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  1. Get a photo of angle while out of the seat. I find being as near vertical as possible made all the difference.
  2. What is your hang angle, when out of the seat and ready to land?
  3. No instructors near here! Also, very few of us fly here (I'm in Yarm). There is a list of UK instructors/schools on the UK Paramotor forum on FB. Here is a print of it. Learn to paramotor.pdf You always welcome to come and watch.
  4. If you launch the wing, get it overhead and in control (taxi it without power), then apply power you will be fine. Applying power earlier, like I do because I am disabled, means you have to run like a gazelle...all the time, no pause, anywhere. If you catch a line in the prop then you have allowed the lines to go slack enough to get there. Most people I see start their run, then the wing pulls back and then they stop pushing as hard as they can ie pause. When using power the wing flips up more quickly and so you have to be moving even faster at that critical moment it reaches the top of it's curve, otherwise lines go slack. It took me dozens of take-offs to perfect using the right amount power - not too much. Too much does 2 things. It can flex your arms back into the cage and then the cage into the prop. It also pulls the wing up quicker, which retards your run/pulls you back more, meaning you have to be ready to move forward even quicker than before. With a lot power the wing pulls up with so much force that for a moment it is trying to pull you over backwards, then a split second later you can fall flat on your face as the pull disappears and you need to be in Gazelle mode.
  5. Nice hedge hop! And great write ups, keep them coming. At first I always had problems persuading my undercarriage to run on landing and often ended up on my arse or knees. At first I ended up on my arse, until I changed the hang angle a little so that I was much more vertical when out of the seat. This automatically put my legs more under me. However, I then started to 'fall' forwards onto one or both knees. I eventually found that the issue was that my feet didn't like to start trying to run until I had a firm footing, which of course you often don't at first. The trick was forcing my legs to start running before my feet touched the ground. I have only failed one landing this year....and to be fair to me it was blowing 18 mph when I landed and I got pulled over - I nearly had to land a mile downwind as the wind picked up when I was 5 miles downwind...and I was doing 2 mph at one point!
  6. You did not run fast enough. In nil wind especially you have to psyche yourself up to run and run as fast and hard as you can. Many people have a tendency, at the point the wing comes up, to then not be running as fast and hard. Because the wing pulls back and stops you running for a moment, then you likely did not keep trying to push as hard as you can. Adding power makes the wing flip up even quicker (I do power launches) and as the wing hits the top of it's arc, you have to be moving really fast and using lots of brake to keep the wing from over-flying you.
  7. For info. This is on the Ashcroft Airfield website.
  8. "willy forward". You must run with your willy as far forward as you can get and don't stop that until well in the air. This mind set is designed to not only keep your legs under you, but also to make you stand up straight so the the motor is pushing you forward.
  9. This was my smaller wing and I am right on the upper weight limit....without added water. I was expecting some sort of change in performance. Wing is at least double in weight so maybe 5 kg of water.
  10. I just got caught in some very heavy rain. Went from sunshine and sparse, but low cloud, to cloud touching ground and very, very wet in under 5 minutes. I could barely see where I was going. What I can now say is that a Roadster flies perfectly well when completely wet. I couldn't even tell any difference while flying. After I landed the wing was so wet I could wring it out!
  11. You could lie on your back and go straight up. Why use a wing?
  12. Ha ha, 150m was exactly how it felt...and then I am used to climbing steeply. I got this gauge, but there are many similar ones. They have a built in pump. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pop-Off-Pressure-60PSI-Gauge-SBT/dp/B00KI36ASK
  13. Many countries require liability insurance for paramotoring and that is the only reason I have it. I have always looked at medical insurance as being a totally different beast and I use a different company/policy for that.
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