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  1. Lee Jackson

    Training and BHPA

    Hi Andy, yes apologies, I wasn't trying to be contentious... but in this game everyone seems to be climbing over each other to get at each other - be it over a brand, technique and now apparently training affiliation. Personally I usually avoid said argumentative discussions... after all we clearly all already have something in common, regardless of whether I'm sat on a Parajet/flat top or whatever. In this instance I was surprised to see someone actively proclaiming bias against a training affiliation, based upon retaliation rather than competency. Personally I chose to 'upgrade' my training, as it had been left wanting (definitely partly my fault, some was my instructors... nobody on here). I therefore went to someone local to me and had some excellent training and then attained my BHPA power rating. Doing so only made me realise how little I really had been initially taught (or how little I'd listened). Either way doing the BHPA course made me a bit safer and less likely to stray into restricted airspace etc. I'm absolutely sure PMC and APPI are just as proficient. I have no allegiance to the BHPA, nor any bias against anyone else. If people are well trained it is generally pretty evident. As for why the BHPA may not allow non BHPA people on to their sites... no idea (I didn't know they didn't). It could potentially be something to do with their membership/insurance, but I'm not going to speculate. If I'm not allowed onto someone's site due to my BHPA membership... meh, I'll live! So... sorry, genuinely nothing against you Andy. Its your land, you feel free to do as you wish.
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    Training and BHPA

    Really...seriously...? Just a tad puerile!
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    Learjet at the Bore

    Brilliant, chuffed I wasn't alone in seeing it. Wish I'd filmed it though. I don't think I was quite close enough for the wake, but I wouldn't have wanted to be any closer! Cheers Cas.
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    Learjet at the Bore

    I meant to ask around whilst there but was too busy having fun. I was innocently bumbling along when I saw a shadow on the ground moving bloody fast. Naturally I looked around me where I spotted the Learjet tanking along, but thankfully not on a converging course with me. It was a good few hundred yards away and I don't think it'd seen me, or the Report'Air to my left... but it was its speed that was the wakeup call. Had it been heading for one of us there would be literally nothing you could do. Mercifully these aircraft are normally operating much higher than we are. A bit of a non-event but also a reminder that we are not alone up there.
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    Learjet at the Bore

    I've been meaning to ask if someone else saw the Learjet fly by at about 2,000ft above the Bore on the Saturday (it may have even been the Friday). I was flying towards the big meander at about 2,000ft from the West when this Learjet came rattling through in front of me - I presume it was descending to re-join Gloucester ATZ. It was pretty close, Id say about 4-500 yards away. Someone else, who flies a Red Report Air (apart from Gary Smith), was to my left and may have witnessed it zoom through. No airprox or problem... just curious if anyone else saw it (it was chuffing fast). Sadly my camera was off at the time.
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    PMC Bore Chasers Fly-in - April 2019

    As ever, an awesome write up Steve... and you're quite the photographer too! Not too sure it's wise to have used 'Simon' and 'God' in the same sentence though. His divine weather powers can't last forever... can they?!?!
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    Bore Chasers 2019 videos.

    Here's my rather shakey view of a fantastic weekend. Thank you Simon, Col, Andy and everyone involved in making it possible!
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    Is it cool to fly over an ATZ (class G)?

    For higher classes of airspace I believe there's the 2+2 rule... i.e. don't come within 2 nautical miles (distance) or 200ft (height) of the airspace (may be slightly different). This is really addressing the highly controlled airspaces, but the point remains - to leave a margin. If I was crossing directly over an ATZ I'd definitely want to call ahead or radio my intention. Remember the aircraft around the ATZ will potentially be distracted with their immediate tasks and not necessarily keeping the best lookout for something as slow/odd as a paramotor. Also remember that another aircraft may well approach the ATZ at 2000ft+ to make an overhead join before they drop into the circuit. As they are changing height and banking you could just appear! Low vs high wings have different blind spots. If they are pre-warned you're about (they will almost certainly be in contact with the ATZ) then this is far less likely to become a problem. Sooooo... no not bad form at all, but good form if you are kind enough to communicate your intentions ahead of time.
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    Ok here goes...!

    Oh dang, that's really bad luck. Both my knees have had cruciate and ACL rebuild work. Sadly there's a long recovery period, and its crucial you do the remedial exercises to build the strength back up properly. They'll be good to foot launch down the line, but it won't be next week! Knees are also particularly painful due to the abundance of nerves. The trike will certainly get you going much, much sooner... best of luck with your recovery and with the 'Tornado discussion'.
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    Bore Chase 2019 new rules (all to read please)

    ... it has its issues. Launching is heals is proving tricky!
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    Bore Chase 2019 new rules (all to read please)

    Well done mate... its lots of hard work for you but I'm sure it'll be worth it! Now please don't hate me, but I'm really not fussed about fireworks!!!! 🤒 So there's no flying below 500ft on the camp side of the river (unless using the field)? Not a problem, just making sure I've got it right. It may pay to have a rib or something to assist if anyone decides to land t'uther side of the river or go for a wetty (I won't mention Dickie at all here)!
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    Airband Radio in UK

    So it must be you and me booked on to his course Mark. It looks like March 13th is the day. I'm looking forward to it. I couldn't agree more with it being a low cost when you look at what you gain from it... hopefully.
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    next wing after flying ozone spyder

    No... no regrets what so ever. Mark is giving you great advice above. Something I am really not placed to do. I have to say that I'm also a bit surprised by some of what your dealer has said. Note I've got the snake 1.2 after 180 hours and its not my main wing. And in my opinion, it doesn't feel more stable then the Nuc xx in turbulence - nor a better all rounder. In fact in the slightest whiff of a thermal, gust or any turbulence and it oscillates (it is a wing that demands to be actively flown). Its easy to dampen, but the Nuc xx just ploughs on without correction. The Snake landings are fast but not an issue if you're adept at landing trims out for a long, high energy finish anyway.
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    next wing after flying ozone spyder

    I'm now flying the 22m Snake 1.2 As its not my primary wing I could also have gone for the 20m, but I chose the 22m as its correct for my weight and I knew I'd fly it a lot more than occasionally. I absolutely love it and can see exactly what Mark is saying above. There isn't a rush here and this is a logical step towards a more dynamic wing. I seem to find myself flying the snake 1.2 when I'm on my own and the Nuc xx when flying with others, or flying a distance.
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    next wing after flying ozone spyder

    I'm also at 135-145Kg all up and have been flying the Nuc xx 24m for the last couple of years. Its been great. TBH I could also have got away with the 22m.