It's Just Money
12/16/2013 But it's Heaven For Powered Paragliding & More
4 Acres of swamp is the cheapest thing here. If it hasn't broken yet
that's probably because it hasn't been turned on or used.
Paramotor pilot and
house building champ Jim Yeager is helping Tim & I with an expansion and
remodel of the new place to get it ready for action. Namely, housing our
cars, flying things, and up to 10 pallets of FootFlyer product. Right
now we don't even have a garage.
One thing we got largely done is landscaping. We just couldn't stand
it any more so Dale of New Dimensions went to work. He removed trees as
needed for expansion as well as much needed landscaping. It looks
awesome. Kudos to Dale. It feels good to get that done.
When it's all complete there is even a pool that should be good
for test paramotor auto-inflation devices.
Everything needs work but it's coming along slowly. Starting January
the pace will pick up and our lives will be further uprooted. Tim & I
will be taking a lot of Enterprise trips during the thick of it all.
It's so nice for paramotor flying -- 200 by 2000 feet of launchable
grass sits 80 feet from the hangar. Temptation is a problem. Every time
I walk out and it's calm there is this call of the air. "No, dammit,
I've got work to do!". Yesterday I was using the paramotor to blow
debris out of the hangar. Afterwards I set it out by the runway--just in
case. That was Jim's fault because he had mentioned flying earlier. We
did manage to get two flights in before rain showers set us down.
The good part about summer is that afternoon generally means
thunderstorms by noon or so. That ought to allow getting plenty of work
done especially since we'll want to escape the relentless heat. I'll bet
there are a lot of nice mornings, though, if you're willing to rise with
We went to get permits for the additions and renovations but,
unsurprisingly, the first whack didn't work. I'd hoped for better but it
turns out not as bad as I thought. And it was a good example of
government being reasonable. The big showstopper was a hangar addition
that will allow the helicopter to come and go without moving the plane.
It was denied because it made the hangar too big for residential. That
is, of course, ridiculous given that it matches the character, use, and
size of every other hangar out there even AFTER expanding. The permit
folks were just doing their job by initially denying but now it appears
that they will do the right thing and grant an exception.
Government workers get derided all the time but I have encounter
quite a few that don't deserve their stereotype. Remind to share the
GOES story sometime.
Anyway, Jim will take another crack at getting the permits after
incorporating the changes and hopefully we'll have it taken care of in
time to start work by early January. Then I'll get to find even more
places to spend money while enjoying PPG Paradise.