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  1. 3 points
    Ah another benefit of flying with the Atom 80; never needing to worry about torque steer offset.
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    I have now done a few flights on my trike, the first I have ever flown. I am really getting to like it. Today I took off from wet grass, over a foot long in absolutely nill wind. With the trike everything can be done slowly. The wing pulled up slowly, but I was able to feed power on, pulling the wing up and just take take my time. And landings, what a joy. I was bothered before using the trike that it would hurt my back (I am fully fused from thoracic to hips) as the slightest bump is very painful. But its just like landing an aircraft, flare a little, rear wheels start to touch, ease off flare and let the front wheel drop. The friction then slows the trike, keep hands up and just let wing land nicely in front. So gentle.
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    I am right with you these days.... Give me a simple meander in smooooth air over rivers and meadows with a jam buttie in one hand and a pop in the other and I am done.... 0G is just about right
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    Yes....and if you snag a wee hook (I found mine laying on the floor in a Dobbies) or fashion your own from wire you can hook the funnel onto the cage spar and it leaves you both hands free to pour the petrol....
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    Well when I saw today’s forecast I had to get the exhaust repaired sharpish! good friends in the paramotor world! I needed a new baffle in the silencer as it had broken into several bits. I’ve ordered one from a bike shop but not in time to fly today. Paul page came to my rescue and offered to repair it today, so I dropped it off with him this morning (Monday) (I know I’m writing this after midnight so strictly speaking it was yesterday!) he drilled loads of holes in a tube and reassembled by silencer. Winner so.... met paul and Richard at the field to fly around 7pm. Noticed thunder forecast for 9pm so wanted to see if we could get up or not. And I got my exhaust bolted together at the field. wind was very low, clouds looked friendly and sun was shining so we went for it. Forward launch, long run and seemed to be little lift, I was very low before the wing finally woke up and took me up. Probably jumped in the seat a little early which I haven’t done for ages. Had a lovely flight of about 40 mins then came back in - it was getting a little windy and it seemed I was being circled by a police helicopter!! Had a couple of other Paramotors join us for a few mins too, so 5 of us flying around Tamworth. No thunderstorm here but Birmingham, Rugeley and possibly Nuneaton areas looked as if they were getting a good hammering of rain. Great to see from the sky. We were constantly aware of the surrounding and upwind clouds just in case. Anyway came in to land, fast with little wind. Brakes, flare, too much and up again, down again, on my feet the fell over on my knees. Almost got it! chatted for a bit then I had 3 litres of fuel in so went up for a 20 min flight. This was 9pm. Easier take off, forward. Had a little meander round fields at about 5-600ft and got some photos of Richard. Really lovely and smooth flight, wishing I’d got more fuel lol we all came back about the same time, Richard landed first and I came in straight behind him, long, fast and onto my feet who mentioned arse landings? Not here! The thunder arrived from the east about half an hour after we landed and we sat chatting, having a beer until almost 11pm two lovely flights, beer and chatting to mates. What a great evening
  7. 1 point
    Lol. I don't think I have ever passed 0.5g or 1.5g total including me! My wing will last 40 years.
  8. 1 point
    Short story: More than twenty years ago, I scoured the Loot (anyone remember that rag?) and bought a solo 210cc paramotor with a Airwave Harmony (safe simple wing) and taught myself to fly (NOT recommended, I was younger and still made of rubber back then) Think I payed £2000 all in and the gear was mint. It was a reasonably lucky buy because I didn't know enough about gear (or more importantly, good weather conditions) I didn't really take to powered flight but fell in love with free-flight, sold the motor and got fifteen years of obsessed joy out of that.... Then got a bit bored and flew occasionally until I decided to give power another twirl Fell in love with flying power this time. Bought a smashed Bailey's (four stroke // very efficient good for long xc flights) £1300, rebuilt it and I already had a wing with a value of maybe £300 and I enjoyed the sport that much I splashed another £1700 on a Kougar 2 wing. It can be done reasonably cheaply (especially if you have lots of tools and a bit of know-how) Its tough to know how you will respond to the sport. I don't recommend teaching yourself! I don't recommend buying gear until you know you are hooked. I am "almost" loathed to say get training because it can be pricey and "might" be wasted.... But I couldn't recommend anything else and maintain a clear conscience. Bit of a rock and a hard place. Paramotoring (and free-flight) are a pretty frustrating sports, peppered with disappointment, occasionally terrifying even after thousands of hours experience, smelly, heavy, noisy, a tad dangerous.... But every now and again, you will find yourself thousands of feet above the ground tiptoeing the tops of clouds or skimming a mountain 50 miles from home.... it can be BLISS.
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    Haha failed launches i think its called CARMA thats what you get when you take the p.... still worth the flight nice flying with you again see ya soon
  10. 1 point
    You can just make one up Andy., as long as it is understood and isn't duplicated in your area. Giles Fowler uses Golf Foxtrot 22, that's his initials followed by the size of his wing. I use my lapsed French registration, only because I can remember it.
  11. 1 point
    Thanks guys appreciate the positive comments...didnt realise Simon had put this here just found it look forward to seeing you both soon at the field of dreams
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    Sorry, only just found this. I had the same concerns about a faulty kill switch and with the added risk of being stuck with the throttle wide open. I added a 2nd kill switch to the frame of my Maverick and ran separate wires to coil and a 2nd earth point for added redundancy, i hope! It was first used in anger on a landing approach at the Bore Chasers this year. Throttle kill swich failed due to a wire break, and stopped it on the 2nd switch. Result. Hope this helps. Mark.
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    Can't knock his attention to detail. Love the homely standard lamp, and that he swaps his trainers for house slippers. Nice touch.
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    May I suggest Andy Moon at Planespeak. He does just that for paramotor pilots.
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    Same for me within Halfpenny Green ATZ. As long as they can contact you and you can hear what is happening with the other traffic they are happy. I rarely enter the ATZ nowadays but always contact ATC because I am close to the airport and awareness on both sides is increased safety.
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    Large portions of UK airspace is VFR (class G airspace) in which we can fly. Its not super complex but its easy to mess it up if you are not mindful of where you are and what you are doing. I guess there are two rules in the sport that you cannot afford to mess with: 1) Airspace law (BIG trouble if you do) 2) The law of gravity Besides the air law and weather considerations, Its a "reasonably" relaxed and simple form of aviation.
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    Hi, i dont think you will find there is anything down here to help you out to be honest. Also i think you will find to do the instructor training you need to of been qualified as a ppg pilot for about 2 years before you can even start the training (APPI Rules). I think most people tend to go up country or go abroad to get the majority of training done. Cheers
  20. 1 point
    It will vary significantly between airports and airspace. Some wont allow microlights for example, due to their low air speed mainly. Does a paramotor have the required precision altimeter, with ability to set QNH easily. Or an accurate compass to maintain a bearing. The OP sounds like he has a very understanding ATC, and probably a fairly quiet one. I'd be surprised if many others got the same response.
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    Ah, ok. However, as I mentioned above, the SkyEcho isn't a transponder, it's a transceiver. It'll only transmit the standard VFR Squawk code 7000 and in a different Downlink Format field from other aircraft transponders and can't be interrogated. However it would be recognized by ATC as orginating from an EC device, so you may get away with it. But yes, need a radio, do a course to get your FRTOL, and also an OFCOM licence. You also need to get an ICAO hex code. Call sign is some what arbitrary in our cases, as we're not registered, but you'll need one when communicating with ATC and if you have one in your SkyEcho (there's a field for it when setting up) it'd be good if it was the same as the one you used over the radio!
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    Appreciate the help. As long as they can see me, I'm good. All I need to do is give them a call, let them know I'm intending on flying and give them a brief flight plan and they are happy. I'm surprised at how helpful the IAA and airport tower has been so far. This is the key to allowing me to fly in my local area and the price is well worth it for saving me the time to take off outside the controlled Airspace zone. Thanks guys.
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    Here is a portable transponder https://www.flightstore.co.uk/pilot-supplies-c1/skyecho-2-portable-ads-b-transceiver-p12386/s21382?cid=GBP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz4z3BRCgARIsAES_OVc1Rs8yh9exVFfugh8jaBnam1WsxggXvpOyKD8seCzCAAlsQ-DyXc4aAqw6EALw_wcB
  24. 1 point
    Ah yes! I did find that cracking example in the classifieds. I could have a 25.5 AND a 28 meter Universal!! I often wonder if I went 1 size too small with my 25.5M. My all up weight is in the 115-120 range on my Nitro 200. Someday I will replace the Nitro with a dual start Maverick. My Mojo is the 26 meter but obviously a totally different beast than the Universal. I am flying the Universal without too many issues thus far but I have very few flights on it. The 28 meter would actually fit my weight range better than the 25.5.
  25. 1 point
    Flights 51 & 52 last night. joined the mile high club first flight half hour, I didn’t put my flight suit on. Mistake lol. had a little bimble around a quarry I hadn’t seen before. Nice little flight but I was cold. The houses you see when flying too! A mansion hidden in the trees you’d never know was there. went back to field to get more layers as I was too cold and fell forwards on landing into my knees. then got my suit on and went up again. Me, Paul page, Richard leishman, up, up, and above the clouds. Such an amazing feeling. Both my phones died of exposure just approaching 5200 so I just kept climbing. First time above a mile for me and Richard. Three of us up there, clouds below us. So peaceful I can’t even describe the feeling. (Well I can, it was bloody freezing!) I glided down on tickover all the way down to 900 ft before touching the throttle. Got a video of it all so that will follow but no proof of the height. I guess I’ll just have to do it again came back to field and fell on my knees again after a few mins I got the feeling back in my fingers and realised I’d twisted my ankle. By the time I’d driven home I couldn’t walk! Had to get my son to help unload the van. ice, painkillers, elevation. Doesn’t feel so bad this morning but not out of bed yet I only have 38 hours flight time total. Still a beginner. I love flying
  26. 1 point
    That they are and there's a cracking example of a 28m one for sale in the classifieds section if anyone is interested...
  27. 1 point
    On the assumption that eventually holidays will resume - does anyone know of anywhere that does a course on speed wings ? not powered, just courses with speed wings ? thought it'd be kinda fun learning. I tried one once but it was so responsive it scared the pants off me, but I could see how once you get used to it, a hike and fly kinda thing would be pretty fun - but I'd rather not just buy one and make all the mistakes I'd no doubt avoid if I had a course first. I had a rake around the inter-verse but turned up blank. Alternative I suppose is one of the single skin intermediate wings coming out now - same weight, but flies more like a regular PG.. but as new, they're aint many 2nd hand out there, and I don't think I'd use it enough to justify spending 2k on a toy I'd use 2 or 3 times a year. stu
  28. 1 point
    Designed some new graphics for the motorhome - 3 layers of vinyl. came out pretty good I reckon. the dark blue is same blue as front of van, and silver matches the hymer silver.
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    Sorry Mark yes they did and if it is any consolation they fit exactly right
  30. 1 point
    I guess we forget that the inventors of such sports typically do so in a void of any "governance" other than the laws of physics. (A +30ft fall is a rule that is hard to bend or ignore) The busybodies "invent" governance that often stifles the practice of risk taking, innovation and self-reliance BUT Joe Daft and manufactures can engage in the practice with "some" sensible risk management. Sub70 flight in the UK is in a good place at the moment... There are plenty of sensible rules/guidance for those of us who need them and there is also "some" wiggle room for head-bangers and innovators who are cool with a touch more personal risk than might be average. Very similar to rock climbing... You are free, the stakes are high and the consequences are on YOU! I support the existence of the BHPA and its position, it forms a VERY nice buffer between us bootstrap aviators and the "law"! There is the option to escape the BHPA and go +70kg for those who prefer legally binding rules and MUCH more expense Win win!
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    it was me that publicaly pointed it out to him he and his BHPA were lagging far behind in asking his members NOT to fly and await further informaion because of covid-19 when this all started, And his replie , We work with the governments recomendations and are awaiting there decision , a week later they ( the caa ) never even made a descision , they said they didnt have to because the governments request to stay indoors covered it ,when they put the above paper out my blood boiled over,
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    In my uneducated opinion: The optics suit officials and Joe Public, the reality suits those few who chose to operate independently.... its a "win-win" A solid "self-governing" or "legally detached" body keeps the officials OUT of this relatively high profile sport. Lets hope it remains so!
  34. 1 point
    'between shit and syphilis' is such a great outlook Mike, I like you already. Fantastic to read your progress to success, a big well done from me. I have been flying for many years but still get the buzz every time. Stay safe and enjoy your flights.
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    Nice one Mike.We began our training about the same time.I remember you working so hard on the field kiting the wing ,and then resetting again, over and over and over, and then progressing onto your powered taxi runs on a trike, first without a wing, and then with a wing. I was exhausted just watching you. Sadly I missed your solo flight, but I can well imagine how big your grin was!. What a great achievement!. Well done you. Regards Nige
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    A short happy vibe, uplifting blog, as written by Mike the pilot. SW
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    All, I recently purchased a half decent ultrasonic cleaner for my motorbike restoration. It turned out to be 100% better than I expected!! I now call it the newifator. lolol I would like to offer to all of you that need it, to send me your carbs for a F.O.C ultrasonic de-gunge. When I put the motorbike ones through it, I was flabbergasted at the amount of crap that came out of them!! (been itching to use that word for ages) lol Deal is: Send them to me, and pay for the sending back. Reply here if interested and I will PM over the address. You will 100% need to get a carb service kit to accompany this clean... there are many online places you can get these, please try to use your instructor / dealer for this if you can. The last thing you want when this is all over is a motor that won't play air games. lol SW
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    Pap all day long, easier to assemble, slightly lighter, cheap netting if it breaks, stronger main chassis for butt landings, great back up service from the UK main dealer Your welcome to try before you buy Danny
  40. 1 point
    Nice job Kiwi K I've learned loads reading this whole thread - thank you for the time and effort to keep documenting your journey
  41. 1 point
    Here's the plans in discussion. I hope they come in handy to the community. Good luck to you all willing to go down the DIY route. LiteFlyer Trike with AC 2 1.pdf
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    Hi Guys & Gals, I have after thinking about ways to get into Paramotoring finally joined forces with a Trike designer who has a brilliant design & also designed a set of fuel tanks that are also the seats in the trike units in fact, the seat tanks were designed specifically for these trikes. We have had a trike designer build the first trike prototype about two years ago and they have been testing and developing it since then. We will be offering both a weight shift trike and a paramotor trike (see attached). We haven’t started production yet, but we plan to do so soon. I will definitely want UK buyers of our products when production commences. The distributor price for the weight shift trike, without the engine, will be approximately €1750, excluding shipping. The paramotor trike will be slightly more. Contact me for pictures (photos are HI RES )
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    Hi Andy Have a look at this youtube video I am thinking of getting myself an paracell kit to fit to my existing chassis , keep us updated I am quite interested in it . Casey
  44. 1 point
    Hi Bobby. I've had a V5 for the past 18 months or so. I've done 130 hours on mine. I can't comment on customer care because I haven't needed it. This motor has been the most reliable machine by far that I have owned, and I have owned many. I still have a Fresh Breeze Sportix Simonini engine and a H&E 120. I have no financial interest in motors and am non bias. When my V5 arrived I was pleased with the weight and power. Slightly heavier than my 120 but more power. I have taken off from smaller areas like car parks, grass verges, country roads etc with the V5 because it feels small and light on your back and I have more confidence. On my GTX 26 It still maintains / climbs on fast trim full speed bar but does need full revs (see below). The economy is fantastic. I weigh 97kg naked, 110kg fully dressed not including reserve parachute and flight deck. On my Revo wings I get 2.25 to 2.5 litres an hour. Worst economy is on my GTX where I get 3ltres an hour fast trim. I plan my long flights on 3 litres an hour which works well with plenty of reserve. It's a 12 litre tank. It's nicely designed compact simple and reliable. Very clean, sounds nice, easy to start in the air giving confidence to stop the motor in flight and low maintenance. I havnt touched the carb and only removed the spark plug twice in 130 hours. For most flights I chuck 8 to 10 litres in and I don't have to think about fuel. I've flown many engines Simonini Black Devil Parajet etc. For me and my weight most use about 6 litres an hour. The Polini versions a bit less but you will not get to 50 hours on most of them without unexplained hole piston or seizure. That's my experience only. Comments welcome. As they say "if your 2 stroke motor seems to be running really nice it means it's about to seize up" LOL Negatives. The frame is lightly built, if you are new to Paramotoring and likely to fall over it will cost you. Power is less than the bigger Polini or Simonini but equal to Smaller Polini 110. Probably doesn't like long full rev full speed bar flying (see below). This is how I always used to fly but have adjusted my flying these days in keeping with my age. The fuel tank detaches which is good for out refuelling but is a bit tight and a bugger to get in. Also the fuel line leaves the tank underneath via a plastic L shaped connector which is unguarded and vulnerable. I've never broke mine but doing so when landing out to fuel will be troublesome. The fuel tank markings were inaccurate and the tank takes more fuel than indicated, probably because the tank was tight fitting and the sides bowed out. Because of this for the first few flights it seemed I was using much less than 2 litres an hour. I realised this when fuelling at the garage and 6 pump litres + my existing 2 litres = 7 ??? The V5s is much the same I believe but a bit lighter again. I prefer the look of the V5. The V5s has plastic head cover and different exhaust which I am not so keen on. I like shiney bits. I'm not sure on all of the differences. The early Bailey 4 strokes were heavier and had some trouble with cooling on hard flying. Increasing oil capacity and fan cooling has fixed this. However with this in mind my first few flights were all gentle slow trim on my Revo 30. I have since learned that more distance is achieved without speed bar and full revs. As per the manual instructions I avoid prolonged full revs / prolonged speed bar. The ideal motor would be a Bailey on the early volution frame which looked nice and was solid, but the one with netting. This might be a bit heavy tho. Bailey should give a titanium frame option. Although expensive would be better for new pilots. Bit of a long post. My experiences only. Hope this helps. Whitters.
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    First flight with the miniplane today was 'interesting' - i have to confess to being a bit of a tool and I will share my idiocy so others can learn and you are all very welcome to take the piss - I will post a separate thread in the safety room. I went to my local take off spot, really took my time making sure I was happy. I did a great forward launch into a light breeze, checked wing was nicely level and as it should be then applied gas, ran like a gazelle. After 100 meters and a tiny bit of lift, I had to kill the engine before running out of field. I'm close to max weight for a miniplane so I was expecting to run but was a bit surprised and disappointed with the lack of thrust. This happened. Three times and I was beginning to think I bought the wrong machine but I decided I just need a longer field (and lose some weight) so moved to another spot. After setting up, I got a good shape in the wing, went to full throttle and ran.. And ran and ran. I finally lifted off after 100m or so and very very slowly got about 100 feet agl, the machine was vibrating like hell. I turned down wind to avoid trees and began losing altitude immediately a, only gaining again when I turned into wind. Massive lack of thrust and the violent vibration led to a quick landing. The issue was immediately obvious. One of the prop blades was facing the wrong way! The curved edge was following and the sharp edge leading. I'm surprised I managed to fly at all. After a full check (the vibration had loosened exhaust screws and damaged the air filter box) I flew again, this time taking off easily in about 25 metres, climbing gracefully on a smooth, quiet, vibration free ride around my village before touching back down beautifully to the delight of neighbours and a couple of dog walkers. Conclusion, miniplane is really really lovely to fly, but ffs check the prop is on correctly! Thankfully no harm done and I'm now a wiser pilot.
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