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  2. Shame about the shirt is an understatement. That is my Shite Shirt - present from my son - I saved for my last flight Wearing it added to an amazing and memorable flight. Cheers Paul
  3. Hi Tony, Yes, yes and yes Here are some pictures https://goo.gl/photos/sqpnVBoxi23LNPax5 Cheers Paul
  4. Ha ha, Delighted our marvelous/dubious regional music has made a lasting impression IMO the Action/ReAction is a great & safe (safest?) wing design proven over many years. Although my ReAction is a tad harder to launch, as we both age! It is still my first choice wing, serving me well in bumpy Nepal air in Feb.
  5. Well done Stu. Great video of the stunning Scottish scenery! Lovely old ReAction still doing the business? Shocking musick though Cheers Paul
  6. Lets wake up this old thread as we went to see Karan in Nepal. Karan was lovely host, and helped this old bloke achieve an ambition and fly a paramotor over Pokhara Cheers Paul
  7. Hi George, You'll love it! I'm in Bath and as Badger says there are plenty of us around you. If you've not decided on your kit yet, we've bought many different types of wings and motors between us so know a few do's and don'ts. IMO finding someone the same size and weight as you who likes their kit is a good start of what to consider. Cheers Paul
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    Paramotor rental

    Definitely yes. Shared ownership works for gliding clubs and many other sports. Cost important, but personally far more important is hiring a familiar 'feel' (safer) motor. e.g. my preference for RH or LH throttle and/or torque. Low or High hangpoints. Rather that buy a stock of hire motors. If existing owners' have gaps in usage (family time), maybe they would 'share' their motor when not using it? Not simple, but possible? Cheers Paul
  9. Sounds like a great plan. A few of us are getting longer legs and would have a go. Steve B made Bath to Swanage recently. Maybe we can convince Radical will come Souf and join us? Cheers Paul
  10. Nice one Dave. You didn't wave though? Ian and I flew from England to South Wales, then back to near home on Sunday. The Severn and Bristol Channel looked beautiful. Cheers Paul
  11. I've heard that to fly you DO have to show insurance for St. Hilaire, France. Same at Las Candelas, Spain. So with Onrisk no more, getting BHPA rating and their included insurance in the next few weeks looks the best (only?) option for me. Cheers Paul
  12. Hi Adrian, I have a harness you can borrow. Malc used it for a while, so it can be adjusted to any size Drop me an email and we'll meet in Bath/Bristol when the weather improves. Cheers Paul
  13. Karan, This is really great news. Hopefully a few of us will be able to come out to Nepal in 2011 Cheers Paul
  14. If outdoors was over a very smooth surface and next to sports centre size building to do multiple repacks, demos and safety talk I agree. My main learning from the zip wire was the 'feel' and 'nerves' of flying, the throwing experience and a day of knowledge from experts. Hard to prove, but IMO fowling is not the big risk if you get expert advice installing it. The BIG risk is pilot error, then delay in throwing and then the reserve failing to leave the container. Seriously, I cannot recommend any very well organised zip wire enough. Cheers Paul P.S. I prefer to sit outside drinking beer than inside supping cider, but will drink and rave about cider when there is no beer
  15. Guys, It was brilliant and VERY well organised to get over 130 reserves thrown and repacked. Before I went, I thought just using the Parajet harness without the motor and cage would feel half a job. But when I was sat at the top of the zip wire - after wriggling into the seat, with reserve on my lap - it felt the same as my flights last week. I definitely gained from the experience and would very strongly recommend it to everyone. I'll be back next year as it has changed my opinion on indoors v outdoors. Cheers Paul
  16. Has anyone been to the Big Fat Repack before? I'm going to throw my reserve then repack it at the BFR this Sunday - for the first time - and wondering what to expect. Cheers Paul
  17. Excellent camera work, video and motor? Much better than mine using an old camera, and a lot lower than I'd trust my Parajet over water Not sure where you flew from, we used a site in August near the A40. Very early start, but well worth the effort. Thanks again for a great video. Cheers Paul
  18. Nice one Dave:-) I think the daily email is a new addition since the site was originally mentioned. Definitely well worth the effort of signing up so only YOUR LOCAL NOTAMs are 'pushed' to you. The NOTAMs below may be viewed on the map at http://notaminfo.com/localmap NOTAMs in your area today 1) H0239/10: Parachute jumping will take place Q) EGTT/QWPLW/IV/M/W/000/055/5119N00207W002 PJE (STORES) WI 2NM RADIUS 5119N 00207W (KEEVIL). ACFT IN DROP CONFIGURATION MAY BE UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH RAC. CTC 01249 896304 AUS 10-02-0120/AS4 LOWER: Surface UPPER: 5,200 Feet AMSL FROM: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 15:00 GMT TO: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:00 GMT SCHEDULE: 08 1500-1600 2100-2300, 09 1500-1600 1900-2000, 10 1500-1700 Cheers Paul
  19. Apart from Stu and Radical, is anyone else going this year, from this forum? Details at http://www.ojovolador.com/eng/paramotor/?show=688 So looking forward to some warmth as -2c again outside. Cheers Paul
  20. I agree with all the above, and would add a few more to further improve the odds: * doing the same level of research you are doing now, even when you become very experienced. Keep sharing it. * YOU - buy best safety boots, helmet, clothing you can. Always wear them. NO buts... * never forget that we are flying an experimental aircraft. YOU could be the first to find that a combination of circumstances has an unexpected consequence. If you do and 'get away with it' tell everyone. Even if it is 'your' mistake you'll be respected for it. * attend loads of flyins, ideally with different geography/people, buy beer and listen to the tales that don't get reported. Read http://www.bhpa.co.uk/members/safety/in ... filter=PPG for those that do. * EQUIPMENT - what risks can be reduced by design and method of use. e.g. Starting your engine only on your back. Size of netting. Know two methods of stopping the engine. * tell your mates what are your limits and you preferred method of use. Use peer pressure to help keep you all safe. Share ideas for a checklist. Cheers Paul
  21. Are we in danger of mixing publication with publicising and being in the public domain? I totally agree that PMC, PilotsPPGclubUK forums, BHPA, and face to face we should all publicise safety, but with t'internet we can all link to and 'see' where they are published now. They are already public. At work, I encourage all parts of the business to publicise important information like Safety, Security etc. but strongly discourage duplication. Now only one part of the business will publish it. The rest link to that one source. This reduces the risk of copies not being updated, and educates people what part of the business does what, and where to get the information. So if I worked the AAIB, I would also have discouraged you from wanting to publish your own copy (giving the above reason) and encouraged you to publicise and link to the already public source. Sorry if I've misunderstood, but I don't get why we need another copy to publicise? And what is stopping us from putting a tab on the top of the PMC page saying AAIB Accident reports, linking to the already published and public source list? phew Cheers Paul
  22. On hearing about another fatality, I was gutted. It made me think long and hard why I do this sport. Eventually, I successfully argued with myself that my 'type' of flying was still safe enough. Hadn’t the two other fatalities been related to maneuvers that I don't do? After reading the accident report, I wanted to think: • that I would not have flown there and then. • if I had flown, my reflex wing would not have collapsed. • if it did collapse, my pilot skills could help save me. But after a lot of thinking, the truth for me is: • I’ve waited a day in an ‘unknown’ field and flown late as the 'wind' improved. But I did not know that it had improved enough • I fly the Paramania Action and Dudek ReAction. Arguably, the same paramotor wing, and the most 'proven' design wing (since 2001 x popularity) not to collapse, when in full reflex. [i'm NOT dissing other wings! hopefully after the years of real world use they will 'prove' to be as good or better] • I do not have proven pilot skills. I’ve not completed a SIV course. I've never flown ‘actively’. I do not have the pilot skills So in 2010, my priority is to change the first and the third, so I don’t have to rely on the second. Cheers Paul
  23. Slightly off topic, but if the weeked weather is unkind this may be worth a visit. I saw this project at Goodwood this year. Read loads about it, loved the idea, so became a supporter. Cheers Paul ------ Forwarded Message From: Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2009 20:34:09 Subject: BLOODHOUND SSC at the Festival of Innovation this weekend Dear 1K Club Member, Just to let you know that the BLOODHOUND SSC show car will be at the Festival of Innovation this weekend, 12th and 13th September. This will be held at the Science Museum at Wroughton, which is a Second World War maintenance airfield in near Swindon in Wiltshire and has been occupied by the Science Museum since the 1970s. Six original aircraft hangars house items from the science, engineering, transport and agricultural reserve collections. One of these hangars will be open for the Festival and the BLOODHOUND SSC show car will be placed right next to an historic Constellation aircraft. Ron Ayers (Saturday) and Richard Noble (Sunday) will be talking about the BLOODHOUND project. For more information, please download the flyer from http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/_db/_documents/Festival_of_Innovation.pdf
  24. I'm hoping to go skiing in mid March. Looking at the map I realised that this place isn't that far away. So wondered if in early April (when some ski resorts are still skiing) this area would have a 'skiing' climate or its own 'warm' micro climate? If it could be cold winter Alpine flying, maybe a bulk purchase of heated gloves, jacket etc. is worth considering for us brass monkeys? Cheers Paul
  25. and stuff for skiing, climbing, canoeing, canyoning, mountain biking, trial biking? http://www.flystandre.com/index.php?opt ... &Itemid=16 Cheers Paul
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