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February 2011 at Paratour February 2011 at Paratour

One of Elisaberth's repairs this February.


A new record at Paratour!
Mike Appel did 102 flights during his training

February 2011 at Paratour
Picture by Johane Savignac

February 2011 at Paratour

 

Michael Appel, hanglider instructor at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, came to learn to fly power paragliding with Eric Dufour.  He previously had two flight with another instructor, but it was not the type of instructor and training he was looking for.  Mike did 101 flights during his 13 days training with Eric!  

Congrats to Mike, who is our new record man for having done the most flights during a training at Paratour!

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 Up:  Joe Hoeffler during his first solo flight.

Joe is from New York and has been refferred to Eric by anacquaintance who is a paramotor pilot since many years.  During his 11 days of training, he accumulated 51 flights; his age.

February 2011 at ParatourPicture from Johanne Savignac

February 2011 at Paratour
Picture from Johanne Savignac

Mike Britt preparing to join Rob Catto in the air.
Training at the nice St-John river area. 


 
February 2011 at Paratour
Picture from Johanne Savignac
February 2011 at Paratour
Picture from Johanne Savignac

Kerry Kerwin in his new helicopter at our field in Christmas, FL.   
Frank Savignac who is a PPG instructor in New Brunswick, Canada, enjoys flying with us at the river during winter months.




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 Joe Hoeffler, Eric Dufour and Gilles Desnoyers in what we call "our PPG candy store".   Eric Dufour instructing Mike and Joe on PPG mechanic.
   
February 2011 at Paratour

Mike Appel bought an SD 2 Polini paramotor  for its sturdiness, with a Power Pluto II

Joe Hoeffler bought a Titanium Ultra 130 paramotor for its power and also its lightness, with a Power Pluto II paraglider.  This paraglider is very easy to inflate,  stable in flight and a real fun to fly. 

February 2011 at Paratour
 

Picture from Johanne Savignac

Brent Cook from Florida, completed his training with 35 flights.  He bought himself a nice Kangook with a Polini engine and a Power Pluto II paraglider.

 

Two months ago, 67 year young Gilles Desnoyers from Quebec, Canada (below) came to learn to fly the Green Eagle, but had to leave earlier than expected.  Last week, he came back to finish his training, adding 16 more flights during few days with Eric, for a total of 47 flights.  He went back home confident.

February 2011 at Paratour

 February 2011 at Paratour

 Gilles Desnoyers and Eric playing pool after the evening flights.

 

UP: Gilles between two flights during training.

Below:  Gilles ready to go back to Montreal with his brand new Green Eagle in a trailer custom made for his new toy.
Eric Dufour

February 2011 at Paratour

<----Eric Dufour at play.                                            

February 2011 at Paratour

                                  Lyn Malbury and Dell Miller from Georgia

Lyn and Dell came for the weekend to fly over the St-John River with with our local group of pilots and Dell picked up his brand new Titanium Ultra 130 with him on his way back home.

February 2011 at Paratour

Picture by Tim Gaskins

Like every owner of an Ultra 130, Dell likes his unit for the
combination of 135 lbs of thrust and its lightness (47 lbs).

Here is a video where Dell, flying his new Ultra 130 with his Power Pluto II (edited by Tim Gaskins):

 

 

More pictures in Marty Hathaway's report of February 27th - A                     More pictures in Marty Hathaway's report of February 27th - B

 

 



Valkaria Airfest

February 2011 at Paratour

David Jackson (Georgia) started to shrink while relaxing at the AirFest. ;-)


Video of the Valaria Airfest edited by Tim Gaskins:

 

February 2011 at Paratour

Scott Adair (picture by Marty Hathaway)

Scott Adair (living in Maine & Florida) is in charge of the PPG crew at the Valkaria AirFest, this yearly fly-in held in February at the Valkaria airport, in Florida.

Great work once again Scott!



Marty Hathaway's report with pictures on the Valkaria AirFest

 

Except for the two first, all pictures of the Valkaria Airfest are from Johanne Savignac.

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                                  Gyros, planes, hot air balloons, RCs, parachutes, PPGs and PPCs, they were all there for the AirFest.

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  Eric Dufour having fun with his Power Vega III paraglider from Axis.
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February 2011 at Paratour February 2011 at Paratour
9 of the Bad Apples were there.  Time for a family picture!

From L to R:  Standing Worth McDaniel, Bob Gaskins, Mark Maupin, Eric Dufour, Bruce Erion, Terry Cohen & Tim Gaskins. 

Kneeling L to R: Brandon Shane & David Ingersol.

Eric Dufour and Frank Savignac (Canada) doing an "air Kiss".

 

 

 

February 2011 at Paratour

February 2011 at Paratour

During the fly-in, Tim Parker (from Florida) picked up his repaired paraglider after a close incounter with a kite string.  He flew it there and is very happy with the repair Elisabeth did.  

Up:  Tim holding what has been the damaged area (right) and while kiting it before flying (left).  

Below:  Before the repair.  
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While training in the simulator with Eric Dufour.

After a week of training, Dan went home with 21 paramotor flights.
 60 year young Dan Chrisholm from Massuchussetts, who is a paraglider pilot, bought himself a Titanium Ultra 130 paramotor because he wanted a light unit, but with enough power to fly him well, and in bonus, the Ultra comes with an electric start! 

 

Here is some of what Dan wrote on the MAwingnust yahoo ppg forum:

"...Well, I haven't 'face-planted' yet, but still have time. I did sit-down on my 2nd landing. No-wind take-offs are tough with my heavier PG wing; especially when it gets a little wet.

DaveG and Shaun, you two were right; Eric is every bit as good as you said. Never had a flying instructor move me so fast & so hard. I was flying Day2 and doing wingovers Day3.

...Completed my training yesterday with Eric. All went great; my motor, my wing and myself are all in one piece!! I can't say enough about the quality of instruction that I received from Eric. All in all, 2 sitdown landings and one very poor crosswind minor crash. I REALLY don't like forward no-wind launches and like powered landings into the wind.

It was great seeing all of the local ( Atlanta? ) pilots stop by and fly with us. On Saturday there were 9 pilots in the air. Lots of different launch styles!

...I ended up doing 5 spiral dives ( Eric on the radio of course ) and he taught my how to use the b-line stall for high wind wing bring-down after landing. The spiral dives were something. I had a REALLY tough time holding them when I'm spinning fast and looking straight down at the ground! And the 'exit' surge is interesting also. Luckily, I wore some 'dark' colored pants! :)

...Lol, no 'gator tipping'. He had enough problems breaking down some of my PG 'skills' ( like torpedo position ) enough to keep me from putting my hands into the prop; and I still pull my hands too far back on my landing flare. Yeah, he NEVER stoppped pushing. Even the last day he made me do 'one more forward' just cuz he knows I hate them. What REALLY amazed me was all the 'little' skills that he taught me so easily; a good example is building a wall. Now you'd think that after flying PG almost a year that I'd know how to build a wall correctly; nope. No one ever told me NOT to use the breaks in building the wall. In the PG world I was always told to hold the wing down with the brakes so that I don't get blown away by the hurricane winds that MAY be in the area. Man I built some ugly walls.....

...I'll take you up on that 'no wind' demo sometime. I'm afraid once my heavy PG 28 meter wing is wet, even Eric couldn't get it up. But if it's dry, I agree, with the right technique, it should be doable.

I don't think I'm qualified to give you good input on my motor, but I'll try. All the other flyers were jealous because of the 47 lbs and the electric start ( starts fantastic! ). I got the ABM harness and there is very little torque ( even Eric thought this and plans to buy one for himself ). Weight shift does work and Eric feels that if I put a reserve on the right side, it'll counter any torque nicely..."

 



And for the end of this page, here are pictures of the last launch of the Discovery shuttle (few miles away from us) kindly provided by Johanne Savignac. 
Discovery's Last Launch Discovery's Last Launch
Discovery's Last Launch February 2011 at Paratour
Discovery's Last Launch Discovery's Last Launch
Discovery's Last Launch Discovery's Last Launch
Discovery's Last Launch  

 

Picture from Jojanne Savignac
 
1 comment
Author: Jerry Hunnicutt - 03/05/2011
Congrats on your training and subsequent flying. Eric is a master and a super nice/funny guy to hang out with as well. That titanium 130 is an awesome unit. You did all the right things going to Paratour