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2011 Motown Phoenix Flying Circus & Glamis Dunes

Flying, filming & shooting things

I had an interesting question: "Jeff, do you ever go fly just for fun anymore?"

Fare question since lately nearly all my flying has purpose, either for the video or trying out gear which really doesn't take very long. I do tons of launches and landings, sometimes over ten in a filming session, but rarely have I just gone out and flown around for fun. But still, I do the reviews and filming for fun, too, lord knows there's no significant money in it. It's just a different kind of fun, a more purposed fun. And I think, once these videos are done, I will get out for just fun flying although not as often as I did in year one.

Back to Mo's. This was among my top 5 fly-ins for just hanging out with friends and flying. I did spend a lot of time filming and a lot of time hanging out with friends, some new, some old. There are soooo many cool people in this sport and everybody has a story.

The Flying Circus is a smaller, cozier affair with fewer rules. Not that I'm downing larger events--I'm not, and I COMPLETELY agree with the need for more rules at them, but it sure is nice to be more relaxed about things.

The Field & Flying

Of course it's a dustbowl but that's better than a mud hole. Driving to Motown was quite easy, even for the big campers, thanks to hundreds of man-hours of work filling in ruts with sand and leveling by Mo and other volunteers. As one who drove in via minivan, I'll attest to their success. Also, thanks to Mo for picking up my many boxes, including the a new Pluto 18.

The new stuff out there is awesome. Parajet has shaved a whopping 14 pounds off their standard two-stroke and improved other aspects as well, especially the cage and throttle.

Pollini has improved its pull starter, essentially eliminating the problems of early versions. This smooth running, clutched motor has good power for medium weight.

And Kangook has a new suspension style that successfully mimics the dynamics of Miniplane's brilliant system for larger engines. I flew, i like.

There's lots more to report on at Paratoys, which I'm now back from, but alas that will have to probably weight for the reviews and full magazine reports. The Paratoys 4-stroke Quad, Paratour's new lightweight 180cc powerhouse, and Alex Varv's impressive Kangook are the highlights of what's to come. It's REALLY fun to see the innovations made by paramotor manufacturers because it makes our sport so much better.

Filming

Never miss an opportunity. I'd brought my good camera and plenty of tapes, knowing there would be some very talented pilots. I was not disappointed. Pavel of Nirvana (he owns the company) is absolutely nuts about flying. And he likes to push it, too, flying a 14 meter Katana wing that looks so weirdly disproportionate when he flies it. When I flew the thing there was a bit of breeze so it wasn't really that bad, but on one of the shots I had him do, there was almost no wind. Man was he hauling!

The shot I got was him swooping in to kick some cans lined up in a row about 10 feet apart. Boy is he fast! Good, too. Those who've seen Master PPG1 already know the shot because it's part of the series opener--Eric Dufour swooping down and kicking cones as he slides in for a swoop landing.

Pavel & Nirvana

This guy loves to fly and it shows. He makes quality equipment that he wants to fly and others benefit from it. The Czech team always comes ready for a show--uniforms and cool gadgets help make it classy. They do dusk show that highlights their wing and prop lights. Meeting the 3 mile rule sure is easy for this system.

Extra Curriculars

More to Come..,deadlines loom so I'll save some of this writeup for the magazines. Whip cracking, gun shooting, and some fiery debates made this more than just a fly-in. I really had a good time.

1. Saturday night was a firestorm. From the sometimes 2-story bonfire to blowing gasoline-filled blowing-ball canons to a sparkle-spewing burning man tower (complete with helmet, spinning prop and raised arms.)

2. I was on a ladder with my super wide-angle lens.


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