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Old Yesterday, 09:45 PM   #1
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New Hobby - Para gliding/motoring. Dirt bikes of the sky!

Sold the KTM a while back and decided to get into Para gliding/motoring. Recently purchased a used Woody Valley Velvet 2 Harness and today picked up a used Ozone Buzz Z4 wing from a friend. Ultimately I want to get into Paramotoring and fly some of my favorite spots in NV, would be soooo much fun to do ADV style flights :-)

My plan is to get my gliding certification (P2 rating) then transition into motor's. I want a very solid understanding of the wing as I progress into motoring.

I'll keep this thread updated as my training progresses.

Harness showed up, still need to pick up a reserve for it :-)





At my friend Trevor's checking out my harness, decided to hang the harness and try it on for size. The harness fit perfectly, nice and comfy!




While I was there I tried on Trevor's Mini Plane Top80 Motor. Oh Yeah!




The Mini Plane a very nice unit, it's the same one I'll be buying after I get my glider rating.






Today I went up to a local flying site with Trevor to check it out and learn some more in the process, I also purchased my Buzz Z4 wing while I was there today :-)

I learned quite a bit today up on the hill and got to practice kiting with two different wings....Fun Stuff!

I got to meet a great bunch of local guys that are into the sport and watch them get some air time. Winds weren't quite ideal (a little on the light side) but they were able to get some soaring in.
















Trevor getting ready to launch.









The winds were pretty smooth so I was able to get in some kiting practice. First up I tried Trevor's speed wing, the smaller size of this wing made it easier to get the feel for kiting. Practicing kiting allows you to learn control of the gilder, a very critical aspect of flying as a good share of accidents happen on launch. Thanks Trevor for the lessons!






And it's up!












Next up I hooked into my harness and decided to give kiting a try with my Ozone wing. A local pilot named Matt was giving me the run down on proper technique and routine. Thanks Matt!




KTM colors!










More to come!

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Old Yesterday, 10:56 PM   #2
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Nice. I have a buddy who does the paramotor thing. Real rad guy, always gets real neat videos from up there. He lives up in that area too.
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Old Yesterday, 11:32 PM   #3
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Very cool ! There are always some guys " flying " near SLC just north of me .
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Old Today, 05:40 AM   #4
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This always seemed like a lot of fun.
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Old Today, 06:29 AM   #5
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Sick! I've wanted one of those forever.. Did the airplane thing, too expensive!! I think one of these would be the ticket for getting up there rather safely and still semi-inexpensive.

What's a whole rig go for if you purchase some things used? I was thinking less than $5k total?! One day!!
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