27 Apr 06 - Worth the wait!!(Day four) - The weather was perfect this morning, Ron had flown several successful flights. Bye the way, If you think that you're too old for this sport, Ron is 63 years young and foot launched!! We'll be getting in more flights tonight if the weather holds. Outstanding work, Ron!!
Hey, this little flying machine work's good!! Ron, after his first sucessful flight! Toooo easy!!
28 Apr 06 - Another windy day (Day three) - Ron had a chance to get lots of kiting in today, however the wind was too high for first flight, maybe tomorrow morning!
27 Apr 06 - Ron's training (Day two) - The weather today did not co-operate very well with training today. We were hoping to be able to carry on with kiting early in the day, however the winds were too high. We completed some refresher training of what was covered yesterday and waited until later in the afternoon for the winds to settle down. We made it to the field later on in the day and the winds were still quite high, so I had pulled out the firebird trainer. Ron had made significant progress on the firebird and not long after the winds came down. I hooked Ron up to his Glider and we practiced inflations for the remainder of the training day. Ron had made great progress and with the weather co-operating tomorrow Ron should get in his first flight. I had the opportunity to test fly Ron's gear with a demo flight and Ron looked impressed. There's no doubt that he's looking forward to try it out for himself! (Few Pics)
26 Apr 06 - Ron's training (Day one) - Ron had arrived yesterday from Cape Breton. We commenced training early this morning and had covered theory lessons along with paramotor and In-flight training. Because it was too windy today, we did no have a chance to get in any kiting. However we did put in a full day of training finishing up the day with reviewing the Risk&Reward CD. Ron will be writing his Pre-Solo exam tomorrow and with any luck in the weather he should get his first flight in tomorrow evening.
Ron breaking- in his new XC motor Launch simulation under thrust In-Flight Simulator - Right turn!
23 Apr 06 - Lots of flying this week-end!! - Myself and Roger had plenty of flights this week-end. The weather had allowed us to fly several flights Sat and Sun Mornings/evenings. All my flights were trike launches, I flew the WJ Trike as well as the Flash Trike. Again, Trike launches definitely takes the effort out of launching and landing. It's a great addition to get more pilots in the air. I had also had Glen B. down at the field today as well as plenty of interested visitors, it was great to have other qualified pilots visit the field.
Boys, setting up this morning!! Roger, wasting no time getting set up! Roger getting ready to launch!!
(Thanks, Rejean and family for the pics)
21 Apr 06 - Trikes at PPGNB - It's been a week since the last time that I had a chance to fly. This was due to the April showers and extremely bad weather we've been having lately. Hopefully the weather will improve to get some flying and training in, however it did give me a chance to get a trike from Andre from PPO. The smaller trike in the pic easily attaches to any Walkerjet paramotor. I'll be adding trike training to my training syllabus for those who are incapable to foot launch due to past injuries or level of fitness. The smaller trike will be available to purchase for those who wish to add wheels to their paramotors. The larger trike will be used for Tandem flights so that I can take up students before their first solo flight . This will allow students to have the feeling of flight just prior to their first solo flight.
14 Apr 06 - Busy day at PPGNB - Bill R had shown up early this morning to get started with his PPG training. The weather does not look good for the rest of the week, however Bill does not live that far away so we were able to can get started on a full day of teaching. We had made goood progress and Bill had caught on very well. Bill left today with a smile on his face,looking forward to day two of his training.
14 Apr 06 - Trike test flight!! - After Bill had left the weather was excellent for flying. I decided to try out my Trike. This trike can be used for single or Tandem configuration. This is the first time I have ever flown a trike and the launch difficulty goes way down when launching a trike. It was next to effortless!! Once I am proficient with the trike I'll be taking up students for familiarization flight just prior to their solo flight. This will give the student a close simulation on what they can expect on their first flight. I was also be modifying the training field to have it more trike friendly along with adding trike training to my training syllabus. A Trike will allow potential students who can not foot launch or has difficulty to foot launch to carry on with their dream of flight. I'll be receiving a trike next week that will allow you to attach you're existing paramotor to it for trike launches. (Few Pics)
13 Apr 06 - Bad Weather!!! The clouds can tell you a whole lot about what the winds aloft are. Weather channels will give you most of the time just surface winds, this is important for takeoff and landing but when you're in the air you want to know what the winds aloft are. Normally, if the surface winds are low but the winds aloft (3000') are high, you normally don't have a very long time before surface winds will pick up. There are several weather sites that will give you the status on winds aloft, here's the one that I use in my local area. http://www.flightplanning.navcanada.ca/cgi-bin/Fore-obs/fd.cgi. You should be able to find a similar site near an area near you. DON"T FLY until you know what the actual weather is in your flying area!! If you see cloud formations like these pics show, stay on the ground !! Frank
12 Apr 06 - Best XC flight this year. - This morning the weather for flying was outstanding!! I had the opportunity to try out the WJ Spyder that I picked up from Andre at PPO. My first flight lasted about 20 mins. I just wanted to make sure the unit was operating properly before being used as one of my training units. The air was great. I decided to fuel up the unit and go for a good XC flight.
As I was resetting up for my second flight, I had noticed an older gentlemen coming over to talk to me. He introduced himself, and started to look at the PPG unit. He was trying to figure out exactly what was this thing that I was playing with. He obviously did not see me flying earlier, and I thought the best explanation would be a, "demonstration". So, I as I was warming up the Paramotor I could see in the man's face that he still didn't get it. So as I strapped in and about to grab my gloves, and the man had handed them to me. He said to me with a puzzled look on his face," What are you planning to do with this contraption". I smiled and replied, "Watch". I launched and flew out about 200' maintaining around 10'altitude then I made a quick turn towards the man and maintaining the same altitude towards him. As I flew by the gentleman, the look on his face was "Priceless". When I passed him by, I quickly gained altitude and began my XC flight. The flight was great, and lasted about 50 mins. When I had returned, the older gentleman was not there, but I'm sure that I gave him something to talk about. (A few Pics)