It's tough when you can launch in your back yard. Any perfect morning
means I'm only a few minutes from taking a quickie, even though I need
to be working on other things. Such was the case Monday morning.
Normally I setup on the taxiway centerline, right down the middle. This
time I wanted to try it from my hangar. Not that my neighbors mind but
this way I did the entire launch on my property. I just gotta keep the
wing out of that tree on the right. So far, so good.
I explored a new
uncongested path through to a beautiful little stretch of river as
you'll see in the pics. Plus I found a launch site only a few miles from
the house that is very near this river. Besides minimizing our noise,
It's good to spread it around.
Nothing too earth shattering here but it's always nice to find
Alex Varv lives nearby and we've been flying together for years. But
now that I'm flying a Black Devil powered machine, it's quite handy. I
sure see why he's earned the moniker "mother" Alex and am thankful to be
a beneficiary. In fact I have to keep him away from the motor so that we
can just enjoy flying together. My muffler finally bit the dust and he
had a new one in stock. He wanted to help install it which I appreciate,
of course, but would rather save his expertise for the more challenging
tasks. As it happened I fixed the old one (rube goldberg) and am going
to keep the new one as a spare. Money well spent for peace of mind. I do
appreciate his offer to help, though, and love having parts available
locally. If you have a dealer who stocks this stuff, make sure to buy
This afternoon, Tim, Alex and I set out for cross country
flight to the same river I flew earlier but from a completely different
direction. We cruised and played while I logged more pictures. For me
that adds a lot. I love sharing this thing and pictures are hard to
It was a bit bumpy in places but we were still able to do long
foot drags on a couple sod farms. Overall another great time exploring
even if the area was familiar.
Fellow Flyer and Photoshopper
It was fun getting this from David Downey in Panama City. A paramotor
pilot with knows his way around photoshop. He has some great stories,
too, an enjoyable with with words. Hopefully we'll be hearing more from
also is quite the artist.
1. I drove to this launch site about a mile from home, paramotored to
the helicopter, rotored my way to the house, then rollerbladed back here
to fetch my van. This was my idea of a fun morning.
2. Tim Kaiser following the railroad. Actually he was well above it
since there are high tension lines just to his right.
3. Alex Varv cruising south Naperville.