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  1. 6 points
    The PMC summer fly-in might just have to become the 'End of Corona Fly-in' As it stands, we are still set for the original dates for this event and will only cancel the event if ordered to do so by the .Gov Obviously there is a good chance that this can / will happen. Our plan of action is: 1. Keep planning / arranging the current date. 2. Plan alternative (later in the year dates). Whatever happens, we will be having this event as soon as is legally allowed. Stay happy, stay safe and be the best version of yourself SW
  2. 5 points
    i knew of this and had forgotten so all TWATS trying to convince the rest of us by walking across the road to fly and what harm are they doing:- In response to the questions raised about can we/should we fly I’d like to offer this. Last year an unnamed pilot enjoyed a perfectly legal flight. During this flight he completed a controlled landing in an open space completely without incident. Concerned members of the public saw this and unknowingly thought the pilot had crashed as he went out of sight behind terrain and called it on to 999, with the best intentions in the world. Due to the nature of the call police fire and ambulance attended the scene in numbers. Luckily one of the first responders flew ppg and after speaking with the witnesses was able to scale down the response somewhat. Despite this the area still had to be searched, just in case, with and ambulance was on standby. There being no trace of the pilot, who was probably at home enjoying a cuppa after a lovely flight, the police helicopter had to attend and search the area again from the air. All this took HOURS, even though someone in the know at the scene knew it was probably pointless. Still it had to be done just in case the person had been injured and lay somewhere out of sight. So think of the cost, 8 police officers, two ambulances and crew, two fire engines and crew, a bloody helicopter and crew, plus all the support staff involved in getting those resources on scene. The pilot was not traced, and did nothing wrong, wasn’t irresponsible or flying dangerously, and more than likely completely unaware of the cost in time money and resources expended due to his flight, again legal and blameless. And kept to a minimum due to a ppg pilot being involved. This ISNT an isolated incident, there have been several, all with no injury involved. Given the rules, which are now enforceable due to new legislation, do not allow us to fly. And a real life example of how a safe legal flight can hit all emergency services hard. Do we really need to be debating if we could fly by claiming it’s exercise, or I have my own field, or it’s not fair someone’s cycling, horse riding etc. Or DIY is more dangerous etc. No what should be happening is people saying yes it’s shit given the weather and desire to fly, but we’re doing our bit to beat this and backing the nation by not even risking the possibility of a strain on resources. Not only that if your stopped and challenged by a police officer out risking infection, whilst your flouting the rules for a jolly. They will no doubt and quite likely impose the highest penalty they can cause your clearly taking the piss. I hope this just makes it clear that you don’t have to get hurt or end up in hospital to drain resources. Come on pull together, stay safe and stay home, get your exercise on the ground and get in better shape for when we can fly, maybe with easier take offs due to a few less pounds carried. Thanks all. Your honestly know what the true responce to you justifiying why you think your doing NO harm going for a short flight.
  3. 4 points
    I despair reading this! I'm the last person to be a goody goody, but it's painfully obvious this isn't right. Yes you can fly without going near a soul, you won't inconvenience anyone, take a hospital bed or put anyone at risk... but you'll piss off everyone else who does adhere to the guidelines. The dog walker mentioned above is just a indication of the balance of opinion against you and therefore us.
  4. 4 points
    OK, I admit this has zero paramotoring relevance.. but I thought I'd knock up a website to cheer folk up stuck in their hooses. Some 'official' advice on how to work from home. feel free to share - maybe bring a smirk to folks faces. https://wfh-faq.yolasite.com/ and as they say in Hill Steeet Blue - Let's be careful out there. stu
  5. 4 points
    I am currently engaged with WWT Slimbridge which is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. I plan to help them with what seems to be the fairly regular problem of aircraft (of varying sort) disturbing nesting and breeding birds and flying low along the river. My plan is to create more awareness in the Paramotor community, and to encourage thoughtful flying around all of the UK's reserves. I am also helping WWT Slimbridge in particular to extend the current (out of date) Sep-April advice to become permanent (12 months) advice. The awareness part is below. Bird Sanctuaries, The Law & Best Practice for Pilots. The UK attracts great numbers of wintering, breeding and migrating birds. In particular, many estuaries, marshes, cliffs and islands are home to large numbers of waterfowl and seabirds. While a number of specific sites such as bird sanctuaries are notified and charted for aviation – with 'requested avoidance' many other areas are also important to the bird population. A bird sanctuary in the A.I.P asks pilots to avoid overflight of specific areas of airspace, but flight through a bird sanctuary is not, in itself, a breach of regulations. The appearance of a bird sanctuary on a chart is not a restriction but information that advises pilots of all types of aircraft to avoid disturbing birds. Sites important for birds are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) to preserve their special wildlife or geology. Additional provisions under this Act provide protection to vulnerable breeding birds. SPAs are classified under the EU Birds Directive for the protection of threatened, vulnerable and migratory species of birds. Within these areas, Member States ‘must take appropriate steps… to avoid any significant disturbances affecting birds’. What many people might not realise is that, as an example, It is an offence under the Act to ‘intentionally or recklessly’ disturb a wide variety of nesting wild bird species or to disturb dependent young of such species. Disturbance can include any activity which changes or disrupts a bird’s natural behaviour, and offences can result in prosecution. This in itself is nothing to do directly with Aviation, but a Paramotor certainly would be considered a Disturbance. Just some food for thought. A full list of the UK sites can be found on the Joint Nature Conservation 'Archive' pages at: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20191105121616/http://archive.jncc.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=1400 SW
  6. 3 points
    I have just been up the airfield and it was bloody lovely. I was just walking the dog, but looking up and checking out the wind Back of my mind is staying - what is the different - walking the dog on the airfield, which I am aloud to do or flying 2000 feet in the air, which I am not aloud to do at a licensed airfield. I am not going to, because of accidents etc and the main reason, my wife being a nurse working all the hours of the day, with me sitting at home.
  7. 3 points
    Ok. Have thought about this and I will definitely NOT be flying at 4pm, I will de NOT be enjoying the empty blue sky, wind on my face, watching the deer bound across the fields below me, the golden sunset lighting up the tress and making the fields look like they are glowing. I will not sneakily land back, pack it all away and have a glass of wine in the garden. So, that’s clear then.
  8. 3 points
    Only at certain BHPA schools teach paragliding first, mine teaches paramotor from day 1
  9. 2 points
    I’ve had an email from my local council announcing a trial scheme which allows Hampshire residents to pre-pay Corona fines. Has anyone else received the same?? This is actually quite a smart idea, raises money for the local council and allows those with the financial means to enjoy a bit more freedom but essentially, should mean Hampshire PPG pilots can fill their boots (at a cost)! They’re launching the website next week where you can pre-pay before going out and they’ve published a price list which ranges from £20 for a non essential drive and walk (up to 45 mins from home) to £1500 for a party with up to 15 guests. I’ve emailed the council to ask if they can specifically add paramotor flights and GA flights to the price list and given the solitary nature of PPG, suggested that it should be the same as a dog walk (ie £20) per flight. Will keep you posted!
  10. 2 points
    Well i did last week. After a day of questioning myself i decided for mental release i should fly (even the missus said "your heads fu@ked you need to fly "!) What a flight, went over the fields well away from the built up areas. loads of people having walks and riding bikes all waving. I landed and could of flown without the wing! What a way to calm the mind. Really didn't want to land but was past sunset. Made facebook page and people where stoked, impressed at social distancing! People really cant see the issue, we are at no more risk of ending up in a &e than a cyclist, runner or DIY . Live your life guys
  11. 2 points
    OPINION ALERT: Personally I don't think you'd be doing any harm if you went flying by yourself and it could definitely be seen as exercise (seeing as I'm sweating by the time I've ran up and down the field multiple times). I'd openly admit I went for a fly tonight, to be honest, at this point in time you'd be more vulnerable if you went to the shops for the essentials - Not to mention the increased number of incidents that are likely to be had at home as someone has already mentioned. People have just got to be pragmatic, but unfortunately not a lot of people are nowadays... Stay safe. Save lives.
  12. 2 points
    A little bit of common sense is needed here. We are well within our rights to go to the park, walk the dog, go for a run or a bike ride provided we keep our social distance and not do it in groups of more than 2 unless it's with our household. Bojo' words not mine and in all honesty, these words are simple common sense. So why is flying not treated in the same manner? This is a rhetorical question, I don't need a lecture, as I got one tonight I went for a sunset flight. I kept well away from everyone in the parking lot. Seems the dog walkers were out in force because Bojo said they could go walking. In fairness they kept their social distance. I set my wing and started clipping in when I saw a man heading my way. Let's call him Mr. SR (Mr. Self Righteous). As he came closer Mr SR barked, "Do you think you're flying that today". "I certainly am" I replied. He went on to say I wasn't allowed to, to which I replied that he was walking his dog. What's the difference. I said that if he kept away from me I would keep away from him. He wagged his finger at me saying that Borris said he was allowed to walk but did not say I could fly. I asked him to move on and keep his social distance. So here is the common sense or lack of it. Mr SF came close enough to me to tell me that Bojo said I cannot fly and that he could walk the dog, but also close enough to give me whatever corono crap he might have had. In all honesty I would have shook his hand if he gestured to, the man is not the issue, it's his mentality and many like him that beggers belief. Is it only me or does it feel like world has more dickheads than reasonable people lately. I for one will continue to fly until the airspace is closed, provided it is within the spirit of what the government is enforcing. I will take my guidance from where the activity is (Park) and who I come into contact with (no one). Happy flying. JC
  13. 2 points
    People Stay Safe Stay alive and if possible Stay Home, TODAY is NOT a good day to DIE or possibly KILL others.
  14. 2 points
    Yep, if I'm hungry I'll fly in any old shite! I'm not a great fan of flying in the actual rain though... I did notice at the Bore how everyone elses wings were white on the underside mines a sort of yellow! I guess its from a few years of mud, cow shit and slapdash application of foundation.
  15. 2 points
    Thanks again to Simon and the PMC Crew, had a good days flying friday, was worth the 3.5 hrs Journey. Nice catching up with a few old faces and a few new ones. As always the PMC flyins are the go to places. Just a few stills off my headcam.
  16. 2 points
    I had almost same thing, it turned out to be a blocked intake filter on the 'clunk' fuel pickup inside the fuel tank, it was letting enough fuel through for starting/warmup etc but as soon as I went for full power on takeoff it totally shut down, drove me nuts trying to trouble shoot.
  17. 2 points
    BHPA syllabus requires students to fly a minimum of 5 inner circuits and a minimum of 2 outer circuits, but these are perfect flights so if the student doesn't nail the take off or the landing then that doesn't count, so if you are a very competent student you can get away with the minimum but most have around 10 flights, my last 2 students in Spain had 14 and 12 flights, the later has then been with me back in the UK and completed 10 more but he still wants me to coach him further, everyone is different and no 2 students are the same, this is just a quick way to try and drum up a bit of business, although I've not been to many of the fly inns I believe there are several British trained pilot's that should not be out of a school let alone flying with a large group, there was a great video of a few doing lands end to John o grotes that I thought was a perfect example of this, yes they could fly but a few more days in a proper school wouldn't go a moss, As I have said you can't tarnish every school with the same brush, when my students leave the Italy school they then join the UK school to build up the hrs, I am lucky I am able to run the 2 schools or maybe the students are lucky they have this option either way everyone is satisfied.
  18. 2 points
    Skyschool are great. Excellent instructors and the APPI course is aimed to leave you confident to fly on your own. One thing people seem to forget about the training courses is that APPI requires 15 powered flights before you can pass your pilot course. The BHPA Club Pilot qualification only needs 5 flights (I think, maybe someone can reply?) as it is intended that you then go and fly in a club. So when people are taking the micky out of foreign training and saying that trainees come back and need more training....well in many cases that is because they have not done 15 flights yet!!!!! I trained with Skyschool over 2 one week periods and have flown with them twice since then on their adventures. Really great bunch.
  19. 2 points
    Simon's figures sound right to me. and I'd take a stab that only maybe a 1/3rd of them fly more than once a year or so. How many folk get kitted up, insured then find it ain't for them, etc - hence the nearly new paramotors always for sale. Certainly over here in billiard table suffolk I reckon there's about the same number of ACTIVE pilots as there were 10 years ago (6 or 7) more or less. And when I'm flying up in scotland, I get the feeling from the locals it's much the same up there - a few new ones, a few folk stopping - more or less steady numbers. which for us in the know I'm sure you find as mental as me - why the hell this isn't more popular is a constant mystery to me - whenever I get comments on my videos from non pilots they are usually about how amazing it looks, how they'd wish they could do it, that it was on their bucket list, etc, etc. Also the lack of young folk in the game - my youtube demographics are 100% male, with 90% of my viewers between 35-65. But if you could do this in the 90s when I was in my 20s I'd have bit yer hand off to do it.. * Bottom line is, it would appear only a few of us as commited enough (or mad enough we should be committed) to actually go through with strapping a moped engine and fan on our backs and taking to the air. And the selfish part of me says... long may that continue *possibly confirming my suspicions that not only are today's millennial generally useless at anything technical, they also appear to be pussies...
  20. 2 points
    Went from a Synth 2 29 to a Nuc XX 24, love the Nuc so responsive and of course quicker than the Synth. The NucXX was a good stepup from my First wing and launchs easier, need to run a little longer/faster on take off obviously but as Neilzy said you'll be suprised how much smaller you can go with a more advanced wing. The Landing on the Nuc XX is superb with great Flare authority. I weigh 90kg BTW.
  21. 2 points
    the nuc xx is very effecient, I also have a hadron xx but I only use that on strong winds at the beach, my nuc is my preferred wing for general flying & on a moster I use less than 4 litres an hour
  22. 1 point
    Isn't there a discount for PMC's full members, Simon?
  23. 1 point
    Sorry, thought I’d been pretty clear on that. Whilst I don’t think it’s a massive issue (depending on your circumstances), it’s clearly not advisable and SHOULD NOT be done for all the reasons I and others have given. You’d have to be pretty selfish and have an unhealthy relationship with the rule of law to consider flying on Friday at about 5/6pm.
  24. 1 point
    You could fit prop directly to engine , but it would be the size they use on a model airplane , because you could be running 8000+ rpm ,so they fit different size pulleys , or gears to slow the prop speed down , then you can run bigger prop , this is a very very basic explanation,
  25. 1 point
    Obviously confusion comes easy to you , plus i am Not sitting on any fence the Straight answer is No, and yes i know it is currently not illegal to Fly But morally IMO it is , Does that help happy to or do i need to go further
  26. 1 point
    I see that the police in Cumbria have been flying a drone around the lakes to see if people are out on the hills and publishing footage on twitter to raise awareness. Great idea, however, with police resources stretched thin, shouldn’t one of us shoulder the burden for them? It’s a major sacrifice, but if we mobilised pilots to fly around UK beauty spots with go pros, it might free police resources.
  27. 1 point
    We are in lockdown... for good reason. We want to see restrictions lifted as soon as possible- so please adhere to the advice, or restrictions will be enforced for a much longer period. When this is over, there will be plenty of days for flying.
  28. 1 point
    My local club has closed all (primarily PG) sites. Below is the statementy justifying this. Have to say I agree with them Covid-19 Response from the Pennine Soaring Club Committee Considering the escalating seriousness of the current Pandemic, requests from Mountain Rescue Teams, advice from the Police and authorities, the Committee feels it is inappropriate to continue free-flight activities from our sites. The reasons for this decision include: • any additional stress on the health system and emergency services currently is irresponsible; • paragliding is a highly visible activity and while all are being urged to avoid all unnecessary travel and contact, flying anywhere would cause a very bad perception our sport to the general public, authorities and landowners. Despite paragliding being an appropriately socially-distant activity, the travelling, fuelling, chatting and socialising are not, so to protect the future access to our sites we are closing all sites within our control with immediate effect, and urge all members to respect the spirit of this decision by putting away their equipment and avoiding the temptation to fly anywhere. We will constantly monitor the situation – rest assured the committee contains some of the most active and regular fliers in the club, so we don’t want to stop flying for any longer than necessary. However, the alternative of having the activity being banned from above may result in permanent loss of access. Please remember: flaunting this suspension could lose us (you) our sites. Please also draw attention to this to any of your mates who may not be members, no-one will distinguish between members and non-members.
  29. 1 point
    To be honest I am surprised there hasn't been a notam issued. All the smaller aerodromes have been shut apart from essential and emergency services. I have been wrestling with this question for the last few days, I am desperate to have a nice flight but the waves of hate and derision that would be generated by non flyers seeing PPG is really not worth it. Joe public will get pissed off once the restrictions are lifted and every pilot takes to the skies, but at least they won't be able to call us all dickheads then.
  30. 1 point
    The dog walker sounds like a dick. Getting that close means he rather missed the point. We probably shouldn’t fly, I am in total support of BoJo policy. It works if we all join in. If you cant fly without going near anyone, without going to a fuel station for example, or rubbing shoulders in a tight car park or touching a gate then you should probably give it a miss. However, if you have a quiet little spot (and we all do don’t we?) and a fuel can in the shed then the separation thing isn’t an issue. Maybe just Sneak off and fill your boots. BUT be under no illusions, if you have to go into A and E or take an icu bed, you will have been selfish and everyone will call you a c**t. But there’s a potential solution to that too, don’t fly like a dick, don’t be a dell, don’t break anything and you won’t have to. Bit of context, I think people getting the tube to non essential jobs and company’s still insisting non essential staff come to the office (there are lots) is far more reckless than a cheeky bimble. I also think you pie eating fat boys, alcoholics and smokers are more likely to need Hospital support this summer than a ppg pilot. In conclusion, probably best not to but if you do, be even more careful than usual not to screw up. Its all good fun til you end up taking a hospital bed. I obviously did not sneak out of a hidden field and have a glorious hour long cross country this evening because I’m better than you.
  31. 1 point
    The prime issue I see is that this a dangerous sport. Many pilots end up in A&E. This is not the time to end up in A&E. Yes, you can probably convince yourself that flying is your daily exercise. It isn't, that's just your excuse. There are many ambiguous things at the moment, such as what type of work still has to done. I don't think flying is. I find now is the time that actions separate the responsible from the irresponsible. Stay safe, be safe, don't put yourself at risk, don't put others at risk because you can't stop flying for a while.
  32. 1 point
    Problem is it is not very well hard to hide - is it!!! If ALL aviation is banned - we have no choice. Is flying a Cessna classed as exercise or even a Peabee (sorry Giles )
  33. 1 point
    This was done We opted for a dynamic site rather than an app There is now also an App in development for the software that runs this site. As soon as its available it will go live for all I have the test version and its currently poo. SW
  34. 1 point
    As I understand it, the only thing that needs to happen to the existing AXA policy is a change of wording (when the time comes) SW
  35. 1 point
    Will be a great way to celebrate the end of all this shite. We’ve been told By the powers to be UK lock down is imminent. And we have to prepare for certain eventualities such as emergency power distribution. keep safe everyone hopefully see you at the end.
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    Iv seen a video of a DLE170 (opposing twin two stroke) Set up as a direct drive (small prop) such a shame as a re-drive with a 130cm prop would have been much more usable. Very light, very noisy and I "assume" not very good for long term use without frequent rebuilds.
  38. 1 point
    I usually end up testing mine just after I attempt to take off.
  39. 1 point
    That's interesting, I didn't know that Simon. @Ben Butler A lot of people have tried the license free radios and to be honest they aren't very good. They are on UHF at 446MHz btw. The problem with a lot if not all hand held radios is that the microphone sensitivity is designed for the radio to be held about 8-10 cm away, with a paramotor clattering away directly behind you that is very easily picked up. With a close miked headset pilots tend to shout a little and the resulting speech is often unintelligible. I have reduced the mic sensitivity on all the radios I use. The 446MHz radios are also in the hands of every Tom, Dick and Harry (read kids) and finding or keeping a free channel is nigh on impossible, as in reality there are only 8 channels.
  40. 1 point

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  41. 1 point
    Same as , had much needed flying time on Friday , Cheers Simon , little col and the rest of the crew ,
  42. 1 point
    In an attempt to sound knowledgeable and smart I'll answer "Yes". In reality it was more because of weight and practicality. But it does seem like the fuel tank and EOS geometry might not play nice. Yes, the actual implementation seems pretty straightforward. I might end up going this route. I'll make sure to test fly the Miniplane ABM first though.
  43. 1 point
    So I'll add my 2c. I did a paragliding course in 2000 with an outfit that I thought looked reputable but turned out to by an association with 2 members passing themselves off as a national body. Attempts to get solid information about paramotoring from various 'experts' at the time gave me as many contrary opinions as there were experts. It seems the nature of the hobby to attract 'mavericks'. One expert would tell me to buy X, and high hangpoints are the only way to go. The next would tell me never to buy X, and high hangpoints will kill you. After a bit of research, I frankly gave up - the sport was simply full of opinionated people with no evidence other than personal experience to back up anything they said. 6 years later, in 2006 it seemed to be a bit more settled.. only a bit mind.. the BHPA still pretty much had nothing to do with PPG - still pushing the learn to PG first, and go from their route, but PPG instructors were rarer than hens teeth, and they all expected you to have your own equipment AND pay a fortune up front for no good reason. That and having experienced weekend after weekend trecking 4 hours each way up to the Yorkshire Dales to maybe...one weekend in 3..get 1/2 a day or so on the hill flying, made me determined to not go through all that crap again. But here's the thing - everyone is different. Some folk learn by getting a basic level from experience or books and going from there, some like a more 121 engaged approach. One size does not fit all. I'm the sort of bloke that if i find I need to do some welding, buys a welder and learns to weld. Needs a new kitchen worktop, so learns to use a router. Wants a new widget that measures current in his campervan, does the electronics and then codes it himself. I enjoy the challenge of having enough knowledge to make my own path - happy to make mistakes along the way, but to be that's where the thrill lives. I don't really like getting taught stuff. I used to be a good snowboarder - and I learned in the late 90s by falling on my arse a lot in the american rockies, and had no lessons at all. Was it efficient ? christ no. But it was a challenge - and I liked it. And wasting weekend after weekend driving 100s of miles to some instructor (most of whom back then as I say, demanded a vast amount of cash upfront) to then waste my time because weather wasn't right, etc, etc would have done my head in and I'd have abandoned it again. So, I flew off to South Africa for 3 weeks. And in that time got 20 paramotor flights in (my paragliding coming back to me a bit), and also got my A license for skydiving on the side when it wasn't flyable. There is no way in holly hell I'd have managed to do that in the UK. Now, did I really know what I was doing after 20 flights? did I F&&k... But it kept my interest, and when I came back, I knew it was something I wanted to do, so bought some second hand gear and started flying. I went through the next 4 or 5 years or so making regular mistakes, breaking at least 2 props a year, and learning from others. With better training I would probably have saved a bunch of cash, but.. I'd also probably have lost interest before I got there if that training was in the UK. As I say, one size does not fit all. If you are lucky enough to have a good trainer on your doorstep you'd be mad these days not to use em - summers have long hours of light, and everything has moved on a lot - training equipment available, good syllabuses, etc. I don't know how payment works but provided its pay as you go and not still some insane 2k up front nonsense, I'd go with a local trainer every time these days. Which is not to say I might not get a starter for 10 holiday in spain or something - because, why not - actions holidays are great fun. I learned to scuba in one (give me that over learning in a pool and the murky waters of the north sea anyday!!) , I learned to skydive again in 2012 as currency had well and truly run out from 2006, etc - I think holidays like that are a GREAT way to find if it's something you want to do, and continue when you get home. But it's just that - a starter for 10 most of the time. Maybe after a week in spain and some luck with the weather you come back with 5 or 6 flights under your belt. Maybe that keeps your interest, and with a bit of experience means there's a few more days that fall within flyable weather territory down at your local trainer to continue your training ? But, if you don't have anyone within 100 miles of you, I still think -- for the right person -- a couple of weeks intensive training somewhere weather static can be all they need. Especially if they've some previous experience with paragliding, or even with other types of 'learn difficult sh1t' type stuff. But I suppose you could argue those sort of folk are not the ones turning up at your door Simon. so as you say, maybe some mis-selling involved ? stu
  44. 1 point
    Had my training with sky school over ten years ago ,one week in mere and one week in Spain, weather was brilliant in mere and in Spain and a great deal of time in the class room so much so I thought why are we not out in the field flying when the sun is shining, but as mentioned above its all about making the right decisions to keep yourself safe, yes you need the skills to fly. But knowing what to do and when to do it is far more important ,clippings in and checking your kit ,and that is first learnt in the class room ,when to fly and when to stay on the ground.70 percent is ground school, 30 percent flying. Once your flying with all that schooling, you can go to the field and fly safely. Then you can get yourself 100 percent flying, but never put the cart before the horse, start your training in the uk, then think about flight time in Spain . Just my thoughts worked for me.
  45. 1 point
    Hello Simon, Thanks for the reply. You make some very good points. I am located just outside of Indianapolis, IN so very flat land at essentially 800' MSL. Being able to test fly various wings would be a great benefit and it may be possible but those logistics are still being sorted. I am 99% convinced that the 28 meter is the way to go for me including the reasons you cited as well. My skills & desire are more suited to the 28 meter and I just find it difficult to go against the grain of my instructional training and the manufacturer's specifications. I intend to continue flying the Mojo for at least a few more months and until the weather turns better over here. It's a very good wing for the intended purpose. I have never felt unsafe when flying it. Yes, it's quite the school bus when it comes to speed & maneuverability but that's the nature of the beast. It still has good qualities and plenty for me to learn on. Not to mention, from everything I have heard about it as compared to let's say a Roadster/Spyder 3 or the Universal 1.1, if I can consistently nail my takeoffs, especially in Nil wind, with the Mojo, the other wings will be much easier. Either way I see it as great practice and experience. Thanks again. Nick
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    My plane instructor gave me a piece of advice about landing that massively helped me and it applies to Paramotors too. It may help you too. When you flair try to focus on flying a couple of inches above the runway for AS LONG as possible. Shift your eyes up and don't look too close to your feet. The theory is that if you are focusing on landing your brain will try and make the landing happen quickly - you'll look close to your feet and the ground will be moving fast, this will add to the overload and you'll try and make it stop by landing at that moment and you'll be going too quick. If you slow everything down, shift your eyes towards the horizon, the ground will appear to move slower, you'll feel like you have more time and your depth perception will be a lot better. Then try and hold yourself 6-12 inches above the ground for as long as you possibly can - all a flair is, is a way of trading your airspeed for lift, eventually, the wing runs out of lift when the airspeed isn't high enough to maintain it. At this point, you should touchdown at a much more comfortable speed (and if you're close to the ground, nice and soft). Since your engine is off there is no way to add speed to the wing so inevitably you'll touch down when the airspeed can no longer sustain enough lift for your weight. In short: don't try and land, because it'll happen to quick - try to fly above the runway and you'll touchdown anyway (just slower). I hope this helps you, it definitely helped me get over the sensory overload when landing.
  48. 1 point
    I asked AXA about this, but as I have a house in Spain they said I am fine after Brexit. Just out of curiosity why would anyone think that a no deal Brexit would effect the insurance? I am pretty sure that a "deal Brexit" will be unlikely to have any wording covering AXA insurance and hence be no different to a a no deal Brexit!
  49. 1 point
    I can't explain it, but this might be a clue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orographic_lift https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_cloud https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_wave https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Glory_cloud
  50. 1 point
    There are a couple of minor things to add to the article, but only one is important... in the bulk of the UK transition Altitude is 3000’ so if going above this altitude (which I believe many do) then the altimeter should be set to 1013 (QNE) for the time spent above. On descending down below then you return to QNH. The less important thing is the terms Query Nautical Height and Query Field Elevation are actually an old housewives tale. They are just two of a large number of historic 3 letter Q codes (worth a google search) that are not actually acronyms however many find it useful to use those terms to remember which is which.
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