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Had my first engine out and unplanned landing. While trying to restart and diagnose the problem, I broke/tore the starter pull cord and had to replace it (which was pretty easy to do). Eventually I found the problem.... it seems the breather/filter material in my airbox came apart and got sucked into the carburetor. Took the carb off and plug off and cleaned/blew it all out, put it back together and got it running again! woohoo... I guess today was the day I got serious about learning/practicing repairs on my paramotor... 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
I wanted to take the time following the Indy Air Hogs Fly-in two weekends ago to have a short write-up with my comments.
First, I need to say the IndyAirHogs put on another fabulous event. Currently, I believe it is the largest PPG Fly-In event in the US with 140 registered pilots for this year’s event. The event grew by just over 10% from last year. If it had not been for Irma forcing a number of Floridian pilots to stay home, the event would have topped 150 pilots.
The event was held on a Thursday through Sunday, with over 100 pilots registering on the first day. So, if you plan on coming, make it sooner than later. I pulled up stakes just before noon Sunday with the largest percentage of pilots having already disappeared.
I do not know who all the event organizers and involved coordinators were, however, I do know some of their names. Ola, Faith, Brandon, Jacey, John, Kevin, Dave, and I am sure many others did a fabulous job. The whole team should be congratulated.
With 140 pilots, one would think the amount of carnage would be significant. I am only aware of two broken propellers and a suspected cut line that occurred. There could be more, but the quality and the safety, combined with perfect conditions for the event lead to a very safe environment for all.
Myself, I arrived late Thursday morning and setup my camping area. Individuals were tent camping, RV camping, and others did the hotel rooms. Warm showers were available on-site for those tent camping.
Myself, I chose to fly Thursday and Friday evenings filming activities the rest of the time. I launched a bit early Thursday evening and picked up some less than favorable air unlike pilots launching later. By the time I returned from my hour flight, the air was beginning to glass over. Friday evening, conditions were perfect. I heard one pilot launched and flew all the way up to Madison, IN and over to the Kentucky side visiting an area he had once seen before. That was a 20+ mile one-way flight plus the return trip.
The area to fly allows both higher altitudes with one pilot commenting he climbed to 10K, as well as low flying over the soybean and corn fields. If you know where to look, deer were plentiful as I found a dozen deer, seven in just one spot during one of my flights.
The community support for this event is great with Scottsburg contributing a significant sum for the Saturday night firework festivities with hundreds of locals coming to watch the Saturday evening flying and fireworks. This year, Kevin Sage put on a 25 minute non-stop show. It was really at perfection. Just prior to the fireworks, approximately 300 Chinese lanterns were launched and sent west flying over the farmlands.
If you have but one Fly-In you can attend in 2018, it should be the Indy AirHogs Fly-In.
Great job guys!!!
P.S. I am still editing the video from the Fly-In and will be posting it “soon”. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulation to Alan Rodrigues on you new Power2fly Fenix with 447 Rotax.
Tonight's flight was awesome! This newbie just had a small taste of some butter air, albeit it was mixed in with some a bit of margarine (imitation butter) air at certain points. Let's just say that I had the biggest grin on my face both during and after tonight's flight. Although all my training flights were enjoyable, tonight I got a taste of a seriously relaxed flight under great conditions. So much fun, so glad I got into this, and want to again thank my instructor Andy McAvin for helping get me to this point! ... See MoreSee Less
I finally got out and made a few flights (5 to be exact) at a location near where I live. Prior to this all my flights have been at the beach where my training was done or at a park sorta-near the beach under no-wind conditions.
My biggest worry was not being sure how late in the morning I should fly and how early in the evening I should start to avoid being too risky as a newbie with turbulence and thermals. Although I *think* the conditions were pretty good for flying, I'll certainly admit to second guessing myself and I definitely felt a few more bumps than I'm used to at the beach. In the end though, I think my decisions were sound and it was a good morning/evening for flying. As the sun was about to go down, the conditions improved a lot. Even though I don't think I could say I experienced "butter" air, perhaps I had a taste of margarine (imitation butter...almost but not quite the same)... ha ha ... See MoreSee Less