A different kind of flying....

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  1. diddyriddick

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    I had the opportunity this weekend to take a different kind of flight. A couple that are friends own an ultralight experimental powered parachute aircraft. While I would never have even seriously thought about flying in one, they offered. I knew about the reputation they have as unsafe, but if I trust anybody with my life, it is Steve. He is a retired Highway Patrol Captain and plays everything by the numbers. That a/c was cleaner than my silverware so I had reasonable confidence.

    I gotta say that it was an absolute blast! I've always loved flying, but this was different. Being able to see the ground between your feet was disquieting, but at the same time exhilarating. Would I spend the money to buy and fly one? Nah. Would I fly again if they offered another opportunity? Oh, yeah!
     

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    :thumbleft: That's cool! Not sure that I would want to do that, but it does look like fun.
     
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    There's a saying about "old men and their toys", but I don't remember it. Donno if I wanna try that or not !

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    Very cool!
     
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    Diddy, looks like a blast, i almost bought one a few years ago. there was a guy selling one at a motorcycle show. the whole thing fit in a small trailer and takeoff was from any country road with little traffic. he had a two seater version and we flew for about a half hour. should have bought the damn thing
     
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    Don't know about that. I might try it but I probably wouldn't get higher than 10 or 15 feet.
     
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    That's pretty cool!

    They have a smaller version that you actually strap on like a back pack - not sure I'd fly that one either! :lol:
     
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    Back in my younger days, I think I would give it a try.

    Not any more! :lol:

    TO
     
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    Nearly bought the 'back pack' version about four years ago. As an experienced parachutist, and one time PPL, the whole concept really appealed to me - fly around 'gracefully', enjoy the freedom (within reason, in UK airspace!), a bit of 'hedge-hopping', and land on a sixpence (dime).
    Then reality kicked in !
    Suffering from RA, how the h*ll would I strap the thing on, let alone fly it?!!
    Really envy your experience there Diddy !
     
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    Very cool Diddy!!:thumbright: :cool: I've seen them flying at airshows. I think I'll stick with the real thing for now.:)
     
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    Looks like it was a blast!
     
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