Beautiful morning. Previous student Scott showed up and went for a nice cross-country flight.
We started to ground handle but the grass is wet, wind was light and it was quite tricky. After about one hour wind started to pick up so Jason got ready to fly again but after two failed forward insulations he decided that he needs more practice on forward inflations. Fair enough. He’s going to fly in the evening.
Please note that cage on paramotor is designed to keep paraglider lines away from a spinning propeller, it also provides visual and “touch” warning so pilot will not put his/her hands through the prop by mistake.
Paramotor cages are NOT designed to protect propeller when pilots stumbles and falls down on either take off or landing.
If you inflate the canopy and add power without taking the time to centre your self the glider will start to oscillate, you will fall down, break propeller and most likely damage one cage section.
Please do not blame your unit if this happens, it is your own fault. All pramotors are the same in this aspect. Manufactures could build cages that would be very strong and offer 100 % prop protection but the unit would be way too heavy and foot launching would be impossible.
So…. do not fall down on take off or landing!
I LOVE when students stay in touch. Here is an update from Brent:
Just saying hi… All good here. Been up about 12 times. Figuring out the thermals in my area, lots of farms and black earth. Seems smoother at 1945-2000. Anything before that has been very bumpy. Started doing power on front inflations. Still haven’t (knock on wood) fallen on landing. My wife has taken on the responsibility of “ground crew” and says “no way in hell you’ll get me up there”.