Powered Parachute Setup and Teardown

A friend has expressed interest in flying powered parachutes.  To help him understand the setup and tear down process I’ve created a couple of videos that illustrate this process.

In the above video, I made reference to deferring the flight until later.  Here is that flight, which I flew the next morning.

 

And here is the pack up procedure for the Six Chuter P3 Lite.

 

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Wednesday Morning Pattern Work

I don’t have to report to work until 11am today so I decided to use my time wisely by getting in some pattern work this morning out at New Jerusalem.  I just spent a bunch of time going around and around the airport it was still a very relaxing break from work.  Enjoy!

Friday Update

Nothing much to report.  I snuck in a quick flight before work on Friday.  The winds for the weekend were forecast to be pretty stiff so Friday was my last chance.  Here is an unedited video of the flight if you’re interested.

 

On Saturday I just spent some time working on the PPC cart itself.  The strobe had stopped working so I repaired that.  It seems the wires came loose from the strobe switch.  That was a quick repair.  I also replaced a faulty CHT probe.  Another quick repair.  Now I just have to wait for another flyable day.

Birthday Hike at Point Lobos

Technically my birthday isn’t until next week.  My wife’s birthday was last week.  But I’m on call next week, and my wife was sick last week.  So…  I took this past Friday off and we drove out to Point Lobos State Natural Preserve.  It’s about a 2.5 hour drive to the coast but Pt Lobos is well worth it.

First we stopped off for lunch at Flaherty’s Seafood Grill in Carmel for some lunch.  It was very tempting to stroll the streets and look at the shops but I tried my best to keep us on task; a hike at Pt Lobos.

Traffic was already getting pretty bad at 1pm in Carmel.  The road construction did not help.  But once we got south of Carmel traffic dropped to practically nothing.  We pulled into Pt Lobos around 1:30pm and after paying our $10 fee drove to the south shore.  The north shore of Pt Lobos is defined by cliffs and stunning views of town.  The south shore is much lower and is dotted with tidepools and hidden pebble beaches.  We spent some time hiking the south shore trail and exporing the tidepools.  Then as it got later in the afternoon parking became more abundant so we parked at the west side of the park and hiked through the cypress groves enjoying the colorful wildflowers and poison oak. 🙂

Point Lobos is a stunning place and if you ever get the chance, take a visit midweek during the Spring.  I’ll leave you with some of the pictures we took there.

 

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Memorial Day Flight

It’s been windy in the valley for weeks.  After enjoying a weekend flying at Red Hills I drove out to New Jerusalem on Memorial Day.  Conditions were PERFECT!  It was warm, there were no winds, and the air was buttery smooth.  I took off and flew up the San Joaquin River over the confluence of the Stanislaus.  Just enjoyed the morning.  No tweaking the engine, no working on technical skills, just enjoying the view.  I hope your Memorial Day was just as memorable.

And never, ever forget those who gave their lives for our country.

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Red Hills Fly-In 2018

I can’t believe another year has come and gone and we’ve had another Red Hills Fly-In!  The Red Hills Fly-In is held at Jack and Myrna Moyle’s Ranch, nicknamed Back To The Future Two Ranch because numerous scenes from the movie were filmed there.  When I had my airplane I would load it up with my camping gear and fly in.  Now that I have my powered parachute I load all my camping gear into my trailer and basically camp in the trailer.  The Moyles’ ranch is located in prime territory; completely surrounded by the Red Hills BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  As such, no hunting or motorized vehicles are allowed in the area.  Other than the sawmill on the other side of highway 120 it is completely serene and peaceful… except for the airplane noise!

Most people fly in.

But others like me have to take the winding dirt road through the BLM land to get to the Moyles’ ranch.  But that’s really not a problem as it’s such a scenic drive.

Once there we pretty much just chill, relax, and catch up with old friends.  Many of us only see each other once a year but when we get together it’s as if no time has passed.  We talk and eat late into the evening and when the chill hits we keep talking and eating around the campfire.

This year was notable for me as it was the first time I had the confidence in my skills and ENGINE to fly my powered parachute from the field.  Well, and the wind was cooperating this year too.  My flights weren’t long because I’m still tweaking on the engine and learning to trust it.  But they were beautiful.  I’ve flown my fixed wing through the area for years but there’s something about seeing it from an open cockpit 300 feet up.  You can smell the smells and really see what you’re flying over.

Jordan Langley caught my take-off and landing on video.  He also got a great shot of Joey Meyers and I flying by in (very) loose formation.

All in all a VERY enjoyable weekend and I can’t wait to go back next year!

Why Love Jesus?

I had a dream last night.  I was at a church and everyone was singing praise songs.  There were some people there who were bored and didn’t want to be there.  They were talking and asking among themselves why all the fuss about Jesus?

I began to speak to one of them.  I spoke with conviction and with as much sincerity as I could muster (in my dream).  I said (paraphrased because I can’t remember the exact words)…

Imagine you find yourself in a court of law.  You are on trial for breaking numerous laws all of which carry the death penalty.  Your defense attorney is there and tells you that there isn’t much hope of winning the case because all the evidence is iron-clad.  You are guilty of breaking these laws.  Your defense attorney goes on to say that there is really only one option at this point.  He approaches the judge and asks to take the penalty that you deserve and further asks the judge to set you free.  The judge agrees.

THAT is why we love Jesus because THAT is what He did for us.  He didn’t have to, He WANTED to.  It was the only way we could be saved.

Then I woke up.

My blog asks, “Can a man fly AND love Jesus?  You’d better believe it!”  And know you know why.  And I plead with you… believe it.