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  1. The Cornwall flyin will take some beating for the location was perfect, as was the coastal flying amazing. But this place looks pretty good, location by the river, fireworks, beertent ,weather looking OK, yep looking good, see you there geoffw
    2 points
  2. What a stunning flyin, so much thanks to Simon and crew for putting it on. 1. Excellent location (quite local to Geoff and myself for a change) 2. Excellent company, fab to see faces old and new. Plus the usual craic and aviation banter. 3. Excellent weather, flyable every day. 4. Absolutely stunning fireworks display on Saturday evening, even more thanks to Simon and Casey for helping out. We setup next to the tape so had a ringside view of events. A shot from Friday: Showing some lovely ladies and unfortunately one old fart. Having the location next to the river (I originally thought it was the Severn but realised it was the Avon) I had bought a cheap dingy the week before. A shot of it being launched: Just had a short time on the river, going around in circles for a little while. A narrow boat was coming the other way and Geoff and myself were wondering what side we should be on, turns out it is the same as for aviation, pass to the right. Geoff is not shy in coming forward so asked if we could have a tow,the answer was affermative so we had a tow back to the launch point. Lots of fun. After our first flight on Friday, the inevitable post flight beer, lovely: A new member to our midlands posse is Damian, now on around 10 flights since training some while ago. His enthusiasm is quite infectious and to be honest he is making it look quite easy under Geoff's excellent tutelage. Damian coming in to land: Talking of landing, I had a little cock-up coming in to land on Sunday morning. The though process was to come in low over the fence so I wouldn't have too much of a walk back across the field. I cut the motor before the fence then hit sinking air, then had a sh!t me moment when I realised I wouldn't make it over the fence, I yanked hard on the left brake and had an 'arrival' in the adjacent field. Good thing it was quite soft. (EDIT On reflection it wasn't sinking air, it was pilot error. I cut the engine when still on a little power and too soon, resulting in a more dynamic descent. Oops!) Fortunately nothing was damaged, many thanks to those that lined the fence to make sure I was OK, I was on the radio affirming the same before I took off the headset to let them know everything was OK. A take off from the same field got me airbourne again and blow me the floaty air second time around had me half way across the field on the proper landing. A great time was had by all, plus a lovely photo posted on Facebook which i will finish with: Probably my best side.
    2 points
  3. You were dead right mark, I tightened up the straps and flew it twice today, got into the seat dead easy. The fuel pump was the cause of the failure last week, it’s fine now. It’s very comfortable. Landed very easily ( with a nice head wind) so overall I prefer it to the atom. Looking on the video I could see the risers /lines were putting a lot of pressure on the upper quadrants of the hoop on the takeoff run, (the wind was really pushing against it) but I fitted a vertical ali tube from the chassis up the centre of the upper quadrants and braced them with that, making the hoop very stiff. It looks like the pressure would’ve deformed the hoop without that brace. Whether it would’ve folded and hit the prop I’m not sure but the hoop has been welded due a serious landing at some point. Thanks for all your advice , the hang angle, the bent chassis the bent swan arms etc. It’s all worked out good, cost peanuts, flies great.
    2 points
  4. I can't wait for the Eckington event... here's a couple of my flights at the awesome Cornwall event.
    2 points
  5. The best things in life never come easy I’ve tried many different things over the years to seek the excitement and adrenaline that makes you really feel alive, after having 8 years of health issues I am now totally focused on taking up a new and thrilling venture. The thought of actually taking to the air and viewing the world from an entirely new perspective has to be worth overcoming any potential negatives and challenges - but then I guess that’s easy for me to say at this stage
    2 points
  6. Thabks again to Simon and the team
    2 points
  7. It was intense......Great fun and a really good opportunity to push my self and learn with the support of a more experienced pilot.
    2 points
  8. Things have moved on a lot this week. I dont know if you were aware of Daniel Jones flying from John O Groats to Lands End. I offered him the use of my field as a stop off and refuel point as we are 25 miles or so from his goal. Daniel not only accepted my offer but also asked if I would like to fly the last leg with him! Take off was a disaster! 4 failed forward launches! Peer pressure was the main issue, Daniel said "oh, reverse launch I wouldnt be doing that today". I should have just carried on but I figured he knew best......I tell you no lies I was knackered by the time I had reset 4 times....I told Dan to leave, do pone lap of the area and if I wasnt off the ground, leave me behind. I set up for a reverse and I challenge anyone to pull off a smoother looking takeoff. Text book perfection. Go me! I chased across to Dan who was fist pumping and cheering like we had just won a prize. Off we set for lands end. I had two goals for this flight. 1/ Use full trim out to keep up with Dan, remembering to add "trim in" to my landing prep. 2/ Select a landing site from the air and land in a field that I had never seen from the ground. We had a stunning flight. an hour or so of pure joy 1500 to 2000 feet most of the way. We flew over some stunning mine buildings, several beaches, Hayle Estuary, St Michael's Mount, Newlyn harbour and finally Lands End its self. I decided to be cautious. The wind was behind us, pushing us towards the sea and it was increasing in speed as we got closer, so I didnt go as far as the actual cliffs. I did pass the Lands End so Im taking that as a win! I had a field in site, set up my circuit and in we went. I decided, at 100 feet to power on and go around, not because I wasnt happy with the approach but because I realised I was going to be a long way from the road, the field was ace and I could get a lot closer, saving myself a bit of a walk. Boom feet on the ground like a bumble bee with sore feet! WHAT A RUSH!! I am delighted with the progress and incredibly grateful for Dans support and encouragement to push myself. Next goal is to map a route on my chart, buy a sat nav / FLARM and do a solo XC flight. If you are still reading this I am amazed and grateful. Any SatNav recommendations would be ace. Do people still have E readers?
    2 points
  9. Dear all, I would like to ask that you only RSVP for our events if you 100% intend on attending. The Cornwall event had a low turn out with many people who had been RSVP'd from the start not showing up or even a quick message or call letting me know they would not be attending. There were people on this forum who were desperate to attend many of which would have been there first ever fly-in and could not as the list has been full for some time. Also our suppliers lost money as they had planned for a much larger number so we wont be able to use them again. SO PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU ARE GOING TO ATTEND!! (This includes the September event.) If you are one of those people who only go to fly-ins if its flyable every day, PLEASE DON'T RSVP until you are happy that the weather suits your requirements. If you have to RSVP late or there are no spaces thats called 'Fair' On a personal level, I have spent the last 4 months trying my best to keep this event happening, its been quite stressful and to be honest if I had known that only 65 of the 220 people that said they were coming were actually going too I would have cancelled the event and saved everyone a load of time, stress and money. So to clarify, DON'T RSVP UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO ATTEND If you have RSVP'd for September and are only going to attend if it's perfectly flyable, please remove your name from the list and add it again when you decided what your plans are. Repeat offenders will not be invited to future events. SW
    2 points
  10. Ouch! You have my sympathies in your attempts to heard cats. You need a bigger dog
    2 points
  11. Simon Would just like to say thanks to you and your teams for a fantastic weekend down in St Agnes, weather started of poor and just go better as the weekend went on, (some pilots flew every day and well done to them) .Not so bad being buy a nice sandy surfing beach though. we did take boards and wet suit, the scenery was fantastic. Cornwall is so beautiful .Nice beer at the bar, and a very nice spicy chicken wrap to, On to Sunday morning what a day, it isn't very often we get perfect I mean perfect flying conditions. And every one made the very best of it, amazing flying up and down the coast, The field was perfect the walking was fantastic, well I think you get the picture 10 out of 10 amazing. Ps so was Alank swimwear
    2 points
  12. Does anyone know if there’s a knack to getting into this harness. I’m finding the high-hang swan neck bars very restrictive and I can’t lean forward at all. It seems that the risers are more easily clipped in before I get into the machine because it’s too tight to reach across my front to clip in. It’s totally different to the school’s modern low hang set up, but I’d much prefer to master it than sell it. It runs too well and I’m not really a 2 stroke fan. Or is there a mid/ low conversion available.
    1 point
  13. Brilliant! this is the kind of thing that adds valuable content to the PMC Cheers to Paul for asking and Mark for answering
    1 point
  14. Just seen this ,great videos Lee and Harry, what a brilliant flyin ,and yes thanks again Simon and to his team,ps must start to take some videos myself.
    1 point
  15. Alan, I hope you go there properly dressed.
    1 point
  16. I say I am looking for an open field and I need landowners permission. Always face to face. Then go on to explain what is involved in PPG take-off and landing, adding that no damage is done to the surface and I have 3rd party insurance. When it comes to benefit for the farmer/landowner the offer of an occasional bottle of malt is usually most welcome.
    1 point
  17. I’ll try that hanging off the beam later. Thanks Mark.
    1 point
  18. Sorry Mark - there are no true Cornish 'Posh' people this end of the country. Unless you class the up country 'emmets' that invade us and you come from Bath - say no more. . . . . .
    1 point
  19. Hi, another newbie here. I live on the edge of Bath, Somerset and having spent many summer evenings watching Paramotoring in the fields and valley behind us, I have finally built up the courage to get trained up myself. I’ve booked in with Simon Westmore and am hoping to start next month. Really excited to hopefully be taking to the skies soon!
    1 point
  20. That's just a Hollands meat n potato for posh people!
    1 point
  21. Too much slack on the leg straps. Pull out the leg strap slack until you can feel a good bit of tension when you lift a knee (making sure you can still run) Then when you are off the ground, lifting your knees will pull the seat board under your backside without the need to mess about. If you miss judge and cant get in, reach around with your free hand until you feel the board and push it down while lifting your knees, it can be tricky but its way better than landing and having to start again :)
    1 point
  22. Thanks Mark. I never saw your reply until today. . I flew it last week and couldn’t get into the seat, which was fine cos the engine failed so I had to land immediately anyway. im messing about with it now to set the harness so I can slide in .
    1 point
  23. Hello Everyone, I just joined your site and I'm hoping that some of the experts on here will be able to help me with a few things. I have never used a paramotor in my life and so I will need to buy one if I'm going to be involved in this sport. I have looked at so many sites online, all offering different things, from the best paramotors, the best triggers, wings and it got to the point where I got so confused because I had nothing to compare it to the things I was looking at? Can anyone give me the name of a good complete paramotor sets that would have everything I would mostly need to get started? I've looked at Black Hawk, ParaJet Kits(which did look appealing as far as esthetics are concerned) and some others, but again I don't know what to look for in a good paramotor that wouldn't be constantly breaking down or giving me problems. Then there is the training that's needed. I live in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area and would like to know if anyone knows where the better trainers are located in my area that aren't the fly by night type guys just trying to make a buck and then leave town. I think you know the type I mean? So if anyone can advise me about these things and what to look for I'd be very appreciative. Thanks for your consideration and help.
    1 point
  24. until

    Right I'm ready for the riverside fly-in, just got hold of a new 'toy' to while away the parawaiting.
    1 point
  25. Best to choose an instructor before thinking hard about equipment; you don't yet have any of the physical feel of the gear to inform any subsequent decisions. Most likely the first time you put on a motor and goose the throttle, you'll think "geez, this thing's heavy" and "urg, what a violent beast", even if it's a light frame and small engine. You haven't yet calibrated the sensations. After a bit of hands-on, you'll have a better idea of your relative priorities: power, weight, build quality, comfort of different harnesses etc. Your instructor can add their opinions to your store of lore (aka technical gossip) and that too will help you make a decision.
    1 point
  26. The Sunday for me was the Sea Breeze and sunshine that I had been dreaming of! Super silky smooth air and fantastic views. Cool vid as always Lee. SW
    1 point
  27. What can we say - lovely area and lovely weather
    1 point
  28. Hi Chaps I'm Dave and a pilot of a few years just arrived in Blighty from Germany and looking to get in some hours. I'm based near Oxford so fairly close and hope it will be possible to join you in the near future for some flying. I'm flying a Parajet V3/Moster 185 on a BGD Wasp wing, stable but like me a bit slow. Please let me know if you plan to get together for some aerial antics, I'm mostly looking to get in some longer non aero type flights. All the best Dave
    1 point
  29. It sounds as if the carburettor throttle butterfly is too far open. The idle adjustment screw sets the position of the buttrerfly when the hand thottle is released hence the idle rpm, adjustment anti clockwise reduces the rpm at idle. Of course the issue could be something else; is something stopping the butterfly closing onto the idle adjustment screw? Less likely, check for an air leak between the carburettor and engine, a lean mixture can cause increased rpm although I would expect the engine to be difficult to start. As the problem appeared following the pull start replacement, a check of anything that may have been disturbed during that would be a good place to start.
    1 point
  30. Sincere apologies Simon and crew. I didn't keep up with the changes to this event and so was one of the many who were guilty of not attending after RSVP-ing. I can see how annoying and costly it must have been but after such a turbulent time and for so many paid up members to not attend there must also be lessons for the organisers to learn. Looking at your vote on how long to delay due to covid and just 38 votes might have been an opportunity for a fresh invite and relaunch of the event to gain an up to date list of people who seriously intend to go. Please don't take this as anything but constructive. As you know I've been a PMC member since the earliest days, have been to many of your great events and love you guys to bits! Best wishes
    1 point
  31. Dont know if I was one of the guilty ones or not. Was really looking forward to Cornwall but the date change stuffed me unfortunately. Not sure if my name transfered over when the date changed or not but Ill know to check next time. Im hoping to make the september one but ill confirm if theres still space nearer the time once Im sure I can make it.
    1 point
  32. People though they had better weather else where and in reality the weather wasnt bad at all if i managed to get a flight in all 3 days whats peoples excuses for not even turning up
    1 point
  33. Yup, fair play. I was one of the guilty ones, weather watched and took the view on Fri that the +10hr drive down from Jockland when weather window was not looking the best wouldn't pay off...did fully intended to ping you but life interfered....soz. I shall remove my RSVP for Sep until a few days before.
    1 point
  34. Hi! I have paramotor Bailey 4V 200 since 2011. Now I need to replace the rings, chain, and chain tensioner. Who can help me to find spare parts for this engine. or knows the brand of this engine? The Creator of this paramotor does not get in touch to consult. Thank in advance.
    1 point
  35. I have always assumed they are just different doglegs and interchangeable.... It may be worth doing some research or giving Paul Bailey a shout and asking if this is true. You may struggle to obtain a "mid-style" set and I failed to manage to bend a new set for mine (Stainless is a bitch... needs more heat than I had // or a better bender) They are a pain to get in to (Hands behind your back like you are being handcuffed and drop in) and I always attach the wing before I clip in. Not sure why you would want to "lean forward"... You wear it like a rucksack... Strapped together If you mean you cant get forward to stand with it on your back, it aint easy.. I lean the motor back and rock forward to get onto one knee then stand up from there.
    1 point
  36. until

    Uncomfortably stiff in anticipation.
    1 point
  37. Hi all, after a couple of years of thinking about it I've decided to get into this. As I'm in my late 50's I'm thinking along the lines of a trike. I haven't bought any gear or done any training yet as I'd like to chat with some experienced pilots first to make sure that my thinking is right before spending k's! Is there anyone in SW Scotland that I could meet up with, watch them set up and fly (with or without a trike) if possible and pick their brains?
    1 point
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