Paratoys & Largest U.S. Competition
More flying and filming, but also
This is the big one. Here and John Black's Beach Blast are where
pilots can come see the latest goods, try it out, and fly to their
hearts content. We had all worried that, being a few hundred yards
inland from the water, might require begging off mid-day flying.
Although it is certainly more bumpy, judging from the masses that flew
all-day long, and the ability to run competitions until 11am, it's not
Mike Robinson, his wife Michelle, and many volunteers make this thing
possible and I'm sooo thankful for them being willing to go through
this. And I marvel at how easily people complain so
This was the largest U.S. Competition ever by quite a lot. Of course
our numbers are miniscule by European standards but it's still cool to
see. We had 20 pilots, and according to Director, Eric Dufour, had to
turn at least one pilot away since the scoring sheets were full at 20.
We tried to accommodate late check-ins but these score sheets have to be
prepared in advance.
Boy was there some drama on this one!
British pilot Dean Eldridge wanted to become the fastest paramotor
pilot on record.
More to come...
Passion For Flight
I started working on this little write-up at
4:30AM--not an uncommon occurrence since, when I can't sleep, I get up,
work on something, then fall back asleep when the tireds strike.
Nirvana's Pavel just showed up. What a amazing guy.
You have no idea how passionate this guy is about flying and you'd also
have no idea that he owns the Nirvana paramotor company. He's a rare
breed, it seems. I've never heard him once bash another brand and I've
also never seen him miss an opportunity to fly.
And he's extremely talented--aggressive, too. Wingtip
drags require precision even for a quick touch, but keeping it going all
the way around is harder yet, and doing it with a small wing
dramatically reduces margins because your body is necessarily within
inches of the ground. The more wing, the higher your body is. Pavel is
flying a 14m (proj)!
I just hope he