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  1. HangTen

    SSL renewed.

    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) 😎
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    Residual evening thermals - A cautionary tale

    I spoke with the fella in the video on YouTube. He says he did not pull left brake. It was purely unexpected wind sheer.
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    Residual evening thermals - A cautionary tale

    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.
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    Residual evening thermals - A cautionary tale

    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?
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    Residual evening thermals - A cautionary tale

    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?
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    Residual evening thermals - A cautionary tale

    A recent example of this. July 2, 2019
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    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
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    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
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    Moster 185 Exhaust bracket Failure

    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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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    Pics...or this post is worthless lol
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    Sideslip is exactly what a crosswind landing is. You're "slipping Into" the wind coming from the side in order to stay on the runway center line. If wrong, by all means educate me before I hurt myself 😊
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    Looky what I stumbled across...... A MUCH more authoritative summary of PPG Carabiners. Don't use Aluminum ones seems to be the general advice.
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    Ok, so let me backtrack just a bit....... After more reading (and learning), it would probably be more beneficial to find a way to never forget to secure your leg straps, than worry about a carabiner failure. Seems that mistake (forgetting to secure leg straps) is far easier to do and far more likely to get you than a carabiner. This was just a discussion. It's all good.
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    Cool. Good to know how strong they can be. If the gate is neglected, defective or side loads occur, all bets are off. Six Sigma is the BEST you can hope for. And statistically, the absolute best is 3.4 (approx) failures per million. REALLY low odds. But again, that's the absolute best possible scenario, on paper. it's probably not near that good in reality. As far as odds go, I wish I could get those odds on Lotto tickets......I'd feel a win was actually possible. So you can get a TON of near perfect carabiners......but at 500ft or less, just one bad one could be fatal. And the fact is....like it or not, they're out there. You "could" go your entire life and never encounter a bad one. That said, don't worry about anything inside your own comfort zone. 😎 Can you understand my point that of ALL the equipment on a PPG, the attachment point between the load and the lift is among the most critical? especially since a failure of either one guarantees an instant jarring swing to one side and then a very rapid, very instant uncontrolled descent? No one's "worried" about it......it's just a discussion. Maybe some design in the future will incorporate 2 on each side. Just for redundancy. Here's some good info in another discussion http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10346
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    Carabiner and Mailion failures

    You're probably referring to Northwest Airlines Flight 85. That was a lower rudder hardover. The actual "redundancy" in that case was the use of power adjustments from the engines and ailerons. No injuries. System failures that would likely result in catastrophic loss of flight control generally have redundancies. I sometimes use full rudder in combination with ailerons to do heavy cross wind landings. Rudder controls yaw, ailerons control roll. I had to practice those a LOT to get better at it. If you figure out a way to avoid memory loss as you get older, please contact me