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My plane instructor gave me a piece of advice about landing that massively helped me and it applies to Paramotors too. It may help you too. When you flair try to focus on flying a couple of inches abo

Then today 27 Dec got two more flights in and more learning.  good wind forecast but low clouds, as I drove into tamworth I could see the clouds were low. Met Paul Richard and John there.   Got

Oh what a frustrating, exciting and expensive few days I've had! Indecision, inexperience and simply making mistakes - I'm still a beginner. Time to take a step back and refresh the basics!

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Nil Wind + Wet Grass + failed launches = Wet Wing 

Up at silly o'clock this morning to meet Paul and Sean at Penkridge. Perfect 2mph wind, bit chilly, dew on the grass. 
So, after the normal chat we were ready to go. Sean is new, only his 9th flight. He had one failed forward and took off OK.

I had a failed forward, I should have carried on but it didn't seem right so I stopped. I don't think there was really an issue.
Paul had a failed forward.
I had 2 more failed forward attempts - the wing was sodden and just wouldn't come up overhead. I had a rest and Paul got up OK. 

I laid out my wing for one last try not really thinking it would fly being so wet. I tried kiting it and it went almost up so I thought I'd give it a go.
Took off my flying suit because I was melting and went for it.
I gave it a bit of power to get air in the wing and it came up maybe half way but I couldn't run any faster, so I gave it about half throttle to push me along. The wing was stable but not high then eventually it came up over my head and I gave it full throttle.

Well I still had to run. About 2 miles. But I got a bit of lift and into the seat but the wing was having none of it, just plodding along about 3ft off the floor. I gradually got upwards after pumping the brakes a few times then it was OK. 

I really didn't expect to get airborne but happy that I had, I took it easy until the wing had dried out a bit. Gradually the responsiveness came back and we were away over the fields :D 

We had just over an hour, a bit of low flying over fields but generally enjoying being up in the air. 
Now I'm at work :/ 



oh... I landed on my arse 🙄

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Having a van is great 🙂
On Monday 14th I loaded my kit up before work and it’s easy to just leave it in there all day on the offchance it’s flyable after work. As it turned out it as perfect after work and everyone and his dog was flying 😁

The wind forecast was the wrong way for Penkridge but I wanted to test the limitations of the narrow runway so I was headed up there after work. Queue a medical emergency and some delays while mom got carried away in an ambulance and I made it to the field about 6.45pm.  I’ve had a word with mom and told her to be ill on none flying days in future !

anyhow it turns out there was almost nil wind so testing for wind direction didn’t really happen but I took off opposite way to what I normally do.  Giving myself plenty of runway I made it up with an easy forward and over the hedge at the end, the other way is about 200m long. At the near end there’s hangar/sheds for microlight storage and they get in the way. Ok I’m waffling again....

with the little wind being easterly I flew different areas to before which is always nice. Avoiding airspace at Overton microlight field I went over my sisters house which is right next to the m6 near Stafford, and circled a bit. I messaged her but the miserable sod didn’t even come out to wave😂

As the nights are closing in now (boooo!) I didn’t have long so headed back. Lovely smooth flight and came in to land with a long approach along the runway. I was practicing trying to clear up my arse landings and didn’t get ready enough so after racing alongside two rabbits I went around to do it again. 
I don’t know what’s going on really, I came in fast with no wind, completely out of my seat and leaning forward, got my feet down but couldn’t keep up and landed on one knee. 
I never do any damage or hurt myself  with these landings but it’s frustrating.

that was flight 74 - 25 mins with plans already afoot to fly next day in Tamworth 😁

Yesterday 15th Sept..
To the pub we go !
met Richard and Paul at Paul’s field about 5pm with plans to fly out to a pub near Fradley. No wind again. 
Paul got up first go (makes a change😂) then Richard then me. I always feel a little more pressure when I’m last one up because they’re waiting but I don’t let it rush me. Anyhow it was another easy forward. 
Off we went, about 35 mins to go the 14 miles to the pub which is alongside the canal and next to a caravan park. The caravan park has a field especially reserved for paramotor pub visits 😉
Being award that paul had a close shave with a telephone wire in this field last year I misjudged my first approach and came in high. I may have made it but chose not to risk hitting the hedge on the far side and went around. Came in and dropped down onto my feet 😁😁
Now this field is very sheltered and the was absolutely no wind in there so why I got on my feet I don’t bloody know😂

We walked round and set outside the pub which was a very nice place, had a quick beer and chat with a couple of locals. 

back into the field for the return journey and we talked about how easy or not to get off in a field surrounded by trees and caravans. Paul got up first go again, his forward take offs are getting good 🙂
I went next nice easy forward, and as soon as I was off the floor the slight breeze over the trees was a surprise. Just meant I opened throttle and climbed but didn’t turn as I would have preferred to keep further away from the caravans. Richard came up next and we set off back home. 
So smooth and so warm, what a lovely pastime we have. Got within a couple of miles of the field and aware of the sunset but had time to come low over a couple of big fields and round some trees. I don’t foot drag but have come down 10-20 ft a few times just building up my skills. 
As dusk fell we went back, richard had already landed, then Paul and finally me. I simply wasn’t ready, tweaking the brakes on approach and coming in fast again I kind of landed on arse and one knee. I know my feet lifted as I approached and I don’t think I flared enough at all. Always learning. 

We then packed up and went to the local pub for a post flight debriefing (beer) 

brilliant evening, and so good flying with people when you’re familiar with their flying style and who can be trusted. 


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Landing out and meeting other paramotor pilots and a helicopter too close for comfort..

When one day becomes flyable in a week of shitty weather everybody goes flying :D

Left work early to meet Richard & Paul at Richards field in Tamworth for a fly out. Got there about 3.30 aiming for a 4pm flight. We were going to a marina about 14 miles away at aiming to land at 6 so plenty of time. 
Paul went up and looked a bit turbulent so we didn't rush, took off with a nice forward take off at 4.30 for a 40 minute flight. My log says 16 miles so I guess I didn't go in a straight line. It was a lovely afternoon, nice and warm but a little gusty. Bumpiest ride I've had for a while but nothing bad. 
We got there and I wasn't sure which field we were landing in. Paul had gone ahead and I couldn't see him on the ground so I flew round the site a couple of times the Richard came in and landed. I came in nice and gently for an arse landing ...
Paul appeared from somewhere and landed last.

Had a beer while we waited for the others. A couple came in (Pete and Joe I think). They both did spectacular arse landings too which makes me feel better :D

Dan and Wayne came in a few minutes later, Wayne on his arse if I remember right, and Dan prancing like a fairy o one foot across the field.

A bit of parabollocks later we got ready to fly back intending to have a bit of low flying and get back before sunset.
I got up first, forward take off again, flying around waiting, Paul got off second.

While we were waiting a bloody helicopter came straight at me a little bit higher. I was at about 300ft, and it wasno more than 200ft above me. I turned away and it went straight over my head. You'd think you would panic but I was just like 'oh shit he ain't gonna see me' lol
The video below is the return flight and the helicopter is about a minute in. The GoPro makes it look miles away but it was bloody closer than Tucker's one!!

Anyway, Pete and Joe got up and went off home, Richard was arsing about and managed a couple of failed forwards. Not sure what happened, he doesn't normally have any trouble. Then he got up and off we went. Once we'd left the area and got over a few pylons we came down low. I'm getting more confident with my own abilities to put the wing where I want it so don't mind the low flying now. Paul came up bedside me closest I've ever been to anyone, probably only about 100ft away. I was a bit twitchy but I know he's a good pilot and won't do anything stupid up close to me.

Had a bit of low over fields, a couple of waves from people too which is nice. The video has a bit of Richard and Paul low flying together. Went up high and over Tamworth where another pilot flew by, a bit too close for me not knowing him (I know who he is, just don't know him) but waved and went on his way. Then I followed the A5 back to the field.

The field is two football pitches and there was a kids match on one of them, bloody cheek lol. Wind direction was across the field and we had to come in and turn across the field. I came a bit high but there was enough field to land, lovely approach, fast with little wind, feet down, run then couldn't keep my legs up with the speed and went on one knee. Happy enough I was in control just too fast for me. I think I'm probably still flaring too early but not sure.

Flight back was 48 minutes. I'm now up to 76 flights and still as excited every time as I was when I started.



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Busted frame 😕

Well I came out of work yesterday to unexpected sunshine and still trees. A quick check of the met office weather forecast made a quick decision to go for a fly. As you do. 

home, shower, load up, shout at traffic, get fuel, get to the field about 6pm. Great for a quick flight🙂

now the field at Penkridge is narrow and the wind needs to be going east or west. Ideally. 
it wasn’t completely ideal but the field had very little wind. I decided to set up and see if it was doable. I had to do a slight crosswind take off else I’d be in the barn! 

i fuelled up and got ready, preflight was ok until I noticed a crack at the bottom of my maverick frame. My ass landings are taking a toll after all 😕
The decision was made to carry on and fly based on that the crack was on the bottom outside of the main frame or hoop. 

A couple of failed forwards, not sure why probably just impatient. Third one i got the wing centred and ran. Towards the barn. Kept running. Towards the barn. 
you know when you have to make a decision to cut it or go.... I went. Got it turned to the left of the barn and once off the ground I was away. Could have done with a bit more of a runway but I was up ok. 

As it was unplanned I didn’t have a plan 🙄. So I just got a bit of height and got comfortable. Wind was around 8-9mph at 500ft no problem and it wasn’t gusty. 
I had a nice little fly around the fields, around some trees and just generally enjoyed myself. It wasn’t too warm so I cut it down to about 35 mins. 

 I had been planning my landing bearing in mind the wind direction wasn’t ideal. I came down over the field and the wind socks were almost hanging down so I came in along the runway. Didn’t time it right and flew around no problem the decided to come in over the cornfield and land into the little wind that there was. 
Now I’m getting fed up of ass landings but I can’t seem to nail it. I got ready and leaned forward and came down over the corn onto the runway. All good. Then I still landed on my bloody arse!!

Upon post flight check I had made the crack even worse so no more flying until that’s fixed.

turns out that was flight 79 😁

pic shows damage to frame which is now with a welder man and will be done tomorrow. Disappointed about the damage but had a great flight hedge hopping. video shows my somewhat risky takeoff. Live and learn 🙂




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Nice hedge hop! And great write ups, keep them coming. :)

At first I always had problems persuading my undercarriage to run on landing and often ended up on my arse or knees.  At first I ended up on my arse, until I changed the hang angle a little so that I was much more vertical when out of the seat. This automatically put my legs more under me. However, I then started to 'fall' forwards onto one or both knees. I eventually found that the issue was that my feet didn't like to start trying to run until I had a firm footing, which of course you often don't at first. The trick was forcing my legs to start running before my feet touched the ground. I have only failed one landing this year....and to be fair to me it was blowing 18 mph when I landed and I got pulled over - I nearly had to land a mile downwind as the wind picked up when I was 5 miles downwind...and I was doing 2 mph at one point! 


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Cheers Andy. There’s definitely a bit of reluctance for my legs to run on touching the ground. I’m going back to clive to a bit of landing assistance, see if he can see what I’m doing wrong. 

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Not sure mate. Trying again tomorrow with paul watching and been chatting to Clive to get back to his field. Getting on my nerves now. 
I did adjust my hang point a bit tonight and felt a bit better. At least no arse landing. 
I logged on to update the thread but realised I Was still sulking 🙄😂

I’ll type it up tomorrow. 

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Morning I watched sir asslandalot I think what he is doing wrong is landing on both feet at the same time not putting one foot in front of the other he did try on his 2nd landed but still fell over so we sat and drank beer :) 18923AE8-222C-4D0A-892B-B21A94FC6ADA.thumb.jpeg.f5e1c41522f7c544f975097485bed7c5.jpeg

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Right then. 
Monday 28th Sept

i went to the field after having my frame welded at the weekend. Having completely stripped everything off and reassembled, and changed my engine mounts I had to check and test fly too. 
I wanted to practice landing see if I could sort it out. First thing is I changed my hang points one hole back. Since setting up over a year ago I’ve added a bit of belly, I nearly always fly with about 10L of fuel, I carry a flight deck full of cameras etc, and I’ve added a reserve. My logic was that I feel like I can’t get forward enough when landing so one hole back will be a test. 
Maybe a 2mph wind on Monday but a bit gusty. The field at Penkridge tends to shelter low wind due to trees which I’ve only just worked out, so this was effectively nil wind but into wind as soon as over trees and sheds. 

When I arrived at the field the microlight club owner was there as he’d cut the grass. Never met him before so we had a chat and he said he’d wait to see me take off. No pressure then!!😂
Anyway, reasonable forward take off with no issues from new hang points and didn’t make a fool of myself. I had warned him I would be headed right towards his car but would be up ok. It was a long run but I was up easy enough and gave him a wave as I went over. 
I had a little fly about, 15 mins, then decided to try a landing. 
Because of the issues I’m having it adds pressure because I’m trying to get it right. This makes for feeling rushed, or forgetting things or just making bad decisions and it’s not good. 
I came in along the runway slightly across the little wind there was. This meant minor corrections on approach which is ok but I was already trying to think through everything and it was just  another thing to manage. Add to that I was at the far end of the runway and I hadn’t been down there before. I came in and got surprised by a rise in the runway, decided to abort and got back in my seat but a bit too late. Tip of prop just touched the ground and split the ends. Very minor damage but seriously posed me off. I went around knowing my prop was damaged because I could hear it, came in again and landed on my knees. 

Gave myself a bollocking and put on a spare, previously repaired prop. This one is about 115cm now after hitting the crops a few weeks back but turned out to have plenty of thrust.

At this point I was ready to burn the damn paramotor.
I set up to take off and failed twice then realised the wind had done a 180 change and I was running downwind. It was literally next to nothing but made a difference. Changed round and took off ok. Had a very short maybe 3 min flight couple of laps of the field and came in to the field at the end of the runway which allowed me to go properly into wind and across the runway. 
I came in fast and ran about 3 or 4 steps but still fell over. Whether I stumbled in the ruts in the field I’m not sure, possibly but not using that as an excuse.

So I set up and took off properly into wind in the field, no issues straight up. One lap maybe a minute flight, and came in. Bloody same again, couple of steps and on knees. 

By this point I was too tired and I packed up, thoroughly pissed off. 
Got home, started to fill in this blog and realised I was still pissed off hence the grumpy entry 😂

Last night, Tues 29th. 
Met Paul at Penkridge and had arranged to go for a fly the he was going to watch me land to see if he could see any issues. He also got the photo below trying to show my hang angle in flight.
A little upright but comfortable and I’ve checked with Clive and will be leaving it like this for now. 933E782B-0EA9-4DC6-83C9-A310B0E1A232.jpeg

We got off no problem forward take off. Paul had rebuilt his carb and wanted to take it easy and we went for a longer flight than expected. Had a great fly past Stafford, over the old Hixon RAF site, a bit of fun round Chartley Castle, back along the edge of Cannock Chase and over Shugborough Hall. Waved to my sister as I went over her house and she waved back this time.. did a bit of hedge hopping on the way back and basically had a lovely 75 min flight. 
Came to the field, as planned Paul landed first. I came in, everything feeling good but fast. Came down, flared and feet down then on my knees. It feels to me like I don’t have enough brake to flare enough. Clive is going to fly my wing and see for sure, maybe my brake lines are a bit long. 

Got ready to go up again and again had a couple of fails - the wings wouldn’t come up. Turns out it had changed direction same as Monday night but third go I outran it and got up ok. Very quick flight as it was getting dark, round a couple of trees racing rabbits and back to the runway, into wind. Same old .. got ready, came down, fell forward. 

So there you go, more crappy landings. 
Still a better day as we got a great flight in and that always lifts my spirits. There’s something about being up there, seeing things the masses don’t see, flying free without being enclosed in a plane. I’ll never get bored of it and eventually I will sort out these landings. 
I’ll  add some video footage maybe tomorrow. My laptop takes ages to edit video but should have some good bits especially around the castle ruins. 

I did go facebook Live for most of the flight if you fancy seeing it’s here :

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On 28/09/2020 at 23:25, AndyB said:

Get a photo of angle while out of the seat. I find being as near vertical as possible made all the difference.

Missed this. I’ll see if someone can get one soon. 

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