Shaggy33 Posted January 4, 2017 Share Posted January 4, 2017 I will start out by saying that my blog won't be a patch on some of the amazing atories on here but I certainly aim to report back after each session. After a taster paragliding day about 3 years ago I've always wanted to learn to paramotor, don't get me wrong I enjoyed the very brief intro into para sorts but always preferred the idea of powered flight. My only flying experience is flying power kites and whilst no relation I've been flying rc helicopters and planes for about 10 years (no pain when crashing those, apart from in the wallet!). So after a chat with Simon at Membury over the phone between Christmas and New Year I found myself paid up as a VIP member on here and a full course with Simon. My plan is to get as many sessions in as I can over January and February, being realistic about weather of course. I work for myself and have a girl Friday who mans the phones when I'm not around so I'm pretty flexible as to when I can train. So after 1 day back at work post Christmas I found myself checking weather pro app and texting Simon to suggest today which he said would work. I live Worcester which traffic allowing is about 70 minutes door to door and given that I used to drive about 1000 miles a week this is a short hop for me! I arrived in good time as I had predicted (wrongly) that today would be a hellish traffic day but it really wasn't too bad at all. After loitering near the silos I met up with Colin (Simon was joining us later) and we drove round to the field. Short intros done he proceeded to get out the trainer mini wing. After a shaky start I soon was controlling it (holding lines NO harness yet) but was incredibly twitchy which Colin explained was due to size and that bigger wings are more docile but also a lot more powerful! The weather the whole time was what I call gusty (I'm sure there is a much more technical way of describing it!). I also discovered that I'm either left/right dyslexic or had serious brain fade whenever Colin shouted orders as to which side I should putting inputs in to when wing was collapsing or starting to roll over. I'm hoping it's just me trying to take everything in. Then the problems started.....Colin got the harness out and said that the A's are pretty much left alone once the wing is airborne so I thought great, just brakes to control. WRONG! I just couldnt get it as my hands holding the brake lines would be down near waist rather than 'nipple height' as Simon called it and no matter how many times he told me this was useless as I was effectively putting brakes on permanently and that my arms should be out in front of me. I also just couldn't relax my arms when I got correct height and when I applied brakes to one side of the other I would bring hand down so it hit my groin area instead of taking hand down beyond my leg (behind it). There were other issues too in that when I was losing the wing and was told to move round and make inputs to brakes I got flustered and wing tendered to always need a manual rest rather a shake and auto flip over! we had a coffee and Simon and Colin both helped me to try and get my head round things and slowly got some issues sorted. We then had coffee and they decided a bigger wing would be worth trying as it will be more stable. So back to no harness and I was soon lifting kite and controlling it. The initial process Of getting wing opened, straight and ready for lift (level leading edge) was soon second nature to me so we got the harness out again. Initially all the problems came back again I just complete mind block, initial lift ok, release A's ok and eventually I was walking around to keep wing in the air and the crucial centre of leading edge above my head with good brake inputs. It was when we then tried some reverse launches that I again got really confused. The initial lift was great, get it up was ok, levelling fine but when I turned I just couldn't stop looking up no matter how many times Colin said don't look up, look at the tips. I also couldn't really get my head round how much to compensate in forward motion for Wing dropping and brake inputs were a bit erratic. I think out of at least 10 tries only once did I mange forward motion with a relatively straight wing but only for a second or two before it collapsing around me. all in all I felt for a first day I achieved a lot but felt the last half hour or so i became a little frustrated and the techniques I had mastered were slipping also. Colin said all the right things and said for the little we had (9am to 2pm) we'd covered a lot and I had done well. what scares me is that trying to do all this with a motor on your back with the risk of lines getting in prop! I think I'm going to need to spend a lot of time on ground handling, way more than I thought. cant wait for next sesssion which is hopefully Friday. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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