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  1. Seconded. I learned with Clive last year. Great instructor and great bunch of people and he’s on your doorstep really in market harborough.
  2. Well when I saw today’s forecast I had to get the exhaust repaired sharpish! good friends in the paramotor world! I needed a new baffle in the silencer as it had broken into several bits. I’ve ordered one from a bike shop but not in time to fly today. Paul page came to my rescue and offered to repair it today, so I dropped it off with him this morning (Monday) (I know I’m writing this after midnight so strictly speaking it was yesterday!) he drilled loads of holes in a tube and reassembled by silencer. Winner so.... met paul and Richard at the field to fly around 7pm. Noticed thunder forecast for 9pm so wanted to see if we could get up or not. And I got my exhaust bolted together at the field. wind was very low, clouds looked friendly and sun was shining so we went for it. Forward launch, long run and seemed to be little lift, I was very low before the wing finally woke up and took me up. Probably jumped in the seat a little early which I haven’t done for ages. Had a lovely flight of about 40 mins then came back in - it was getting a little windy and it seemed I was being circled by a police helicopter!! Had a couple of other Paramotors join us for a few mins too, so 5 of us flying around Tamworth. No thunderstorm here but Birmingham, Rugeley and possibly Nuneaton areas looked as if they were getting a good hammering of rain. Great to see from the sky. We were constantly aware of the surrounding and upwind clouds just in case. Anyway came in to land, fast with little wind. Brakes, flare, too much and up again, down again, on my feet the fell over on my knees. Almost got it! chatted for a bit then I had 3 litres of fuel in so went up for a 20 min flight. This was 9pm. Easier take off, forward. Had a little meander round fields at about 5-600ft and got some photos of Richard. Really lovely and smooth flight, wishing I’d got more fuel lol we all came back about the same time, Richard landed first and I came in straight behind him, long, fast and onto my feet who mentioned arse landings? Not here! The thunder arrived from the east about half an hour after we landed and we sat chatting, having a beer until almost 11pm two lovely flights, beer and chatting to mates. What a great evening
  3. Yeah we just have to put up with the off days don’t we. It’s still fun just with added frustration. oh and yes to top it off my exhaust fell apart flying home.
  4. Well I’m definitely back to being a beginner! 3 failed launches and two shitty landings. but two great 25 mile xc flights planned to fly with paul to clives field in market harborough from Tamworth. Got to the field about 3.30 nice and early to set up. The windsock was playing silly buggers with nil wind really but gusts in all directions. paul took off and I set up in the same place. The grass in the field is too long but we have flattened a bit for a runway. Anyhow, I ran and ran and ran and ran out of runway but kept going into the grass. Fail. I gave up when I ran out of field, just couldn’t run fast enough in the long grass to get up. I was exhausted. then set up on the tyre tracks where it’s flat but not such a good direction but nil wind thought I might be ok. Fail. I was so tired from running with 40kg on my back that I couldn’t do it. Paul was circling and I gave it a few minutes and failed again. I told him best to land as I need a rest. Really wasn’t feeling it by this point. had a drink and fries the sweat off the set up to go again knowing if I failed I was going home. paul went, I stood engine running waiting for the windsock to show a little something. Finally I ran for it and just got lift before getting far into the long grass again. so off we went on out 25 mile journey. The first half was quite bumpy, not really enjoyable but as we approached market harborough it smoothed out. Great flight otherwise, no dramas. found Clive in a different field to what I was expecting and came in high and quiet as requested to glide in for a landing. Now the field is massive, and I got just over the hedge to get in (engine was running so no danger , I could have gone round) nice approach then promptly landed on my arse oh well we chatted for a while and set off home about 8.30. Forward launch nice and easy straight up. Stayed mostly around 2000ft but after about half way back it was bumpiest I’ve ever flown. Hands on brakes as the gusts kept turning me. got back to the field ok, no wind, came in fast and onto my knees/ face. so got two hours flying in which was great. lost all ability to land and had the most failed launches since I’ve been flying. just a day of not quite getting things right. apart from that it was lovely
  5. Flights 51 & 52 last night. joined the mile high club first flight half hour, I didn’t put my flight suit on. Mistake lol. had a little bimble around a quarry I hadn’t seen before. Nice little flight but I was cold. The houses you see when flying too! A mansion hidden in the trees you’d never know was there. went back to field to get more layers as I was too cold and fell forwards on landing into my knees. then got my suit on and went up again. Me, Paul page, Richard leishman, up, up, and above the clouds. Such an amazing feeling. Both my phones died of exposure just approaching 5200 so I just kept climbing. First time above a mile for me and Richard. Three of us up there, clouds below us. So peaceful I can’t even describe the feeling. (Well I can, it was bloody freezing!) I glided down on tickover all the way down to 900 ft before touching the throttle. Got a video of it all so that will follow but no proof of the height. I guess I’ll just have to do it again came back to field and fell on my knees again after a few mins I got the feeling back in my fingers and realised I’d twisted my ankle. By the time I’d driven home I couldn’t walk! Had to get my son to help unload the van. ice, painkillers, elevation. Doesn’t feel so bad this morning but not out of bed yet I only have 38 hours flight time total. Still a beginner. I love flying
  6. On Tuesday 2nd June my mom was 80. I went flying got to the field to meet Paul about 7.45pm in time for the last hour or so of light. wind of around 8-9mph, not too gusty so went for a reverse launch. when in training with Clive my feeling was that reverse was far more controllable and a better way to take off. At flight 48 this was my 3rd reverse take off. I just find forward so easy. however reverse was needed and first attempt flopped as the wing tried to overtake me then I over compensated and lost it. Simple reset and tried again. Up, turn, check, run. Done. Easy. bit of a non-eventful flight really. The wind was too strong to go anywhere and at one point I was doing 4mph. Turning just meant I’d get taken downwind somewhat and spend the next five minutes making up the distance I lost so I ended up mainly flying slowly in a straight line before turning back and getting a max recorded speed in ppgps of 50.9 mph. Now that’s more like it quick circle of the field and gently down with a little bounce after flaring because of the strong wind, nicely on my feet. Becoming a habit this! 52 minute flight, average speed 17mph. some of you long term fliers may know Nathan Washington. He found us at the field and introduced himself after trying to find us for weeks. He’d followed us back after I was circling over his house. I thought it was going to be another complaint. Watching the forecast and deciding when to fly.. it was a nice enough flight, not too bumpy, but the wind made it not the most exciting flight. I’m still glad I flew. Got my camera out and got a few decent pics of paul too.
  7. Yep. I reckon so. Great for xc landing out too.
  8. Got flight 47 in the other night. waited and waited for the wind to be right. Forecasts were good all day then it changed in the evening. Anyhow not a spectacular flight but an interesting take off. One of those where you have to run then run some more, almost aborted it but just got lift before running out of field. started my climb out, looked up to check the wing only to see I had a passenger - the windsock, complete with pole !! I didn’t feel anything so didn’t know I’d hit it and it was caught in my left lines. So I stayed low and went around to land back at the field with the only adverse feeling being a slight reluctance to turn right. On approach to the field some others there waved me on as I had deposited the windsock in the next field. All good. After all that it was a bit too bumpy for me and I wasn’t feeling it after all the waiting so had a short 15-20 min flight at around 1000ft before returning. Gentle approach, descend, flare land on feet again. Don’t know why I ever struggled lessons of today - don’t underestimate your required runway, you can fly with a windsock, make the right decision if you’re not feeling it then save it for another day.
  9. Bulls head polesworth? That’s probably us as Webflew over there, there were three of us but also three others we saw flying around the area.
  10. Well after 61 days of not flying I finally got airborne again My last flight was 19th March which was 15mins. previous to that My last flight had been 19th January! So long with no air time. I thought I’d be more nervous but I was fine. Wind forecast was to die down late so we took off around 8pm. the grass was very long and we drove over it to make a runway. The reversible wind had dropped right off to almost nothing. Now we’ve been in lockdown and I’ve been messing. On my January flight I damaged my throttle cable in my prop. So, I’ve 3D printed a polini style throttle and made a new cable for left hand to free my right for reserve which I hope I never need. Previously I was using the parajet throttle which I always found bulky. Forward launch went perfectly once I remembered to add a little brake. Not a lot to say about the flight really, I guess this learning/training blog is going to stop soon. Up for around an hour and stayed about 1000ft. Surprisingly very calm and nice and warm. My landing was perfect. No arse landings here ... gentle approach get everything ready in my head , lean in, flare and touch down 30 yards from the van. So easy I don’t know what all the fuss was about! The change from right to left hand on throttle and to use my two smaller fingers felt quite natural. I didn’t forget where the kill switch was and had my first two fingers free for phone/photos. I got the cable over my arm which I could t do with the old one and just need to shorten is by maybe 6”. So I’ll be printing another in a stronger material as this was a test one. Post flight chat in the field - remember we’re in lockdown and no gatherings, social distancing etc etc. Well there was this policeman..... we got reported for having a gathering at the farm. 3 of us. piliceman came to verify we all live in the same household, had a chat and left. all good here IMG_4833.MOV
  11. Well no flying git me messing. I made a strobe last year so this year I’ve bought myself a 3D printer to play with. first I printed a few things off the Internet (including a paramotor throttle which I will be trying) but then I had to learn how to design things in 3D. Took me a couple of weeks of evenings and corona weekends to decide, design and finally print this. I found online a 3D model of a mount for a skyflar strobe onto a maverick frame. I designed a strobe case including transparent dome which would fit on this mount. But realising that with this mounted it would be above my frame and wild stop me fitting it my ‘new’ van. So I designed a mount of similar shape but with my strobe built in. not done the electronics yet, might do that tomorrow. It’s kept me sane!
  12. Well.... two months since I last flew. my Spider-Man engine cowl and my skull coated prop got their first outing today. I had planned to have a day alone flying in Tamworth but a call from Garry got him then Paul to both take the day off. Paul and I went over to Quorn near Leicester to Garry’s field. the forecast was reasonable but rain after lunch. Winds from 3 gusting 7 to 7 gusting 11 or so, all of which should be reasonably flyable. we got there about 8.45am and set up. Having had my throttle cable off I had to spend some time checking and getting my engine running right. Paul was up and away, with Garry close behind. so anyway I got ready and went for a forward launch. The winds were definitely higher than forecast and the position of the field means a bit of rotor too so the windsock was all over the place. having regressed to complete novice I flopped my first attempt, made worse by some walkers standing watching. Second attempt was up in a few steps. Now I don’t know if it’s because I’ve not flown for ages or what but I got bumped and thrown about and generally didn’t feel like everything was right. I couldn’t see any riser issues or anything so I flew around then decided to land and check everything. I came around over the A6 down to the field to be buffetted about on my approach. I had to do a quick detour as I was swinging about so looped round the next field to try again but sink/rotor from the A6 and trees dropped me down suddenly to a couple of feet off the ground. Full throttle to save my ass, then down. On my arse. In reality I don’t even know whether I attempted to stand I just wanted to get down. I do think such a long break took away some of my confidence. I’m still a beginner after all. i checked all my gear finding no issues. Then as it was a bit gusty and spitting with rain we waited around, doing some ground handling or acting and generally talking shit lol around 1pm it had settled a touch so Paul and Garry went up with me to follow. I really need to stop fussing about and get up, but I did after a while. A bit bumpy but felt better than earlier however it was raining a bit more. Paul and Garry said they were coming back I’m so I landed first. on my knees. Not my day! deciding not to fly again we packed up. paul and I went back to tamworth for a pint and decided the trees weren’t moving much outside so off we went to check out the tamworth field. wind was more stable than Leicester so went for it. had a failed forward launch, I think I just misjudged the wing and it came down on my left. Reset and up I went ! now the field is next to some industrial buildings and this is where I found my error. I had somehow picked up the brakes with both of the twisted around the risers. As I took off I managed a sharp right but the couldn’t steer properly due to the twists and climbed out right over the industrial estate. Not my chosen route and glad I didn’t have an engine out, but was ok. Once I gained height I sorted out my brakes and settled down. Up to 800ft and trimmed out, had a fly about waiting for Paul to launch (he fluffed it loads and didn’t get up). The other Richard had joined us and he was up ok. mot was reasonably smooth, chilly and bloody raining. So I did about 20 mins before getting back down on an approach I hadn’t done before due to wind direction. Came in really close to a tree and down ok to about 20ft then got chucked about again but managed to land sort of on one knee ish. then we went to the pub. a long but fun day. Racked up three flights of 7 mins, 5 mins and 20 mins. Not exactly much but learning lots. i like to post all my errors on here too so people may learn. Today was really a bit gusty for me but I didn’t feel unsafe, just struggled with the landings. the brakes was a stupid error and I don’t know how it happened as I’m pretty thorough. all good experience, nobody hurt and we had a day in a field where it was normal, no viruses or nonsense. now bring on the bloody summer!!!
  13. Great. I’m on 0752 7742192 off to Thailand for 2 weeks on Monday. Hopefully the weather will be better by then!
  14. I’d like to come down and fly now and again. More variety the better I’m in Walsall so probably 45 mins or so to drive there which isn’t a problem.
  15. No it’s stupidly thin but has to be primed and lacquered too. The primer/ lacquer will make most difference. I’ve put exactly the same coats on both halves but I’ll be balancing it this week to check.
  16. Cheers. It looks ok, I know where the bad bits are yet to lacquer it then see how well it balances. I guess I’ve got a few days before I’ll be flying
  17. This no flying weather is rubbish. So.. I did some stuff
  18. All of a sudden it will click and you’ll have some control. I was running up and down the field for 4-5 hours none stop in my first couple of lessons but it got easier once I started to feel the wing. It will come quicker than you realise. Keep it up
  19. That’s not a bad idea, maybe I’ll try that cheers I’ve not had any issue before but was aware I had the cable low, it was just when I had to pull the wing down hard I got my hand far back. I’ll look tomorrow
  20. I repaired my damaged wiring yesterday. It was only minor damage, I just soldered the wires and taped up. what I did find is I wasn’t getting full throttle, probably about 95% though so not a big deal. I tried to adjust my throttle cable so I could route it over my arm instead of having the loop under my arm. The parajet throttle has the cable at the bottom pointing down which makes for a tight ish loop on the cable when over the arm and when I moved my arm it changes the rpm off the engine. The answer is to loosen the cable to make some slack but if I do that I get even less of full throttle. Doesn’t look like there’s room to drill a hole on the carb lever to make it closer so for now I’m stuck with it under my arm. thinking of buying a polini type throttle to fix this and also as the parajet one is bulky and I’d like to free up my first two fingers for camera usage etc. watch this space...
  21. Pete was flying a fair bit longer than us while we got our act together
  22. Haha it’s ok I was doing it anyway. well the others had already landed and not sunk so I thought it’d be ok. Really big beach really. We flew over the estuary further north. It was great fun.
  23. Ok ok here you go Roughly edited to show some scenery and keep the beach bits.
  24. I’ll look at the video but it’s a lot. I’ll uploads something when I’ve got the best bits
  25. Had a great day yesterday flying Yorkshire Dales and at the beach for the first time. Got up at 5am on a frosty Sunday morning to go up to Yorkshire to fly somewhere new. I met Paul at my work where we moved my kit into his car, and off we went at 5.30 for a 2.5 hour journey to Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. It was so foggy we couldn't see anything on the M6 as we headed north, but it cleared around Cheshire I think. Breakfast time was at McDonalds and onto the field arriving at about 8.15. Pete who we were meeting there had been updating us on temps and we watched the car temp gauge change from 0degrees to -4, and Pete had -5 at the field. Sun was just coming over the hills as we arrived and we got on with setting up. I reckon it may have warmed to -3 by the time we took off about 9am. The field isn't a nice smooth one, it's more like moor land used for highland cattle grazing. Pete regularly flies there and he did a Benny Hill run with a full tank, his Bailey engine having a bit of trouble with all the weight. Anyhow the take off was OK and off we went. I was last off and the other buggers had gone off so I headed towards Morcambe to meet them at the beach. The scenery in the Dales is fantastic, such a nice change from flying in the midlands. As I got towards the coast I just headed to the beach hoping to find the others, which I did, they had landed on the beach as the tide was out. I flew over and got my trimmers and seat board down ready to land. Wind direction was offshore so I flew along the edge of the water and turned in to land. On my feet. Again !! That was 30 miles in 1 hour 35 mins. I'm flying an Ozone Spyder 28m and I was nowhere near as fast at the others, maybe I need a faster or smaller wing... The cold was mostly fingers and toes but I had a zippo hand warmer in my bag which helped on the way out. We stopped to get warm, had a chat and the took off again to fly around the beach a bit before heading back. We flew up to the north end of Morcambe bay, around into the estuary past Arnside and then back inland. Initially we had intended to fly north to Windermere before coming back but the wind had picked up a bit and the clouds came down so we couldn't even see the hills. Keeping low under the cloud at 600ft or so, I still couldn't keep up and we all got separated. Good old Google Maps Followed a rough idea of direction seeing a few landmarks I had noticed on the way out. It wasn't so cold downwind, and I was about 7-8mph faster on the return. I came in checking my GPS location then spotted the cars by the field. The windsock was all over the place but I came in OK and hit the mud, landing feet first the on my knees. Return flight was 1 hr, 16 mins and 41.9 miles including flying around at the beach. Back at the field me & Paul wanted to make the most of it and were going to try a short flight. Strongish wind for an easy reverse launch and if too bumpy just come back and land. I need ground handling practice, I couldn't get the wing to behave (I do mostly forward launches), and I pulled down low to get the wing on the floor, catching my throttle cable in the prop. No prop damage, and it cut through my engine kill wiring only. Easy fix. I've been meaning for weeks to adjust the cable to get it over my arm instead of under but hadn't yet done it. If I put it under my arm the engine wouldn't tick over without revving so needed loosening to cope with the bend n the cable. Guess I'll be doing that now then! Idiot. I got full footage with an action cam which I've never done before so that will probably be rubbish. Got a few photos, and got some great memories. Got home around 6.30pm very tired. Thanks to Pete & Ady for the invite, and to Paul for doing all the driving. Fantastic day even though it was so cold. IMG_4007.MOV the launch field
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