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Aug 7/11    10 flights for Ian.

Got together with Ian last night. Perfect conditions at the field, in 2.5 hrs Ian has completed 10 flights.

  Ian flying Fides 26 and Miniplane paramotor.

Well done, you only have 8 more to go.

Aug 7/11    Great flight with my buddy Chris.

This was 1.5 hr or great time. Smooth air. Fun flying. Pure joy!

Chirs flying Lift 26 and Walkerjet RR

July 23/11    PPG course starting July 9, 2011 - July 16/11 - day 3  for Paul

Started at 6:30 pm. Excellent conditions at the field.

Miniplane 115 and Fides 2 XS. 3 flights 16, 13 and 22 min. All good forward take offs. On landing 1 one did not shut engine till 20 ft off the ground which is way too low for a student. This resulted in premature, somewhat uncoordinated landing with engine on. Luckily no damage to paraglider or prop. Take off 2 and landing 2 was perfect. On take off number 3 Paul lost radio - a plastic holder broke and radio literally fell in tall grass on edge of the runway. We had some confusion over lending and shut the motor hand signals but at the end, Paul had very good landing that he made completely on his own.

  Paul in the air

July 23/11    PPG course starting July 9, 2011 - day 7 - July 15, 2011 - Friday morning

Started at 6:30 am. Excellent conditions at the field. Naysan left last night so it was just Marty and me.

Marty: Miniplane 115 and Fides 2 size XS. 7 flights including 2 touch and goes. 20 min and 12 min 15 min 23 min, 28 min, 17 min 23 min. Great take offs and great landings. First was reverse then all forward inflations.

  Marty

July 23/11    Taking few days off.

I will not be available for any training from July 29 to Aug 3, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience.

July 23/11    Tandem flight with Eric - July 19/ 11 evening

Eric is thinking about taking PPG course and wanted to try what it is like to fly and control the aircraft in the air. We had amazing 1 hour flight covering 42 km.

July 23/11    PPG course starting July 9, 2011 - day 6 - July 14, 2011 - Thursday evening

Started at 6:00 pm. Good conditions at the field.

Marty: Miniplane 115 and Fides 2 size XS. 7 flights including 2 touch and goes. 20 min and 12 min 15 min 23 min, 28 min, 17 min 23 min. Great take offs and great landings. First was reverse then all forward inflations.

   Marty      Marty and moon

Naysan: Miniplane 125 and Fides 26. 3 flights 10 min and 12 min 23 min in very smooth air. Great take offs and great landings. All forward inflations. Had engine out on last flight due to muffler issue or overheating. Landed safely near gravel runway. Easy pick up with my car 5 min later.

   Naysan     Naysan close up

Both guys in the air. Very good training session.

July 14/11    PPG course July 9, 2011 - day 6 - July 14, 2011 - Thursday morning

Started at 6:30 am. Ouch! Good conditions at the field though. Marty was first to try. His paramotor started to give us bit of a trouble till we realized that the choke lever was left partially on. After that Marty flew 5 times for total of 12 flights so far. Naysan was ready as well. His engine started to act up in very same way. That cant be? Sure enough the choke was also partially on. Are students testing me? Naysan flew 3 flights. So far he has 7 flights. We finished at 8:45 as air started to be bumpy.

  Guys ready to go.

Forecast for this evening looks great. About time. Last 3 evening were crappy.

July 14/11    PPG course July 9, 2011 - day 5 - July 13, 2011 - Wednesday morning

I met Naysan at 7 am but no Marty. I called him at 7:10 - I guess his alarm did not go off. He jumped in his car super quick and 20 min later arrived at the field. Meanwhile Naysan got ready and took off for his flight number two. This time, got seated no problem. I gave him good 20 min to relax and get used to the new (third) dimension. 

Naysan in flight - loving it!

Next was Marty. Again perfect inflation, great take off - he flies like a pro. Both  Naysan and Marty added 3 more flights to their log books before winds picked up to the point where the was too much turbulence in the air for students to fly. Very good work guys!

Stats: Naysan 4 flights. Marty 7 flights.

July 13/11    PPG course July 9, 2011 - day 4 - July 12, 2011 - Tuesday

I met Naysan and Marty at 6 pm. The wind was nice and gentle. I took off for quick flight to check air. It was nice and smooth. So I sent Marty for flight number 3. No problem good take off. Next was Naysan. As we were getting ready wind suddenly increased by quite a bit. Hmm that is odd. Naysan tried couple of inflations but the glider kept falling to his left and after few tries he needed a break. Meanwhile Marty landed. I asked him how bumpy it was and he said that it was not bad. So Off he went again. At this point wind got even stronger to the point that I told Naysan that we have to wait. Marty was getting tossed around a bit so I brought him down for landing. He executed high wind landing like a pro. Great job. I wanted to see how bad the air was and it was very turbulent. We then sat and waited. I have tried again 30 min later. Same deal, way too rough. Meanwhile sun set and it was time to pack. Too more flights for Marty, none for Naysan but that is the way it is. Safety first!

PS: Forecast for tomorrow morning looks good so hopefully we can get some flying in then

July 11/11    First practical training session with Scott.

Forecast called for very high winds so I have cancelled with Naysan and Marty. I did make plan with Scott who took ground school on Saturday along with Paul, Marty and Naysan. We met at the field at 5:30 pm. It was quite windy so day started with a lesson on paramotor. All about the two stroke engines, cages, assembly, pre flight checks etc etc. We have also practised the silly powered runs.

Wind was gusting to 15 kts so we had to weigh down the paraglider we were using to learn how to attach to it for forward and reverse.

Then we used the small training glider and spend 1 hour trying to learn how to reverse inflate and kite. Finished at 8:30. Productive 3 hours.

July 11/11    Not available for training this Sunday

I will not be available for PPG training this Sunday July 16, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience.

July 11/11    PPG course starting July 9, 2011 - day 2 - July 10, 2011 - Sunday

July 10/11    PPG course July 9, 2011 - day 2 - July 10, 2011 - Sunday

We met at the field at 2 pm. It was quite windy so day started with a lesson on paramotor. All about the two stroke engines, cages, assembly, pre flight checks etc etc. We have also practised the funky powered runs.

  Marty  Naysan and Paul getting ready

  Paul

After this, I took out the small training paraglider designed for ground handling in high winds and gave lesson on reverse inflations. By the time this was done, wind calmed down and we were able to start reverse handling with regular size paragliders. After while both Naysan and Marty were ready to try to kite with motor on their backs. Both did well so I suggested that we put helmet on, have motor idling and try couple more. Again, it went very well for both so I gave both Marty and Naysan the option to fly. 10 min later Marty is in the air enjoying first solo flight. He landed 15 min later and it was Naysans turn. Perfect inflation, good take off but then Naysan could not quite get into the seat. He tried 4 times, while circling around but no success. I guided him for very good landing. He was stoked, adrenaline pumping. I know I have been there my self. It is like a work out. (On a side note. Naysan is 215 lb and we have used Fides 26 glider and 125 cm Miniplane and this combo got him off the ground no problem. Hey Andrew. Maybe I try this with you.)

After Naysan landed I had Paul try inflation with helmet and engine idling and again all went very well so 5 min later Paul is in the air. Marty took off for second flight and had a great 35 min smooth cruise. We packed up. Had beer, what a great day.

PS: I had quick short flight my self, 4 - 5 touch and goes to check the air and to demonstrate bunch of take offs and landings for students. It was fun, loved it!

July 10/11    PPG course July 9, 2011

4 students started their PPG course this Saturday.

From left to right Paul, Scott, Marty and Naysan.

As usual we have completed ground school, issued student pilot permits then 3 of us headed off to our flight field. (Scott was last to book for this course he was only allowed to participate in the ground school since managing 4 people at the field would be too much. He is planning to resume his training on Monday)

We got to the field and we had light and variable winds for first 30 min but once we started to ground handle the wind got more steady and was coming from SE at about 4 knots. Perfect for forward inflation practice! I gave the guys quick demo and then they started to inflate. They all GOT IT on first or second try. Unbelievable! Marty totally looks like a pro. Naysan is at 95 % and Paul is almost there - just needs to fix couple of minor things. I then took each one of them for 15 min tandem flight on my trike unit and got them familiar with steering and controlling altitude. Naysan is close to 220 lb and I was not sure if my trike will be powerful enough to fly him but no problem, we got off the ground with power to spare. Naysan was pretty excited as he did not expect the we would be able to do so. After this I started to pack and guys did couple more inflations each. We finished at 8:30 pm. Long but successful day.

  

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