Witteberg – Maiden Flight

Some photographs from the first PPG flight in the Witteberg Private Nature Reserve.  I sneaked in the flight at sunset as the gusty daytime winds died off.  By the time it came to launch, there was not a breath of wind.  This was a serious test for my new Ozone Speedster – zero wind reverse launch at 3000ft ASL.  The pictures tell the story.  Credit to John Roos for the shots of me flying:

The old farmhouse, where a PPG-suitable take-off area is located
The old farmhouse, where a PPG-suitable take-off area is located
Preparing the paramotor in the evening light
Preparing the paramotor in the evening light
Dressed for flight
Dressed for flight
Helmet and comms on
Helmet and comms on

Waiting for a breath of wind that never came
Waiting for a breath of wind that never came

 

Reverse pull-up
Reverse pull-up
run run run run
run run run run

 

Airborne!
Airborne!
The northern end of the reserve from the air
The reserve homestead and northern entrance from the air, showing the old cultivated areas which are being rehabilitated to fynbos
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The Khaya and camping area from the air
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Sunset over the reserve
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Low pass of the filed before landing

Two days later I got to explore the whole area by PPG – click here to read the story.

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