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18th19 Sept flying


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The Oxford crew were about on Friday evening and the conditions were perfect. I was going to have a short flight but as I got in the air I noticed an hot air ballon on the rugby fields opposite Thame and couldn't resist it! (what is it about balloons that get us so excited?).

Flew to Thame at 17/18 mph and circled around the balloon and passed it coming back at 45mph! windier than I thought. All in all a good flight though.

Not so lucky yesterday though. Watched Tony (asquaddie) do a perfect launch in nil wind but had my first 'mishap' since I started Paramotoring. Nil wind launch and I wasn't quite ready to get in the seat (translation: 'got in the seat too early') and I dinked my propeller a bit as the picture shows:

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Couldn't find enough of it to repair so I will probably have to use my spare!

Will need a new tank as well.

Football today (com'on the Chelsea) so couldn't have flown anyway, but hope to be sorted soon.

Cheers

Eddie

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Pete

Since when have you started calling me Edward?

Same bloke helped teach me as well but I must have forgotten what he told me!

Could do with those spare blades he used in France now LOL!

Dan

I thought about sending it to your mate James but I couldn't find most off it!

Dave

Tank is dented and the centre fixing hole was snapped out so it has a leak.

Looking for a replacement tank now. If not I will have to get one from Skydragons when they get back next week.

Cheers

Eddie

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Good point Simon, never really considered the 'robustness' of this propellor. The fact that it is adjustable gives me that little bit extra thrust that I need (being 'big boned!').

Perhaps I will get a light prop as my back up and give it a go.

Alan

Thanks for the words of encouragement. It still hurts your wallet and ego though.

Certainly won't let it put me off.

Cheers

Eddie

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Cheers Ed for the comments and Pete for the instructions for the previous week but it did feel good – I guess every launch feels good when you’re up there, just the technical of getting up there that change.

Just a shame that I was the only one to get up on that day – sorry guys, I had to add that. :) Ed – at least Chelsea won.

Will update my blog soon but a couple of first’s for me on Sunday and at the flyin – of course some forwards now, but also using the trimmers and TST steering for the first time and having a 55 minutes flight was good, which gave me more time to relax and enjoy. With a bit of venturing out and some sight seeing – gives you time to start flying at different heights.

Tony

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