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Thursday, August 25, 2016

913 Shell Creek

No Drama.  Mike Lange and I.  He took off and landed within minutes when he noticed a broken weld on his cage.  I took of into a 7 mph wind.  It was pretty bumpy until I got up to 500 feet.  Fought increasing wind speed up to 700 feet ... took a few photos and landed.  It wasn't bad. I just didn't feel like fighting it.  Mike and I chatted a bit about Dave and he lent me a kiting harness for Tony to try.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This has been a bad week for Powered Paraglider Pilots


First I heard was from a post by my friend Ava. She reminded me to be careful, she also attached a link to a PPG death in Draper Utah.  Jim Peterson was killed when he spiraled into a LDS Chapel during church service.  Jim was a good pilot, he had logged many hours in all conditions.  We have met up a couple times at The Gathering at MV.  He was a good guy, quietly competent.
A couple of hours later I saw on the Colorado PPG Flock that one of Mike Bennett's guys, Sean Hall, had a serious accident, breaking his femur and suffering multiple internal injuries.
Then came the news of Egil.  Wonderful Egil. The guy who counseled me during a very difficult divorce. A man of the world. When he was a student of Roberts's we used to meet at Vance Brand to chase the tourist balloons. It seems Egil also had a serious crash.  Apparently his happened while flying alone.  It's only by the grace of God that his accident had been witnessed by hikers who called for help.  He is intensive care with life threatening injuries.  His daughter is with him.
I thought that was the end of it.  Three is a charm, and all that.
But...this evening, the top post on my news feed was from David Muench's wife Marisa.  She was asking for patience and to please not call her.  Dave is not dead, he is not paralyzed, he doesn't have brain damage.... That's all she knows .... she'll let us know when she knows more. 

Jim Petersen

Sean Hall (Colorado PPG Flock)


Egil Wigert
David Meunch


It's interesting....The Internet has been strangely quiet.  There was just one, long winded rant from Dell, followed by 80 stupid responses, including mine.  I don't know the particulars and It's too soon for incident reports.  That is, .....if this carnage actually gets written up.  A decade ago, we poured over every scratched frame to try to determine what caused the incident.  Jesuit scholars would have been proud of the way we argued the possibilities  Now.... Not so much.  Maybe it's because of the trash talk so prevalent in the PPG digital universe.    Maybe our sport has grown and matured , we aren't the brave pioneer family we once were.  Well, Brothers.... Some of our own are suffering today.  

So far we have done a little kiting and he's had one shot using the Trike Buddy.  In the next few weeks he is going to solo.  I'll do my best to train him and hopefully some good will come from the recent tragedies.  I'm going to take Tony's quest for flight,  more seriously, than last week.

Monday, August 22, 2016

912 Shell Creek

Cracked of a quick flight at dawn before hooking up the trike buddy. 
The sun was rising as I launched.  Very nice 25 minute flight.

 Was able to get in two inflations and run the length of the runway before giving Tony a shot.  The wing was soaked by then so we went over to his house and checked out his new machine.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Shell Creek #911

CGood flight.  No drama.  Took more time with the take off.  New phone lanyard works great.
Time aloft 35 minutes . 

There was a big storm not too far off , so I spent my time playing around the patch.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Shell Creek #910

Feeling good about this morning.  The wind was 5 out of the East.  I launched across the runway and had no trouble leaving the ground before transiting SWFlorida Skydiving.  There was some nasty air for the first 100 feet that I blew through quickly.  The take off felt good after a string of bad and dicey launches.  There was a steady 15 mph between 100 feet and 2200 feet where there was a layer of mild  turbulence.  I worked my way slowly to Track and Trails where I turned back and returned to the field with 50 mph ground speed.  The landing was the similar, there was turbulence at 100 feet, the winds had picked up to 10 gusting to 15.  The landing was almost vertical.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Shell Creek #909

No big Drama
Sketchy take off.  I have to practice slowing down after the wing is overhead and concentrate on getting it stable.  Nice 1:00 Flight. Winds were 10 mph from the East.



Saturday, August 6, 2016

Lithia Mini Fly In #908

This was a fun day.  I met up with Mike Lange and Mike Otten at 4:45.  We followed a marginally quicker but significantly more convoluted route to Lithia Florida where London Ivy had obtained permission for us to fly a 900 acre sod farm. Miles and miles of flat. 

Flight time 1:04
max.alt.      1300 msl
Steady breeze starting at 6 and building to 10 by 10:00am
I hung at the ceiling of 1200 and explored the area.  there were several large sand quarries. The highlight was the state trooper gun range and fleet park where they had a large commercial airliner as lawn sculpture.  Go Figure?





Friday, July 29, 2016

907 SHELL CREEK

No Drama
1:08 Flight time
1755 max altitude
36 miles covered
Notes:  The trim cams are slipping unless I pull the cam arm and "set" the trims.  After landing I noticed that the left side was half out. 
 Falcon is grounded due to a broken weld at the top of the inner cage ring.   Time to visit Mike Lange and perhaps talk to Terry about building a new airframe.  The whipping knot held it together but I noticed that the broken welds were not far away from cutting the lines.  I doubt it would have held for very long.  It's a good looking knot but not good for this purpose.  Perhaps, if I overlayed it with a second whip .....

Once again the wing overshot and crashed in front of the trike.  Nice flight .... Wide ranging 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

906 Shell Creek Airpark

No Drama.  I'm comfortable with the Eden again.   50 minutes at and around 500 ft.  Light air.
I landed by the truck and nose dived the wing into the swale.  For some crazy reason I rolled the wing inside out and bagged it.  It did keep the wing dryer but opened the possibility of a terrible line tangle.  Later back at the house  it bugged me until i repacked it.
I've got a crack opening at the top of the first ring so I bound it with line using a whipping knot.  It will be interesting to see how it fares when the weld lets go.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

905 Getting reacquainted with the Eden III

It's all good but...  I miss my APCO.
The Eden was inspected by Paratour.  I'm good for another 100 hours.  It doesn't crinkle anymore and it's developed a bad habit of gaining weight from the morning dew.  Elisabeth has shortened the brakes and sometime / somewhere, I shortened the pulleys, making it impossible to park the toggles while in flight.  I did make the mistake of missing a wrap with the brakes but it was a non event.