Todd has picked up kiting really quickly.
Todd knows how to fly PPG – just need to get his license. I am fast tracking him through all the requirements.
Started again at 7 am. Very good conditions. Bob took off first – he has got it down! Pat struggled a bit in no wind conditions till I have explained to him the “create your own wind” technique. After this, the take off was no longer a problem. Paul was ready to fly on trike. We have tried about 10 inflations till he finally locked the glider in and took off in very controlled fashion. Good flight but bit rough landing. Congrats Paul on your first solo! Bob managed 7 flights this am and Pat 8 flights.
Summary after 5 training days:
- Pat 27 flights
- Bob 23 flights
- Paul 1 flight
At 5 pm conditions were too gusty to fly. Forecast did not look good at all. Decided to go to Tim Hortons for coffee. Back at the field after 6. Wind decreasing very very slowly. Waited till 7:15. I have checked the air twice. First flight nasty, second so so. Students started to fly after another 20 min. Both Pat and Bob focused on touch and goes. In 1 hour Bob got 8 flights and Pat 7 flights. Paul could not trike train as winds were gusting over 10 km/h. Pat has 19 flights and Bob 18 flights. Great work guys!
Various take offs, landings and touch and go’s by Pat and Bob
Pat’s flight pattern
Celebrating successful evening…
Incredible and calm morning. Pat managed 4 more flights and is now setting up, taking off and landing on his own. Bob did 3 flights and on the last one his shoe came off mid air. These guys are really trying to entertain. I am just waiting for someone’s pants to fly off… We did more triking practice with Paul – he is getting better. Once finished we went to Peaks to balance the Walkerjet trike for Paul. He may solo soon.
Paul setting up
Bob landing – this is flight number two. I know because he has both shoes on!
The lost shoe…
Nice evening. Pretty much ideal conditions. Pat put up his super tall wind sock and it looked like it was very windy. So we waited. Then I realized that there is hardly any wind on the ground and we started to fly. Pat quickly dispatched 3 flights. He is taking off and landing on his own. Bob on the other hand had very nice first flight and on his second take off run managed to kick his foot back and up and into the cage in such a way that his heal has touched the prop. He must be triple jointed! I have never seen anything like this in 15 years of PPG. Bob’s heel was fine, just bruised up a bit but the prop was cracked – write off. I normally have spare in trailer but not this time so that was it for Bob.
Paul was working on his trike inflations and taxing, this time using the electric start Walkerjet. It is goind slow I must say.
Soo so far we had engine out. 50 % collapse and kick in the prop. I do not know what is going to happen next. Paul did not do anything yet, is it his turn? We will see tomorrow…
This is Pat’s flight pattern
Started at 7 am. Good conditions. Pat and Bob both got into the air very quickly meanwhile I was working with Paul who was learning how to trike. It was a morning of technical issues. First, one of the radio helmets stopped working, then the paramotor Paul had on trike started to act up. I had to pull the start cord so many times that my right shoulder is out to lunch now. Bob and Pat were having great time and pretty long flights. Till Pat radioed in that he landed on the very south end of the runway. I was wondering what happened but he simply run out of fuel. Not a big deal in PPG – he made nice and soft landing and I picked him up with my car. Bobs flights were nice and uneventful.
Congrats Bob anf Pat on two more flights.
We got our gear everywhere…
I do not see any fuel…
Paul with trike
This morning wind was light and variable. Paul was forward inflating Cima K 2 M and Bob Fides 2 size XS. Pat tried to forward inflate his glider but I could tell it was very difficult nearly impossible. I gave him my Cima L and now it was piece of cake. Pat got another flight in but forgot to trim glider to safe position and in active air near ground got 50 % asymmetrical at about 50 ft off the ground. The Cima K 2 re-inflated instantly and Pat made uneventful landing. Bob will fly soon. Paul hes got a way to go…
I did not take any pics so here is video from my yesterday’s kiting demo.
Ground school completed by 2 pm. Then off to the field. Gusty conditions but ground handles regardless. Pat purchased his own glider while back and practiced kiting on his own so he was pretty much ready to fly. Bob and Paul progressed at normal speed. At 7 pm wind came down. I flew for “air check” and shortly after, Pat took off for his first solo flight. Good take off, good flight and decent landing. Congrats Pat on your first solo flight!
From left to right: Paul, Pat and Bob
Pat in simulator
Bob in simulator
Pat and his new Kangook with Moster engine.