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  1. Often times pilots are busy with charts, setting instruments or chatting with co-pilots. Sometimes no one in the approaching plane is watching. Considering a closing speed of perhaps 250 - 400 knots, it only takes only a moment to a few seconds or so to get from where they first appear to where you are. it happens. Stay alert. Learn how to judge whether a plane is nearly at your altitude, climbing towards you, or descending away from you.
  2. Awesome. I love this kind of stuff. You are an engineer 👍
  3. This is so sad. 6 seconds of sheer terror. If they were approximately 500 feet (152 meters) in altitude, their approximate velocity at impact would have been ~ 55.7 m/sec or 200 kph (163 ft / sec,....117 mph) Adjusted for drag on the wing......maybe 100mph at impact At 300 ft (91 meters).... 4.5 seconds to impact.....Impact speed approx 85 mph (135 kph) At 200 ft (61 meters).....3.6 seconds to impact......70 mph (112 kph) As you can see, there is not much time to react regardless. And it only take about 2 seconds to reach deadly velocities in a free fall
  4. It would have taken quite a large reserve to bring that much weight down safely? I wonder what their altitude was at the moment the connection let go? I didn't see a reserve anyway in the video. Did you?
  5. I wish that there were separate sections for UK and USA.....sometimes in some ads if they don't put dollars or pounds it's impossible (I think) to know where the item is located. Maybe ther's something I'm missing? Thanks.
  6. Too bad we cant wear some sort of IR goggles and see the thermals.
  7. Namecheap has really good prices on Comodo SSL certs. If you could get everyone to trust you, you could use a free self signed cert (just as secure, does the exact same encrypting) 😎
  8. I spoke with the fella in the video on YouTube. He says he did not pull left brake. It was purely unexpected wind sheer.
  9. In the video above the POV is from the rear. As if he was using a chase cam, but if so it was all over the place. Plus the distance seems to vary? Does this look like footage from a chase cam or was someone behind him in another paramotor? If so, that was awfully close? I agree with Alan_K in that it looked like there was considerable turbulence in the video. At 1:25 you can see both his hands if you set the video to HD. They looked even prior to the collapse and even though his left hand appeared to move forward at the instant of collapse, to me it looked as though it was in response to the collapse. Of course your trained eye may see it differently.
  10. Thanks. Good to know. Did you see him pull left brake in the video? (As a noob I'm wondering how you knew) ? Maybe the wing was already on the verge of a collapse before he pulled Left Brake?
  11. I have not yet begun to enjoy the hobby yet. But hope to start acquiring equipment this fall. So you folks that have lots of hours under an inflatable wing have a great deal of experience with thermals and their effect on wing collapses. Some of my thoughts.... The rising air part of a thermal (core?) seems less dangerous in and of itself than the falling air part of a thermal surrounding the core with relation to an inflatable wing and lift. Seems as though you might be more likely to encounter a down draft before actually encountering the updraft associated with most common thermals. The down draft probably being much more likely to result in a wing collapse. I'm thinking as far as paramotoring is concerned, watching the terrain below for dark areas that might absorb / hold heat should be treated as areas that could potentially hav down drafts surrounding them during summer months? That said, being very aware also of any sudden feeling of losing altitude could possibly indicate (along with ground terrain) that you may be entering a thermal down draft before you enter the strong core up draft? All just food for thought.....what are your thoughts?
  12. If only you knew.....if only..... As "everyone" has submitted to FB, there is no choice if you want to know where everyone will be flying. Unfortunately, everyone is deserting the once popular private forums in favor of FB and the giants. SO SAD
  13. I don't use Facebook. Actually, after hearing of the way FB sells your personal info, I don't want to now. BUT.... I can't find any other way to find out when people in my area will be meeting to fly and where. (South Florida) I went to belle Glade last weekend hoping to meet a few guys there but no one ever showed up. Does anyone know of a place other than FB where people talk about weekend flight get togethers in South Florida? Thanks
  14. How hot does it get at that point where the mounting screw goes through? If rubber would hold up, then I was thinking a 1/4" or 6mm thick circular Nylon grommet made of high heat nylon, drilled so that the bolt is a tight fit through the center hole might help. The Nylon grommet would take the lion's share of the stress and should be infinitely more resistant to cracking than that thin brittle stainless steel. It might at least extend the time between cracks. One problem is that if you cure the cracking at one particular point, it'll just find a new place to crack. Or maybe the rubber would work just as well. Seems like these brackets need to be thicker either way. These exact same type brackets are used on scooter exhausts......with the exact same problem. Question.....if I fabricated a thicker bracket, could I get someone to try it out?
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