Hamishdylan Posted February 26, 2019 Share Posted February 26, 2019 On 23/02/2019 at 19:06, Mark Pugh said: Excellent, I'm now on a waiting list with Andy Moon. He has two PPG pilots waiting to learn and will try and get a course for just 4 of us, possibly with glider pilots or balloonists if no-one else is interested. It is expensive, days course fee is realistic at £70, but the two exams are another £130 at the end of the day, then there is a CAA fee of £75. Plus a £15 fee for handheld radio. But it is for life and I think that an Airband radio will slowly get increasingly used by PPG pilots. If we can afford £10k for kit, then a £275 payment for a legal radio to use in the sky is worth it. I believe when a course date has been organised, initial deposit is paid, we get some paperwork to read before the one day course, but Andy doesn't allow failure, so you better be up for it!!! The 'handheld' is technically described as 'transportable' and the £15 is for 5 years, after which it needs renewing. Worth checking that the Yaesu has a certificate of conformity, as you need to include that when you apply for your transportable ticket. It took me quite a few months of negotiating with CAA a few years back, but it was worth it in the end. Just don't get caught out in the pooh trap of callsigns; because we don't have a G registered aircraft we don't have a de facto callsign. I just talk with the local ATC unit by phone beforehand and they invariably agree that 'Paramotor i' is the best option, as it lets other airspace users know what to look out for in the circuit. If there is ever more than one paramotor then they use 'Paramotor i, ii, iii' etc. Originally I fancied something a bit less direct like 'Slowcoach' 'Chainsaw' etc but names as callsigns are largely registered to companies and it just wasn't worth the faff factor. And one final point - it can be quite tricky to get the mounting right so that you can achieve some semblance of all round cover without getting too much interference from the motor, even with shielded HT lead. I have resorted to fitting radio to an upright harness strap and using my body as shielding. Reduces coverage from behind but I largely try to speak to stations that are in front of me... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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