A list of Instructor Admins has been added on the Schools Page.
Read more about the FAA’s Exemption Denial here.
The FAA has denied our request for an exemption of FAR 103.1 to allow wheeled tandems saying that, among other things, they are no longer going to approve exemptions of definitions. So if we want to apply for a wheeled exemption, it would have to be under the Light Sport Rules. This also implies that future foot-launch tandem exemptions will have to be done in the same way.
Since foot launched craft are not part of the Light Sport Rules, this makes no sense. We will be exploring options.
It does not change operations under our existing exemption but does mean that a different tact will need to be steered.
The link for used gear has been added to our new site under the “More” menu.
Many, if not most, competition pylon racing wings are now coming with, or have an optional Speedbar Trimmer Interconnect (STI) system. It is intended to put most speed control, including trimmers, in the speedbar. Basically, pressing the speedbar activates the speedsystem AND lets up the trimmers.
As this is a test question on the new PPG 3 exam, we wanted to provide some educational material on it for reference. Please do not copy or redisplay this illustration; it is provided here by permission.
It is a schematic to illustrate the basic concept of system operation. Since pressure is so much higher on the A’s, the default condition when armed is no speedbar, trims slow (or neutral depending on glider).
A failure of the interconnect line will let the wing go to the trimmer selected setting which would normally be fast if the system is in use.
In a front tuck situation the system would allow the trimmers to go full fast on the tucked side. This is clearly a design for experienced pilots who will react properly to dynamic situations with quick and appropriate responses. Even then, it is largely experimental (as are most pylon racing wings) and is not likely to be certified in any way.
As always, pilots should base their understanding on a careful reading of the wing’s Pilot Manual.
This is commonly called the PK System, named after its inventor Paap Kolar.
Our Fall flying event @ Campbell Field Airport, Sep 10 – 13, 2015. Camp In / Fly In. Bring your camper, tent, PPG, PPC, PG, Tow, Ultralite, Motor Bike, Cooler, BBQ Meat, etc The flying is amazing down at Campbell. Ocean 1.5 miles East, Bay 1.5 West. For those that attended Soar the Shore 2014 – please help spread the word how awesome it is! Just Google Weirwood Virginia and the pin will pop up right near the field. Please invite others and help spread the word.
Campbell Field Airport, May 21 – 25, 2015. Camp In / Fly In. Bring your camper, tent, PPG, PPC, PG, Tow, Ultralight, Motor Bike, Cooler, BBQ Meat, etc.. It’s going to be another awesome fly-in and fun weekend. Just Google Weirwood Virginia and the pin will pop up right near the field. Please invite others and help spread the word.
Thursday, Sept 10th to Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015
2527 S Lake Rd S, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
This fly-in is limited to PPG’s (including those with carts) for this event (sorry, no PPCs or other ultralights without prior approval). Rules are common sense, and there is no ratings requirement. No flying permitted without a signed waiver, briefing, and wristband. Primitive on-site camping is free and there’s plenty of room for RV’s (no hookups).
$30 registration includes camping, flying, and Saturday dinner. Fly-in t-shirts are discounted for registered pilots.
For more information contact: Brandon Oberlin at (317) 356-7664 or email [email protected] A Facebook event page will allow everyone to see who’s coming.
The only scheduled sanctioned U.S. Competition is happening on a huge expanse of grass. The “Endless Footdrag” again is providing the perfect spot. Come join us. It’s also a great opportunity to try your hand at precision flying, maneuvering and learning from fellow pilots.
Practice on Friday evening, May 22.
Competition on May 23, 0630am
Another round on May 23, 6:30pm
Make-up on Sunday, May 24, 6:30am and/or 6:30pm
Registration is $40
PayPal to River Valley Paragliding “[email protected]”