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Paramotor The Dune

Conquering the winds

After Paratoys a group of us headed for Glamis Dunes. The forecast rightfully scared away a number of pilots but, in this case, many of us actually got a beautiful evening flight in the last hour.

During the afternoon it was blowing a howl. Adam Bell, his wife Nicole and U.S. Team pilot Dave Fore helped me shoot some necessary footage to show best practice for inflation assistance in a strong winds. In general, if you need assistance, it's probably too strong, but proper assistance can make the task a lot easier. Bad assistance can get both folks hurt. We got most of the shots but, as strong as it was, we couldn't get all of them. Tomorrow morning we've got more scenes planned.

It was strong enough to ski with the wing. Foot dragging along the ground and, best of all, no prop damage.

A few hundred yards south of our group were a bunch of RV's circled. It turns out they were doing some filming for a military commercial and had a helicopter coming in. We appreciated that they let us know. What was remarkable was that, when the helicopter came in, we obviously brought the wing down and watched, in amazement, as he flew exactly over our heads, about 20 feet high. That was incredible to me, also a helicopter pilot, as I wouldn't have dreamed of making such an approach that close to someone, let alone someone holding a bunch of fabric. It was no issue, and it wasn't illegal, it was just surprising. Alex and I bundled in the wing and sat on it while his downwash passed by.

We also had some excitement when two pilots got basically knocked out of the air by the same helicopter a bit later on. No doubt he was filming. I'd love to see that footage. Both pilots hit the sand at full power. Neither was hurt and one didn't damage his gear and relaunched to fly back. The other pilot damaged his prop.

I got a couple flights in, including one on the Plasma. It likes its A's on launch but is a dream to fly. At Paratoys I also flew the Fusion and loved the handling of both. That's a lot coming from my Spice adoring self. These are the first reflex gliders I'd consider owning. Their handling is great in standard mode and they have great tip steering. I'll need more time to really figure out the nuances of inflation but they need a bit more wind to do a reverse than others and the wing must be fully overhead before letting off the A's.

That's all for now. Here's to good morning air.

 

1. The Gathered Gang

2. Adam Bell cruising north.

3. This extraordinary sight may not seem like much, but it is probably the first time we used the stove to actually prepare food. Prior use was only to singe nylon rope ends. That's Nicole, Adam and I (Jeff Goin). Deeeelicious!


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