With this beautiful flight Wednesday Matt earned his PPG1 rating just before the storm rolled in on top of us and shut things down for the day.
Monday Jack, Josh and Clay met me at the school for some forward launch training. We also fired up a couple motors and let them feel the push of these crazy machines. Everyone enjoyed immensely.
We really took advantage of the mobility our mobile training center this weekend. Friday I met Chuck and Matt in Oconomowoc for some training on the sledding hill and in the field. Saturday we were at the airfield in Evansville with Dave and Chuck again, working with the trike and wings. Sunday we were at the park in Fitchburg introducing Bernard, Josh and Clayton to the awesome sport of powered paragliding.
We've been waiting for Matt's gear to show up for months but it didn't take long for him to get it airborne once it arrived. A few steps and a squeeze of his trigger finger and he quickly departed the field quicker than he expected. His carbon fiber Scout packs a bunch of power and has a lot push. Congratulations Matt! Many more flights to come.
Friday Allen made his last flights as a student and earned his PPG2 rating. He is now free to explore the skies on his own. Congratulations Allen and nice work. Be safe and have fun. Saturday Chuck began his journey to the skies. Best of luck Chuck!
One of the cool things about PPG is how portable they are. For example, last week I brought my gear with me to Moab Utah for what was easily the most beautiful place I've ever flown. I've been to Moab many times but I never flew there before. I've rock climbed, mountain biked, jeeped, hiked and ridden my dirt bike all over the valley but this is by far the best way to see everything.
Wednesday Matt and I drove out to meet with the Delvin, Ethan, Dorn, Adrial and the rest of the HI5PPG gang at their shop and assemble Matt's new Scout paramotor. This thing is gorgeous! Carbon fiber blade, hoop and spars. After a quick hang test from the fork lift we set off to the field for some flying. Ethan and I flew tandem while Dorn entertained everyone with some insane acrobatics.
We were finally gifted with several great flying days in a row and I took full advantage of it. A nice long cross country Friday evening with former students David and Alex from the ranch by Blackearth. Saturday Chase finished up his PPG2 flying skills. He just needs to pass the written test and he will be done and flying on his own from his home. After that Chase and Alex flew around the area by themselves until sunset while Allen and I worked on forward launches. Sunday was spent at the airport with Steve and Allen swatting mosquitoes, I mean, training. I love my job! (except for the mosquitoes)
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