So as you know I crashed my airplane. The insurance company decided to total it when they found out what it would take to repair it. I have since sold my hangar at Oakdale Airport as well so I have completely divested myself of Part 91 General Aviation. It’s been a big part of my life until know. It was not an easy decision. A fact that is not lost on my wife. She’s still in disbelief.
I have since used the money to pay off all our debts. We are completely debt-free. No mortgage, no car payments, no credit card payments. No more consumer debt. I also used the money to begin training and flying a new form of aircraft. Something that I can put in the back of my mini-van. I call it an airport-in-a-box. I have taken up powered paragliding.
I went to Paradrenalin.com just north of Pheonix and trained with Ryan Shaw. Within two days he had me flying alone. The next day were touch and goes. The next day was picking up the equipment I had purchased.
The most rewarding flight so far was the one at Franklin Field because I did everything on my own with no help setting up or judging the wind. I still made some mistakes but I got into the air very quickly, about 75 feet for the takeoff run. I’m still hunting for areas to fly (they call them LZs for landing zones). But I’m sure that more and more will be added to the list!
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Glad you are back in the air, for take off with powered paragliding do you need someone to tow you (like gliders) or the power of the engine is enough for take off ? what’s the maximum wind you can operate ?
The engine is plenty powerful enough to get me off the ground. No tows are necessary. My last takeoff I think I rolled somewhere between 50 and 75 feet. On landing, ground roll was like 5 feet.
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