I broke my leg about 7 years ago on a botched pg launch at ~3500m in the Andes. It was windy, I was distracted and rushed. I didn’t bother walking back up after fixing the first tangle so ended up hitting the road 5m below launch and busted my right ankle. It needed a few operations, a plate and screws, took awhile to heal.
And then my son came along. I tried to get back into flying but after a few sketchy landings I decided that I couldn’t justify the risk anymore as I could recall all the close calls I’d had and the many injured and dead friends. I decided that the responsibility of being a father is more important than pointless risk taking.
I knew that I wouldn’t be able to limit myself to safe coastal soaring so I avoided all my pilot friends to curb the addiction. It worked. But it’s hard to forget the joy of flying…
One day I ran into an old sailor that recommended paramotoring as a much safer alternative. But the noise and motor hassles have always been unappealing to me. Then I discovered OpenPPG the other day. This is what I’ve been waiting for.
With this lightweight electric paramotor I can avoid driving or hiking to sketchy launch sites and pretty much launch from anywhere down in the valley, climb up to thermals and fly all day! If I lose all lift, at the flick of button I can quietly power over to the nearest likely thermal and keep flying or head back to the truck or other preferred LZ. That’s amazing. Bopping around with just the motor is probably fun too. I want one asap!
Electric-assisted free flight changes the game, XC flying just became much easier and safer. Am I right?