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  1. Patrick1

    Fred coate

    Reserves are for amateurs. Just kidding, though I do know someone who doesn’t bother with one. I would send your reserve to a professional packer such as ‘the loft’ to get it packed, see google. As for attaching it, what machine/harness do you have? What reserve do you have? Have you tried YouTube? I’m sure skyschool would talk you through it over a video or FaceTime call if they are out of country.
  2. Very good question that I’ve thought about before. A lot of fixed wing aircraft are set up so if the throttle cable fails, it goes into full revs as the idea is to stay in the air until you can flick off the fuel and land. The paramotor engines I have seen are the reverse, If the cable snaps on my mini plane, the engine goes to idle. However, it’s a very useful thing to think through. Has this ever happened to anyone? I doubt I could reach the spark plug cable but I’d try.. or pull the fuel line out of the tank.. could possibly get hold of the fuel line near the filter. Throwing reserve would bring you down but would be foolhardy. The main issue is altitude, I think I’d just enjoy a long flight and use big ears and B-line deflation if I needed to reduce altitude from time to time.. I’ve done b-line deflation in glider but never under power but i suspect it would be the easiest way of staying low, anyone here tried it? Anyone tried big ears under power? If you have trims, letting them out would reduce climb rate too.. Spiralling to reduce altitude under full power is unadvisable, too much g force, risk of black out or losing control of the glider getting locked in. In conclusion, if I couldnt get the spark lead or fuel pipe, I’d style it out and reacquaint myself with b-line deflation technique.. Ps - choke on mini plane would prob kill engine or reduce power but mine is disconnected 😳
  3. My first engine had a good amount of power, helps to get you in the air and away from the ground quickly but once I knew what I was doing and had some experience, the overwhelming priority was low weight and high reliability so I switched, in my case to a top 80 mini plane which is a joy. However, in still air and on a hot day when I have a failed take off three times in a row, I do wish I had more power.
  4. Of course some pilots fly 80cc MiniPlanes #justsaying
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    Padstow Flyer

    Hi Tony, Blue and white wing, that was the one. I was in the Mariners pub in Rock.. surely you weren’t at the next table?!
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    Padstow Flyer

    I’ve been down in Cornwall this week, the weather has been perfect but sadly, my gear is at home, apparently the dog and kids were more important.. anyway, I’ve been watching someone cruising along the Camel estuary for the past two evenings. Whoever you are, and you know who you are, you’ve been making me jealous..do you have any camera footage? The view must have been incredible.
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    Residual evening thermals - A cautionary tale

    The pilot who posted this on YouTube deserves praise, it’s by sharing these things that others learn. I hope he has a speedy recovery and at least he’s now got a cool story to tell in the pub. Watching the video, I honestly don’t think that was pilot induced in any way, it was a nightmare scenario and to some extent he was just unlucky. At the end of the day, he survived which is reassuring, however, it’s possible that there are some things that other pilots could do to mitigate and reduce the risk of this happening to them. - Height. Height is your friend, this gear generally sorts itself out if you have enough height and it gives you time to throw a reserve. Flying low is fun but comes at a cost so save low flight for benign conditions. - Glider. I don’t know what version of a sky flux he had, or if another glider would have behaved differently but generally speaking, a more advanced glider will be far less forgiving. Think carefully if you really need a more advanced wing. - Speedbar/trimmers. I have to confess, I don’t have trimmers and have no training on them so I’m willing to be corrected on this but assuming they behave like a speedbar, applying trimmers makes the wing less likely to collapse, but when it does go, it really will go. In the video comments, our man says he let the trimmers out and that would have made a collapse much more pronounced. To that end, don’t put trimmers out when low unless in clean air, even then, think twice. Again, height is your friend. - Conditions. The narrative on the video noted the wind at take of was benign but it got knarly quite quickly. That also appears to be the case on the chase cam which is all over the place. Bad air increases risk of a collapse. In summary; this was shitty luck and my worst night mare but even so, he survived so there. If you want to avoid a similar situation maybe fly higher, leave trimmers in if low, particularly if you are being bumped all over the place in bad air. I broke my back flying (pilot error, I was too low, it was only a minor fracture). My back surgeon gave me some good advice along the lines of, “don’t stop flying, most of the people I see fall in the shower, there’s risk in everything”.
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    Using reserve in non-emergency

    Anyone fancy giving it a go this weekend?
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    You can also side slip a paramotor wing by first inducing a torque induced twist through sudden application of throttle and then pulling the opposite side steering line quite hard. This allows the wing to descend quite rapidly sure enough, Its a neat trick, but you can only ever do it once.
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    I once had a belt buckle pop open high up over the Alps. As I was already back in the seat it wasn’t really an issue but it was a bit disconcerting.
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    My advice would be to close your eyes.
  12. Here we go.. I can’t help myself. It’s not so much the equipment as the person who sells it. Dude, us Brits are a bit subtle and no one on this forum likes to be a dick and speak Ill of people but... well, let me speak bluntly. Experienced folks will generally tell you that there are two people who you should probably avoid - Mr Dell schanz and Mr Fister. Both will say and do anything to make money from you, both have negative attention. Fister is just a little bit dodgy like a car salesman but dell is dodgy and dangerous. One sells fresh breeze, the other sells Flat top. Not sure there is any thing majorly wrong with either a fresh breeze or a flat top from a technical or safety perspective (though there are probably better machines out there) the issue is the people who sell them. Both these characters are good at marketing and get hold of newbies who buy their sales pitch (which is mostly total bullshit). Both make great videos which we all enjoy and I’m sure they both have some some happy students somewhere but they also have too many black marks and crossed too many people. Basically, I’d recommend avoiding their gear and training based on neg experiences of others.
  13. Hi Randy, I second that. Jeff Goin and the bible is the best place to start. Jeff is a highly experienced and respected paramotor pilot but he is also a commercial airline pilot and helicopter pilot and aviation journalist. He has dedicated a lot of time and love to progressing the understanding and safety of this sport. With regards to training and buying gear, alarm bells should be ringing - if you do some research you will quickly discover that there are two well known knob jockeys in the USA who offer either ‘super’ training or ‘free’ training and they both think they sell the best gear.. they are both rather discredited I’m afraid. Enjoy their entertaining videos on YouTube but I’d suggest going elsewhere.
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