Feb 11, 2008 Western Wings West
Boy do I hope these two fly-ins are on different weekends next year!
The Paratoys Salton Sea fly-in and Phoenix Flying Circus were held on
the weekend of Feb 9. I split it up by attending Paratoys on
Thursday-Friday and the Circus on Saturday-Sunday. That actually worked
out well on this trip since I didn't have time off for the 10-day
Since the Enterprise is in Florida and my other gear is in boxes from
a recent Mexico trip, I was in
Mooch Mode—trying out different motors, wings and carts. Let me tell
you, wheels are on a roll. I'll bet that half of every launch was made
by some sort of cart. That's true of both events. And I tried some new
First Paratoys. It was the much larger event with probably 150 pilots
coming by the time I left after Friday evening's festivities. There were
quite a few hang glider trikes, Chuck's Quicksilver and at least one
other 3-axis machine was supposed to show up on Saturday.
Lots of new goodies were on display and an unwitting demonstration of
the "Low Boy" quad was performed while I snapped pictures. Too bad it
wasn't video although there was undoubtedly at least one camera rolling.
One thing about these events--any screw up is guaranteed to be
captured by someone. I got some good stuff myself.
Alas, time doesn't allow a full write up yet but there'll be more to
come, from Paratoys and the Flying Circus where I'm now preparing to
leave. It's been an absolute blast at both events with a number of
firsts for me including a base jump. Well no, not me, but more later.