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    Super STOL,Gotta Luv those Bush Pilots

    I think there was a headwind involved...
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    And you maybe thought your TW operated at slow speeds...
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    Guess I'm in a bush plane mood.
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    Very amazing, gutsy, and skilled. Fun to watch these.

    I'm gonna have to study the last video. It looks like he's flying in the Three Finger Rock and upper Owyhee Lake area. Some of the land marks look awfully close to what I've seen.
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    Very cool videos Fred. I was around a lot of STOL equipped light bush planes growing up in Alaska. Always wanted to fly but am blind in one eye so unable to licence. To fulfil the desire I took up paragliding for about 8 years... no licence required and my plane fit under the staircase. Thanks for the videos

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    Impressive!
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    So troll, wasn't the paragliding equally, or more difficult without depth perception? If you misjudge something isn't it a little hard to feed in some throttle if there ain't no throttle to feed in? I tease Tom, the Dryden-Tdub, about jumping, falling out or getting pushed out of a perfectly good airchine but to throw oneself off a cliff is truly a leap of faith. Impressive to say the least!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    So troll, wasn't the paragliding equally, or more difficult without depth perception? If you misjudge something isn't it a little hard to feed in some throttle if there ain't no throttle to feed in? I tease Tom, the Dryden-Tdub, about jumping, falling out or getting pushed out of a perfectly good airchine but to throw oneself off a cliff is truly a leap of faith. Impressive to say the least!
    Yes Fred, depth perception can be an issue. I use other cues having to do with speed and motion as well as horizon changes. And you are right there is no throttle to feed in or out. It is a very dangerous sport there is no doubt. On my first training course, on the third day I had to provide emergency first aid and put the senior instructor in the hospital with a broken leg and a fractured pelvis (he was actually lucky he wasn't killed). It is like mountain climbing... most who stay in the sport for long get hurt. I quit after seeing a few bad events... also realizing that as I was getting older my reaction time was slowing down. There is nothing like being 6 thousand over and looking up only to realize you are flying a tent fly and are attached to it with dental floss.
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    While BS-ing with a paragliding buddy while he was packing for a trip I half jokingly asked when he had last re-packed his reserve shoot. "Way too long." So I teased that his wife would insist he re-pack it now. Low and behold that thing would not deploy no matter how hard he pulled lanyard while I held onto the reserve. It had been compressed under other gear for so long velcro quick release halves had a death grip on each other. Could have been ugly had he needed it in an inoperable condition. Funny thing, he gave up the sport not too long afterwards. He just climbs moutains now, no longer jumps off of them.
    Lesson learned? Test your assumptions and check your safety gear often, whether it be air pressure in the wife's spare tire or that spare fuse and master link tucked away in your TW toolkit. When you need it you need it.
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    As long as I am hijacking my own flying oriented thread here is some cool footage. Note minute 4:00. As Tom can attest anyone can fall out of an airplane, but how many can then re-enter another plane in a dive?

    I posted this as a cheerful counterpoint after watching some other videos of squishy base jumping and wing-suit mishaps.
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