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  1. I received this email from them recently: "Hello, we are currently implementing the new appi website. for this reason appifly.org is not operational at the moment. please apologize for the inconvenience. we will inform you as soon as the new site is operationalthank you for your understandinggood flightsthe APPI Team"
  2. Vittorazi Easy 100? https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=vittorazi+easy+100&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiJoceYn4PxAhUYCWMBHcijDhMQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1536&bih=694#imgrc=-5wmUlBP0W1d7M&imgdii=C3Rxe9PSZzLP7M
  3. ^^^ I can definitely relate to those feelings poz, for the first few years it`s obsessive - constantly thinking about the weather, looking at fields whenever you`re out in the car, and flying at every opportunity. To be honest the holiday from PPG i`m having at the moment is almost a weight off, the feeling that you have to fly at every possible opportunity - sometimes when you feel like you should fly if only to make use of the weather window, is sometimes a burden. I hope i`m not getting too old for it or losing my enthusiasm for flying because that would be dissapointing, but the constant niggles at the back of my mind such as should i be looking for a site to fly from and getting knocked back and leads going nowhwere is a bit of a relief not to deal with at the moment. As i said above, if i had my own field i`m sure i would feel completely different about it. `Oi, get oorf moi laaaand`!
  4. It`s not just newbies that have difficulties in flying sites.... I have been flying now for nearly 8 years but because of one thing or another i have flown just twice in the last six months and currently have nowhere to fly from. I was at the top of my game last year after 7 years of doing PPG and having perfecting my flying had some epic flights............and now nothing... It looks like i haven`t missed too much fun though as the weather recently has been abysmal which is probably why i haven`t been too bothered about finding another site just yet. If the right piece of land came up for sale locally i`d buy it.
  5. The above points notwithstanding regarding GPS accuracy the app `Flyskyhy` has an option for height above ground (as well as altitude of course), both options can be configured to be viewable on screen simultaneously. It appears quite accurate - when flying over the sea both altitude and height above ground displays show the same figure but as soon as i head inland the height above ground changes instantly. Flyskyhy is a great app.
  6. Yes, of course it`s black - Vitorrazi supply their engines with a rich (safe) factory carburetor setting to keep it cool and increase reliability at the expense of efficiency. You can keep it set as it is if fuel consumption is not a priority and just enjoy hassle-free flying or tweak the mixture to gain more flying time per litre if you have some experience in tuning carburetors and are confident that you are not going to do any damage by running too lean. A symptom of over-rich idle mixtures on the Moster though can be excessive vibration at idle ("four stroking") which can be a contributory factor to the infamous Moster exhaust breakages (probably only on the direct-driven non-clutched models?).
  7. Nice work. Where did the #2 cylinder come from?
  8. How come you guys have taken a `sidestep` from your previous wings to a Solo? Not knocking the Dudek, but it`s a very `mild` option?
  9. I notice that the belt is branded `Optibelt` - rather than the Gates that they used to fit. Anyone with a newish Moster that can provide noise and longevity feedback? I once tried a belt other than Gates (sourced from a reputable bearing supplier) and it was totally and comprehensively crap - very noisy and lasted only a few hours before it started falling to bits.. Try a Gates if fiddling about with alignment doesn`t work and the noise still bothers you.
  10. Looks like an interesting area to fly. Coastal flying for the win.
  11. It`s definately not unknown, at least in the motorcycle community, to hear of `dead on arrival` plugs. Wasn`t an NGK by any chance was it - they`re the worst offenders.....
  12. Wow, 30 degrees at 2000`! I must admit, i bottled out of flying once or twice during that mini heatwave we had a few weeks ago, i just didn`t fancy setting up in 30 degree heat in the middle of a field..
  13. I've never experienced the extended or fast run-out, I always seem to get enough lift to take off with a moderate throttle at easy jogging speeds. Might be because I'm 68kg and have 70kg + thrust.....
  14. The funny thing is when you are preparing for launch at the field it may be in mid summer with 26 degree-plus heat bearing down on you in the middle of a heat-sink of a field, but you just know that you have to don that extra fleece under your flight suit `cos after 2/3 hours + `up there` you`re gonna` be glad you did. Just suiting up, getting the motor on your back and started, and the walk to the wing to clip in can have you sweating. It certainly concentrates the mind for a successful first launch attempt because the effort of setting up again doesn`t bear thinking about. In the depth of winter i have about 4 layers on my legs and 5 on the top! ....and a neoprene muff to keep my hands out of the wind..
  15. I get 3.5l/hr on my Moster 185 and with a 15 litre tank can go over 4 hours.
  16. Yep, that`s excellent alright, i don`t think many 2T`s would be able to get near that! Must be a great feeling flying with a motor that sips fuel so sparingly, cheap too!
  17. What would you call excellent 2T efficiency, Mark?
  18. I know exactly what you mean, if the mix is lean the engine exhaust note sounds `faint` and the pulses regular, the idle speed will be smooth but on the high side, if the mix is rich it`ll be a `fuller` exhaust note and the `pops` will be random (4 stroking). The engine may shake more,too. When i first got my Moster the factory settings were so rich and the engine shake so much it used to give me double vision with the motor on my back at idle. Another tuning trick is to snap the throttle open from idle - if it bogs it`ll be lean, and this can happen if both the low or high screw is set too weak. I like to adjust my low screw so that the `bogging` from a lean setting *just* disappears when the engine is warmed up - just about as lean as i can go safely. This gives a smooth idling engine and improved fuel consumption. It`s also important on the Moster to set idle speed to 2200+ - your exhaust will appreciate a smooth and high`ish idle..
  19. What engine is this on Andy, and is one turn out on both the factory spec? One turn out on the low screw seems a lot, and one turn on the high screw (comparing to the settings on my Moster) would be on the lean side.
  20. I got up early today to take advantage of the promising looking weather. Arrived at the field just before sun up; Once aloft i settled in for a long XC - i didn`t really know which direction i was heading for as the WX forecasts had the wind direction from all over the shop and changing hourly due to a pressure centre right over my flying area. Once flying i was able to get a handle on the conditions and decided for my `Circa Soton` route which takes me all around Southampton CTR. The wind was about 6mph and north easterly at this point. If the forecasts were correct i`d have a tailwind on my way back.. I`ve been flying for over seven years now and in that time i`ve never thought `Wow, i`m a bit warm, i wish it was a bit cooler up here`, but today was the closest i`ve ever got to actually agreeing with that thought - it was so warm and humid for September it was unbelievable. The air actually felt warm on my face.. Smooth too, hardly any bumps were felt at all. The low-lying misty stuff made for some interesting vistas below; I always feel especially smug on early flight when i see all the workers travelling to work, and it was a busy morning down there on the M3; I was making good progress so once around the top quarter of the route i espyed Portsmouth in the distance and made a detour over there. P`mouth harbour; You`re looking at 7 billion quids worth here; Once out of P`mouth harbour the Isle of Wight beckoned - well, i might as well, eh? It`s a 3-mile crossing at this point (yes - i have flotation); Over Cowes to Gurnard, then the second crossing back to the mainland - a shorter 2-mile jobbie for this one. Clarence House; Cowes; At Cashot there is a disused power station. It`s being demolished at the moment. I`ve flown over it many a time but i wanted to try and get a straight-down-the-chimney shot before it`s demolished (planned for next year i think). The chinmey is 600` tall and has been a VRP for many a pilot - it marks the edge of Soton CTR; I was up for just over 3 hours and did nearly 100 miles once i`d done a bit of local stuff when i got nearer home. It was one of those flights you remember.
  21. Reckless in the extreme. Never start your motor wearing flip-flops!
  22. Hann__

    No Spark

    How have you got the engine kill switch circuit wired? Be aware that the flying lead from the coil is earthed to kill the engine so the kill switch (positioned on our hand throttles usually, although most paramotors have an additional one on the frame somewhere) is normally open, if you`ve wired a switch where the circuit from the coil is made during your attempt to start you won`t get a spark.
  23. Like most situations when things go awry it`s not just one thing that is the cause but a culmination of minor errors - the Swiss cheese model. Your flight was doomed from the failed launch and busted prop onwards. 10:30 though, that`s late! You learn something from every flight, though.
  24. Bloody hell! Well played, that sounds absolutely perfect, and ideal for a trike launch surface i would think. How did you wrangle that one, know someone there? Any conditions or anything attached....?
  25. Did you just use the TEA knot in the position that it was set when you got the wing? It`s meant to be adjusted to suit your individual requirements. I`d be surprised if a correctly-set knot didn`t eliminate the problem. Asymetrical trimmers are fine - you`re only talking 5/10mm difference, it`s not going to develop into a death spiral, certainly not a a Uni, anyway..
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