Sunday 6th January 2019, my first totally solo flight, WARWICKSHIRE, UK.
I have flown for the last year with the Worcester Paramotor Flyers, but it is a one hour drive from my home to a launch field. They initially, helped double check everything before each flight, but slowly left me to my own at launch. The last two flights were actually on my own in the air, but other pilots in the field. Last Sunday I went to a local field where the tenant farmer and actual owner had given me permission to fly, as long as I ring them before going there. Just loading up my car, I felt sick with nerves, but once I'd driven onto the field, I was fine. Set up windsock, warmed up engine, laid out wing... clipped in for a reverse launch.
The REVO 2 came up first time perfectly, followed the risers to turn around and noticed the left brake was now twisted around the riser, sorted this out whilst walking forward, powered up, took about 5 steps and I was away. It was so great to fly around areas I knew (from the ground) well; everything seems so closer together in the air.
I kept between 1500 feet and 600 feet AGL and flew around lots of local villages and towns, even my own house. Been wanting to do that for years!!! Eventually, it was getting darker, so landed back in the launch field next to my car. What a confidence boost. Flying is epic, even when you don't need to do acrobatics, no wing overs, no spiral dives, no foot drags, but still loved every second of the flight and took lots of stills from my gopro (copy) video after landing.
My last flight in September with Richard. Just a "bimble" around Worcestershire, flying over the Hadley Bowling Green Pub to get pictures for the Landlord. Have to wrap up warmer for any more flights this year!
Got up early (I'm getting better at this) to take advantage of the low wind. Was overcast for the whole flight of 1 hour 40 minutes, in fact it felt colder towards the end of the flight.
Took a cheeky transit of Wolverhampton airport while no one was about, with a half dozen blind calls to ensure safety. Took this one directly over the tower at 1000 feet :
Nice to be airborne when most are fiddling with breakfast or getting ready to go out to work. General view just after 7.
Flew over to the river Severn which is a bit of a favourite flying area of mine :
Flew around the outskirts of Kidderminster and noticed some small lakes that were covered in green algae or other plant growth, presumably exacerbated by all this warm weather :
To the East of Kidderminster I saw this collection of geometrically laid out trees :
Continuing on I flew over some of the route of a new water pipeline between the river Severn and Frankley reservoir, which is pretty much finished now :
On the way back to the field I flew close to one of the Clent Hills, a really nice place to go for a bit of walking :
Once I had landed and packed away I visited Wolverhampton airport and on my way out there was a National Grid helicopter just taking off, so these two are for Simon :
Another cracking early morning flight, it's great.