For Sale: Six Chuter P3 Lite

It’s official!  My Six Chuter P3 Lite is for sale.  The machine is running great.  I’ve really enjoyed flying it.  However, I’ve really been wanting a travel trailer to take my wife camping.  Now if I were made of money, I would just buy a travel trailer, no problem.  Since I am not, I will have to sell something to buy something.  This absolutely will NOT be the end of my flying career.  I will probably go back to a powered paraglider at some point.  But for now, in this season of life, we’re really looking to travel and camp.  And we don’t want to wait for “someday”.   You can check out my last blog post for that.

So all that out of the way here are the details:

Six Chuter P3 Lite and Continental Cargo trailer offered as a package: $13,000

I’ve made a video series of the P3 and the trailer below.  If you have any questions or want any other pictures of anything let me know.

Just so you know, I’m going to keep flying this little beastie until it sells.  It ain’t going to be sitting around collecting dust!

Lastly I just want to say what a great team Six Chuter is.  They have bent over backwards to help me with any issue that has cropped up.  Even if that issue was only in my head.  They provide EXCELLENT factory support and you couldn’t find a better bunch of guys and gals to deal with.

 

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On “Not Waiting Until Someday”

One of the discussions my wife and I have from time to time is that we don’t want to wait until “someday” to do things.  Mainly travel and seeing the country.  I remember my parents having the same discussions except someday never came for my mother.  Mom and Dad got to travel a bit but didn’t get to see the country like they wanted.  I’m making plans for an early retirement but again, that’s someday.

To help bring someday a little closer I have come to a decision.  It’s not an easy one for me to make.  If you know me or have read this blog much you KNOW how big a part of my life aviation is.  For over 25 years aviation has been a part of who I am.  But it’s not a part of who my wife is.  And she’s an even bigger part of who I am.  I have decided to sell my powered parachute and trailer and begin the process of buying a smaller travel trailer that I can tow with my truck.  As much as I enjoy flying, I think I would enjoy weekend trips and camping with her even more.

I used to feel sorry for the pilots I knew that seemingly one day decided to just sell their airplane and buy a motorhome.  I couldn’t understand their motivations.  I remember declaring “I’ll never do that!”  Well… I’m ready to do that.  Now, this doesn’t mean we’ve given up our dream of big truck, big 5th wheel trailer to travel in full-time.  That will still happen… someday.  But for the here and now, we’ll settle for a somewhat smaller dream.

I just have to figure out how to break it to the guys at Six Chuter.  They have been wonderful at helping me through every issue I’ve encountered and all issues appear to be ironed out now.  Someone is going be buying themselves a wonderful machine!  I’ll be coming up with a “For Sale” post on this blog soon.

Union Valley Reservoir

Last weekend Cristy and I took a day trip up to Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin area of the El Dorado National Forest.  It’s located just southwest of Lake Tahoe at about 4000 foot elevation in the Sierra Nevada mountains.   We wanted to hike, stroll really, a bike path that runs along the shoreline of the reservoir.  More info on the path is located on Trailink.com.

We stopped for lunch first at a pho restaurant in Pollack Pines (this was nothing to write home about).  The atmosphere and wait staff was great but the food was just a little bland for our tastes.  Maybe they tone it down for their clientele, I don’t know.  There are better options in the area for food so I won’t say much more about this place.

After lunch we made our way down the winding road that leads to the trail head at Jones Fork Campground.  All the day use parking was taken up but I was able to squeeze my truck onto the side of the road.  We walked through the small campground and started down the bike path.  It was really a gorgeous walk.  The path is paved asphalt so walking was really easy.  There are interpretive signs along the way that explain what Union Valley Reservoir is for, why it was built, why it’s called that etc.  (If you really want to know, ask me!)

We walked down to the boat launch area at Fashoda Campground and then crossed over to the beach on the other side of the peninsula.  This was a large sandy beach set aside for swimming.  There are lots of rocks in the sand on the edges of the beach so watch your toes!  It was too tempting to just sit in the shade in the sand rather than hike on so we just kicked back, watched the boats on the lake and talked.  After an hour or so we decided we better head back.  After we still have to drive 2.5 hours to get home.

Union Valley Reservoir is a gem in the Sierras.  We were there on a Saturday and while all the camgrounds were full, there was not a lot of people there.  We never saw another soul on the bike path when we were walking it.  I’d really love to go back here and camp some time.

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An Awesome Week!

So I’ve been going through some of the blogs and YouTube channels I follow.  I’ve been enjoying all the amazing adventures these folks seem to have on a daily basis.  So I want to tell you about my adventures this week!  First of all, on Monday I got up and went to work!!  Isn’t that amazing!  It was so much fun I didn’t have any time to take any selfies.  After an AMAZING day at work I went home and… ate dinner with my family!!  I know, awesome right?!!  We Netflixed and watched re-runs of Person of Interest which was AMAZING!  But that’s not all, just before bed… I hope you’re sitting down… I took… A SHOWER!!

It was AMAZING!!

So yeah, my tongue is firmly in my cheek as I write this.  It’s okay to have regular days.  You don’t have to live up to the artificial expectations you see in social media.  They aren’t having as much fun as they appear to be.  You can have fun in the here and now and you don’t have to tell the world about it.  (Even though I just did)  ((Well, all 5 of the people who actually subscribe to my blog and have made it this far once they found out there’s no pictures)).

Get out of social media.  Read a book.  Take a walk.  Just live in the moment and enjoy it.  You don’t have to brag about it to your (so-called) friends.  And don’t believe the hype you see on social media.  It isn’t what it appears to be.

Just…            live.

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.

 

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.