She did it! Sarah made her 25th flight without any assistance from me (other than pulling the starter cord). She mixed 2.5 gallons of fresh fuel, added half a gallon to the machine’s tank, transported the paramotor to the runway, set up the wind socks, laid out the wing, warmed up the motor, clipped into the wing, launched into the light headwind, flew a pattern and landed softly in the middle of the runway. Congratulations on earning your PPG2 rating Sarah!
After that she and I made a cross country flight together exploring the area by paramotors. Sarah put all her training to use as we toured the skies. She even got to experience her first “motor out” as the machine she was flying suddenly stopped running. No big deal, she handled it like a pro. Sarah landed safely on a nicely mowed lawn next to the main road so she wouldn’t have to walk far to be retrieved.
After talking to her over the headset and ensuring she landed safely I continued across the farm field to the hanger to get the Jeep. A few minutes later I was back at her side helping her load up the rig. The newly acquired Top80 miniplane has been acting up lately and it’s time to figure out why. Tomorrow it gets a carburetor rebuild first thing. Hopefully that will remedy the situation.
TJ and Jeff were also out flying Monday afternoon. Both added several flights and skills to their training. Way to go guys!
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