Flying alone is certainly appealing and often necessary if your friends are working or doing something else, but things can go wrong. Jeff Goin and Michael Purdy talk about a newish pilot who was recently hurt enough to be immobile, and laid there for hours after flying alone. We'll look at the risks and what can be done to reduce them.
The Golden West Fly-In is coming soon and John Gibson joins us to talk about it. There are a lot of things going on at the event as well as some new attractions such as the alternate engine round-up and an outreach to ultralight and light sport pilots.
Jeff Goin just returned from "The Endless Foot Drag" Fly-In. He has a full report including the first competition under the new rules. On a related subject, Michael Purdy and Jeff Goin discuss whether PPG competitions should favor (the much faster) reflex wings. All this and more on the Powered Paragliding Show.
Last week Jeff Goin began explaining how the updated rules for powered paragliding competition will make the contests more media friendly, more pilot friendly, easier to run, easier to set up, require fewer judges, and be more fun to participate in. This week we get the details. And Michael, Jeff and Bob will talk about the Endless Foot Drag where the new rules will be premiered.
Jeff Goin reports in with stories about the Beach Blast event in Florida and the competition held there. He also talks with Michael Purdy about new competition rules enacted by the USPPA.
Paratoys is the biggest powered paragliding company in North America and perhaps the world. As usual, the company has a lot going on in terms of new engines, paramotors, wings and more. Owner Mike Robinson brings us up to speed on what's new and what's on the way.
When training, information is what it is all about. However, instructors need to be concerned about providing advanced information too early in a student pilot's flight training. Michael Purdy talks to Jeff Goin about why he will never show a student the "Advanced Kiting" video to pre-solo students again. Which brings up thoughts on which of the basic kiting techniques is best for new students.
Michael Purdy speaks with Mike Armstrong, Director of Sales and Marketing of Skytoy, a new powered paragliding company. Years in development, the company offers an interesting paramotor engine that is about to shake up the sport. If you have not yet heard of this company, here's your chance.
Michael Purdy visits with Chris Page, the Producer, Director, Editor and Pilot in the new award-winning documentary movie about powered paragliding called Into the Wind II, The Adventure Continues. This movie is a sequel to Into the Wind 1 that came out in 2006 and won several awards from film festivals and was shown on PBS. The new movie had its world premiere this month during Worldfest, the 44th Annual Houston International Festival and has won a coveted REMI Award. Chris talks about how the movie follows PPG pilots as they enjoy sport flying in locations such as Monument Valley, Utah, Texas, and Moscow, Russia.