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  1. alan_k

    Quainton Railway Museum field

    Find out who owns it and ask if you can use it. Others must have been given permission. Good luck.
  2. I once took off from a slightly muddy side of a grass runway. Climbing out to about 500 feet I caught the kill switch unknowingly while getting more comfortable in the harness. It all went very quiet, tried to restart but nothing. Landed in a field without problem. The cause of engine off was some mud around the kill switch (picked up when the throttle was on the ground) holding it down - doh!
  3. I once took off from a slightly muddy side of a grass runway. Climbing out to about 500 feet I caught the kill switch unknowingly while getting more comfortable in the harness. It all went very quiet, tried to restart but nothing. Landed in a field without problem. The cause of engine off was some mud around the kill switch (picked up when the throttle was on the ground) holding it down - doh!
  4. Oops , repeat.
  5. Nikasil coatings and flexible exhaust joints are not unique to Fresh Breeze. Having said that Fresh Breeze are a very reputable make, it is how the equipment is used that is sometimes questionable. In the UK it has become a no-no to start your engine anywhere other than on your back, as that is the safest.
  6. alan_k

    When the kill switch doesn't work

    Or switch the On/Off switch to Off, on a Bailey motor.
  7. alan_k

    Training and BHPA

    Yes I think that is quite true. It worries me when some pilots don't even know the rules of the air.
  8. alan_k

    Training and BHPA

    That's absolutely correct David, there isn't a recognised 'license' in the UK as PPG is deregulated. In France PPG comes under the microlight (ULM) umbrella so a license is required and issued after the requisite training and exams. I have a French PPG license.
  9. alan_k

    Training and BHPA

    I would say qualified in all that is necessary to be a safe and responsible pilot. For all the newbies - There is a lot more than being able to handle the wing and the motor and actually getting your feet off the ground. Aviation comes with its particular set of risks and responsibilities, not least to be in compliance with all the regulations of the ANO. This needs quite a lot of study, also understanding weather patterns has a very beneficial impact on the enjoyment of light flight. I started when the BMAA still had a paramotor syllabus, the PMC syllabus covers all bases.
  10. alan_k

    Ok here goes...!

    Fabulous when it all comes together perfectly. Well done. I love it when it turns out like that, but you do have to put up with less than perfect as well .........
  11. alan_k

    Slots in cages...why?

    I have heard/read of it happening, but I think only when the brake lines have been adjusted too long.
  12. alan_k

    Ok here goes...!

    Yes the Bore Chasers is a great event for spectating as well as flying, that's coming from a (very) old hand as well. landing on your feet will come and you will love flying even more 😁
  13. With the good weather I went to my usual field. However a circus was there in the process of strip down. The awkward thing was the circus animals behind all the trucks, in an open electric fence paddock. I saw ponies, horses and 2 camels and the take off direction would always have been towards them from wherever in the field. I approached the head man and explained things PPG, but it was when he said the zebras might be a bit skittish that my mind was completely made up, no flying tonight.
  14. I think I am the last take off on the video, yah!
  15. alan_k

    Pmc bore chase

    Nice one Geoff, see you there!
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