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  1. 4 points
    Then today 27 Dec got two more flights in and more learning. good wind forecast but low clouds, as I drove into tamworth I could see the clouds were low. Met Paul Richard and John there. Got in the air around 1pm, forward launch not too cold today. However the cloud base was around 300ft. Now I haven’t been a fan of low flying, I like to be high and safe, but there wasn’t a choice. At 400ft there was almost no visibility so went over the a5 to the fields and kept away from houses etc. I’d been a bit late arriving so the others had gone ahead and we got separated so when I went over the field and saw one had landed I went back. Came in over the a5 around 200ft which is scary enough but the field is right at the side of the road, with wind direction different to normal had to come in over trees. now after yesterday’s talk about my landings I’d decided to unhook my flight deck from my chest strap and loosen the strap as I could lean forward enough. I don’t know if that helped but I came in beautifully on my feet. ON MY FEET!!!! Richard went back up and I had a drink and got ready again. Up I went with no idea where they’d gone so I went up alongside the m42 to some big fields. Max 500 ft with zero visibility, I decided to try and get used to a bit of low flying. Never done it before and it bothers me that there’s no escape but gently as I could I practiced low turns and judging my distance from the ground. At one point my altimeter said about -40ft due to terrain so I hadn’t really any idea except I was about two tree heights😂 knowing I was really low I kept away when I saw walkers etc but I had a go at flying along a path and flew down at 50ft or so between two trees. Not close together, loads of space. Only a 27 min flight but I had a bit of fun. If the clouds hadn’tn so low I would never have done it but I’m glad I did. I can see the attraction of low flying and I’ll practice it again but I’m happier safe and high. anyhow I headed back at around 250ft which is hard work being conscious of farm houses, keeping far away as I could. Last thing I want is to risk someone else’s flying field. came in sane as earlier, nice approach over the a5 and the trees nice and controlled only to land on my bloody feet again😁😁 I’m hoping I can keep up the foot landings but we’ll see. that’s now 40 flights and around 30 hours air time. I’m really happy with how it’s going and love learning new things and new experiences on almost every flight. Just can’t get enough flights in with the rest off my life! Today’s flying friends and a video of my last landing IMG_3907.MP4
  2. 2 points
    Hi, I went flying today from St Ives to make the most of the fantastic weather and was very pleased to see half a dozen or so flyers playing on the beach at Hayle. Anyone know who they were? It would be really good to know when there are others around as i usually fly on my own, I have a couple of mates who are training but no one else around. Be really good to meet up if any of you are coming down this way.
  3. 2 points
    I was so inspired by the training blogs that I decided to start one of my own. Not to get too far off topic I feel it might be worth giving a little of the history that led me here. I went on a 5 day glider course when I was 21 and loved it. Sadly I didn't have the financial ability to keep up with it and so let it go. Fast forward 25 years and my son is an air cadet, flying every weekend and well on the way to his solo flight. After one year is is ready to go on the solo course but its too late in the season. Year two the cadets decide he cant go solo because they have increased the minimum age. Year three he is booked on a course and less than a week before he goes cadets suspend all flying indefinitely! My son was destroyed! So upset! It was horrific to see as a dad. I promised him I would make it right. It took over a year but I got us into the only club in Cornwall and off we went together. What fun! Weather and other commitments meant we struggled to get as much flying in as we wanted to but I was learning fast and my son was just great. We decided to go on a course for a week to push us on. Amazing both go solo and its all on. Back home the club we belong to is really struggling to get us in the air and over time my son goes off to Uni and joins another club and I just drift away from gliding again. It was a combination of things but mostly the need for a team to get you in the air on top of every other constraint. I discovered solo hot air balloons and the idea of being able to fly on my own was fabulous. Sadly learning to fly balloons while living in Cornwall is really hard and it turns out solo balloons are for very experienced pilots so once again Im unable to get up in the air. I am still going to do training flights but its a long term project now. Once again it was my son to the rescue "Im thinking about paramotoring dad" he says "check this out" HOLD THE FRONT DOOR! I can take off from home, explore the beauty of Cornwall and land right back at home without the need for another living soul. Better than that I can fly with my son as soon as he learns and get home from his year in New Zealand! This is it. Better even than all of that after I speak to a few people it turns out you lot are pretty cool. There seems to be a lot less bullshit in the paramotor world than in other forms of flying. I have found and booked what I believe you cal a "Zero to Hero" course in Spain with Steve from Wales. He has been great in the run up to the course (end of this month) with loads of advice on what I will and won't need to buy. No pressure to buy kit from him but the opportunity to if that suits. I am lucky enough to have a decent (not limitless) budget so the world is sort of my oyster. So far I have committed to buying a nearly new parajet Maverick and decided that the wing for me is a dudek universal 1.1 if I cant find a nearly new one today!!!! I will order a new one tomorrow along with a reserve a helmet and a box full of much needed widgets and gadgets! All of my new toys are going to Spain so that I can get using the kit I intend to develop my flying with ASAP. I want to avoid coming home to either no kit and a massive confidence sapping delay as well as coming home to a big box of kit that is all new and unknown to me. My plan so far is to get to Spain, learn as much as I can, get in the sky a bit, learn a lot more and then come home so I can use every little weather window to slowly develop my skills. Did I mention that I am lucky enough to be almost retired and live on a small holding with a decent launch field 1 minutes walk from my front door? I am grown up enough to know that the course is very much a tiny step and that I won't come back a pilot. I am very much looking forward to the Cornwall fly in and hope to be good enough to fly in from home and maybe fly here with a few new friends for a tea and cake pitstop! I hope you lot will be totally honest with me and feel free to point out flaws in my plan and to suggest anything you feel might be useful I will try and do blog updates as I put my kit together and while I am in Spain.
  4. 2 points
    Had a great day yesterday flying Yorkshire Dales and at the beach for the first time. Got up at 5am on a frosty Sunday morning to go up to Yorkshire to fly somewhere new. I met Paul at my work where we moved my kit into his car, and off we went at 5.30 for a 2.5 hour journey to Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. It was so foggy we couldn't see anything on the M6 as we headed north, but it cleared around Cheshire I think. Breakfast time was at McDonalds and onto the field arriving at about 8.15. Pete who we were meeting there had been updating us on temps and we watched the car temp gauge change from 0degrees to -4, and Pete had -5 at the field. Sun was just coming over the hills as we arrived and we got on with setting up. I reckon it may have warmed to -3 by the time we took off about 9am. The field isn't a nice smooth one, it's more like moor land used for highland cattle grazing. Pete regularly flies there and he did a Benny Hill run with a full tank, his Bailey engine having a bit of trouble with all the weight. Anyhow the take off was OK and off we went. I was last off and the other buggers had gone off so I headed towards Morcambe to meet them at the beach. The scenery in the Dales is fantastic, such a nice change from flying in the midlands. As I got towards the coast I just headed to the beach hoping to find the others, which I did, they had landed on the beach as the tide was out. I flew over and got my trimmers and seat board down ready to land. Wind direction was offshore so I flew along the edge of the water and turned in to land. On my feet. Again !! That was 30 miles in 1 hour 35 mins. I'm flying an Ozone Spyder 28m and I was nowhere near as fast at the others, maybe I need a faster or smaller wing... The cold was mostly fingers and toes but I had a zippo hand warmer in my bag which helped on the way out. We stopped to get warm, had a chat and the took off again to fly around the beach a bit before heading back. We flew up to the north end of Morcambe bay, around into the estuary past Arnside and then back inland. Initially we had intended to fly north to Windermere before coming back but the wind had picked up a bit and the clouds came down so we couldn't even see the hills. Keeping low under the cloud at 600ft or so, I still couldn't keep up and we all got separated. Good old Google Maps Followed a rough idea of direction seeing a few landmarks I had noticed on the way out. It wasn't so cold downwind, and I was about 7-8mph faster on the return. I came in checking my GPS location then spotted the cars by the field. The windsock was all over the place but I came in OK and hit the mud, landing feet first the on my knees. Return flight was 1 hr, 16 mins and 41.9 miles including flying around at the beach. Back at the field me & Paul wanted to make the most of it and were going to try a short flight. Strongish wind for an easy reverse launch and if too bumpy just come back and land. I need ground handling practice, I couldn't get the wing to behave (I do mostly forward launches), and I pulled down low to get the wing on the floor, catching my throttle cable in the prop. No prop damage, and it cut through my engine kill wiring only. Easy fix. I've been meaning for weeks to adjust the cable to get it over my arm instead of under but hadn't yet done it. If I put it under my arm the engine wouldn't tick over without revving so needed loosening to cope with the bend n the cable. Guess I'll be doing that now then! Idiot. I got full footage with an action cam which I've never done before so that will probably be rubbish. Got a few photos, and got some great memories. Got home around 6.30pm very tired. Thanks to Pete & Ady for the invite, and to Paul for doing all the driving. Fantastic day even though it was so cold. IMG_4007.MOV the launch field
  5. 2 points
    Got a new flying suit for Christmas... Happy New year. stu
  6. 2 points
    Well.. first ground handling sesh 😂. Must try harder..
  7. 1 point
    Help: It looks like Membury are doing training, which I need, so how do I contact them as I am local near Salisbury? Thanks. Chris
  8. 1 point
    Just pick a good day and come to Davidstow Airfield. Mostly laminate (depending on direction) winds and a bloody big flat airfield to land on. Once you've done a few on there you're be good to go
  9. 1 point
    Let me know next time you plan on coming down for a fly. It would be good to fly with some others for a change.
  10. 1 point
    Pete was flying a fair bit longer than us while we got our act together😂
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    Ok ok here you go😂 Roughly edited to show some scenery and keep the beach bits.
  13. 1 point
    So today was the first time I got to try the production version of the new link 2, What a breath of fresh air, comparing it to other wings in it's class it's ie Roadster 3, it turns nicer doesn't sink when off power and has a lot more flare authority, the comparison wing was the same size, inflation was easy and effortless thanks to it's Titonol rods in the leading edge, as soon as it's out off the bag the cells spring open and once above your head it just waits for it's next command, The lift generated is great but that doesn't compromise the speed, the trim length is a lot longer than the original so the speed range is very good, All in all it's a perfect progression wing
  14. 1 point
    Looks like the martians have landed. Really pleased it was a great day. Too foggy all day yesterday at my field, drat. Managed two flights this afternoon, YAY!
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    It was me with 7 other guys. Most of the guys (except Whitters) belong to Davidstow. We all had a day out and flew around and arrange to land at Hayle beach, was met by Daniel's wife and had a Cornish Pastie each. Yes Whitters was flying a PPG (first time in two years). We thought it would be a good idea to have a pre- PMC Coastal Run. Fantastic day out with us all in the air at the same time, with lovely scenery that far down the coast Tony PM Sent
  17. 1 point
    It's just that it is a lovely part of the world and my flying mate is down there a lot. Having the motorhome just makes it more attractive. Good to know there is a big local contingent.
  18. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I am based in sunny (ha ha ha ha) Cornwall and while I am not a newbie to flight but I am a newbie to paramotors. I am booked on a course at the end of this month and cant wait to get airborne in a new and exciting way. I am, reading, watching videos, chatting to my instructor and putting together some carefully selected kit to get me started. See you in the sky sometime.
  19. 1 point
    If you can't make it good, make it Shiny* (*Copyright Harley Davidson)
  20. 1 point
    In short // GY6 "B-Block" (57mm cylinder stud spacing) They make their own crank case. Aftermarket 67mm piston, cylinder and head. The "V 5s" must have a stroker crank to give it 210cc (+2mm crank stroke maybe?) The "B-Block" is quite rare but you can build a 180cc out of the dirt cheap standard block (125-150) with a 63mm piston and cylinder. A guy on youtube built one out of a standard 125cc and flew it... not sure how he got on in the long term.
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    Qudos for trying though
  23. 1 point
    i did all my training at airways highly recommend maybe when the weather is good i may see you up there good luck!!
  24. 1 point
    Chill out. I fell over (not flying!) and broke 2 ribs. I flew Christmas day, but it was a really bad idea, every bump hurt and the swing arm was just poking where the breaks are. I have not been able to fly since! Now going stir crazy!
  25. 1 point
    Skived off work this afternoon to fly from tamworth. Richard and Paul who I normally fly with here couldn’t make it so just me. forgot my windsock so take off was by the grass in the wind method. got an easy forward launch in a slightly gusty field. My shortest run ever, about 5 or 6 steps and I was up. Must have just timed it on a gust🙂 had a fly up north of tamworth over where Paul works just to rub it in 😁 he came out and took a photo. Considering I’ve never liked low flying I didn’t go above 1100ft and was 550 over Paul’s school then 150 around some fields. I must be getting used to it as it used to scare me! Just testing myself and expanding my experience. i came back over the m42 which had a rolling road block. Seen a couple of these now and find it quite funny that I’m overtaking them. As I went across and came down over the fields I was spotted by Brad Quinn who sent Richard a video. He was in the traffic jam 😂 went back to end a 47 min flight nicely ON MY FEET !! Again!! 😂😂😂 warmed my fingers up and Richard turned up to say hello then I went up again, longer forward launch and wondering if it was going to climb over the trees at the end of the field. Funny how two launches can be so different. I flew over outskirts of tamworth and directly over Richards house just rubbing it in some more 😂 came back and had a weird approach, the glider didn’t want to come down. I came in far too high and went back up and around only to do the same thing again. I’ve never had a problem on approach to this field, perhaps there was some warm air or something?!? Third approach was ok but I still ended up landing at the far end of the field. Got my feet down ok but it was fast and I couldn’t keep up and went onto my knees. May least it wasn’t my arse 😂 an afternoon off with a couple of flights puts a smile all the way across my face 😁 my second launch and brads video from the m42 IMG_3941.mp4 IMG_3942.mp4
  26. 1 point
    yes its looks very little,but believe me its it's far more then enough, if anyone start useing this oils like castrol,than very quickly build up on piston and exhaust carbon deposits
  27. 1 point
    This is an awesome video to watch to get the very basics... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jiQMEmnJT0&list=LLPcFrpF5fe1t3TB-twq-zRg&index=17&t=0s Cheers, Jim
  28. 1 point
    Bit like Frank Spencer. But more stupid..🤔
  29. 1 point
    Yep it filled up pretty quick,I Know it's a LOT of sleeps,,,, but I can't wait.....love it.
  30. 1 point
    I took my second flight at the bore last year. It was interesting. But brilliant too 😁 In hindsight I’d recommend getting your takeoffs sorted first. It’s a big audience😂 IMG_1938.MOV
  31. 1 point
    Quite a few dropped out last year near the time. Just watch the list
  32. 1 point
    Jay. If that weekend turns out to be torrential rain and a howling gale ....you can have my place . 👍. You're welcome.😀
  33. 1 point
    had it for years - just first excuse to use it - and my green man invisible suit
  34. 1 point
    The weather down here has been absolutely dire - i haven`t flown since October 22. With the end of BST flying windows have to coincide with weekends. With the Xmas break i have nearly twelve days off work - you`d think that there would be a flying opportunity in twelve days, wouldn`t you? And there is - tomorrow, Xmas day! Fly/no fly?
  35. 1 point
    Me as well.... got 2 half hour flights today bringing my total up to 8!!.. 😂 Very low cloud on my 1st flight, so pretty murky , but as soon as I landed the flippin sun came out with lovely blue sky.🤨 So anyway I scoffed some sandwiches and tea and went back up again.Awesome. What a great sport this is!
  36. 1 point
    Hi Shaddow (like the name BTW), I don't think you will find anyone on here telling you not to proceed. The shadow is a very iconic aircraft and I am a little envious of your long experience. I had tasters of microlighting a long while back then discovered PPG. I have been flying for 12 years now and still love it. You will have some new learning to do but bon courage and go for it.
  37. 1 point
    That's really kind of you Simon and I will after today. I do go on a bit, as my good lady likes to remind me, and wouldn't want to put you through it on new years day 🤣. And wow you guys don't hang about... what a friendly intro! 🙂
  38. 1 point
    Happy new year guys, I'm really interested in PPG (I may have a bit of the lingo wrong so bear with me please). I'm 43 now and until about 3 years ago I was happily flying a CFM Shadow microlight but then found out that I'd been epileptic for 16 years (yes really, with tiny 40 secs absence seizures, which basically means I wouldn't fall down stairs or crash a car/plane but my response time and surroundings awareness just dropped through the floor unbeknown to me or folks around me as they'd think I'd paused for thought etc.) so "whoosh" license gone 🥺! I still have the old bird (plane that is, not my wife 🤣) in storage ATM. Now, as it happens, I've been looking at PPG for 5 + years as microlight transport to an airfield was a nightmare + remote storage £ etc. Got my car license back now, touch wood (which you can in a microlight so that's ironic), all is good. Reading the thread it appears that I'm not the only one in a similar position and that has just caused me to "grow a pair" and place this tentative step. Can anyone offer any starter for 10 advice AKA I don't want to drain your precious time, and I understand if it's just a flat no don't do it. Thanks all and I really appreciate it.
  39. 1 point
    You just need to have a play and work it out. They all have their own little quirks, I have a moster 185 plus and it is first pull 90% of the time if not then 2nd or 3rd pull. my technique for my engine that works is to do a half bulb prime with the carb button pressed and then once the motor is on my back pull the engine over slowly for 2 compression (no point priming it if you don’t get it up in the cyclinder) and give it a starting pull.
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    LOL, that is exactly what I used to do.....until I found it difficult to get up after my last back surgery.
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    A few decent vids on here.
  43. 1 point
    You did as well as anyone else does mate Im sure you are going to nail it soon enough. See you again soon. SW
  44. 1 point
    I had the books listed above but found Jeff Goin's Paramotoring Bible is the best. I used this after training for a least a further 2 years as I learnt all the other things, such as active flying and power launch. Watching all the PPG crashes also teaches you that there are 2 main categories of accidents. Take-off/landing and the rest. I read the fatal accident reports listed on the US and UK websites. Take-off/landing are rarely fatal and if you follow good safety practice, always abort early and don't rush you will do fine. The in flight accidents are when most fatalities happen and most occur when doing things such as stunts, aerobatics or fast turns next to fixed objects. There are a few dew to sudden wind gust.
  45. 1 point
    It was great there today, if a little wet underfoot. Good for honing spot-landing skills, avoiding all the puddles.
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    Seriously? Captain Fister? Is this a porn script I've fallen into???
  48. 1 point
    Steve thank you we have spoken on the phone a number of times I hope we can meet up sometime soon. Best wishes Bev
  49. 0 points
    Welcome to the world of weather dependent sports. Affects everyone the same way. Nothing to do but suck it up 😃
  50. 0 points
    Well, my first weekend didn't go as planned, sadly had both days cancelled due to weather. Scheduled back in for next Saturday to have my first play with a kite, fingers crossed I get to have a go this time!


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