Aug 29/12 Intro tandem flight with
Aug 29/12 Fly in at Stoney
Creek airport is on for Sep 15, 2012.
All my students are invited to the Stoney Creek
airport for Fly In. The event starts at 6 am for
morning flight. The we do some stuff during day.
Then we fly in the evening. Then we drink beer and
party. There is no cost just donation towards use
of water, toilets etc. You can camp right on the
grass. Email me for more info if interested.
Paul Barker wrote: I just this
morning received an email from the president of
the EAA club at Stoney, that permission has been
officially confirmed for the 15th. They would like
us to order a port-a-john, which will cost $125.00
+ HST, and kick some kind of donation toward the
club, so I'd like to get some kind of idea of
potential numbers of available and interested
pilots to see if this somewhat short-notice date
is still viable. Anybody else good to go for that
weekend? I heard a rumour that Stoney was going to
request to see proof of insurance, and other
paperwork, but there was no word of this from the
guys I spoke to, and its business as usual, just
like any other PPG friendly airport. Something
else I learned recently about safe flying around
the airport. Day or night, the lights go on along
the main runway, as pilots turn them on and off
just prior to takeoff and landing. So if you see
the lights on, or come on, keep your awareness
level on alert.
Aug 28/12 George comes back for
The art of
Aug 26/12 Course starting
I will be starting unscheduled course with one
student this Friday Aug 31, 2012 just after lunch.
I still have room for one more person. If you are
interested, call or email me.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
See, there is
Aug 25/12 Back in business
I am back in Canada and Powered Paragliding
Ontario is open again. Those in process of PPG
training, email to book your ftrining sessions.
July 21/12 I will be away
from July 26 to Aug 24.
Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for
understanding. Please email and I will try to get
back to you soon. Note that my access to internet
will be limited so it may take a day or two before
I get back to you.
July 21/12 Rainhard added 3 more flights
to his log book and Lawrence with Shelley
Shelley and Reinhard in the air...
July 21/12 Roger will be
very happy - his gear has arrived
Kangook paramotor, Carbon fiber prop, Under arm J
bars Moster engine, Right hand throthle, classic
146 cm cage Cruise control, Sup Air harness, 16.5
l gas tank, KX1 - solo or tandem trike
RS Ultra puzzle...
July 14/12 Reinhard - flight
July 17/12 Fun T shirts for
$ 12 (my
cost) + shipping and HST
July 14/12 Roger added 2
more flights to his log book.
July11/12 Kelly PPG course -
Kelly has now 15 flights and takes off and lands
on his own. Congrats! Well done so far.
Kelly take off
July 9/12 Kelly PPG course -
Tandem flight in am and ground handling
July 8/12 Kelly started his
PPG course today
June 28/12 Reinhard started
his PPG course today
- Ground school - done
- 3 hrs of ground handling - done
- Ready to fly? Pretty much so....
June 28/12 Roger in flight.
June 10/12 Paul came back to
finish his course and Rainhard enjoyed tandem
Paul flying his canopy sans
Joy after flight:
Had a great tandem flight with Rainhard. Very
very smooth air. Soooo warm. Beautiful.
June 10/12 Jose came back to
finish his course and Roger added 2 more
From Jose's log book: Powered
training 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm 12 flights. All small
Miniplane and Fides 2 XS. First flight reverse.
The rest forwards. 6 long flights and six shorter
flights. All very good. Course completed. 30
From Roger's log book: Two flights,
Cima K 2 M (his own) and 125 cm Miniplane. Got in
seat bit too early on both flights. Both forward
inflation. Landings are excellent. Managed both
landings on his own.
June 7/12 Roger managed
first 2 flights.
From his log book: Cima K 2 M and 115 cm
Miniplane. First take off took off sideways and
landed in oscillations and forgot to get out of
the seat. Second take off perfect. Landing quite
good as well. Did both landings on his own.
June 6/12 Roger started his
PPG course today.
- Ground school - done
- Simulator - done
- Powered runs - done
- Hook up for forward and reverse - done
- Some ground handling - done
Roger is skydiver with over 500 jumps - he will
be flying soon.
June 1/12 Doron came to
brush up on his foot launching skills.
May 27/12 Pat added 4 more
flights to his log book.
It was nice and calm evening. All take offs were
in forward position. Pat did very well and now has
24 flights in his log book. 6 more to go...
May 7/12 PPG course - day 3
Chris managed 7 solo flights from 5:30 pm to
8:00 pm. 8 flight total after 17.5 hrs of
Chris now takes off and lands on his own. Very
well done so far.
May 7/12 Tandem - ready for
May 6/12 PPG course - day 2
Chris did another 2 hrs of ground handling which
was enough to get him prepared for first solo
flight. Of course just like other students even
when told 50 times not to sit down too early he
did just that...
Chris take off.
Chris after landing
Congrats Chris on your first PPG solo flight
- it only too 14 hrs of training. Well done!
May 5/12 PPG course May 5/
Chris started his PPG training
Video from powered run practice:
Jan 19/12 Everybody deserves
Jan 13/11 Course dates for
Jan 13/11 3 sold Kangook
Nov 27/11 Looking for cool
gift for Xmas?
Give Gift Certificate for 1 hour
or buy your flying husband Go Pro Helmet Hero
camera. Regular price $ 349 on sale for now for $
Nov 23/11 David has picked up his
gear - Kangook LITE and Cima K2 by Sky
Oct 12/11 Marty will receive
his gear soon.
Marty has completed my PPG course couple months
back. He ordered ROS 125 engine in Kangook frame.
Kangook Kuad and Sky Paraglider Fides 2. This pic
is from RS ultra just before his Kuad will be
packaged and shipped
Sep 23/11 Nice note from a
friend of mine.
Sep 23/11 Fly in Stoney
Creek - September 17/11 am and pm - write up by
I got a phone
message from Andre on Friday evening telling me
that Paul and Dan had arranged a fly-in at Stoney
Creek – would I be interested in going early on
Saturday morning? Of course! We arranged to meet
at Andre's place at 6 am in order to arrive at the
airfield by 7 am for some smooth early morning
air. The drive took us about 40 mins after
stopping at Tim Horton's for some coffee. There
was a magnificent sunrise visible as we headed up
the Niagara escarpment. Andre told me he had been
doing a lot of early morning training recently and
that this was a great time of day to get students
in the air with no surprises. Hopefully we would
be greeted with still air and good visibility when
we arrived at the field. The first thing we did
see was Dan and his camper.
He was busy
setting up to cook breakfast already, and it
wasn't even 7 am. He had everything ready to go;
propane stove, frying pans, waffle maker, coffee
machine. What a guy! I haven't seen Dan for a
couple of years. He was a student with us a while
back and has flown all sorts of contraptions. He
also has a lot of toys; kites, buggies, RC models,
motorbikes, paintball guns, and Dan likes to talk.
In fact he will tell you, he is famous for it! So
we talked for a while, catching up on what we had
been up to since the last time we spoke, then I
was keen to get in the air. Andre and I set up the
Miniplanes, fuelling them up and laying out the
wings. I was trying out Andre's K2 – a very light
mountain glider that was incredibly easy to
inflate. Andre was trying out Dan's Revo 2 reflex
flies faster and is able to steer with wing tip
steering. I took off first and Andre was up
shortly afterward after struggling a little with
the wings inflation characteristics. We were both
in radio contact, so Andre wanted to test out the
speed of the Revo 2 compared to the K2. We lined
up, both went to brakes off and flew. The Revo 2
was definitely faster, but only by 5km/h or so.
Not quite the super speeds we were expecting.
Conditions were a bit windier at altitude compared
with ground level, so we weren't really making
much progress forwards.
After a few
minutes battling the wind we headed back for a
spot of breakfast courtesy of Dan - waffles with
fruit, syrup and cinnamon sugar, bacon, sausages
What a feast!
Then after stuffing our faces it was time to fly
again, although by now it was getting a bit
windier and pretty bumpy at altitude.
Paul managed to
pull off a great trick, picking up the windsock on
stayed lodged in his lines until he landed. Then
the conditions got a little too strong and Andre
and I headed back. We missed some smooth evening
flying, but managed to get back in time for a few
drinks and some goulash.
I would like
to thank former student Paul B for organizing
the event and to
Ziggy for providing the karaoke entertainment
and to Dan for making me an awesome breakfast.
It was a great time seeing old students
and friends again and meeting new
ones. It was a blast!! Lets make it
Sep 22/11 Training with Don,
Pat and Karan - September 18/11 pm.
At five o'clock
I arrive at the field and conditions are great.
Pat is planning to fly more, Karan too and Don is
hoping for couple of trike flights. I assemble the
trike and ask Don to set it up. Meanwhile Karan
and Pat are setting up their foot launch gear. OK.
Pat is ready to go. Good inflation, nice take off.
One is in the air. Now Don. I gave him 3
tries but Don does not have any control over the
canopy what so ever during the inflation stage -
in fact on one of the attempts he kept the power
up even though the glider was already fallen which
resulted in what PPG pilots call a trike turtle.
Luckily there was no damage to equipment and the
Nomad B and UNI trike are built like a brick shit
house. I have decided to give Don a break and went
to Karan. We have tried couple times but Karan
lost all his skills. He would apply too much break
after inflation, not kiting the glider properly.
After several unsuccessful tries I gave him a
break and went back to Don. Again, we have tried
but unfortunately Don completely lacks control and
does not listen and follow instructions well. The
inflation attempts were uncontrolled and on last
one he ended up throttling up with glider
oscillating which ended up with trike flipping on
the side. It took Don and me good few minutes to
get him unstraped. Again luckily no damage to Don
or trike. After this I told Don that I will not
continue as his instructor and he is done. He
simply does not have the required reaction time
and also does not execute instruction well. His
last flight few weeks back was and accident - it
had nothing to do with his skills. As an
instructor this is tough to do. But safety first
and I believe with Don, it would be only matter of
time before he would either destroy equipment or
get injured. This can happen to any student in
training. If I deem you to be dangerous to you
self or others I will terminate you training. All
students get a confirmation email and this is a
paragraph that applies to this:
every possible effort to ensure the safety of
all students, but it must be understood that due
its characteristics, high adventure activities
involve risk and are inherently dangerous
relative to other recreational activities. I ask
you to consider these facts when deciding
whether or not to engage in these activities.
The course is physically demanding, you should
be in reasonably good physical condition. I
reserve the right to limit or fully exclude
any student's activities if I deem it
necessary, as to ensure their safety or the
safety of other students or pilots. I will make
all final decisions."
landed and took off shortly after for another
flight. With Pat flying and Don out of the picture
I have focused on Karan. We tried several times
again but no luck. I have to start treating PG
pilots the same way I treat PPG beginners. Karan
has 25 PG flight on his belt but he shows less
skill then Pat who had no previous PG or PPG
experience and that is often the case. From now
on, all students with the exception of GA pilots
holding recreational pilot licence or private
pilot licence or commercial pilot license
will pay full course fee like anybody else and I
will refund unused portion of your course fee once
you achieve 30 flights.
break Karan tried again, good inflation, I gave
him OK to apply power but he was very hesitant and
lost valuable runway space. When he finally went
to full power he was only 50 ft or so from the
tall grass and as he started to speed up and run
through the high grass his feet got caught and he
fell and busted the prop. It was getting late.
There was no time to mount another one and try
again so we carried the equipment to the trailer.
Pat landed and we packed up and went home. Not a
very good day for two of my students but such is
21/11 Scott came by to check
out PPG - September 20/11 noon.
Scott is a commercial pilot
flying Embraer jet for Air Canada. He also owns
full size plane that he keeps at the airpark in
Grimsby at the air. As costs of fuel, insurance,
hangar and certificate fees are going up more and
more GA pilots are looking for alternatives. Scott
discovered my web and wanted to chat and learn
more about PPG. We had meeting on Tuesday at Peaks
where he had a chance to ask bunch of questions
related to powered paragliding and got to feel and
run Miniplane on his back. He also purchased PPG
Bible for some reading to get him started.
This is what he emailed day
From: Scott [mail email@example.com]
Sent: September-21-11 10:23 AM
To: Andre Zeman
Subject: Re: PPG
Thank you for your time
yesterday, the opportunity to look at the PPG
equipment and the great experience of "putting on"
one of your Mini-plane power plants. To say
my mind has been abuzz ever since would be a gross
understatement. I forwarded the pic you took
of me to some of my airline friends and after a
brief description of the sport and merits of it
compared to other forms of flight they were very
interested as I am. I am enjoying the well
written book you provided me with and have been on
the footflyer website as well. Much to learn
but I feel blessed with a great teacher just down
the street! I have in my mind a plan to do
my training with you (and perhaps with the company
of another of my pilot friends) in the early
spring of next year as I believe this fall may be
too early and likely not as conducive to reliable
training weather. I may take a brief trip
south this winter to experience para gliding and
expose myself to the sport in the same fashion as
I began my fixed wing flying experience. If
you have a favorite school please let me
Andre, you have a great
attitude and refreshing exuberance about the sport
and your experience level gives me comfort that I
will come through your program as a well trained
and safe PPG pilot.
Sep 21/11 Training with Dave
- September 18/11 am.
Mat Dave at 7 am at the
field but it was covered by thick layer of fog. Oh
grrrr not again. Any time I see this layer of fog
and know the grass is completely soaked. We drove
to the hangars where is a patch of cement that is
good to lay out the glider as not to get too wet.
Dave got ready. Inflation
but the air is so damp an, zero wind that he can
not get the glider up. We re align and try again,
same thing. Then I notice that very faint breeze
is coming from SE. We walk to the edge of the
runway and set up. Great inflation, glider locked
in, power and Dave is in the air but just as he
starts to climb I notice that his engine does not
sound like it supposed to, I tell David on radio
and tell him not to try to turn around and sure
enough he cannot maintain the climb and lands
shortly after. Hmmm weird, Pat was using that
motor night before and it was working fine. I
check the carb screw and it looks like it is quite
lean. So readjust and try again. Dave is ready,
glider up and locked in,. power and again the
engine does not achieve full power. Dave lands
again. OK, lets switch machines. By now the glider
CIMA K 2 know for very light canopy is soaked and
weighs 3 times as much. Dave tries another
inflation with second motor but can not get the
wet canopy up. O.K.. Lets do assisted forward.
This is where I grab student's harness by the
front strap and help them to pull the glider up.
That worked and Dave is in the air drying the
canopy. After about 20 min it is time to land.
Glider is dry, wind has picked up so it should be
pretty easy now. Sure enough. Dave flies flight
after flight, learning the figure 8 descending
pattern and other flight strategies. He also does
several touch and go's.
By 10 am he has 11 flights
under his belt to total 34. He is done!
Congratulations Dave on completing the practical
part of our PPG course.
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