind so
we go right into more flights. In couple hours George manages 5 more
flights. So far we have 11 - all well done with some minor issues on
landings.. Thermals are starting to kick and I also have 10 am
doctors appointment so we pack up and leave. Forecast for the
afternoon and evening shows very high winds and gusty conditions so
most likely that is it for today.
May 4/11 First course of 2011 - day four Tuesday.
Rained all day - rest day
May 3/11 First course of 2011 - day three Monday -
George - flight # 3 - out of six
May 2/11 First course of 2011 - day three Monday.
Heavy rain this morning. Started to taper off around lunch time.
No rain at 2 pm. Nice 7 kts breeze. I have arrived at the field at
3:30. Went for test flight. Pretty smooth with occasional minor
bump, 8 - 10 kts wind south wind. George arrived and we went straight
to flying. After short prep talk, George was ready to go. Reverse
inflation, good run, minor attempt top sit down too early but kept
running. Good take off. Short flight and perfect landing. Over the
course of 3 hrs George managed 6 foot launch flights each lasting 12
- 15 min - not bad for someone who is 60. (I hope the age is not a
secret George.) Half way through our training we took 30 min break
and it just so happened that Rick V, who is amazing acrobatic pilot,
has showed up to practice at the field with his Sukhoi. What a great
display of amazing manoeuvres - super fun to watch.
Great afternoon that we have finished off with pint of beer. It
does not get any better. Congrats George on your first (+ 5 more) PPG
May 1/11 First course of 2011 - day two Sunday.
There was only short possibility to do any practical stuff this
morning as winds were forecasted to gust up to 20 knots by 9 am. It
was not worth for Jose to drive in for such short window of
opportunity so it was just me and George starting at 6:30 am. Ouch!
We ground handled both forward and reverse. Then did the same with
motor on. Practiced powered runs and got familiar with all the
aspects of paramotor. Then we watched and discussed the "Risk and
Reward" training video. Great morning. George is ready to fly solo.
April 30/11 First course of 2011 started today.
Two students - George who traveled all the way from Thunder Bay
and Jose from Toronto. We accomplished the usual stuff. Ground
school, Pre solo exam, Student pilot permit. Then off to the field
to do some ground handling. We finished at 7 pm with tandem flights.
Very successful day. George had some previous PG experience and is
pretty much ready to fly. Too bad forecast sucks for tomorrow. Jose
need some more ground handling but he is getting it quickly too.
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