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  1. 7 points
    Hi All - I have just had confirmation, that of this coming weekend, Axa are returning their PPG insurance to UK PPG pilots and residents. I have just been speaking to Sepp Himberger on this matter. URL and link: www.flugschulen.at/axa Cheers, Alex
  2. 2 points
    After struggling to make sense of the first two of your three post rant, I've always found Parajet to have excellent customer service - and I've been using them since 2010 without issue.
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  4. 1 point
    ok. Still waiting for the final report on the PPG death 2 weeks ago in Arcadia Florida USA. I know it's rare, but so are plane crashes yet they happen. And too often it's due to something that got overlooked. A failed carabiner under 1000 ft is probably one of those non-survivable catastrophic failures. Your life literally hangs on their integrity. Maybe someday a double carabiner system will become standard as a safety backup. Redundancy. It's actually the exact reason air travel is as safe as it is. Food for thought.
  5. 1 point
    It will be good to see the difference between the two. Especially when the wooden one is only 95 euros!!
  6. 1 point
    Bottle of nice wine it it for the first guy to register my wing!
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    I have just noted this (below) from the T's and C's, this is a fairly standard way to insure an 'aircraft' for any entitled pilot. If you have a mate with the AXA policy, you can ADD another wing to that policy and fly in with insurance. GO GO GO SW " • Please remember that we need the serial number of your glider – or of the main canopy/wing if a parachute - to activate 3rd party liability insurance. Due to aviation regulations 3rd party liability insurance cover is bound to the glider/wing as stated in the policy. Therefore other pilots who are entitled to use the glider/wing are also covered."
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    Andy i'm guessing your referring to soft links like more used in Paragliding.
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    Rather than double up on carabiners it would make more sense that if a backup is required, to use a backup that will last a short while.....such as a webbing loop. If a carabiner failed the webbing loop takes the load. A webbing loop will not chaff against the carabiner.
  10. 1 point
    I check mine for any hairline marks every month or two and replace them every couple of years regardless. Ensure you use carabiners specific for flying. Check the gates function properly on every preflight. If you drop them on a hard surface, or there's any visible damage, replace them. They're very unlikely to fail but you can do stuff for peace of mind. If you are concerned about your carabiners then you should be equally aware of your shackles and webbing.
  11. 1 point
    Best bet would be to change them every 5 years as per manufacturer specs. I wonder how many are in the air that are older?
  12. 1 point
    Just found this thread, really interesting info. I have been thinking about this for a while as I fly from a semi busy microlight aerodrome. but my research didn’t help much, this thread however has. Will have to give Andy an email. thanks again for doing the leg work
  13. 1 point
    I'm just dipping my toes into the sport also. YouTube is your friend. 1000's of videos covering most everything, including a good one by Tucker Gott on BUDGET PARAMOTORS. I believe Tucker's in Jersey. Maybe you can hook up with him and his buds. Trusted wisdom says do not pay less than about $4000 for a motor and $2000 for a wing generally speaking. There are many who have either self trained or got some minimal training then experienced friends helped them the rest of the way. Find a local group of friendly paramotor pilots, learn where they meet and go make friends. That's what I'm doing. I'm an instrument rated private pilot so I have considerable flight experience and know the FAR's somewhat already but a paramotor is aa totally different game. I suspect I will largely self train with hopefully some help from friends I meet along the way. Buy a few of the good books on the topic. I have and they are really helpful. Learn all about the wing and the lines and connections before you ever get near one. I plan to do a good bit of ground kiting before attaching a motor. That said, many will tell you there is no substitute for advanced, professional training. Your life may depend on it. Good luck!
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    For a.minute there I thought, Jersey, Wow...nice place - beaches, sea, boats. But "dollars" gave it away. Sorry.
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    Seriously? Captain Fister? Is this a porn script I've fallen into???
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    Anti torque lamels..........my experience. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukparamotorgroup/ (the facebook page has some photo's I uploaded but the text below sums up my experience). Made from carbon fibre the lamels from Aviator were easy to fit. There is no way they will come off in flight. As you can see from the first photo of my trike in flight the torque on the frame from the Moster engine causes a slight rotation making the lightweight trike sit off to the left when on full power. So what difference did 14 lamels make to the torque........absolutely no noticeable effect and the trike still sits off centre when on power (second photo). I still had to compensate with weight shift and/or the left trimmer in slightly for straight flight) Even worse than that is the drag effect. I was having to run 800-1000rpm higher to maintain the same level flight without them (7200rpm verses normal 6200 for level flight) Consequently this slaughtered the fuel efficiency, which isn't good at the best times being a Moster, and took me from 5.5litres per hour to 8litres/hr. I landed after 1hr 28 mins having measured in 12 litres and had just 0.2litres left. I usually get 2hrs with a bit to spare. So all in all for me they were a massive negative. I will be taking them off and selling them on. Any bids welcome !
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    With the good weather I went to my usual field. However a circus was there in the process of strip down. The awkward thing was the circus animals behind all the trucks, in an open electric fence paddock. I saw ponies, horses and 2 camels and the take off direction would always have been towards them from wherever in the field. I approached the head man and explained things PPG, but it was when he said the zebras might be a bit skittish that my mind was completely made up, no flying tonight.
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    Fare enough. I haven't seen the adverts but was a bit surprised. There's no way i would pay for a flying training holiday on the basis that I MIGHT fly once! I did read a few that dismayed me with all the "if yiu land hard and bend the frame, you pay. If you scratch it, you pay, if you snag the canopy, you pay" stuff. What do they expect from students...??? The last thing a student needs is fear of bankruptcy I'd have thought.
  19. 1 point
    The pg world is even more divided by the BHPA. I can see THEIR point but they are a bit OTT. By banning non BHPA pilots from slopes what do.they achieve? Well, I guess they control quality on the slopes and so protect permissions but given the bell curve distribution of skill levels and aptitudes it's a tough call. A non BHPA trained pilot could be a lot better than a bad BHPA pilot. But who would know? Thats why I stopped pg flying...too many people, too variable a skill set. As a professsional pilot I do expect a certain mind set, maybe unfairly, but I really dont want some.doofus. killing me. When I went to the bore fly-in with my sons we were amazed by the lax attitudes and rather APPARENT gash attitude to airstrip control. BUT we were also deeply impressed by the general safety mindedness. So we concluded that what we were seeing was not gash attitudes but a lot of decent pilots having al ot of safe fun by knowing how to Have fun safely, knowing what corners can safely be cut. We came away VERY impressed by PMC pilots to be honest AND WE REALLY WANTED TO JOIN IN. We xouldntntell who was BHPA and who wasn't. Conclusions? Draw your own.
  20. 1 point
    I actually enjoy the freedom of being able to invite pilots from all walks of life no matter which tribe. SW
  21. 1 point
    I have them on my Maverick and can attest to them working. I can do full power launches with no toque steer at all. At cruise it flies dead straight with no input at all. BTW, MR Nitro, why did Aviator PPG use them on their Nitro's and why did they rave about them so much? I will tell you why. Its because they really do work. In fact Aviator still fit them to their paramotors regardless of make.
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    Here is Paranoob's vlog: SW
  23. 1 point
    There are a few little tips you can use to overcome the little bumps.. Just remember the wing will take alot and probably allot more than you in your early hours, One of the best things anyone can do is laugh the nerves away.. When you hit something you do not feel comfortable in let out a big WHOOOHOOOOO Laugh, Cheer, Anything to turn the Negative into a positive.. My Hangliding instructor told me this years ago and worked for me...
  24. 1 point
    Got my trike in the air on Friday. After a couple of failed launches, I shortened my a-assists by putting 4 knots in them, but I never rechecked the length. Only 4 small knots eh! Nil wind take-off with no drama until about 50 feet off the deck. Realised I was having difficulty getting altitude. A-assists really tight and I could not get them off. About 200 feet tried two more times to release them. With difficulty gained a bit more height and tried turning, but wing not reacting until I put big brake in and even then it was a struggle. All the time I was rolling side to side as the wing was trying to fly, but was fighting the a-assists. I was expecting a frontal collapse at any moment. Eventually let off the power, swung back then forward, assists went slack and I frantically un-clipped them. What I should have done then was to do a circuit to clear my head, but no. Came in to land and did the classic no-no. A low altitude power on to miss a bush and then power completely off. I slammed into the deck bending both back axles and buckling the front fork. I’m okay apart from a few bruises and loads of bent metal. Won’t do that again. My lesson learned? Always check your gear twice after any adjustments no matter how small. Gary
  25. 1 point
    Hi Dave, I'm just a few months ahead of you. See how my sport has gone. I flew paragliders (20 years ago), then family and kids stopped all my fun. Both kids now over 16, so I started up again but realised I lived too far from the hills. Two hour drive to find forecast not accurate, so drove back home again; you can only do this so many times! Something had to change, decided I should try with a motor, therefore take-off from flat field, YIPPEE. Took the short conversion course in Oct 2017 and then realised new kit would cost me about £9k. Decided that I would work some overtime and put the money aside for PPG. By April 2018 I had £3k saved, so spent almost £2k on a parajet Zenith polini 130 and almost £1k on a Paramania REVO2 reflex wing. You can get into the hobby cheaper, but to get half decent kit, I was advised to budget £3k minimum. I used my old helmet, boots, vario and found no-one uses 2m radio (144 MHz) but rather the 70cm band (350 MHz). So I met up with the local PPG's in the Worcester area and they called me up for my first flights. Usually evening flights when the thermals have switched off and the air is much more calm. As with paragliding, it is very weather dependent, I'm always watching the wind speed and direction, and I have been surprised how long a field you need to take off in. Obviously you need an area to run, but also the long slow climb out, they are not all fantastic climb outs !!!! Also no trees up wind that could cause rotor. I'm averaging a flight every week around work commitments and family events. The first few flights did take several aborted launches, but I'm happy to say I'm much more likely to get off first time now....unless it's nil wind. Power launches do work, but you have to put 100% trust in your wing and run for ever...... Unfortunately the money hasn't stopped spending, new radio, helmet, reserve (£440), towbar (£295), Thule bike carrier for conversion to PPG carrier, I still need a flight deck, kobo tablet, etc... So the overtime goes ever onwards. Yes, I'm having fun. As a paraglider pilot I hoped to take off from the flat, get high, cut the engine and thermal again. This doesn't really happen ! You tend to fly a smaller wing for speed, stability and ease of launch, the trade off is a worse glide, and the motor is heavy. With fuel another 30kg on your back. It's a different sport. But you fly over a BBQ at 600 feet, and everyone waves at you. You feel like James Bond and the "NUMBSKULLS" in your head are shouting at you to show off, throw over a few wing-overs, spiral dive, and kill yourself for their entertainment.... Take your time, settle in; keep at least 500 feet up, you are quieter and safer, room to throw a reserve! I have found if you keep between 500 and 1000 feet you are below cruising altitude for most small aircraft, and high enough not to upset the locals. It is difficult to find good launch areas, so give the farmer a bottle of wine occasionally, take off and leave the area, don't buzz his animals and neighbours. ENJOY
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