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  1. Patrick1

    Odd question, but...

    Every now and again, I have a flight where my imagination runs away and I get the ‘fear’, but it passes after about ten minutes and the next one is always better. I find it only happens when I have time to let my mind wonder so it helps distract myself with a task. Its the fear of dropping and falling rather than height. But let me reassure, you can’t fall out of a harness. Paragliders like a nice loose harness so you can use weight shift more effectively but when I was learning, my instructor encouraged us to tighten things up if it makes you feel better and loosen over time. Incidently, my main belt buckle once popped open at nearly 2000 feet in the alps but it was no big deal, I had leg straps and my arms behind the risers 😇
  2. It could be worse, at least you didn’t buy a flat top. Let Laura’s experience be a lesson to our American cousins, there are two people you just don’t go near, Mr Fister and his arch nemesis, Dell Schanz’ - turns out they are both utter cunts. Who’d have thought..
  3. Patrick1

    Convincing Wife!

    http://www.footflyer.com/Safety/Incidents/incidents_and_analysis.htm Some interesting analysis here on risk and comparison with other activities.
  4. Patrick1

    What would you do .....

    I’ve been flying mine for a few hours now with a full inch missing from the tip of the blade on one side and it’s hardly noticeable. I am sending off to get repaired this week but I can’t imagine you’d notice any difference from a tiny nick like that. I’d ignore it.
  5. I was flying a microlight on Thursday evening at Popham Airfield, another pilot had what he thought might be an airprox with a paramotor at about 7pm in the popham circuit. I explained to him that paramotor pilots are sky gods who have right of way at all times and I think ‘airprox’ is overstating it to be honest but I said I’d post on here in case the paramotor pilot picks it up. If it was you, you have done nothing wrong, you had every right to be where you were BUT if you are flying near Overton/Popham regularly, it’s worth being aware of the circuit pattern at Popham so you can avoid it, either PM me or have a look online. For the uninitiated; the airspace near an active airfield gets busy so is slightly more hazardous than elsewhere. Airfields have developed their own systems to avoid collisions - usually this takes the form of a one way ‘circuit pattern’ and corresponding ‘joining instructions’ of how to get into the pattern. Popham for example, has planes circling to the north of the airfield at 800feet agl so a ppg pilot giving the airfield a wide birth to the north could inadvertantly fly right into the pattern without realising. Airfields usually have a map/diagram posted on their website so you can check your local area easily. Having said that, in uncontrolled air space this is all done on a voluntary/etiquette basis and there’s no law against ploughing through the middle semper fi style ??
  6. Great vids, nice to watch that on a rainy day. I think this came up a couple of weeks ago here: I think I saw it as I was laying out my wing at the time - wind kept reversing and basically, you had a tail wind which meant you were going like stink and as you got to the crop field you were going too fast to do a controlled stop but not fast enough to leave the ground. To be honest, I was quite impressed you managed to keep the wing up at all with the tail wind, you nearly made it.
  7. Patrick1

    Just took first flight and a wanted

    Top post, I share the fear of heights/falling and I think most people do. The more you fly, the more you desensitise and the irrational fear reduces but I still get the odd uncomfortable moment every now and again.
  8. Hi Bev, Miniplane is a great machine but not very forgiving, I seem to recall having to get a few spare parts after one of my early flights! Russ at www.miniplane.co.uk is a star and was extremely helpful indeed.
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    PMC Flyin 2018

    I think I saw it but didn’t get any footage, was this the broken prop guy? Wind was all over the place on Sunday morning, from where I was, poor guy did a perfectly good launch and everything was nice and balanced but he had a tail wind. He was accelerating faster than Hussain Bolt and was well over take off speed over the ground but the tail wind meant his air speed wasn’t there - with another 30 feet of field to keep running over he’d probably have made it but the crops were coming up fast. He did damn well to get as far as he did with a tail wind if you ask me.
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    Annual service - miniplane

    Thanks Simon! Btw, credit where it’s due, Russ at www.miniplane.co.uk is on the ball, very helpful, parts sent out v quickly, top service.
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    Annual service - miniplane

    I seem to remember seeing someone posting on here who set themselves up with a small business providing a travelling workshop servicing paramotors..? My mini-plane is due an annual dig out, I did the last one myself but I’d quite like someone a bit more professional to do the next one (i.e. someone who doesn’t just use a leatherman and an oily rag like me). Is there such a service or was I imagining it?
  12. Patrick1

    C'mon, own up

    Ha, bang on. Approx 4 people die every day on UK roads and around 40 seriously injured. That's the same as one major terrorist incident every day. I wonder if we will look back on that in 50 or 100 years and wonder why we put up with it. Okay, so statistically, your chances of death on the road is relatively low, it's still far more hazardous than people think. Maybe that's why old folks drive so damn slowly? They've simply got more life experience of the perceived risk/actual risk matrix?! My relationship with risk changed slightly after I had a small compression fracture in my spine in a paragliding accident. I was assessing the decisions I was making and my surgeon summed it up nicely - he told me not to stop flying as 'everything has risk' and the actual risk with what I was doing was not too far from driving a car or slipping in the shower. I took that on board.. I still fly but I drive a little bit slower and I'm a little bit more careful getting into the shower. (...and my paragliding accident wasn't random bad luck, it was avoidable self inflicted hubris)
  13. Patrick1

    C'mon, own up

    Put another way, rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools..? Good post which probably sums up how a lot of us feel.
  14. Patrick1

    C'mon, own up

    At least he didn't mong it like that guy in France a few years back - for those who haven't seen it: