First thing were the camera bunnies. We were told the
night before that TV crews would be filming at sunrise and they wanted
pilots. It was 42°F. I don't think so.
My poor legs. After joining humanity this morning, I got
my machine fueled and sitting out on the flight line. Then I never flew
it. Rather I tried a bunch of different machines and a new wing. I also
started taking notes using a test flight checklist so that I can remember
what I did and how each machine/wing felt. The tests will be listed when
reviews are posted.
Lots of new stuff is hitting the market and I love to see
the innovation. Some folks have put a lot of money into their wares and we
users are the beneficiaries.
I tried Chad Bastian's new kitebuggy trike. It was
my 6th wheeled PPG launch a lot of fun. I still prefer foot-launch but
these things do seem easier in no wind. I also flew the Parajet (there's a
story here, too), Paratoys Rhino, ParaDiablo, and the brand new CorsAir
120 mini Black Devil powered Blackhawk. I've taken notes for reviews of
each and will hopefully have those up in a week or so. Lastly I tried the
new Apco HP wing that is their answer to the reflex gliders.
In the evening we showed videos including one who's
emergence I've been dreading. The pole video. There's a risk and a reward
for spending time with Mr. Videoman. Yes, it's kind of cool being in the
videos but there's a dark side. That dark side came to haunt me when this
video was shown, probably for the first time. I've fessed up to it on the
radio show and elsewhere. I mean how could I NOT! It's the episode where I
kite up the volleyball pole then start kiting across the net (I'll ever
admit that the net wasn't in my plan). When I come down and try to
collapse the wing, it goes bad quickly and I wind up getting lifted, along
with the polo on the other side, several feet and plunked onto my back. I
was happy for the helmet. Embarrassing. Very embarrassing.
Row 1: 1. Panorama of Saturday afternoon. 2. PPCg from the
Row 2: 1. PPCg while inflight, 2.
Getting Ready, 3. Eden doing gentle wing-overs just south of field. 4.
PPC, 3. Another view of the gathered masses, 4. Eric Dufour taking off in
the Excitor, 5. Jeff Goin kiting the ParaDiablo.
Row 3: View from South end, 2.
Yes, this was intentional. Thanks Jason!, 3. Kiting War, 4. Tandem launch
with pilot Arnon Lufi from Isreal, 5. PPC with small cravat, 6. Jeff
testing the Bailey 4-stroke.