Feb 11 - Valkaria Air Fest, Florida - What
a great day for aviation pilots to play. The scheduled of activities started with a
Pancake Breakfast before the various types of aircraft arrived. Lots of
demonstration were displayed with R/C Aircraft, Rocket Launches, Skydivers, Gliders,
Gyrocopters, Hand Gliders, Helicopters and Patty Wagstaff Aerobatics Show kept everyone
busy throughout the day with live entertainment. Eric and I had fun playing in the
field completing a few co-ordinated turns and close wing tip to wing tip formation flying.
More pictures of the event will be in the PPG Fly-In folder shortly.
Feb 11 - Valkaria Airport, Florida - This
evening we met another couple who flys with his wife. Roy is a pilot who loves to
fly his PPC. Johanne was surprised when Roy and Lori dropped a stuffed dog for her
to catch. The evening air was calm and even though the flight wasn't that long I
enjoyed the warm flight!!
Feb 11 - Florida flying!! - I've been taking
advantage of the nice warm weather in Florida. It's been a change comparing to the
weather back home. I've been flying Foot Launch as well as Trike to maintain my skills and
to ensure I'm ready for training this spring. It's shaping up to be another good
year as eager potential PPG pilots are starting to book training.
Feb 11 - 2011 Valkaria Air Fest - This weekend we will be
attending the Valkaria 2011 Air Fest Show at the Valkaria Airport in Florida. There
will be Powered Pargliding Activity, Various Aircraft Arrivals (General,
Experimental, Ultralights, LSA, Warbirds, etc.) Aerobatic Planes, Gliders, Helicopters,
& Powered Parachute Rides - (P-51, PT-17 Stearman, R-44 Helicopter, Pitts Special,
Fresh-Breeze XCitor, ASK-21 Glider Rides and Hot Air Balloons. We'll update with pics next
Feb 11 - Another Licenced Ultralight Pilot in Fredericton, NB
- Congratulations to Eric for passing his Transport Canada pilot written exam and
becoming a fully licensed Ultralight pilot.
Feb 11 - Salton Sea Express Arrived - The Florida
Para-Flyers finally arrived at Salton Sea, Califorina to event hosted by ParaToys.
You can see Glen, Mike, Rob and Marty totally enjoying their evening flight.
Feb 11 - Salton Sea Express having fun at the Sand Dunes -
The Florida Para-Flyers had a fun day in Glamis, California flying over the sand dunes.
The pilots next stop is Salton Sea, California to attend the ParaToys 2011 event
this weekend. Jo and I are normally attend the event but this year we're watching
the action from the great white north!! That's OK, there's always next year!!
Glen from Frederiction following Mike and Rob from Florida
Dean from England
Jan 11 - Salton Sea Express - The Florida Para-Flyers have
Mike's Motorhome all packed with 12 paramotors, 15 wings and one quad as a rescue vehicle
heading for the 2011 Salton Sea Event next weekend. Glen from Fredericton, NB is
one the guys driving out. Half way point they took a flight from Galveston Beach,
Texas to enjoy the desert coast line.
Jan 11 - Sport Satellite GPS Messenger - This afternoon,
Johanne was back home following my GPS location on the computer in real time using the
link to Google Maps. Staying connected even beyond the cellular by pushing a button
can track your adventures everyday. Emergency Assistance when you need it or not can
be a peace of mind everyday in your tool box. For today's flight I was planning on
travelling to Sussex then to Elgin then back to Havelock but on route to Sussex the air
was quite turbulent so I detoured to my second destination Elgin. Most local pilots
call the valley between Sussex and Moncton Turbulence Alley and after flying this alley
frequently I agree. Johanne could follow my progress and had seen my change of flight
Spot device will track your progress and mark your location every 10 minutes when set to
tracking. One important point to note is that the device is not that expensive but there
is an annual charge you have to pay to keep up the service. The basic service is $99.00 US
and to cover tracking, this feature is an additional $32.00 US. I find it a little
costly but for the added safety of tracking your location and if you fly frequently I
think it's worth it. It's cheaper and more effective than an ELT!! Here's a link to
the web site if you're interested. www.findmeSPOT.com
26 Jan 11 - XC to Chipman, NB - Turned
out to be a nice flying day so I decided to take the Challenger out for an XC to
Chipman. The flight took 52 minutes and the air was smooth as silk!! The pic in the
middle is the Irving landing strip just outside Chipman, NB.
Jan 11 - 21 Annual Challenger Owners Winter Rendezous, 4 - 6 Feb 11
- Time for a mid winter esape to attend the Challenger Winter Rendezous in
Montebello, Quebec located on the Ottawa River between Montreal and Ottawa. Looking
forward to see the Challenger Aircraft at the event before we fly back to Florida on the 9
February. For more info, check the website out at http://www.challenger.ca/icoa_11W_$montebello_announce.html
Jan 11 - Saturday at Weyman Field - The weather was
frosty a bit at the Weyman Airfield but that didn't stop Real and Eric from getting in a
flight. Again, if you dress for the occasion there's no reason why you can't enjoy the
sport of PPG all year long!!
1 Jan 11-Happy New Year!! - Today the weather was excellent for flying so I flew
my first flight of the year with the Challenger on full ski's. Wow, it was fun!! The
Challenger pushed through the deep snow with no problem. I flew 9 flights to
practise my ski flying and as I packed down the snow on the runway the take off distance
was shorter & shorter. I was quite surprised that there was very little
resistance on the skis with the now packed snow. The Challenger would creep ahead even at
idle!! I flew for a total of 1 1/2 hours today. I'm hoping tomorrow will be more of
Also Dave, Paul and Mark started the New Year with a flight from
Weyman's Airstrip. to start the New Year.
Dec 10 - Last Weyman Flight of Year - Dave and Paul had a
great afternoon at Weyman's with warm temperatures and light winds for their last flight
and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope
everyone is having good times with friends and family during the holiday season. We
would like to thank everyone for your continues support during the past year and look
forward to the 2011 Training Season. Take Care and Fly Safe!!
Dec 10 - Winter Flight!! - It's been several years since Jo
and I have been home during the winter but this morning I had a great flight in the
snow!! As always winter flying is a little more of a challenge dealing with the cold
weather, but if you dress for it you'll have a great flight.
are a few Winter Clothing tips:
- This is the most important piece of kit you'll need for winter
flying. Your hands will freeze in short order without some sort of heated gloves, either
by heat packs, batteries or 12 volt electric gloves. The main reason for your hands
getting cold so quickly is due to your hand position when flying. Your hands are above
your heart when flying, therefore you have less circulation going to your fingers. Any
pilot that has flown in the winter will easily tell you that you can only fly as long as
your hands can stand the cold. When you lose feeling in your hands and fingers it's
time to land!! I've tried plenty of different battery heated gloves and heat packs but the
best gloves on the market is from Gerbing. They're a little pricey but well worth the
money if you are going to be a serious winter flyer. If you have a charging system
with your unit you can purchase the 12Volt direct connector. If not Gerbing sells
the battery packs that work very well. Here a link to their website. http://gerbing.com/Products/gloves.html
skin - Any exposed skin to include your face will quickly freeze if you're
flying in below zero weather. Remember, whatever the current temperature is you can bet
travelling at 30 kms will drop that temp dramatically.
Flight suit/ snow suit;
warmer - Exnay on the scarves - They might get into the prop!! LOL
face Ski doo or Bike helmet; or
helmet with face protector and Ski Goggles.
if you prepare yourself for winter flying you'll have a great time and really enjoy the
winter air!! As you can see by the photos I'm dressed for the occasion. It was a great
flight with no problems with dealing with the cold air!! Mind you I'm a little
spoiled with the ECO 4!! This unit comes with a complete charging system in which
keeps the gloves toasty warm during the whole flight as well as a foot throttle system
making it less busy with your hands during launch and flying.
19 Dec 10 - Trike Mod - After flying the
Fly Products Xenit Trike for close to one year I have noticed that I had always had clean
inflation's with this unit making the take-off at times too easy!! There is alot of design
put into this trike and the one that makes the Xenit trike so successful is the positive
propeller angle as seen in the first photo. This prop angle allows you to set up your
glider correctly without having the prop blast disturb your paraglider during start up.
This set up will ensure that your glider will be properly positioned until the time the
"A's" are pulled into the prop blast. As long as the paraglider is being pulled
evenly into the prop blast you will have a clean inflation everytime making inflation's
what I have learned with the Xenit trike, I decided to modify the ECO 4 so that it
had also a positive angle of attack on the prop also. It wasn't too hard to make this
change other than the ECO has a stainless steel frame which was costly to get properly
welded up. I designed a +5 Deg angle of attack on the prop(As seen in photo 3 and no
that's not my nail polish. my wife Johanne was holding the angle tool. LOL). Finally
I changed the Hook up point forward a bit to compensate for the difference in prop angle
to ensure I maintain a proper flight angle of -5 Deg. To test this set up I had the ECO 4
running at idle and I could lay down several feet behind the ECO 4 and feel no prop blast
whatsoever. This will definitely make the ECO 4 even easier to fly than it was
15 Dec 10 - Looking for a PPG Pilot to shoot footage
- I received an email from a film producer that is interested in getting aerial
photography for his film on "The James Delory Story" in Cape Breton. Mike
will provide food, accommodation and transport cost as well as film credits. The
footage will be shot in Cape Breton sometime (to be determined) this winter. Sounds
interesting but I'm away most of the winter and my equipment is currently in
Florida. If you are interested Mike's contact info is at the bottom of his
email. Here are the details of the email.
Camera Operator - Hello, I am producing a 90-minute made for TV Docu-drama entitled "Chance -
The James Delorey Story". You may have heard about the 7-year old autistic boy that
went missing here in Cape Breton just last December. It is a very tragic story that
affected so many all across the nation. As for the reason I am contacting you, I have
several shots that require a very small camera (Lumix GH1) to be flown overhead of the
various searchers in the woods. I would like to recreate from an aerial perspective, just
how close and/or far some of the searchers were to finding James. As I am a half decent
camera operator and have a few hours of fixed-wing flying experience, I am very tempted to
drive to Sussex and take your class, purchase a unit (I have wanted to for some time now)
and get the shots myself. But due to my time constraints, I thought that you may know of
one of your staff or past students that may be interested in helping us with this project.
We will be shooting this winter, and we have accommodations and transportation available.
If you are interested in helping us or if you require more details please feel free to
contact me anytime. If my flight training could be done ASAP I would be happy to come
there and take the course. Thank you
Nov 10 - Challenger Flying!! - Alright, I know this isn't
PPG but all I can say is I had a great day of flying!! As you can see by the runway
there was quite a bit of snow in Havelock. I flew a few days ago with a little
less snow than today without ski's and I got off the runway pretty quick due to the power
of the Rotax 582. But, it snowed again and I did not want to overstress the front landing
gear. So I installed the front ski and took a quick spin around the field in the
snow. The Challenger moved through the snow no problem. Why don't I install the mains
also?? Two reasons, one is that we are forecasting rain later on in the week. The second
is once the main ski's are installed I'll have to winch the aircraft back into the hangar
in lieu of pushing it back on it's main wheels. I'll install the mains when the real snow
flew several flights today totaling over 3 hours flight. I flew around the Havelock area,
Sussex, Belle Isle etc,etc. I had a good look at Poley, it looks like they're busy getting
ready for this season. Belle isle starting to freeze up a bit. I'll be soon expanding my
horizon's to different areas, especially when the lakes/rivers freeze up!! If
tomorrow's weather is good I'll be off to Chipman!!