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Everything posted by poz

  1. Still a dream to step out of my house and fly from my back garden. Now then, where'd I put that lottery ticket?
  2. I think for new pilots the novelty of flying PPG balances out the inconveniences that are inherent within the sport. I can remember for the first 4 years or so, I was completely transfixed by it, whenever I was in the car I was constantly assessing any location I visited by it's 'launch-ability' factor, always on the lookout for that flat piece of land, it was like an obsession. I grew a tangible hatred for over-head power lines. It was like a kind of madness. Unfortunately though (for me) that novelty loses it's edge and those attached inconveniences start to really grate, in fact I can
  3. Hi Paul. Unfortunately official launch sites in this area no longer exist. If you see a PPG flying, the chances are that they are either flying from somewhere without permission, or are flying with a very delicate permission that would be revoked if more pilots started turning up. I'm sure this situation is not unique to this area ie a pilot occasionally flying losing their permission because a load more pilots crash the party. It happened to me and it's really upsetting, especially when you have worked really hard preparing the site to make it flyable, and made promises to the land
  4. Unfortunately we lost that launch site when they removed vehicle access and built a wooden foot bridge right across it, last year
  5. How have you measured your thrust? I'm asking as I have the same PPG as you, except I'm using an Eprop. I can measure my thrust, but not sure of the accurate way to do it
  6. I remember this character from when I used to fly Cessna's from Barton Airstrip 15 years ago. He was bad enough back then, I guess this just proves idiosyncrasies become more extreme as you get older.
  7. I've been flying my Niviuk Link 1 (23m) in combination with my PAP Polini Thor 250 and PAP Rolling trike. The combination seems to work fine even though flaring takes a fair bit of muscle. The other day I worked out the all up weight which includes me + clothing 85kg, PPG + 10 litres fuel 45kg, Rolling trike 15kg - Total: 145kg. Which according to the specs is 25kg over the max all up weight. I know it's far better to be over weight than under weight, but I'm not sure whether or not 25kg is pushing it too far. I'm flying 99% of the time in perfect conditions, so not too worried about weathe
  8. I've used a Garmin Foretrex 401 for my flying for years now, but have just bought a Garmin Fenix 5, mainly because there are Garmin apps you can upload to it that have useful flying parameters (Alt, GS, Flight time etc). Just wondering if anyone using an Android watch with a similar app
  9. Yes, we are extremely lucky to be able to fly, so freely in such an amazing place.
  10. What days are you going to be in Bornos next week Danny?
  11. Thanks Danny. I'm 82kg, but not sure I can get to Bornos next week. The forecast is looking great though, so might have to move a few things around
  12. I have 2 Links, a 23 and a 27, and previously a Revo 2. All told I've clocked up around 1000hrs on them and have been happy with all of them. However, now I'm looking for the best 'nil wind' launch wing available. Compared to the Link 1 how do the new wings compare as far as nil wind launching goes? Thanks. Dan (Marbella)
  13. Any takers? https://news.sky.com/story/abusive-and-hostile-low-flying-paraglider-sought-by-police-in-sussex-11485031
  14. Magistrates fined him £600. He must also pay court costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £60. What the hell is a 'victim surcharge'?
  15. I have 2 and ha've flown them for the past 3 years. I really like them as they are stable, easy to launch, and not too fast. Also, when in the mood, they can really be throw around. For what it's worth I recommend the Link. My previous wing was a Paramania Revo 2 which I flew for 5 years and also liked, The glide ratio was terrible, but that served me very well for getting into small landing zones. Not so well when I lost my engine. I think they are on the verge of bringing out a new wing? But I heard that a while ago. Hope this helps. Dan
  16. Haha, sorry Hamishdylan, it's just my weird sense of humour, I didn't do this with a penknife, an elderly client of mine closed the door of her Range Rover, and for a split second my finger just happened to be in the wrong place. It was no big deal, just a finger.
  17. My dad was saying the same thing to me just the other day. I said to him "So how did that idea work out for you...and me dad"?
  18. Excellent post Hamishdylan. It's so true about the 'perceived' risk, and it also works the other way round too. For example, cars are so much more dangerous than people perceive them to be. I've lost count how many torn apart bodies, and the inevitable and devastating aftermath, I've had to deal with over the years. Mostly due to drivers feeling safe in their vehicles as a result of widely marketed 'safety' features aimed at flogging cars. The trouble is, when a human body decelerates from 60mph to zero in 3ft, human organs obey the rules of physics, not the latest Ford advertising campa
  19. I have a Polini Thor 130. In 14 months and around 60hrs it has gone through 4 flash starters and 2 cooling fans Apart from that, a cracking engine
  20. I'm afraid this is going to be a long and probably controversial post. More popcorn required for this one. I've been flying PPG for nearly 10 years now, with a lot of air time (Southern Spain) 1500+ hrs, and GA (Cessna's and 'A' class kit planes) for 25 years. Unfortunately, I have a medical, neurological condition which prevents me from conforming to rules that are set by desk jockeys, rules that are not based on any informed analysis or common sense. As a policeman (retired) this did me no favours with the bosses as I tended to let everyone off, well those that broke rules that I b
  21. This should help our sport...Not https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greenpeace-paraglider-buzzes-trump-at-turnberry_us_5b499302e4b0bc69a7876502?guccounter=1
  22. I can't believe what I just watched. Staggeringly irresponsible. It's just moving the leaves into someone else's garden. Should be made to eat them.
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