Day 292: Blackhawk Powered Paragliding Training, Day 2

Today we did our first tow launches.  We are attached to a rope that runs to a high speed winch that pulls us into the air, cresting at roughly 50 feet above the ground.

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There’s still a lot of running to be done as I generate enough forward motion to inflate 28 square meters of wing:

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A little bit of lift:

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Unfortunately I didn’t depower the wing on landing so it fell on top of me.  I understand this is called a “gift wrap”:

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Flying high!  The first time was terrifying, but the second time was much better:

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Touchdown!

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The kids loved the ranch dogs, Sassy and Buddy:

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Coming back from the tow run with my wing:

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The kids worked on tessellations in math class:

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As the winds picked up, Mark helped me practice the reverse launch:

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Again, towards sunset, the winds died down and I was able to practice the forward launch:

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Tomorrow we will practice launches wearing the motor.

Day 291: Blackhawk Powered Paragliding Training, Day 1
Day 293: Blackhawk Powered Paragliding Training, Day 3

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