Another hoot in the bag. It was great to see, meet, and fly with so
many fun people.
Weather was gorgeous albeit a bit on the windy side. Mornings still
provided a cool calm with smooth air, ramping up quickly after about
9am. I don't do cold so I waited until it warmed up a bit Saturday
morning, trading smooth cool for warm and lumpy. A few of the
risk-tolerant flew at mid-day.
Flying the several square miles of flatland grass and road mix known
as "GDC" is always fun.
Thanks to Mike Britt, CC Moisan, and Marty Hathaway for the awesome
fondue dinner Friday night, and sorry for being a "Shish Kabobber."
Tim & I enjoyed seeing Don Jordan's place. Don was a Navy Fighter
pilot who went to American Airlines for 20+ years, retired and took up
paramotor. He became an instructor and continues to fly and teach foot
launch paramotor. He's 82 years old and doesn't own a wheeled machine.
Damn. My goal was to be taking solid food at that age; I'll have to up
Thanks to the Palm Bay Explorers for putting this on! They're already
planning it for next year after having the best turnout yet, of 112
registered pilots. Here's hoping they pull it off again next year.
Unfortunately we won't have the Enterprise since it will likely be on a
Look up! He knew something was up and circled back
right away, landing uneventfully.
I took off with a telephoto lens that turned out not
to be appropriate. So I radioed Tim who graciously brought our wide
angle out. But I had to test it, right?
That after-landing glow.
Doing a fly-by while Tim snapped pictures.
Michelle may be a bad apple, but she's the sweetest
fruit around! A Delta Pilot and instructor to boot. Tim calls this my
most Jim Carey look to date.
This was cool. We're lucky to live in a country where
we can live relatively free of government interference in our lives.
The Enterprise parked next to Michell's awesome
The compound near sunset on Friday.
These guys were flying R/C to the South of us. I
landed to talk with them.
A random photo victim, targeted because of his
Tim getting ready.
Eric Farewell flew his Piper Cub in and offered
rides. It's the perfect airplane for the job.