Learning Experiences

Prop Strike!

This is part two of my post entitled "Monday March 19th: More Frustration and Let Down" and describes how my landing led to a strike on one tip of my propeller. As I was coming in for a landing I noticed that the wind socks were showing a steady by occasionally gusting wind of what I estimated to be around...

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March 19th: More Frustration and Let Down

Well today was one of my most frustrating days ever with PPG. Not only did I not get airborne in the AM, but my truck got stuck in clay and I had a minor prop strike with the ground. My frustration levels peaked. First the truck - All week I had looked forward to flying The Ranch (aka the secret spot)...

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My First Solo

Wow... My first solo! Where do I start! First of all, what an experience it was! It could be described as part nirvana, part holy $&@!, and part extreme focus all at once. It was a combination of so many different emotions at the same time... Such a literal flood of bio-chemical induced neurosis...

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March 13th: Success & Victory

Success and victory! Well, I finally got airborne with the new Paratoys 30M wing last night. Hallelujah. The conditions were perfect, with a very light and almost totally nil breeze at times. Not so perfect for launching but, still better for launching then the day before at The Ranch. The slightly bigger...

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March 12th: Frustration & Let Down

I tell you what - Today was tough: Frustration & Let Down's galore. I went out to the Ranch to fly and things didn't work out too well. I realize now that it was a combination of the wind and my overall lack of experience that lead to my results. But first, my 28M wing was off to its annual and I was excited...

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The Fear Factor: Fear vs. Irrational Fear

The Fear Factor: Fear vs. Irrational Fear I've flown commercially for almost 15 years and privately for 20. Still, in the short time I've paramotored, I've realized that no other kind of flying I've done yet can hold a candle to it; the difference is that one is all rules, enclosed cockpits and predefined...

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