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I’m doing this for anyone who cares and for myself so I can look back on it later 🙂

In April 2012 a nice nutter by the name of Bobby Frankham got me hooked on wanting to paramotor. I know a lot of you know him too. 

We were going from John O’Groats to Lands End on mopeds for charity. Anyway he went off around Loch Ness on his paramotor and the idea of doing it got me bad. Even better when Bobby explained how accessible the sport is.

Sometime around 2012 or 2013 I had a day’s training in Nottingham  while it was ok I wanted a more thorough training package including laws and weather etc  and I didn’t get to go back.

My life took a different turn and after many life changing events I got to 2018 still obsessed with getting up there. 

I had researched training a bit and decided where I wanted to go - Clive Mason has a great reputation and he’s accessible to me about an hours ride from home. 

So in October last year I contacted Clive and after impatiently waiting for an opening and weather I got to meet him and a few others at Marston airfield on 20th January this year. It wasn’t the right day to start but I chatted with people and had a go at a handful of forward launches to get a feel for the wing and harness.

Next lesson Sunday 3rd Feb. Plenty of wind  a little gusty meant I spent 5 hours or so reversing and kiting all over the field. Well by then did the day I was, at the start I was just wearing myself out I think! Good progress though and plenty of tuition from Clive with help from the others on the field too.

I’d got a holiday booked 25 feb and I was keen to get some more training in before I went. (Sitting in Thailand writing this😊)

But before that Clive found me a good used Ozone Spyder which I collected on 8th Feb😁

I got to go and train on 23rd and 24th Feb with Clive and it was great. Using my own wing was different to handle than Clive’s training wing.  Plenty of wind Saturday at the other field, then calmer and more technical on Sunday at Marston. Loads of time reversing and turning, kiting and falling over a fair bit too!

That’s my lot so far, to be continued when I return from Thailand in a week or so.

oh and looks like I just bought myself a motor too🙄😁  turned into an expensive holiday !

 

 

 

 

 

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Good to hear it's going well Rich.

I still remember the feeling I had after landing from my first solo.  Not sure if it was the adrenaline rush from the actual flight or relief to be back on the ground but it felt so amazing!  I was desperate to get back up again, i thought of nothing else until my next flight.

You're in good hands there and you will totally love it.

Andy.

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Welcome to the madness Rich. I hear you. I did something similar and work got in the way. But I have been on holiday with the family and ended up watching youtube videos of paramotoring. :)

Good luck and see you at some PMC events at some point

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I got another training day in at last!

After my holiday the weather has been bad for another two weeks. Seems hardly anyone in the UK has got a flight in for about 4 weeks - lots of people having withdrawal symptoms 😂

On holiday I had purchased a used Parajet Maverick from Lee Moss. He’d been in touch with Clive to buy a newer model and left mine at Clive’s house  I’d had a message from Clive to say it was sitting in his garage waiting for me. So on 16th March I went down to Clive’s to collect it, impatient to get my new toy even though I knew I couldn’t do anything with it! Clive showed me how it all worked and hung me up in his garage to get me all set up in the harness. I dismantled it and set off home with a big grin on my face 😁

i dropped the motor at home, went about the rest of my day before heading off to my partners house for the evening. She’s been with me to Clive’s and she knew I was itching to mess with my motor, a bit of cleaning and familiarising so she suggested I take it with us😁😁 That evening was spent assembling my motor in her kitchen, cleaning it up, trying it on and generally dreaming about flying😂 

Next morning I got the engine running in her back garden to see what it felt like on my back. I got myself a good lady there 😁😁

anyway enough waffling on ....

So on Saturday 23rd March the forecast was decent at last and I went training at Clive’s other field, Jimmy’s. it was a busy day with about 6 or 7 people ground handling at a time and others waiting for the gusts to drop off before disappearing into the skies. Plenty people got in the air as it turned into a lovely spring day. 

I continued practicing which took a little time to get back into as I’d had. Month off, but I was soon into it. I like to train hard and feel it’s been worth the 2.5 hour round trip to get there too, and I only stopped for a few drinks and food so got in total about 4.5 hours practice. 

At about 3pm Clive took up a tandem flight and he told me to start ground handling with my motor on. Potentially I would get my first flight after the tandem.

While they were up I was ground handling with my motor on which wasn’t too bad but got heavier as time passed! But the wind dropped to almost nothing and my reverse launch practice turned into forward launch practice. It was hot work, for most of the next 2 hours I had my motor on my back. 

Anyhow after a bit of rest I had the potential opportunity for my first flight but almost no wind. Clive said I was ready if I wanted to do it, but advised against it as for first flight the lack of wind would mean it would be a really fast landing. With potential to mess up my first landing and cause damage to my kit I was unsure whether to go for it. As it turned out it was decided for me as I should have left at 5.45 and the afternoon had gone far too quick, meaning I had 15 minutes to pack away, no time for a flight. I was late leaving and had a hurried journey home to a lovely meal with my ever supportive partner at a local Thai restaurant. 

Waiting...watching the weather foracast for next Saturday..... is this my life from now on??! 

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I thought I would get a flight in last Thursday. Carried my machine 80 m into a field and put it down. I turned to go back and get my wing etc and twisted my right knee. A loud crack and I broke the cruciate ligament (actually broke the bone - an ACL avulsion fracture).

I was then stranded, unable to move, in a field, with my machine. If I called ambulance, my machine would have been left in a field. It took half a an hour of waving at people in the distance before eventually getting a family to come help me! 

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I popped over to Clive's on Saturday Rich so I would have seen you there.

There were two guys practicing reverses with motors on and both looked like they had it nailed so one must have been you.

It won't be long at all until you're up in the air.

Andy.

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2 hours ago, AndyB said:

I thought I would get a flight in last Thursday. Carried my machine 80 m into a field and put it down. I turned to go back and get my wing etc and twisted my right knee. A loud crack and I broke the cruciate ligament (actually broke the bone - an ACL avulsion fracture).

I was then stranded, unable to move, in a field, with my machine. If I called ambulance, my machine would have been left in a field. It took half a an hour of waving at people in the distance before eventually getting a family to come help me! 

Ouch! 🙁

hope it heals well and doesn’t affect future flying. 

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2 hours ago, AndySV1K said:

I popped over to Clive's on Saturday Rich so I would have seen you there.

There were two guys practicing reverses with motors on and both looked like they had it nailed so one must have been you.

It won't be long at all until you're up in the air.

Andy.

Yes I would be one, gary was the other. He managed to get his first flight in as I was leaving. 🙂

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2 hours ago, AndyB said:

I thought I would get a flight in last Thursday. Carried my machine 80 m into a field and put it down. I turned to go back and get my wing etc and twisted my right knee. A loud crack and I broke the cruciate ligament (actually broke the bone - an ACL avulsion fracture).

I was then stranded, unable to move, in a field, with my machine. If I called ambulance, my machine would have been left in a field. It took half a an hour of waving at people in the distance before eventually getting a family to come help me! 

Ooooohh bugger. You don't do things by half do you Andy.

I'm sure everyone on here wishes you a speedy and complete recovery. Hope to see you flying soon at a PMC fly-in.

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Thank you Alan. I am busy sorting out my trike now...which needs a nice new Tornado to push it along. Of course my wife understands that it is essential to have the higher power. :)

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23 hours ago, AndyB said:

I thought I would get a flight in last Thursday. Carried my machine 80 m into a field and put it down. I turned to go back and get my wing etc and twisted my right knee. A loud crack and I broke the cruciate ligament (actually broke the bone - an ACL avulsion fracture).

I was then stranded, unable to move, in a field, with my machine. If I called ambulance, my machine would have been left in a field. It took half a an hour of waving at people in the distance before eventually getting a family to come help me! 

Oh dang, that's really bad luck. Both my knees have had cruciate and ACL rebuild work. Sadly there's a long recovery period, and its crucial you do the remedial exercises to build the strength back up properly. They'll be good to foot launch down the line, but it won't be next week! Knees are also particularly painful due to the abundance of nerves.


The trike will certainly get you going much, much sooner... best of luck with your recovery and with the 'Tornado discussion'.

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Thanks Lee. It is certainly one of the more painful things I have managed to do. We are working hard to try and stop it knitting up in a bent position. There is no cast, it is just left as it is. The surgeon said it needs physio every day while it heals, then the physios said we can fit you in mid April!

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I got my first flight today 😁😁😁

Down at Marston from about 12 for ground handling with a view to getting my first flight in between 3 & 4. I didn’t do too much work today I just wanted to be relaxed and ready. 

At about 3 I got to go, reverse launch in gentle but gusty wind. The handling of the wing was good, I turned and ran and it felt fine. As I started to feel lift under power I think I lifted my feet too early and possibly didn’t have full throttle. I was about a foot off the floor for a few yards but Clive was instructing me over the radio and I was soon up and away 😁

I have half hour getting into it and trying to relax myself but I was a bit more tense than I expected. It was pretty bumpy so I was a bit nervous. 

I did manage to stow my brakes and get my seat board up and even managed a selfie or two. 

Im guessing maybe 1500ft in height and a couple of goes around the field and local farms and Clive talked me in to land. 

Landing wasn’t as too bad, the approach felt better than I expected then I landed on my arse! Feet slipped under me and I just went down with a bump. No damage to me or my kit. 

Looking forward to the next one 😁

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