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  1. Today
  2. Cheers Andy. There’s definitely a bit of reluctance for my legs to run on touching the ground. I’m going back to clive to a bit of landing assistance, see if he can see what I’m doing wrong.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Nice hedge hop! And great write ups, keep them coming. At first I always had problems persuading my undercarriage to run on landing and often ended up on my arse or knees. At first I ended up on my arse, until I changed the hang angle a little so that I was much more vertical when out of the seat. This automatically put my legs more under me. However, I then started to 'fall' forwards onto one or both knees. I eventually found that the issue was that my feet didn't like to start trying to run until I had a firm footing, which of course you often don't at first. The trick was forcing my legs to start running before my feet touched the ground. I have only failed one landing this year....and to be fair to me it was blowing 18 mph when I landed and I got pulled over - I nearly had to land a mile downwind as the wind picked up when I was 5 miles downwind...and I was doing 2 mph at one point!
  5. Busted frame Well I came out of work yesterday to unexpected sunshine and still trees. A quick check of the met office weather forecast made a quick decision to go for a fly. As you do. home, shower, load up, shout at traffic, get fuel, get to the field about 6pm. Great for a quick flight now the field at Penkridge is narrow and the wind needs to be going east or west. Ideally. it wasn’t completely ideal but the field had very little wind. I decided to set up and see if it was doable. I had to do a slight crosswind take off else I’d be in the barn! i fuelled up and got ready, preflight was ok until I noticed a crack at the bottom of my maverick frame. My ass landings are taking a toll after all The decision was made to carry on and fly based on that the crack was on the bottom outside of the main frame or hoop. A couple of failed forwards, not sure why probably just impatient. Third one i got the wing centred and ran. Towards the barn. Kept running. Towards the barn. you know when you have to make a decision to cut it or go.... I went. Got it turned to the left of the barn and once off the ground I was away. Could have done with a bit more of a runway but I was up ok. As it was unplanned I didn’t have a plan . So I just got a bit of height and got comfortable. Wind was around 8-9mph at 500ft no problem and it wasn’t gusty. I had a nice little fly around the fields, around some trees and just generally enjoyed myself. It wasn’t too warm so I cut it down to about 35 mins. I had been planning my landing bearing in mind the wind direction wasn’t ideal. I came down over the field and the wind socks were almost hanging down so I came in along the runway. Didn’t time it right and flew around no problem the decided to come in over the cornfield and land into the little wind that there was. Now I’m getting fed up of ass landings but I can’t seem to nail it. I got ready and leaned forward and came down over the corn onto the runway. All good. Then I still landed on my bloody arse!! Upon post flight check I had made the crack even worse so no more flying until that’s fixed. turns out that was flight 79 pic shows damage to frame which is now with a welder man and will be done tomorrow. Disappointed about the damage but had a great flight hedge hopping. video shows my somewhat risky takeoff. Live and learn
  6. You have a lot of things to juggle when launching.... Too many until the muscle memory eases the brains workload! I am assuming your brain is reacting to the harness beginning to take "some" of your weight. Tell your brain not to call "Gear Up" at all... you can switch the running off later..... Your feet will eventually start missing the floor
  7. Well this is all excellent advice which goes to prove it all out there for the asking and I am most grateful. Points noted a d the babys feeding bottle is a great idea. I am putting the rig together, and that is the best....and I do take the point about an Instructor......Thankyou.
  8. Does your instructor have a hang simulator? It might be helpful to hang for a bit in the simulator WITHOUT getting in the seat. It will help your body recognize hanging in the leg straps as a "normal" sensation and not fight it as it starts to occur on takeoff. Even better if the simulator can lift you up as you stand straight. A couple of those and your reflexes are unlearned.
  9. Thank you'all for your replies, I'll train next Monday. I will memorize all your advices. See you
  10. Well, nothing to be added here, really @HDY run until the harness takes you up from the ground. When you start feeling a pressure on the leg straps is probably when you begin sitting down as your brain gets the message "uhhh, we are in the air". Well, you are definitely not, ignore this impression and just keep running and keeping the appropriate amount of throttle until your legs firmly lose contact with the ground. In mountain paragliding, especially in thermals, when you often have the ridge you've launched from right behind your back it's still not a right moment to sit down but instead wait to gain more altitude and distance from it just in case you get collapse or sth, and only then sit down. Are you afraid of starting to fly with your body hanging on your leg and chest straps and not having your butt well supported by the harness seating? This is maybe why you want to get safely seated as quick as possible but end up doing that way too early.
  11. If you are very new to paramotors then power launches need to be approached carefully otherwise you may create other issues for yourself. Try adding some airflow from the prop, then reduce the throttle and move forward, then apply power again once the wing is overhead but keep moving forward all the time. Not all wings will need lots of brake to stop overshooting, some are easier to control than others.
  12. You did not run fast enough. In nil wind especially you have to psyche yourself up to run and run as fast and hard as you can. Many people have a tendency, at the point the wing comes up, to then not be running as fast and hard. Because the wing pulls back and stops you running for a moment, then you likely did not keep trying to push as hard as you can. Adding power makes the wing flip up even quicker (I do power launches) and as the wing hits the top of it's arc, you have to be moving really fast and using lots of brake to keep the wing from over-flying you.
  13. Hi I have set the trimmers so I get more feedback as I get use to the wing I will go back to no trimmers and see if it makes a difference.
  14. Last week
  15. Well that's an easy fix then, just stop doing it! Just keep running even when you feel you have left the ground. It's called running into the air and you just need to keep yourself focussed.
  16. Thank you Forecaster Actually, the problem is I automatically (and irrationally) sit down to early, even if the veil is still not efficient.
  17. I'll share my thought on that as I'm new to paramotor but quite experienced in paragliding itself - launching with a motor is completely different than without it in the mountains and I found it working good for me when launching with a motor: keep running until the wing and the harness lift you up from the ground without any work other than just running and controlling the glider above you (and adding throttle of course). Be prepared that you will get lifted and fly while leaning against the straps, relax, they won't let you fall Then when you gain some altitude just kick your knees up firmly and you'll get sitting in your harness. Not saying it's the right way but works for me.
  18. Hi, I am new to paramotor and not so new to paragliding itself (100+ hours of airtime). My last takeoff in the complete windless conditions has gone wrong, luckily only the paraglider line broken, no other issues. It was a classic/front launch but from the beginning I couldn't make all the risers and lines cleared up although they were good - I was not sure A's are on the top of the other lines so I was trying to clean it up while having the glider at the back of me. Evening, mosquitos started to bite, I started getting impatient as the sun was setting and very likely did not check everything. Because it was absolutely windless, right when I started pulling the A risers I added thrust to add myself more energy and then felt slight tension on the left brake and heard a broken line. Turned out that the main A line. the one closer to the center of the glider got rolled on the propeller hub and - luckily for me - very quickly burnt as it was rolling really tight one scroll next to each other. Now, I am absolutely sure I should have not launched in that state of mind, it was irresponsible. But what am trying to figure out now is what actually happened. Is that possible that the A line, the one that I'm pulling when launching gets hooked by the propeller with the propeller's diameter being smaller than the cage? Well, I'd expect more C or brake lines to get loose and being hooked, but not the A ones which are tight. Really confused here.... Maybe I've hooked the A line when trying to clear it up before the start, but still, when pulling it during the start it should have leant over the cage and tighten making the room for the propeller. I strongly believe the line was not tangled 360 over the propeller's hub before I added throttle because right before I started to run, with my lines still loose I gave the engine some throttle and then released. Below are the photos of my paramotor. What do you think? Any hint will probably be helpful
  19. This guy sounds like a damp wank tissue. I’ve just seen his post on Facebook paramotor group complaining about an ‘airfield incursion‘. It was out side of controlled space so he’s got delusions of grandeur if he thinks he owns the sky over his field, the paramotor pilot has as much right to be over his field as he does, or anyone else. There were no other aircraft active in the circuit at the time anyway so this is one of those bleating complainers who probably writes letters to his MP in green ink and then pleasures himself whilst biting on an orange ball.. The only mildly valid point is that the ppg looked to be within 500 feet of an overgrown shipping container hidden in the trees that the ppg pilot probably couldn’t see. it looked like 500 feet to me, and if not, move on, it’s a 2 stroke hanging under a bit of fabric, not a Lear jet. Knob.
  20. Hi Dave is this field still available to use ? I live just north of here near Sturry. vinnie
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    For sale, my 26m blue Dudek Sythesis 2 in excellent condition. Bought new on completion of my training at Membury it has only flown 30 'uneventful' hours. In excellent almost unmarked condition it has only been flown from dry grass fields and always kept warm and dry indoors. Comes with all the bags (mostly unused), repair kit (unused), speed-bar, windsock and a snazzy Dudek cap (unused). It was a fantastic wing to learn on, easy to launch/land, stable and surprisingly quick trims out. As an intermediate pilot, I've barely touched it's true capability and I'm only selling as I want to upgrade to a wing with a higher upper weight range. For peace of mind I'm more than happy to bring it to the field for inspection. £1500 ovno Any questions, call Geoff Richardson on 07810355479

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  23. Anybody flown a Report Air and a Solo?If so which would you reccomend for mainly XC.
  24. I’m really surprised you need to set timers at 6 for nil wind take offs. I’ve found nil winds a breeze with trimmers all in. You’ve got to be running a bit to get the airspeed up at that setting surely.
  25. Hello, I do have an instructor, he just told me not to worried. I just need to prepare myself to concept the tricks to solve this unwanted default for the next training.
  26. Would it not render themselves also liable for Naming a certain person as a Hooligan Trainer when you have No proof and reads like he i guessing at a maybe ?
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