When I loaded the motor at 7:00 it was warm with blue skies…by the time I arrived at Simms it was 90% overcast and getting colder. Paul and I watched some coyotes and decided to wait for a better day. Good thing too beccause it never cleared and was cold and wet all day.
So…I went home and epoxied my prop and generally fussed with the paramotor.
These fins run South below the ampitheater and they look like fun!
I’ve got two summer road trips nailed down this one and Vegas in August…
It might be fun to take the girls one at a time for an extended training drive so there is a good chance for some overnighters in July.
Jeff Goin has just returned from participating in a flight along the panama canal being one of the first to fly PPG from the atlantic to the Pscific or visa versa. I thought it interesting that one of the recent posts to his blog included this diagram. I need to work on being able to predict glide to any specific area under me at any time. Whic way is the wind blowing and how stong is it will determine if I can glide to a safe and convienient landing zone.
Things to do for Road trip
1. assemble tool kit
Replacement spring & bolts
allen key attachment to tighten belt with above
2. camping box
stake & hammer
spare parts box
4.travel gear box
5.call a few friends
Rob em & Bill em
maybe Johnny Fetz
6. goggle sites to fly
Colorado National Monument
Very nice morning flight! 145 isn’t a magic number but it is the 100th trike flight and two weeks short of a year since the El Puerco Fly-in when I switched to wheels. I tried something a little different with set-up. Instead of laying the wing out in the butterfly configuration I used the thrust line to partially inflate the wing before I sat down. It pulls the risers all the way back to the cage but it’s not hard to separate the “A”s and get into position. The wing comes up fast and smooth and you need to use a little brake because it wants to overshoot… but I liked the feel of it and will try it again. Several of my last take-offs have been pretty ugly and I think it’s because I’m rolling out at too high a speed. This morning wasn’t too bad a launch but I was at take off speed very quickly and the first little bump wanted to pop me into the sky. It would be easier to modulate speed on a smoother surface than this bumpy field but I know it will help if I can slow down…stabilize the wing and then go to full throttle.
The air was smooth most of the flight. There was a little turbulence approaching Red Rocks Park which dissuaded me from trying to drop into the park and fly between the fins. I’ll do it someday when I can launch at the crack of dawn and be well into the park while the air is dead still. Probably not a good place to fly after the rocks have been cooking in the sun all day. I can imagine cool air flowing down the Rockies mixing with the warm air rising from the rock.
Downtown Denver was shrouded with early morning humidity and I was even able to see Chatfield off to the South.
After going west I turned to the east of the LZ and flew over the School, Jail and Southwest Shopping Center.It took awhile to descend from 2000 feet and I was surprise to encounter sinking air and bumps over the LZ
Interesting day. I wandered around a bit and found the LZ, which is North of the Stadium and police department. It’s not an ideal field, there is plenty of open space and it’s not too bumpy but there are sprinkler heads poking 6 inches above ground. You can make your best guess but there is always the chance of hitting a sprinker and flipping the buggy. Another issue is that the field slopes down into a sort of basin. So you have to think and plan to get the most level take off run. If the wind is ever comming out of the east or west I’ll launch right off the road.
Dan & John Sieb showed up. Very light and variable winds made it hard to get the wing stable overhead. I launched to the east and the climb was very slow. Dan said the breeze had shifted at the last minute and I made a downwind take-off.
The air was very similar to the last couple of times I have flown Simms. Areas where the air is strong and weak. I also noticed some very sinking air. It’s not the kind of flying where I’m comfortable using the foot steering.
Landed beautifully with the trimmers out. The wing does feel much more sporty and I’ll have to fly trim out more often.
Once again two quick flights.