Thank you for the amazing experience I had in your PPG course! This was most certainly one of the coolest things I have ever done! It wasn’t easy at first (and even frustrating at times), but after a few days of ground handling and the first solo flight, everything suddenly became so obvious and natural – oh, what a wonderful feeling it was! I know I took things rather slowly, and that’s why I ended up with only 4 flights completed at the end of the course, but this was my intention since I wanted to be 100% confident in my ability to keep everything under control before proceeding with the first solo. I think this approach worked really well for me: on the day of my first solo, from the moment you said “go-go-go, full power”, I knew exactly what I was doing despite the rush of totally new sensations. I think it will be fair to say that I am now addicted to powered paragliding :)
I am really looking forward to continuing my training! With that said, I think I am done for the season for a number of reasons. Mainly, I have to focus on sorting out what to do about my career as I am leaving my current job as of 2014. Once I have that figured out, my plan is to purchase a motor and resume training next season – around May-June. In the meantime, I will keep practicing ground handling with my awesome paraglider :) I will also get the theoretical part of the licensing requirement done before the next season.
It wish you pleasant travelling this Fall, and I will see you in 2015!
P.S. Andre, please feel free to to publish this letter on the website, if you’d like. If you do, could you please add “linkedin: Ilya Perederiy” in case anyone I met in the course wants to connect.
P.P.S. I’ve been reading your notes on the old website — so you’ve managed to lock yourself in the trailer once? I think that beats me locking my car with the keys left inside, although the “rescue tool” you made in my case was most spectacular! :)