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  1. 3 points
    Some days, my Fed-Ex delivery driver has no idea what an immensely positive effect he is going to have on my favourite thing, flying my paramotor. Be it delivering a new helmet, a pair of gloves or just a bottle of Motul 800. Recently a Fed-Ex box arrived from my recently appointed new best friend in Florida, Eric Farewell. I’d been in touch with Eric about some of the fabulous products that Aviator PPG sell, and which we don’t have in the UK. Eric had been helpful - as you’d expect from a company with the reputation of Aviator on social media, etc. Eric demonstrates a real enthusiasm for his products which matches the passion you see when you watch any Aviator PPG video. Eric is genuinely motivated about aviation and aviators - it reminds me a lot of Parajet in the UK - pure passion. My order was placed on the Aviator website and the feedback was as good as Amazon provides - I could see every update of the order and shipping. Amazingly, it was picked, packed and crossed the Atlantic to arrive within three days. WINGTIP STROBES Initially, I was most excited about the wing tip strobes, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these. I’ve had a thing about my visibility for a long time; I regularly fly from a spot next to the River Usk in the Brecon Beacons in Wales - anyone who knows the RAF knows that the River Usk is what the RAF follow to aid navigation, whether it’s fast jets on their way to the Mach loop, Chinooks and Apache helicopters on their way to and from the Sennybridge range or Hercules transport planes practising low level navigation. Plus ordinary GA enjoying the scenery. Despite proper use of NOTAMS, I still occasionally find myself uncomfortably close to a piece of undesirable hardware in my airspace. I've looked at several strobe options in the past; I discounted any of my existing battery-powered diving and boating strobes, they didn’t have enough power to be seen from a safe distance. I also looked at the very nice MicroAvionics and SkyFlar strobes but, as I've been trying to minimise clutter on my machine and didn’t want to be adding more batteries, wires and switches, I decided against these. I ordered some bits from Banggood and soldered my own one-piece strobe together; it worked but didn’t inspire me much as it didn’t provide 360 degree coverage ... and electronics definitely ain’t my bag. When I opened the box from Aviator, I was nicely surprised. The first items were very well-presented small boxes, each containing a wingtip strobe. The gold logo on the square box is a very classy introduction to the product inside - I could ask for someone’s hand in marriage if I presented one of these whilst down on one knee (assuming the recipient was a paramotor pilot!). The high intensity strobes themselves are very compact and lightweight. I looked at the intricacy of the internals as I turned one of them on - and immediately blinded myself for a moment. These things are seriously bright. The way to fit the strobe is to find an attachment point within the tips of your wing and then loop the strobes into each tip. I used a piece of old wing D-line and made a loop tied onto the sturdy hoop on each strobe. Reaching into my wing through the leading edge, it took a few seconds find the last rib before the tip and loop the strobe into place around the rib, feel for the button through the fabric of the wing and gently press to turn it on. It’s as simple as that. I went for a fly the next day and eagerly looked up to find only one tip was flashing. Seems like I should have checked them properly before launching - it’s now a quick addition to my preflight checks. I'm also going to reposition them so they are placed centrally on the tips.  I asked my flying buddy to see how visible they were while we were in the air and also from the ground. He was impressed with how clear they were and he also commented on how cool they looked. Cool is a bonus but being clearly visible is excellent and what I wanted. There is an element of mystery about the strobes from a spectator’s point of view; it looks like wizardry is at play, making the wingtip flash so brightly. The strobes actually use Firehouse strobes which are ubiquitous in the world of drones and RC planes. However, Aviator doubled up the Firehouse strobes so there are two of them in each wingtip strobe, placed back-to-back. They then increased their light output and added a beefier battery. A small strong hoop has also been added through which the thread is passed to attach the strobe to the wing. The run time of each wingtip strobe is in excess of four hours, so there’s plenty of time for the average paramotor flight. Charging is via a micro USB socket. Of course, you don’t have to use them just in your wingtips, they can be attached anywhere you fancy. Each wingtip strobe costs $40 and they are available here: https://shop.aviatorppg.com/collections/accessories/products/aviator-wing-tip-strobe-light NORTHSTAR STROBE If I thought the wingtip strobes were as good as I’d hoped they’d be, I was in a for an even bigger surprise with the next item in my package from Aviator - the outstanding Northstar strobe. This free-standing unit contains five high-intensity LEDs and is the perfect solution for my need to have a main strobe with no battery box and wires. It’s beautifully made and is so bright I can barely tolerate being in a darkened room with it when it’s turned on. The Northstar is supplied in a sturdy plastic box which is neatly packed with several fittings, giving various options for mounting the strobe. The curved base, perfect for mounting on top of your helmet, is attached by default but removing four small screws enables this to be swapped out for a flat base or a plate with strap mounting slots. Also in the box are two mounting straps, three 3M self-adhesive velcro pads, four spare screws and a very cool Aviator PPG sticker. The strobe window provides 360 degree horizontal visibility as well as being easily visible from above - and that visibility is impressive. As an experiment, during our recent bout of UK summer (rain, wind, grey low cloud), I turned the strobe on and left it in my flying field then went for a walk into the hills. At a vantage point, where I could see the field approximately 2 miles away in a straight line, there was the Northstar very clearly doing its thing. And talking of its thing, there's a choice of five flash sequences. Operation is simple; you turn the Northstar on by pressing the power button, select the flash sequence using the same button and turn it off by pressing the power button twice and holding it down for four seconds. The Northstar is a nice compact size, being 95mm x 38mm x 60mm high (it can be shallower depending on which base you have attached) and is very lightweight. Like the wingtip strobes, it charges via a USB socket and its onboard 18650 battery provides a burn time of over four hours. The Northstar strobe costs $149 and is available here: https://shop.aviatorppg.com/collections/accessories/products/aviator-northstar-paramotor-strobe-light So, I’m really happy with both of my strobe solutions from Aviator PPG. I ordered them from the states and it took three days to arrive in the UK. I’m hoping we will have a UK distributor for Aviator PPG available soon but, for now, waiting a few days for delivery is easy. I highly recommend these easy to use and easy to mount strobes; after searching for a solution, it’s come from the states in that box from Aviator PPG. They are well-made, lightweight, compact and good value for money. - Steve.
  2. 2 points
    Erm, isn't that what I said? If you are over 80 kg then you need the 200cc size or over! None of them are exactly 200, they are all between 185 and 195 I think, but are all thought of as in the same size.
  3. 2 points
    Ten days with no flights! got out to the field last night. I was first there so I just set up and went. First time I’ve taken off with absolutely nobody else around. I did a 15 min flight in my shorts and tee shirt which was also a first. Lovely and warm down low but not so higher up. Not cold though. I came in to change and try my landing. On approach I saw the wind had changed 180 degrees from take off - what wind there was. As I flew around the field I watched the windsock change another 90 degrees so I approached from there.All ok but a little twitchy as I came down and landed on my arse. Consistent anyway 😂 As I flared it felt lopsided, as if one side brake was harder to pull. Maybe I wasn’t quite downwind not sure, but I think just the wind changing direction so quick threw me. Anyhow Clive arrived and we went back up, had a fly past the land rover show at Kelmarsh hall and went to say hello to the virgin hot air balloon flying low nearby. A brief 35 min flight and I used 4 litres fuel. Service time! Engine is at about 80 hours now. i was going up again but it steered to rain and my wing got too damp to lift properly so called it a night. Always worth the drive when I get to fly 🙂 thats 21 flights. 2 on my knees, 5 on my feet and 13 arse landings. Only 5 failed launches. All forward not had wind for a reverse launch yet. Total 17 hours flying so far.
  4. 1 point
    I didn't, Scott - it arrived duty-free. Can't say for sure whether that would always be the case but I've had other things from the states which have got through without any issues.
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    THE 1st PMC COAST RUN! Situated just 7-Miles from one coast and 16-miles from another coast, with Exmoor and Dartmoor both well within cross country distance, this venue may well just be the best flying site the PMC has had an event at, and one not to be missed. There will be fresh local pasties of varying sort (of course) And the normal food van type food. As always, we will have a heated beer tent (bar provided by PMC again) The fire pit will be lit 24-hours a day. The music will be played at a social volume at social times of the day. Dogs are welcome, children are welcome. There is literally nothing bad to be said about this place! The above view lives only 7.3 miles away from take off! The view below is 20.8 miles away from take off! We hope to see all of the normal faces at this one, there is some added adventure for all of us as its a totally new site with some AMAZING flying opportunities to be had for those who venture into the UK's very own holiday resort! Costs: Full Members FREE Non Flying Partners £20 Non members £FULL MEMBERS ONLY I will add more information and spice this page up a little over the coming week or so, but I just wanted to get the dates out there soon
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    Simon is this the start of a teaser campaign!!!!!!
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    Well done Simon as good as your word 3 pmc fly-ins this year .ive got to buy you a beer mate.
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    I live just down the road; fantastic area, top choice Simon. See you all there...
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    Speak with your instructor or give a dealer a call and discuss your All up weight, Fitness level, and the type of flying you want to do.. They will be able to advise you on a suitable engine or Paramotor set up that will suit YOU..
  10. 1 point
    This is what you missed this morning. Up over the steelworks, Teesside chemical plants, Tioxide plant, Hartlepool nuclear power station, then Hartlepool.....
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    I know its nothing new flying a paramotor coast to coast from California to Kitty hawk NC. If anybody has info it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Motorhome booked, holiday booked not missing this one for sure “How many sleeps to go”
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    SW
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    It might be a long way to travel for some; But it will likely be the best flying you have ever done, in a spectacular location and well worth the journey.
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    YAY - really excited about this one !
  17. 1 point
    Just to clarify, since no one has a good word for what we are talking about in the earlier posts.....all reed cages have "stoppers." I am advocating for the removal of the SS "stiffeners" which rest on the reed petals themselves or you may end up with regrets.
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    Hey there! I've resigned myself to pretty much having to go south for this also unless I do the paragliding course with cloudbusters and then go south for the rest, either way I will be having to find somewhere and an Airbnb for a week and pray to the gods for good weather lol. Hope to eventually meet others from up here
  19. 1 point
    Really really interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a trade off between performance/efficiency and additional noise reduction (isn’t there always?!). That said, I think one of the biggest issues our sport has in terms of engagement with local communities is noise pollution. The way I see it is if we can significantly reduce that (perhaps at a small cost to performance or efficiency) then there could certainly be a big benefit in being responsible pilots. Will take a better read of it later so my hobby mechanic skills can be overwhelmed :P
  20. 1 point
    I see the last post here was 2014, nooo that can't be right, can it, let's start this thread back up again.surly im not the only one in le3
  21. 1 point
    Grip the clutch bell with your hand and use an impact gun. It may take a short spell before the nut begins to undo so persist until it does. If you don't have an impact gun, take it to your local garage with a packet of chocolate hobnobs EDIT: Sorry cas_whitmore ... didn't relies you had already answered this
  22. 1 point
    I use a electric impact gun ‘ quick blip on the trigger spins it off ‘ I had one of the upper counter sunk bolts shear off ‘ managed to remove in situ” they also have lock tite on them ‘ I rested a big soldering iron on the case to soften the lock tite . cas .
  23. 1 point
    You would want to go to idle when things get lumpy enough that a collapse seems inevitable... Just for some perspective, I only ever remember one time that I did this, I was trying to break through an inversion on a very thermic day and drew the line at having to bury both breaks to stop a frontal... Above the inversion is likely to have been nice and smooth but I gave in, it beat me If you get a collapse and maintain power, you are just asking for an off centre thrust line or oscillating thrust line to confuse the hell out of you just when you need your wits at 100%.
  24. 1 point
    I just want to let anyone that is looking to buy equipment and train through Captain Kurt Fister FLIGHT JUNKIES to NOT WASTE YOUR TIME, my husband spent over ten thousand dollars we drove down to Florida so he could train with KURT he deceived my husband and wasted our time. We were in Florida for 2 weeks arrived on a Friday and left two weeks later on Saturday. Yes I will say Kurt can’t control the weather but he had two full weeks to train my husband. The Thursday before we left a 24yr old kid showed up for training his first Day and Kurt put him in the simulator he never once put my husband in it, told him he didn’t put you in the simulator till you were ready to fly, yet he was putting this kid on his first day of kitting with only two hours of kiting, another thing we have only been gone from Florida for two days which means he has only had 5 days with this kid and of the five three days the weather was bad, yet he already has a video of him in the air flying his paramotor, MY HUSBAND NEVER EVEN GOT OFF THE GROUND AND WE WERE THERE 14 DAYS!!! It was pay back cause when we sent the money to him, he told us to make sure he didn’t have to sign for it, to have the mail service leave it at the door. The post officer protecting us highlighted signature required which pissed Kurt off, cause he had to track the mail down cause he was leaving the next day, that’s number one. Number two he tried like hell to get my husband to go with a trike and he kept telling him NO he wanted to foot launch. Every day my husband drove 2 hours to go train, KURT told him to call him every morning at 9 so he could check the weather and every day he never answered his phone, not ONE DAY. when he would go over to Deltona Kurt would be distracted, with family, or phone calls, shooting the crap, instead of focusing on training my husband. His attention span is about as long as a two-year-olds penis. He tells one story after another that he doesn’t even remember what he says, he is a bullshitter every word out of his mouth is bullshit. As a guy he seemed decent but as a business person and trainer he is the worst I’ve ever encountered. He would tell us one thing and than not even remember what he said. He said he wanted my husband in Deltona so he could show up at a moments notice so we got a hotel room, with our 5yr old, so my husband could train, and when we arrived he was like you shouldn’t have came over without checking with him first even though he said he wanted us in Deltona. COME ON MAKE UP YOUR MIND. Now my husband has to spend more money to have someone train him, so he can use his equipment he bought, cause Kurt is a joke. Please please be careful if you decide to go with Flight Junkies. He doesn’t do anything in his business name, checks are made out to HIM personally, which I think is sketchy, he doesn’t give receipts, when you ask for one he makes excuses to why he can’t. I believe HES DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL. The whole trip was a complete waste of time, Kurt acts like your suppose to know everything about paramotoring when you are there to train and you’ve never done it before.He doesn’t show or explain anything just expects you to watch him and pick it up. There was one other guy who showed up the same day we did and the way Kurt pushed the trike the other guy paid the extra $2500.00 for a trike even though he told my husband and I he wasn’t doing a trike, but ended up cause Kurt pushed so hard, I honestly think he was punishing my husband for the whole mail signing thing and not going with a trike, so it was easier on Kurt. This man should not be in business, and I just want others to know what we went through. UPDATE Kurt contacted my husband and was furious about this post.When he first called my husband he thought he might be calling about coming back to finish up training but that was not the case.The only reason for his call was to try and get this post removed.When he didn’t get the answer he wanted he was very belligerent it started screaming at my husband. My husband hung up on him then Kurt called him back a little while later and still didn’t get the answer he wanted ,my husband had to hang up on him a second time.This guy is so full of himself, he doesn’t care about anybody but himself. My husband said that all Kurt did was bash other trainers on A frequent basis when they were training.Would anyone expected anything less from the Captain. Anybody that has a 5 foot tall cardboard cut out of themselves in his living room is definitely full of himself. All I can say is narcissist. Captain Kurt is just ruining this sport because all he does is run his mouth about everybody that he is threatened by. He needs to do the paramotoring Community a favor and just stop the bashing because everyone is sick and tired of this kind of behavior and want it to end. A little advice from someone that made mistakes getting into para motoring Is to get your training first, pay the money for training. The reason that they get so much money for training is because they supply the equipment you train on and training takes more than three days if it is a quality trainer. Remember there’s no such thing as free anymore and if it is free there is probably a problem with it.
  25. 1 point
    Hi guys. What I would do is on my next flight get high and away from others, full fast trim, and with a permanent marker pen mark on your break line the point at which the break line starts to affect the trailing edge. Make allowance for any travel the pulley wheel may have. Also where the magnets / holders are located. Then when you land move the handle towards your mark, perhaps allow an inch of slack. Just to state the obvious for safety: Mark the lines on fast trim, fully out. Make allowance for any travel the pulley wheel at the break handle may have. You want to achieve a situation where on full fast trim with the breaks parked in the magnets / holders the break lines need just a small movement to affect the trailing edge. Regards Whitters.
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