Sun N Fun 2013
This is the first year with a new layout at the Ultralight area.
Everybody agrees: it's nicer and there was a better turnout. Paul
Czarnecki of PlanetPPG has the only paramotor tent and does a pretty
thriving business, at least in terms of highly qualified prospects. He
was also the first Ultralight, that I'm aware of, to be allowed to
tandem there. He has become quite the prolific tandem master.
Tim and I are on our first real cruise aboard Enterprise C and we're
lovin' it. Among other things, it rides exceptionally nice in back
(where I'm writing this from). I can write, edit, draw, animate, etc.
much easier. Getting 17 mpg rocks, too.
We arrived Tue night but got to Sun-N-Fun just in time for the
evening brief. It's really cool that Paul is doing the briefings and
that they're very accommodating. Actually, they were good to everybody.
Lots of restrictions have good reason, like having airplanes fly
overhead at 500 feet. They're not supposed to but sometimes it happens,
ergo a 400 foot ceiling.
Lots of cool stuff to see but we rushed around the rest of the event,
spending most of the time down in the ultralight area. Eric Farewell was
doing work for his Aviator YouTube channel but stopped in for a while.
Wed was good flying with 4 of us taking wing. I did some stills and
video but had to keep more distance than normal. It's part and parcel of
big events like this that, if you're not part of the show, you fly
really mellow. Don't do anything that even looks abnormal. We were
allowed, however to do footdrags down the runway and even "discretely"
do little slaloms of the runway edge cones. Gotta hand it to them for
that. Thanks to all the volunteers.
Thursday morning sucked. Briskly moving low scattered clouds
told of high winds to come. I wound up being the
wind-test-dummy and indeed it was sporty. Even up high I didn't like it
so, after 2 patterns I packed it in. They closed it down anyway due to
turbulence in the L.Z. It wasn't that it was dangerous, it just wasn't
fun. It still wasn't as rough as then when Eric D. and I flew together
in some strong winds at Palm Bay.
That was it for flying so we toured the other aviation areas and I
successfully avoided buying airplane or helicopter stuff. Feeding
those beasts puts the cost of paramotor in fine light.
Tim and I headed out against the howling winds to Lakeland's Parker Lake. Some fun and some usefulness; blading, taxes,
writing, editing, etc.). Tonight or Tomm morning we'll be doing some
filming with Eric Dufour. Also may fly again with Eric Farewell at some
point if his time allows. He has some gorgeous sites that would look
good on the Airspace video.
Thanks for the great time. At least Lakeland knows how to welcome
flyers. It was great seeing everybody.