Apr 11/13 – PPG joke

Do you know what is the difference between powered paragliding and golfing?

In golfing you hear “whack……shit!” and in powered paragliding you hear “shit…… whack!”

Apr 11/13 – Adrenaline joke

PART ONE: Two Irishmen walk into a pet shop in Dingle. They head to the bird section and Gerry says to Paddy, “Dat’s dem.”

The owner comes over and asks if he can help them.

“Yeah, we’ll take four of dem dere little budgies in dat cage up dere,” says Gerry.

The owner puts the budgies in a paper bag. Paddy and Gerry pay for the birds, leave the shop and get into Gerry’s pick-up and drive to the top of the Conor Pass. At the Conor Pass, Gerry looks down at the 1000-foot drop and says: “Dis looks like a grand place.”

He takes two birds out of the bag, puts them on his shoulders and jumps off the cliff. Paddy watches as Gerry falls all the way to the bottom, killing himself stone dead.

Looking down at the remains of his best pal, Paddy shakes his head and says: “Feck dat. Dis budgie jumping is too feckin’ dangerous for me”


Moments later Seamus arrives up at Conor Pass. He’s been to the pet shop too and walks up to the edge of the cliff carrying another paper bag in one hand and a shotgun in the other.

“Hi, Paddy. Watch dis,” Seamus says. He takes a parrot from the bag and throws himself over the edge of the cliff. Paddy watches as half way down, Seamus takes the gun and shoots the parrot. Seamus continues to plummet down and down until he hits the bottom and breaks every bone in his body.

Paddy shakes his head and says, “And I’m never trying dat parrotshooting either.”


Paddy is just getting over the shock of losing two friends when Sean appears. He’s also been to the pet shop and is carrying a paper bag out of which he pulls a chicken. Sean then hurls himself off the cliff and disappears down and down until he hits a rock and breaks his spine.

Once more Paddy shakes his head – “Feck that Lads. First der was Gerry with his budgie jumping, den Seamus parrotshooting … and now Sean is feckin’ hengliding.”


Apr 9/13 – Sergei day two

Very nice early afternoon. Sunny and bit thermally. Practised forward and reverse inflation.


Rain started at 4:30 pm and we had to quit. Bummer. Things were going well.



Apr 7/13 – Sergei started his PPG training

Same thing as usual.

Ground school, indoor simulator, Pre solo exam, SPP issued, practice runs with paramotor and learning about paraglider. Too windy to go to the field to practice.



Indoor simulator – VIDEO


Sergei will be scheduling his training days based on his schedule and my availability as he lives relatively close to St. Catharines. Read more

Apr 2/13 – Darren started his PPG training

Started at 9 am. Ground school done by 3 pm. SPP issued.


Then off to training field to do the usual. Hook ups, forward and reverse. Untangle lines etc.

photo-2   then practice with motor. photo-4

and here is short video video

Darren will be scheduling his training days based on his schedule and my availability as he lives relatively close to St. Catharines.


Dec 3/12 – Stan completed 5 more flights

Got together with Stan again. No wind at all. Stan used his glider for the first take off then we switched to one of mine (Cima K 2 M) as his does not work very well in no wind conditions – Stan then completed 4 more flights.

  Take off

Nov 30/12 – Stan working on his license

Stan came to me partially trained in USA with 2 flights on his belt. He is now working on his Canadian license.

Here are some excerpts from his log:

Powered training 2:30 to 5 pm – 6 flights, all reverse inflation, first 3 in bumpy conditions, tried inflate with trims and half position – corrected, flight 2 could not get in seat – seat adjusted, flight 4 – too much flare – corrected, all take off good, failed 4 forward launches,

Powered training 3  to 5 pm – 8 flights, all reverse – even in very low wind, holding A lines under other lines – corrected,  all take off good, all landinggs good, Fl;are not very smooth – corrected

Powered training 1  to 3:30 pm – 6 flights, all reverse – even in very low wind, Glidser does not work well in low wind situation, I have accidentally shut of fuel supply, forced landing handled well, one one landing Stan did not get out of seat and hit ground with frame hard, practiced tight turns,

 Ground handling   First solo flight

  Getting ready   Prep

Nov 27/12 – Greg, PPG course day two

Very cold day. Worked on forward inflations, the wind picked up so we have mastered reverse inflation and reverse kiting skills. After 3 hrs Greg was ready for first solo flight. Forward inflation, great take off, no problem flying and very good landing. Perhaps bit too close to the bushes at the north side of the runway. I expected big celebration and happiness after first solo but Greg was not feeling well – he has problems with motion sickness so he was not feeling well. We have decided to sleep on this first flight.  We are planing  to fly on Friday so I will keep you posted. It would be too bad if Greg could not fly PPG because of this – he is definitely above average and would for sure enjoy this sport.
  Forward ground handling   First solo flight

  Great reverse ground handling skills in high winds

First solo flight after only 5 hrs of ground school and 5 hours of practical training. Very well done Greg – congratulations!

Nov 21/12 – Cayuga Island

I visited my buddy Chris and we had great flight from near his house on Cayuga Island. Nigara Falls, NY.

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Nov 20/12 – Greg starts his PPG course

Completed ground school in am – issued SPP.  Worked on forward inflations as winds were light. After 1 hour Greg was able to inflate the paraglider with motor on his back. He is “natural” and will fly soon.