Update: I’m now a pilot myself, and flew at the 2015 Salton Sea fly-in. Photos from the 2015 fly-in start on Day 544, and a video montage of my flights at the fly-in can be viewed on Day 553. I also flew the 2016 Salton Sea fly-in, starting on Day 887.
Shabbos was nice, we spent some time watching the flyers and asking questions. We learned a lot, much like the times we were accidentally imbedded in a motocross hillclimbing competition and stumbled into a competition involving quail, horses, and dogs.
Today I was running around with the camera, photographing the pilots and their machines. It still amazes me that an aircraft that can fit in the trunk of a car can be assembled and launched in 15 minutes, and can be flown for 2-4 hours on a tank of gas.
Most pilots were foot launching paragliders with back-mounted paramotors:
Jim does a power check before liftoff:
John does a flyby:
Casey Cadwell takes off:
John let me try on his paramotor:
Chad Bastion heads out:
These buggies are lifted by massive powered parachutes:
This plane is homebuilt and has a open cockpit:
Another flyby by John:
Kiting a wing:
I photographed Greg from takeoff through landing:
John heads out again:
Sunset brought great light:
Salton Sea winter:
What a day!