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Well, conditions meant that flying was a little bumpy today. The wind was coming in fairly strong from the east and we decided that it was still too wet underfoot to try out the new trike system. The last thing we wanted to do was dig a wheel in on landing and wreck the thing. Instead we each went for a quick flight. Ian was generous enough to let me try out his new machine. He hasn't flown it himself yet, but will do as soon as the field dries out. A previous paragliding ankle injury prevents him from foot launching a paramotor so he has built his own trike (Pictures of Ian's home built trike). The Simon RR generates a lot of thrust and I was able to make some very steeply banked right hand turns.

After a couple of flights just buzzing around the field Andre decided it was time for an experiment. He wanted to hook up a paraglider to his kite lines. Now the kite is 3 square metres and the paraglider is 24 square metres....time for the camcorder. It took a bit of setting up. We set up the speed system on the paraglider and attached the kite lines to the risers and brake toggles....

It actually worked! Andre managed to get the thing to fly, although at any position other than directly overhead he seemed to be being dragged around the field. He actually managed to get airborn for a whole 3 seconds too! So, the next time you are thinking of flying and find the wind is too strong grab some kite lines and away you go instead fun.

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