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  1. Wow, Cas, wasn't expecting that here. Thanks mate.
  2. until

    For anyone who has never been to a PMC fly-in, here's a little taster from a couple of years ago ... https://youtu.be/wMFkba0o3fI
  3. It's daft to not record audio in the first place as you've still got to go out and get the audio afterwards (like the OP has to). On a more positive note, I have paramotor audio Owen is welcome to if he still needs it, mostly from video shot at fly-ins and recorded on decent mics.
  4. I've worked as a camera operator for years and that's news to me! Who'd shoot paramotors without sorting out audio at the same time?
  5. I had a similar issue, check that the primer bulb isn't drawing in a tiny bit of air. The engine copes and runs normally until it goes wide open for a while. I had that problem even on a brand new primer bulb - some types of retaining clips cause the pipe to slightly distort on the connection to the bulb.
  6. I agree with Hann, Flyskyhy does this particularly well.
  7. Less vibration on the Moster and a more solid build.
  8. Does that mark move about when you wobble the Maverick? It looks like the fuel line to me.
  9. Which engine? On the Thor I replaced the standard pull starter with a Briggs and Stratton. Edit - Just realised you said starter motor, ignore my post.
  10. If you intend to fly a paramotor, inspection and maintenance will be one of the things you should learn and must do. Your thoughts about the mounts have probably been the same for many new pilots over the years but the reality is they don't often fail and in eleven years I've not known any sag (although I generally get a new machine every three years or so). If you look at machines like the Parajet Maverick you'll see that there is also webbing on the mounts. But replace them with manufacturer approved mounts every year if it bothers you, it's an easy job on most machines. Certainly cheaper and less hassle than making your own. As for the netting, if you don't start you machine on the ground (which you absolutely mustn't) then it's unlikely you'll need to worry about your hand holding a throttle going throught the netting. Give yourself some time in the sport before getting too het up about how flawed things appear. Nothing's perfect and the machines are constantly evolving and improving. If you can add something that will make the sport better that's great but we have been here with a lot of things many times before.
  11. Don't assume training abroad will guarantee you good weather and a completed course. It isn't just rain you need to think about, it can often just be too windy or thermic. Or it might be lovely. But you won't know until you're there. And I certainly wouldn't think about training in the summer months in Spain or similar.
  12. It doesn't matter what you buy, you will need back-up from the manufacturer/dealer. If they don't offer that then look elsewhere.
  13. Ozee - without a doubt. My cold weather suit has done ten winters and is still very warm, comfortable and waterproof so I can kneel on wet surfaces without worry. They also do made to measure.
  14. Several reasons, one of which is needing a stable hands-free platform for my photography and video work and also something less tiring for long XCs. I have held off for a long while as wings I had flown like the Roadster 3 felt too numb and I thought I'd not find something 'milder' that I would like - but the Solo is quite nimble when not in novice mode (but not as wicked as the GTX) and is a very pleasant cruiser. I was going to test fly the Speedster 3 and the Hadron 3 but by chance I got an unexpected opportunity to fly the Solo and I realised how good it was for what I need so bought it there and then.
  15. Once inch slack (trimmers out) might be cutting it a bit fine for me, I'll settle for two or three.
  16. Agree with your observations on brake line lengths Alan, I measured seven inches of slack on the brakes with trims fully out (the lines are set at the shortest of the three factory lengths). I'm taking a double wrap to land to give the control that I like. When I first launched the Solo I thought there was something wrong with it, as if there's a breeze it feels like it's going to overshoot but the brakes go down to your waist to try and damp it out. I don't think it will overshoot generally, just gives you the feeling it will and the lack of brake control is weird. I'm going to take about four inches out of the lines and see how that goes. I think Dudek have provided over-long brake lines for the same reason as they lock the wing tip steering handles with velcro, to stop newer pilots getting carried away. But I think the brake line length is a mistake as it makes the wing feel a little sloppy until you realise what's going on. Having said that, I think the Solo is awesome - like you, I think the wing tip steering is sublime and it's easy to generate enough energy for solid wingovers and spirals. It also rides like my old XJ8's magic carpet ride. I launched it last week in zero wind with tiny cross wind gusts and (being aware of the long brake lines) it was perfectly behaved. The ability to handle cross winds is awesome. I'm coming at this wing from a GTX so have gone into the upper 'advanced' weight range and I'm seriously impressed with it.
  17. Steve

    Yes or No

    You'd be hard pushed for spares and it's very old tech and relatively heavy by modern standards. Here's an article about how the DK Whisper evolved into the original Parajet paramotor.
  18. We managed to get over to Spain (and back) just before lock down. It was awesome.
  19. I had one deranged farmer discharge both barrels a couple of years ago - all over a simple misunderstanding. Always remember they are armed!
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