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  1. Penkridge seems promising. Farmer very approachable and let us look around his land. There’s several fields mostly used for crops but he’s willing and says we could move around. Best bet may be his motocross field as it’s grass all the time. We will need insurance. He’s checking with his insurance if it’s a problem because he knows nothing about paramotoring. He’ll want money which is reasonable. Not sure how much. Watch this space🙂
  2. Well decision made I’m still going. If I can’t fly we’ll have a weekend exploring a bit of Cornwall 😊
  3. I went a walk in Walsall arboretum yesterday. There is space to fly from but surrounded all sides by tall trees. I’m pretty sure the council would jump on us if we tried.
  4. I’m going to try and speak with one maybe two landowners in penkridge this weekend if I get time. Theres plenty of farmland both Walsall/bloxwich and heading out around the m54. It’s just finding out the owners and getting to speak to them.
  5. Penkridge is easy for me i very much doubt Walsall council would entertain using the arboretum. Nice try though 😁
  6. Finding somewhere Walsall/Wolverhampton would be great. I’m trying to get a field near Cannock Chase but I’m in Walsall and Wolverhampton daily.
  7. Flight 28 last night from a field in Tamworth I've never flown from before. It's right behind some houses alongside the A5 so we took off and moved away straight away for as little nuisance as possible. Flying north of the A5, over the M42 and around the north of Tamworth. Forward launch, no problems. It wasn't too windy on the ground but I was moving forward at 8mph at around 1500ft so quite windy up there. I was trying to get some aerial shots of Paul & Richard but I've not got used to keeping the camera focussed yet and the wing was trying to throw me out every time I tried Had an our flight and it was dusk so headed back. 45mph downwind so got back in about 5 minutes! The approach was a little different for me... a couple of hundred feet above the A5 to enable me to land downwind. I knew there were phone wires at the approaching edge of the field so went in high, landed 2/3 of the way down the field safely and ON MY FEET Had a quick pint whilst packing away. Nice finish to the weekend.
  8. Can’t fly this weekend but got flight 28 in last night at Clive’s. Sooo smooth, I got the trimmers straight out and hardly touched the brakes at all. Had an hour around Bruntingthorpe airport and headed back just land after sunset. There’s a gliding airfield nearby and I found myself worrying about the pilots seeing me as it was a busy evening. It’s weird seeing another aircraft at your altitude and feeling very close. It was probably a mile or so but I’d rather keep well away. . Rubbish landing, wind was across the field so very short and I overshot to land in the stubble where the crops have been harvested. Tripped and had a lie down🙄 Very relaxing flight though, wonderful way to relieve the stresses of the working week
  9. Flights 26 & 27. Broken Prop and bumpy ride! What a day yesterday!! The plan was to fly with Paul and Richard from Tamworth to Barton Marina at Burton-under-Needwood, land and have breakfast then fly back and possibly get a couple more flights in later on. Arriving at the field about 8.15 to long and very wet grass, we started setup. Wind was negligible, possibly 1-2mph and changing direction. We drove up & down the field to flatten the grass and all set up leaving the wings until last second to keep them dry. Paul and I had set up one way but Richard went a different direction for shorter grass - as I said wind was almost none. Anyhow the wind changed direction and was across our landing. As Paul went up it took his wing a little but he easily got control and powered up no problem. Mine wasn't so easy and the wing came across and down. Mistake no.1 - into wind even if it's almost nothing!. Although it was almost nil wind it did make a difference to me, so I hiked the 150 miles across the field with motor and wing and 12 litres of fuel. Richard got up no problem. I set up in the same spot and got ready. I was hot, knackered and sweaty after the hike but I soldiered on. Mistake no.2 too tired. Anyhow I went for forward launch and the wing came up ok, I powered up a little late but that was not an issue, then crack - my prop broke. I didn't know what had happened and was imagining the worst, expecting line damage. Turns out the wing was fine, the cage on my Maverick had flexed and taken a few inched of each end of the prop, and a hole in the net. Now this is mistake no3 - last two flights I had flown with one of the pin clips in the cage broken. It held the top spar but was OK with the netting tight until I got a replacement. On this occasion perhaps I didn't have the net quite as tight or something, but when I checked the top spar could rise, which flexed the outside of the cage in towards the prop. With the pin in place it would never have risen enough to make a difference regardless of how tight the net is. Expensive mistake, lesson learned. Paul had a spare prop but I was so pissed off I wouldn't have been ready to fly, and I didn't want to risk another prop anyway. Called Clive who had one in stock, so I went and picked it up, along with a couple of clips, and met him at Marston field. Replaced clip, new prop, test run, no issues I stayed in the field chatting thinking it was too bumpy to fly, but at 2.30 I decided I was going to give it a go. I went up and one of Clive's new students followed me for his second flight. Bumpiest flight I’ve had so far, it was like paramotor Tourette’s. I think I prefer smooth flights😑 We went around & over Foxton Locks, round the prison and towards Bruntingthorpe airstrip before heading back. My radio had cut out half way through the flight so I couldn't speak to Clive or Pete, and when I got back to Marston Pete was nowhere to be seen. I had lost Clive's student! I went back a few miles to check but couldn't see him anywhere so I had to land. When I told Clive he said 'he's up there' .. he had come back at about 2500ft and I lost sight😂 The flight was about an hour and aside from being thrown about it was lovely. Oh... landed on my arse 🤪 At about 4.45 I went up again. Had a bimble out towards Foxton again, avoiding Bruntingthorpe after 4pm (Notam in place), but for the first time ever I felt uncomfortable, like I shoudn't be up there. It was a bit bumpy, not much, and I was enjoying the flight but didn't feel at home so I went back and cut it to a half hour flight. I think it was just an odd day for me after the two failed launched and prop break in the morning. Oh... landed on my feet 😁😁 When I was coming in I made sure I didn't flare until my feet were less than a metre from the ground, leaned right forward and looked ahead instead of down. It works you know! I had a great day at the field but it was an expensive day, but I got another foot landing
  10. Well it’s hit and miss but we’ve had a fair bit of good flying weather lately but I couldn’t make it often. Also, Clives field is over an hour so after work becomes a very long day too. Hoping to find a field close to home As I’ve just about finished my training now.
  11. It is common and I have too many hobbies and other things in my life to get all the flights I’d like. Probably because it’s new and I’ve waited so long to be able to do it I want to fly all the time. It’s just not practical. I’m enjoying documenting flights on here for people learning and anyone else who’s interested really.
  12. I seem to be having a couple of weeks between flights as life gets in the way but got flight 25 in last night. I’d been at a festival in the peak district all weekend and kept seeing pg and ppg going over. So, when I was home mid pm on Monday I thought I’m tired but I’m going! Off to Clive’s field in market harborough, took my time setting up. You know how you get that little bit of nerves when it’s been a while. Set up for reverse and up it went nice and easy. That’s my second ever reverse launch. So warm and so smooth! First long flight in my tee shirt. Went off towards the M1 to find Stanford hall, circled around and flew over the hall and back downwind to the field, then turned towards foxton locks to find Clive and a couple of other pilots. Saw some others too so there were six of us all there. Came back and flared too early to land on my arse. No surprise there the 😂 That’s 25 flights 19.5 hours flying 23 forward and 2 reverse 5 foot landings, 3 or4 knee landings and the rest on my arse. 5 failed launches. Pretty happy so far. Landings are my bugbear but I’ll get it 😁 stanford hall pic.
  13. Got two more on tonight. Straight up to 2200 for my engine off test. How lovely it is to glide without the engine noise. I didn’t want to come down! Also got up with a reverse launch for the first time. No reason except there hasn’t been enough wind on any occasion I’ve flown. Anyway came down ok and landed in the designated area, unfortunately on my knees not my feet. Second flight was forward launch as the wind had dropped right down. Lovely smooth flight into and beyond sunset. Landed fast in zero wind and got a couple of steps then fell forward. Really need to sort out my landings. Thats 24 flights now 🙂 ever get one of those flight where for some reason you’re just not that comfortable? My second flight tonight was like it, just couldn’t really settle and relax. The flight was fine but I just felt a bit nervous like I did in my first few flight but not as bad. I guess it happens sometimes. Anyhow all good and having a ball 😁😁
  14. These breaks between flights are getting frustrating! 17 days since my last flight.. Went to a mates field in Tamworth last night. Forecast was gusty until between 7&8pm. Did. Bit a of ground handling whilst waiting for the air to settle. Was hoping for a reverse but overall it was too calm so did forward launch. I’d just done a good end rebuild/ 100hr service on my engine as I was having fuel consumption issues and cutting out last time I used it. I’ve rebuilt carb and found needle valve sticking and pop off pressure was about 8psi. Reset to 15-16psi. Changed piston bearing and rings, decided and repaired broken baffles in exhaust. Also wasn’t getting proper full throttle so adjusted cable too. Engine proved a little hard to start so tuning needed but was ok. After take off I could see rain over the m42 further north. We headed west and after about 10 mins felt some rain. Paul went a bit south then continued west around tamworth but I turned around and flew local to the field to avoid rain. Otherwise it was fairly smooth and a little chilly. After an hour at 8.40pm we decided it was time to land. I was up at 1300ft so I put engine on tickover and turned to lose height heading back to field. At 700ft my engine stopped so that tuning is needed now!! I couldn’t get it to restart in flight so pulled my trimmers in and released my seat board ready to land. Plenty of options if I couldn’t make the field but I got downwind if the field ok at about 300ft and turned into wind. With engine off you notice everything and I was very aware I slowed and stopped descending as fast once into wind. Nice and relaxed, I glided over the field and landed perfectly on my feet 😁 I’m not one to panic but I was pleased with my handling of the landing and my assessment of ability to get back to the field. I did get close to running out of field but judged it ok, landing near the car and about 40-50ft from the next field with 5ft corn crops in. All good, flight 22 done and another foot landing. tonight I’m off to Clive’s probably to do my 2000ft engine off assessment so this was good practice🙂
  15. Ten days with no flights! got out to the field last night. I was first there so I just set up and went. First time I’ve taken off with absolutely nobody else around. I did a 15 min flight in my shorts and tee shirt which was also a first. Lovely and warm down low but not so higher up. Not cold though. I came in to change and try my landing. On approach I saw the wind had changed 180 degrees from take off - what wind there was. As I flew around the field I watched the windsock change another 90 degrees so I approached from there.All ok but a little twitchy as I came down and landed on my arse. Consistent anyway 😂 As I flared it felt lopsided, as if one side brake was harder to pull. Maybe I wasn’t quite downwind not sure, but I think just the wind changing direction so quick threw me. Anyhow Clive arrived and we went back up, had a fly past the land rover show at Kelmarsh hall and went to say hello to the virgin hot air balloon flying low nearby. A brief 35 min flight and I used 4 litres fuel. Service time! Engine is at about 80 hours now. i was going up again but it steered to rain and my wing got too damp to lift properly so called it a night. Always worth the drive when I get to fly 🙂 thats 21 flights. 2 on my knees, 5 on my feet and 13 arse landings. Only 5 failed launches. All forward not had wind for a reverse launch yet. Total 17 hours flying so far.
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