Fantastic flights and crash landings!
I've had 10 flights since my last update - some good, some not so good.
Couple of uneventful flights but had a run of landing on my feet OK. Thats nice.
Way back in February I ordered a new wing from CM Paramotors. 58 day wait. Felt like 58 weeks!
Finally on 9th April it had arrived with Clive and I went to his field after work to collect andn test fly my brand new custom colour Speedster 3
'Do you need me to show you over the wing?' says Clive
'No' says me 'I'm fine.'
'OK check the trims as they usually come set fast from the factory'
'OK no problem'
So I fitted a new muffler on my moster then set up my new wing. Nice crispy new wing.
Kited it a bit and checked the trims which were on fast. Pulled them in to the white line. (mistake)
Now I had read the manual for my new wing several times during the 2 month wait for delivery. I'd read and re-read about the risers and the trim settings.
I still managed to take off on 3/4 trim, whote line way past the red line. You know - the bit where you're not supposed to use your brakes
Well, I thought that was a bit of a long fast run. Felt like the wing was trying to overtake me but I got up. There were a couple of trees ahead of me so I did a tight-ish turn around 50ft up and went over the field and away.
Not very responsive on the brakes, I thought.
Well, when I was about 1000ft I noticed I was doing 41mph. Not bad trimmed in thinks me. I'll trim out see how fast I go.
That's when I discovered my mistake. What a dope. Won't do that again!! Lucky I didn't get a low level collapse pulling so hard on the brakes trimmed out!
Well, I went a fly about for around 40 mins and it felt like a bit of rain so I headed back.
Come in high and turn after the electric wires, keep away from the farm were the instructions. No problem.
I came in, little bit side on to wind, but felt ok. Came down fairly quic and landed on my bloody arse !
Clive sodding Mason, it's his fault. He won another fiver betting on me landing on my arse and that's the first time I've done it since September. Oh well.
Anyway, happy with my wing I was all smiles and couldn't wait to try it again.
As it happens the very next day was flyable so went to Paul's field on the Saturday morning and oh god what an amazing flight. We had 40 mins up around 1700ft above the clouds. Circling round chasing clouds, touching the tops it was amazing.
Short vid here:
Don't go there's more - lots more lol
Oh after the clouds I landed on my feet. Bingo!
Since then I had 3 flights from Penkridge. Landed on my knees all 3 times. I did forget my boots for 2 of those and slipped in my trainers. That's my excuse anyhow!
So now for the fun flight.
I met Paul at Draycott in the Clay to fly from a new field. Hopefully we'd get over the Peak District and find Alton Towers.
Well we did both. What a fantastic flight. Nice reverse launch and headed straight for the Peaks.
90 mins of great flying, over Thor's Cave, over Dovedale and finally over Alton Towers. Then we headed back to land about 8pm
This is where it all gets interesting.
You see the field wasn't ideal. Lovely field, plenty of space, not so nice pylons and electric wires....
Paul went in no problem and landed just fine.
The approach to the field was with pylons on the right, then turn and land with pylons behind. They were in the next field but the seem really close when you fly by them..
So behind were the pylons, and on the left hedge line of the field were 3-phase electric wires on wooden poles.
So fly in over the wires, with pykons on the right, turn and land. Easy right?
I came in far too high and went around. Came in OK I thought, wary of the wires, but I was still too high.
The glide on this new wing I had been told about - glides a long way on landing.
So, down I came thinking I've got this. Engine off when I though I'd be OK. But I wasn't. On it went, past the vans, past Paul, towards the horses in the next field.
Well, I almost had it!
I could see the fence approaching. One of those made from real sturdy wooden poles. With a bit of barbed wire for extra fun.
I couldn't slow enough, couldn't land in time. Engine was off. What choice do you have in the few seconds knowing you're going to hit it. I think I was trying to choose which body part to hit with.
I was hoping I'd land and run into the fence but no.
I didn't want to hit it with my body as I have enough stomach issues without nashing it on a fence.
So as far as I can work out I opted to make a feeble attempt at getting my feet up but it didn't work at all. I ended up hitting the fence with my nose.
Legs went under the fence, tore my suit on the barbed wire and I lay there, turtled. Blood running up my nose & down my throat, wishing Paul would run quicker!
Anyhow Paul eventually got to me, unbuckled me and got me up. His wife had called an ambulance and we cancelled that, Paul got my kit back to the van. The horse came to check I was OK too
I facetimed my other half to let her know which gave her a good laugh Then sat and had a cuppa and a chat for an hour to make sure I was OK to drive home. Paul's wife wasn't impressed at my attitude but I was just being me. Priority when blood involved is to get pictures
I was numb but fine and just having a laugh about my stupidity.
I do however apreciate the help from Mr & Mrs Paul Page
Post flight debrief was that the biggest mistakek was flying from that field at all. Pylons and wires everywhere and horses the other two sides. Asking for trouble.
Have a laugh at this. And don't be like me. Be smart
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