Gotta watch that cam buckle.
I had to reset after blowing a cross wind inflation and missed that the trim cam buckle had slipped below the hang point rings … again. The wing came up crooked and I wrangled it overhead and launched. Almost immediately I recognized the problem as the wing turned left toward the manufacturing plant. I was able to free it but had to fly with lots of right brake to stay over landable terrain and climb high enough to use both hands to work the cam through the ring.
Once that was sorted out I chased the Balloons and did a fast tight turn around the one at my altitude.
I could probably fly a lot closer than I do but my proximity tolerance is about the same as my bump tolerance …. not too high.
When I landed I noticed that the nose wheel seemed a bit sloppy and upon inspection discovered that the hub was out of true and the castor had far too much play. One gofer hole or hard landing and its going to be spitting bearings. So… I visited Harbor Freight and bought a new wheel which came with a caster assembly.
EXCEPT … I did it again,. left the key in and had to jump the Falcon. I’m getting good at it now. I had walked the wing 200 yards away from the truck and was thinking about starting the motor and taxiing out to the wing and hooking it up with the motor running….. BUT reason took over and I did it the right (albeit risky) way with the motor off.
It rained last night and it has been hot hot so the air was humid and the density of altitude was probably around 10,000 ft. .I was glad to have gone to the far end of the field because it was one long run to get airborne. There were 4 balloons up but they were climbing above 9,000 feet and I didn’t feel like listening to the belt squeal while I climbed, so I made do with 6,000 feet and some wing practice.
The Eden III had come back from Paramotor city. It’s all clean and crispy.You can’t even see where the repair was. It seemed to want to pull to the left and I had to use trimmers to keep on course. I’ll fly it a few more times before I call Michelle to see what she thinks.
Two short flights. It rained last night but the field was dry enough to lay out the wing. This was the first flight since I shredded the Eden III. The A Assists worked great and my shoulder was spared. The winds were gusty but not too much to keep me from going for it.
Strong currents in the air were pulling the POWER PLAY SWING all over the place. The brakes felt mushy and I just wasn’t comfortable . So… I landed and tried again when it seemed better…..it was not.