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  1. somewhat assumes you can get into your local A&E and then not catch CV when you're there......... fields are still wet so chance of a prang is prob a bit higher than usual, aviation prangs are also higher after winter lay-offs my own inclination is to avoid for now, gutted though
  2. You could try Brimpton Airfield, just west of Aldermaston village. I had a quick chat with the contact person on their website a few years back and he was open then to a discussion about paramotors 'possibly' flying from there. I didn't follow it up as it's a little too far away for me to use on a regular basis. He did say the other members would have to agree to paramotors once they know a bit more about us, how we'd interact with the GA planes, etc, and that you'd have to take out annual club membership for sure, c. £140 I think it was then. I think they'd had some exposure to paramotor
  3. Hi Jim One of the Basingstoke flyers you've seen is probably me, but there are also quite a few of us in the Basingstoke area. We're in the process of forming a local group of flyers and looking for a fairly permanent base/field to fly from in this area, we've got a few options simmering away on this right now. PM me for more details and other contacts. If you can bring with you a nice 2 acre-ish field of short grass with 360 degree wind coverage, clear of wires, trees, cow poo, Chinooks and horse riders, you'll gain about 10 instant friends!
  4. That's me! Nice photo, thanks. Blew the cobwebs away, nice to get in the air again after winter lay-off. Funny how even after 100s of hours of flying over many years you still have to push through that first few minutes of belly cramp
  5. I'm going down this afternoon (Sat) for a recce and probably meet Barry after a quick chat on the phone this morning, haven't been for a couple of years. Will fly if wind drops a bit, may also be there tomorrow which looks good most of day.
  6. Hi Cas, I plan for 4L per hr on the Top80 and usually do slightly better than that, it's probably closer to 3.5L per hr in reality but it gives me a fuel safety margin without doing the contorsionist act with the fuel tank mirror
  7. I'll be there! Do they do mince pies in packs of 1? Steve Parajet V3 Top 80, Syth2.
  8. 20-30 hours per year I would think is fairly typical of 'frequent flyers' in this country. Doesn't sound a lot, but on average it's flying around twice a month all year round which is pretty good going given weather & other commitments. What works for me is to fly at least once per month, any longer space between flights and you do get rusty & apprehensive next time you fly, the paramotor is flying you for a few minutes before you get ahead of the curve again, it's not particularly enjoyable for those few minutes. All forms of flying are mentally challenging, the longer you don't fly,
  9. I use Silkolene fully synth oil with regular unleaded petrol at 50:1. Runs fine, plug colour good, no reason to change.
  10. Top80s have an rubber O ring head gasket, had to replace mine after head bolts came loose after 6 hours from new and hot gases destroyed the O ring, will almost certainly affect starting/compression/running if the O ring is damaged or missing. Maybe depends how old the Top80 is but if it is meant to take an O ring, there is a O ring shaped indent in the mating surfaces of the cylinder head. I think I got mine at http://www.miniplane.co.uk/equipment/head-o-ring/ Steve
  11. My enjoyment of an early evening flight yesterday was interrupted by the sound and feel of my rough running Top 80 engine. Was at 800ft on a very hot & humid Hampshire day c.28C, had just come off 8-10mins of full power throttle on full speedbar, down to 60% throttle for a min or so before applying full throttle and speedbar again only to encounter rough running/vibration and no throttle response beyond 75%. Yikes, so......trims to normal, back on brakes, turn back to t/o point 5 miles away, look for a suitable field for a likely forced landing. Tried full throttle again, no joy, ease
  12. My enjoyment of an early evening flight yesterday was interrupted by the sound and feel of my rough running Top 80 engine. Was at 800ft on a very hot & humid Hampshire day c.28C, had just come off 8-10mins of full power throttle on full speedbar, down to 60% throttle for a min or so before applying full throttle and speedbar again only to encounter rough running/vibration and no throttle response beyond 75%. Yikes, so......trims to normal, back on brakes, turn back to t/o point 5 miles away, look for a suitable field for a likely forced landing. Tried full throttle again, no joy, ease
  13. MetOffice aviation forecasts are a pretty reliable source of weather info, they do location/area balloon forecasts which on the day are generally spot on. If the balloons are up, it's usually good enough for us. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/aviation/ga-briefing-services. Aerodrome actuals are also accurate in real time. Particularly useful for forecast winds at 1000ft and 2000ft which can often be considerably higher than ground level, not much fun soon after taking off from what appears to be light wind conditions at ground level.
  14. brave of you Cas, let us know how you get on dodging the thunderstorms and flying backward in this wind today..... tomorrow first thing or late afternoon looks possible.
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