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  • Soaring like an Eagle ... and Flying with the wind

    A couple of weeks ago I started a brand new love affair. I want to soar like an eagle and fly with the wind. I've started training to qualify for a licence to fly a Powered Paraglider. You put a motor with a prop on your back, harness yourself to a parachute wing, start the motor, run a short take off run from almost anywhere, and then fly off into the sunset like below :

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    The Paraglider itself is an amazing subject to shoot:

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    Apart from the adrenalin rush associated with when you put your life at risk, the aim is to shoot photos from a perspective not usually available to most people. Here's a combo selfie while flying a powered paraglider over Pulau Indah, and a photo of a shipyard between my feet which I shot :

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    The first stage of learning to fly a powered paraglider is called kiting. You've got to learn how to fill the parasail with the wind, bring it up over your head, and learn the inputs needed to balance it, to turn it left or right, to collapse it, and to raise it up again. The key word is to be gentle. She needs only gentle responses in order to fill up and stay up. Took me almost two hours to begin to commit the appropriate inputs to my auto memory ....

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    Once the wing is overhead, you learn how to control it. Pull left to turn left, pull right to turn right, and pull both sides to flare the wing and slow down. To climb simply turn on the power. To glide down , turn down the power. Easy Peasy.
    In the early stages, you learn the controls by flying tandem with your instructor on a Trike.

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    When you are ready, you will be allowed to fly solo by foot launching your wing. Paul Sack my good buddy, qualified to go solo in a record 5 days. Here's Paul flying solo on a glorious evening at Pulau Indah

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    This is the dream...to soar like an eagle, to fly with the wind...
    Will update more info on my progress. If anybody wants to try this out with a view to taking it up, please contact me for a free check out flight, by PM or email or phone.

    • RAD
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      Wow! Congrats Uncle!

    • digitalartist
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      Thanks drebarbelon and RAD. Cost only RM7 an hour to fly, compared to RM700 for the Cessnas at the Selangor Flying Club. Paul Sack went solo in 5 days. I took a little bit longer ... 16 days, and that's because it rained everytime we went out to the flying site at Pulau Indah to practice kiting. You can probably do it in 5 days too, so factor a 5 days break in your jalan jalan when you are back here, because Paul was supposed to return home to Beijing after a photo trip to Myanmar. He simply moved his tickets a week, and used the time to train up. Our aim is to do a copycat of George Steinmetz. Thinking of bringing our PPGs to the Danakil Depression when we return to Ethiopia from 1-18 May 2014. Wanna come?

      http://vimeo.com/51303681

    • drebarbelon
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      Re: Article: Soaring like an Eagle ... and Flying with the wind

      WOW!!! thanks for the link...amazing!!

      but all my leave for next year have already been allocated on other dates..can't change them unfortunately...plus will be very busy after September 2014 as I will be doing my conversion course to the "Air Big Momma Bus" a.k.a The Dugong...
      Am sure the trip's gonna be awesome!!

      DB
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