Finally had some good weather & a day off so I got up early Sunday morning & went to a nearby baseball park. Been flying this park for a while even though it's kind of a tight take off area surrounded by trees & light poles. Light winds, wet grass & whispy clouds..gave way to a nice forward launch & a twenty minute flight until the wind picked up & got a little bumpy. My machine is a Miniplane 80 & the glider is a custom color Macpara Charger..easy inflation & wing tip steering, this thing just wants to soar..like me.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
In April I had a major life event. During maintenance on my Air conception paramotor in my garage, I broke the usual safety routine & ghosted some fingers on my right hand. My son who was home visiting, applied a tourniquet, got me to a nearby fire station & I was in surgery within a couple hours. Once I got past the shock of what happened, a voice inside said I would fly again, ride again & this would not decide my destiny. After six weeks of healing, I met with the team at Advanced Arm Dynamics for options & decided to try for a mechanical device with metal fingers first, since the insurance co. usually denies the bionic devices. While waiting for the insurance to go thru, I started making my own finger devices, each with it's own purpose, which is actually fun to create. 77 days after the incident, I flew my Miniplane 80 at the park, the next day I rode the motorcycle to work & there was a major accomplishment at work the same week. Since there are so many changes going on, it was time to re-work these blog posts from just desert trips.. to all activities of redemption whenever they happen.
|July 2nd, 1st flight since injury with "Stealth" glove.|
|"The Spartacus":silicone from Etsy.com,everything else from scratch.|
|"Stealth Mode": poseable wooden fingers to fly & ride.|
|"The Gargoyle": wood & copper steampunk|
|Custom throttle assist & brake extension for the bike.|
Friday, March 10, 2017
After a cold, wet winter in the city, it was time to catch some sun & ride the desert wind for this first trip of 2017. I made a couple of nice paramotor flights, visited John at The Field Lab and relocated my firepit & gazebo into the new area cleared by my dozer guy. Eventually this spot will be for a large stone cabin..since I have an abundant supply of natural building blocks all around me. For now, it'll just be one of my wide open relaxation spaces.
|Beer braised stuffed steak on rocket stove.|
|Horizons in the mist.|