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  1. I keep being tempted to try one of these. But also keep hearing mixed things about them. Despite their faults, I do like how Vittorazzi have loads of tech videos, and loads of people up and down the country who can help if there are issues. As a non-techie, a Nitro would worry me if I had issues. What is the support model in the UK? Is there literally one place you could take it to for service and/or faults? Or are there plenty of people who could work on them? Is there anywhere with online videos and/or resources for them?
  2. No idea on the specs, but I've got an ozone angel 140 in there if that helps any. You might get something bigger in there but it will be tight.
  3. You mean travel insurance with paramotoring cover? Holidaysafe were cheap and pretty good to deal with and could add on paramotor pretty cheaply. Never had cause to claim though. All the public liability insurance would be with skyschool rather than yourself. You just need to know if you end up in hospital it is covered.
  4. What about fields with crops? Is it best to just avoid these completely, or can they be pretty good for long periods of the year once cut? One other issue I have found when looking is nearly anything that looks decent seems to have horses in the field next door? Are horses an issue or do they just ignore you?
  5. Is it possible to modify this so it doesn't count as 'exercise' By this, what I mean is, the flight/activity shows as hundreds if not thousands of calories, even though it isnt exercise as such. I could deal with that if it wasnt messing with my training status due to thinking I can now run 20 miles in under an hour thanks
  6. The superlite is 27.5kg. I got rid as I wasn't happy with the support from Bailey, which seems to be a common theme if you ask around. Whilst he is currently trading, I got the impression he isn't interested any more and I had doubts about parts and support going forward, so decided to cut my losses. Pity, as it was a nice machine with good features on top of the engine. I don't understand why he doesn't just sell the business to someone else. Although once the EOS quattro comes out the niche market has gone anyway.
  7. Has anyone gone from a moster to nitro, or vice versa, and able to give a direct comparison and list of pros and cons? Plenty of comments out there, but generally people love what they have, so would be good to hear what people who have had both think, and which they prefer. Even better if comparing a maverick to a AC machine.
  8. My personal experience is that if you train abroad on a fixed time period (1 or 2 weeks) you'll get signed off anyway whether you have done enough or not. There seems to be a lot of evidence to support that, including a quite blunt thread on here a year or so ago. There are clearly too many commercial pressures to sign everyone off at the end of the week. In the UK, you get signed off when you are ready, and move at your own pace. DISCLAIMER: As with everything, I'm sure there are good schools and bad schools everywhere. The UK is clearly the better/safer option IMO, but it can be a logistical challenge for a lot of people, even without the weather. It can literally take years. I think there is a real market for training schools that offer a combination of both options. Even though I can see it must be difficult to cover off both options with one school, surely it must be possible with partnerships. I'm far from an expert but I'd say running a groundhandling/hops school out in Spain then returning to the UK to do your actual flying would be ideal. Surely the UK schools must know people who'd be happy to move out to Spain and run a GH school on their behalf? Then when they get back to the UK they can just rattle through the flights, completing what you need to get signed off.
  9. Yes, the bit I was referring to was at 6:15, and the road mainly. And actually it may have been better if I'd just phrased it as a general question rather than specific to your flight, as its something I've been wondering anyway. Is it sensible to double back on yourself and gain height to avoid the first hedge, fence, road etc you may encounter on takeoff, or does nobody do that? I understood the takeoff was the riskiest part of any flight (on both paramotors and bigger aircraft?) so I didn't know if it was sensible to gain height before attempting to clear any immediate obstacles? Or do people just take the risk? Once we have some height, as you say its a bit easier to have a few 'outs', its more that initial climb I always wonder about. Anyway, no critisism intended, I'm just a noob trying to stay safe and ask the right questions to people who have more experience than me.
  10. Nicely done. Only question I'd have is given you'd already had engine trouble should you not have circled that field to gain height? There were a couple of points on the way out that could have been nasty if you'd had a repeat. Not a criticism, just a genuine question as a noob myself. I literally LOLed at your comment on landing
  11. I've looked at the Dudek website and I really cant see anything to choose between the Report Air and Solo. Speeds etc all look identical. From what I can see the only difference in theory is the RA has 2D steering and the solo doesn't. And as you've already said, the Solo has a wider weight range. So I still dont really understand why I should choose one over the other as long as I'm within the weight range and dont want to fly a trike? The Solo is 4 years newer? Does that make it safer, more efficient, easier to launch, more/easier something else or is the 2d steering on the RA worth having? Why do Dudek even sell both models when they appear so similar? There must be some difference my inexperienced eye is missing. Thanks
  12. Thanks. Not many, I only learned this year. I'd be 130-140 all up. Was just looking ahead to next year, and wondering if I can get away with either of these wings once I get to 20-25 hours, or if they would be too advanced. P.S. I find the ozone and dudek websites give little away re comparisons between wings. The dudek description even mentions the solo being similar to the universal, though my understanding is it suitable for more advanced pilots? Or is it as passively safe as a universal?
  13. Did you have a report air previously? If so how to they compare for speed, stability and passive safety? I'd like to get a few more hours on my A rated wing then try and skip the roadster/universal level and jump to a solo/report air. But at the same time don't want to get too ahead of myself. Is there a minimum no of hours before one should be considering a solo?
  14. You don't need life insurance to get a mortgage (though obviously it may be sensible to do so depending on your circumstances) I'd probably keep the two things seperate. Different insurers will have different requirements as regards flying. I'd see what your insurance brokers says, and based on past experience I'd be inclined to use a specialist insurance broker for that rather than a mortgage broker. But that's just my opinion, having had pretty poor advice on more than on occasion.
  15. Have sent you a PM with the link to the activity. Not sure of the elevation, but I'm certain it is less than 500ft. Looking at an online elevation map, its about 250.
  16. Mine also dropped 500ft during an hours flight. I initially thought it was due to the setting on my watch above so was going to try without that, but maybe there has been a bug introduced. I also used the zero altitude at start feature. Pressure would vary slightly, but not that much in an hour.
  17. Thanks, menus look lots better. I tried this the other day, and worked fine apart from altitude was all over. I think this was because I had auto altimeter calibration set to Continuous within apps in my 945 system settings. I've changed to 'At Start' and will try again. Not sure if you got a chance to look at adding a save/discard menu at the end like the garmin activities. Unforunately as it is I have an activity for every failed launch
  18. Hi, Thanks for the response. That all makes a lot more sense now. I've tried it on the ground and will give it another go in the air now. I should make docs more clearer. Once toggled on, it only starts working from the next time you start the app. It will continue to zero each time you start the app unless you toggle off. Doh! That was a lightbulb moment. Tested and seems to be working now. I kept pressing that option expecting my altitude to reset to zero. It possibly would help if there was a bit more documentation if you select autorecord then it will start recording. if you exit the app, and start it again you will see it auto starts recording. it is recording when the red dot is flashing on and off. Same again, I was expecting this to change now rather than on a restart. I'll keep an eye out for the flashing red dot now. that's fair, I should update to say. some are obvious (arrows, metric), but some are not. its tricky as you have so little space to write text that makes sense. but that's a good one - I'll fix that next week - thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I realise the Garmin APIs are the layouts a bit restricted. All it probably needs is a single character at the front of each option. _ for off, * for on or whatever? Oh, I should say - its much more clearer if you use the garmin connect app to change the settings - then there are actual toggle switches - so you can see what is on and what is off - but still - I need to make it clear on the watch. Agreed, I hadn't tried this, so thanks for suggesting. One final request ... any chance of getting the option to Save or Discard at the end of the flight, as you do with other activities. It saves and uploads whether you want it to or not at present. Having reread my original post, I hope I wasn't too critical. It wasn't meant that way. The app looks great, I was just struggling to get it to work. Hopefully should be all good now with those tips. Thanks for the reply anyway, looking forward to trying again.
  19. Dont take this as instruction, as I'm only at a similar level to you. But I tried lengthening the leg straps slightly and think it helped. This means when you feel the lift, the seat is already lifted that extra inch and not so 'underneath' you if that makes sense. Lengthen too far and you may struggle to get in the seat, but I think it helped me. Then maybe when you get used to the sensation, you can go back to how they were.
  20. Only tried this a couple of times but struggling to get on with it unfortunately. First time was ok. 2nd time didn't auto start. Just playing after the upgrade: 1. Zero Altitude Tog does nothing for me, just stays at circa 160 2. If I click Auto Record Tog, it just starts recording. No option as to whether you want auto record or manual record. It doesn't seem obvious when it is recording and when it isnt. Sometimes it vibrates, sometimes it doesn't. And the toggles menus make no sense as they dont tell you whether stuff is on or off. So at any point how do you know you are set for manual or auto. Are you able to advise on the above points? Or link to a full user guide? The app looks great, I'm just finding it a bit unintuitive, and some of the basics seem a little intermittent. Running on a 945. Thanks
  21. Isnt that the polini one? The vittorazi is only on 1/2 fingers anyway I believe.
  22. Garmin Connect. Either phone app or website! Just start the app running and walk around the street for a bit. No need to fly.
  23. Back to the original question, I bought a cheap GH wing before training. Then I bought a decent wing after training. There is a big difference between the two. But it was launchable, and I did use it if the weather was rubbish, or there were dogs running around on public land or whatever. It depends if you have anyone local to help you. I struggled trying to follow youtube tutorials with it, because it just wasn't that forgiving. I'd have definitely had more luck with my new one. But once I knew what I was doing, I could launch it and handle it. So you may get somewhere with a cheap one. Then when I finished I sold it for what I paid for it. So it wasn't a waste of money, just maybe keep your expectations in check, especially if you dont have anyone to teach you.
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