Mark J Graduates and So Much More!
Mark completed his training Tuesday morning and earned his PPG2 rating. Congratulations Mark!!
A couple hours later Mark visited Dennis to check out the electric paramotor he built a while back. Dennis purchased and assembled a four motor unit from OpenPPG. It’s like a big drone you wear on your back, pretty cool. While at MIT Mark head up a project that built and raced an electric motorcycle in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race. Electric motors a kind of his thing. This machine is a perfect fit for Mark and he ended up buying it from Dennis on the spot. He then called me to order a wing. It arrived Sunday. Now all we need is a break in this wild fall weather to fly it.
Soren stumbled across some Tucker Gott videos on YouTube and just had to give it a try. He drove over from Iowa and took sunset tandem flight with me Wednesday evening. I rarely get to take long flights anymore. What a great experience. Thanks Soren!
Stuart, Steve, Brad, Matt and Kory all added fights to their logbooks this week getting them all closer to independence. Keep it up guys!
Michelle along with her husband Gim drove up from Chicago for an introductory paragliding lesson. We spent nearly five hours working on wing control. She did great. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her soaring soon.
When the weather is uncooperative I’ve been staying busy fabricating paramotor cages for Ken and Eric’s Trikebuggies. The plan is to build something much stronger than a foot launch frame for a fraction of the cost. I’ve already built one for myself and it is very stout.
Fall Flying Fun!
The fall weather has been challenging but the Madcity Paragliding crew is still getting a bunch of flying in. Admittedly much of that flying is taking place out of state.
Mariyan took a group of pilots to the accuracy landing contest in Idaho this past week. Looks like Adam, Nick and Mariyan are all bringing home some hardware hanging around their necks. Congratulations guys, way to represent!!
Jeff is guiding Curt and Greg on a two week tour of the flying sites of Utah. The photos they are send back are making us all very jealous.
Back at home in Wisconsin we are getting a lot done as well. Monday I drove down to visit with the guys at Midwest Parajet and pick up Brian’s new Moster 185 Maverick so he could have it in time for his move. The next morning Brian and I assembled it then spent 2 hours breaking in the motor. We then immediately disassembled it and put it back into it’s travel case so he could load it onto the already loaded moving truck he was driving to Austin Texas the next morning. Just it time. Safe travels Brian and Fair well.
Tuesday afternoon I met David M at the Big “M” by Platteville. When I pulled in I could see him several hundred feet above the mound casually working the ridge lift. After climbing the 265 steps to the top, I rigged up and joined him. I can’t believe I’ve never flown here before. It was so much fun.
Friday the weather allowed us to get a ton done. First thing in the morning Mark J and Steve we out to the airport trading time in the sky with each other. We worked on the final skills they need to graduate. Both have just a handful of flights left to graduate. Keep it up guys!
Then it was off to the sledding hill to coach Mark T, David and Matt S. We spent hours making short hops down the hill giving them all a taste of what is next.
Then it was back to the airport to meet up with Mark J again as well as John and Kory. We knocked out a bunch of in flight tasks and dramatically improved John and Kory landings. We flew until it was to dark to continue.
John and Kory were back the next morning just after sunrise. We immediately got back too it. It was a lot bumpier but the guys did great and it was obvious that their confidence was building dramatically with each flight.
Sunday morning Jae and I were back at the sledding hill working on his wing control skills.
Sunday afternoon Jim, Matt E and Pat were out to the airfield. It was borderline too windy at first so I went up to check the sky before sending a group of inexperienced pilots into the unknown. We decided to hold off a bit and take advantage of the stronger winds and kite for nearly an hour before I went back up again. They all took turns making short flights. I introduced several new skills. By sunset it had become absolutely still and they flew as long as we could legally with a strobe light flashing.
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