Monday, December 30, 2013

Heavy

Started a Facebook page for the powered paragliding adventure.  Thanks to my friend Paul Szendrey for giving me the idea of using the name The Flight Lab.  Check it out and "like" the page if you are so inclined.  There will be some extras there that won't be posted on the blog.

Put the rig on my back for the first time yesterday.  That thing is pretty dang heavy.  I have never worn a backpack with that much heft.  Kinda counter intuitive to add that much weight to me in order to become lighter than air.  Did a supply run to Alpine today and decided to pick up a bathroom scale so I would know exactly how much it weighed.  The motor, frame, and harness come in at 68.8 lbs.  Add a full tank of gas to that ( 2.5 gallons at 6 lbs/gallon) and I will have to tote 83.8 lbs. for a short time in order to get airborne.  I am counting on the fact that there are lots of folks out there doing this with ease.  43,58,26,0,C,0

8 comments:

RossA said...

If I ever get a chance to visit Texas, I'll come visit you. I have been following you for about a year and am envious of the success that you have had. More power to ya! In the Air and in the Field.

C T Dunn said...

Don't kid yourself, those that think going up in one of those things is easy will have a rude introduction to the ground. Good luck in your adventure and always have a friend nearby. Just in case. Next try an ultralight, I haven't but a Cessna was lots of fun for me. That was years ago.

Unknown said...

I am in trigued by your fancy for flight... but I refuse to expose my computer equipment and privacy to the real of facebook. Sorry - no way!

pw said...

This is the correct FB address:
https://www.facebook.com/theflightlab

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