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When I was 21, I learned how to fly fixed-wing craft, starting with a Cessna 150 and then graduating - to Howard Harding's chagrin - to a PA-28 140. It was expensive, but fun. And I thought I enjoyed flying.

This morning, Val Larson - may the hair on his toes never fall out! - took me for a jaunt in his powered parachute.



What a hoot! To be able to skim over the ground a mere 2 feet above the cornstalks, or soar up to 900 feet of altitude at will, came close to what it must feel like to fly without mechanical assistance. Better than the "soaring" exhibit at Epcot...

This little craft is amazingly maneuverable, and much safer than a fixed-wing craft. Engine failure? Just pick a spot and glide down at a leisurely rate of descent.

Me want...


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secoh
Jul. 9th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
that looks like SO much fun!!

wow, ground looks as brown there as here this time of year...
ccdesan
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
There is a lot of green, but many of the fields are fallow and brown, and burning up. Heatwave and drought will do that to you...
carlfoxmarten
Jul. 10th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
Wow.

If we could just automate the task of deploying and stowing the parachute, this would be the REAL aircar!

It's so safe (compared to other ideas), so small, so light, so everything else.
I'd bet you don't even need a license for it, either!
ccdesan
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
License is minimal, but they just changed the rules, per my host, and in order to fly a two-seater you must now qualify for sport-pilot, which requires a bit more training.

The stowing and retracting thing made me think of Count Dooku's solar sail craft... if only!
alaskawolf
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
what a rush :)

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