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  1. 26 days since my last flight and finally managed to get up albeit briefly I went to collect my reserve from somewhere over East Midlands so took my kit and went to Clive’s field at Marston. I’d been watching and had a day off work in case I could fly. when I got to the field it was a bit ok maybe an 8-9mph wind with some gusts. Did a little bit of kiting and got my new homemade strobe all set up, preflight done and engine warmed up. Seemed to take ages to set up, must be out of practice! now Marston is a dodgy place at the best of times, with the changing wind direction and rotor off the trees. Today was no different, windsock moving around 90 degrees every few seconds. anyhow the wind wasn’t consistent for a nice reverse so I just went for a forward and nicely up. Took a couple of minutes to settle as always after a break. considering the gusty forecast it wasn’t too bad and once trimmed out was quite nice but windy. At 300 ft it was quite strong and gusts blew me a bit so I trimmed out whilst climbing. at 800 ft I was pretty much stationary. I’d taken ten minutes to go maybe 1/8mile. Turned downwind and did double that in about 30 seconds. It wasn’t particularly cold either but I called it as the wind was too much to make progress anywhere. as I came down across the field the gusts were blowing me a bit and in my usual style I landed on my arse. still, I got a quick flight. Puts the smile back on my face for a bit 🙂
  2. No. Only started paramotoring in January and just thought it time to get insured.
  3. I just insured with Axa last week. No checks.
  4. Oh something else I discovered yesterday. I’d had my harness on the frame wrong since I fitted my bigger Maverick tank. Beginners mistake and I’d even took photos. Although it didn’t seem to affect the last half dozen or so flights it’s possible it didn’t help me getting out of the seat to land as the motor position was very different. Double check everything, it could have been very different!
  5. Yesterday was a great day and not so great day. Got to Clive’s field at about 9ish. Chatting and setting up , was nice to see a few people turning up. Flight 32. 10:45am It was some wind and a bit gusty but I went forward launch. Didn’t feel like a reverse was easily doable. I don’t really have much issue with my launches now but this time the wing came up to the right, then left, then right. I was all over the place fighting the dreaded Marston winds. After a few seconds of Benny Hill I cut the engine and stopped running, and the bloody wing sat there over my head laughing at me🙄 I think that’s only my sixth or seventh failed launch ever which is nice. anyhow, reset and a nice easy forward followed. I wasn’t making much progress into the wind at about 2000ft so I headed for some clouds to get a bit of video. I was near sibbertoft glider school when my engine misfired then started spluttering midrange. It would tick over ok and full revs ok but midrange was uneven and needed more throttle than it should. Weird. I climbed to 2500 to keep clear of the gliders in the even of engine failure and headed back to the field. Uneventful then until I came in to land. Engine was still running. The gusty approach was horrible, blowing me all over the place. The field is narrow at the moment as the crop area at the side has been ploughed and the wind was diagonal across the field. No way I could control that across wind so I went round. Coming in better into wind still very gusty at low level I almost did it, having to clear a wing laid out on the runway but ran out of room. Round again, horrible air and swinging about all over I came in third time lucky. On my arse. Everyone had issues landing yesterday just the changeable gusts at Marston giving us hassle, but it was by far the worst approach to landing I’ve had. Sad event of the day is one of our pilots came in fast and too far down the field. He was heading towards a van so he stalled it and came down hard, bouncing and rolling over a couple of times. Ambulance to the hospital and we found later he’s snapped his Achilles, broken his tailbone and one vertebrae. How easy it happens. He was in good spirits and hopefully will soon be up and about. Later on three of us decided to go for the clouds as they looked low. Took off at 2:20 and went for it. Up at 3000ft we started to clear some clouds and around 3500 John was taking photos. I then climbed to 4800. Highest I’ve ever been. I was going for the mile but the higher cloud was complete cover and I was going into the grey stuff so I bottled it. Not even that cold really considering it’s october. My engine was a bit better, I’d richened the mixture a bit to try it. I’ll be checking it over before flying again. Fantastic flight and came down to that bloody gusty field to land across again on a short runway. But I nailed it 😁. Came in low over the ploughed soil just touching the throttle enough to keep my height, cut the engine as I approached the grass, lifted my feet over a parked wing and landed on my feet😁😁 Always learning and new experiences all the time 🙂 Photo is me at about 3500ft.
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    It wasn’t a complete washout. Well.. ok maybe it was 😂 we were staying until Monday but our van was playing up and made us almost immobile which wasn’t so good in the downpour so we called it this morning. Giles flew twice which was good to see. Far too windy for me though. Good evening around the fire on Friday. Had a 7.5 miles walk yesterday because the van wouldn’t work then the downpour from 3pm all through the night finished it for us. The van worked this morning. We were last to leave the field and had a day in Looe (we decided we want to live there) followed by a picnic on Bodmin moor and just got home. Still managed to make a nice weekend of it😁 Having seen some scenery today I really hope there’s an opportunity for a fly-in there next year.
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    It’s officially a fly-in 😁 Giles has been the only one to brave the wind and dodge the rain
  8. Got flights 29 & 30 tonight. From the same field as last time, should have been windy enough for a reverse but I just couldn’t get the wing over my head. So I went forward launch no problem. More ground handling I think. With motor on my back. Had a lovely 1:21 flight. Went high and low, flew around the tv mast at Tamworth and over Twycross zoo. I was a bit low which was accidental, I didn’t know it was the zoo until I was over it else I’d have gone higher. Still plenty high really about 600ft but I would have gone higher or avoided the zoo if I’d realised quick enough Although forecast was a bit gusty it was lovely and smooth with just the odd bump here and there. Came in to land ok but still landed on my arse. Paul reckons I flared too early but it didn’t feel like it. I did feel like my leg straps were too tight to lean out of seat enough. Flight 30 was a quick spur of the moment thing. We’d all landed with a bit of light left so went straight back up, almost no wind, forward launch, quick dash to the m42 and back. 7 min flight. Fluffed the landing by not getting out of harness enough and almost got it but went on my knees. Felt really hyper after the flights. I was buzzing more than normal. I could stay up there for hours, I just love being in the air 😁
  9. 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🙂
  10. Well decision made I’m still going. If I can’t fly we’ll have a weekend exploring a bit of Cornwall 😊
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Penkridge is easy for me i very much doubt Walsall council would entertain using the arboretum. Nice try though 😁
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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