Do's & DON'TS

This page is for lessons learned that should be shared. 'Little things' can potentially have a BIG impact, (pun intended), if ignored.
All members are encouraged to conribute.

DO Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups.

DO...Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

listen and learn from pilots you know to have extensive experience
DON'T listen to pilots that only claim to have extensive experience. (Experience comes from hours flown not from years in the sport). From Bohdan

wear a loose fiting peak cap instead of a helmet....especially if your shroud netting has big gaps, ('cap-gaps').
From Bohdan

 fix your hard plastic fuel filter where it can be effected by vibration. The brass filter insert can get dislodged allowing crap to block your 'lint filter' in the carb. From Bohdan

neglect your 'belly button lint filter' in the carby, they can and DO get blocked...particularly if your fuel filter is subject to vibrations. From Bohdan

DO be aware of ALL obstacles infront of you during launch and have a 'plan B'...and be prepared to use it! From Bohdan

DON'T disregard cliff top rotor...The higher and steeper the cliff the worse the rotor...even in apparent mild conditions. From Bohdan

DON'T......ignore new or unusual noises or vibration during flight.
DO....Land and investigate at the earliest possible time. Things can and will fall off.
DO...Always have a spare prop on hand unless your happy to sit back and watch everyone else flying.
No photo’s available but reward offered for anyone finding a Top80 carbon fibre prop in the Ardmona area.
Jack Farrall

DON'T rely solely on the security of a pocket or the belt clip on your radio to keep it in place.
DO....always fit a lanyard threading it over one of the harness straps for extra security.
Agin...No photo’s available but reward offered for anyone finding an Icom 41s uhf radio in the Ardmona area.
Jack Farrall

Don't fly acro type manuevers over land without a reserve chute
Do carry at least a hook knife (if not also a floatation device) if doing 'manuevers' over water
Do have plenty of altitude when doing 'stunts' or acro type manuevers
Don't neglect your gear which includes your wing (lines and fabric do deteriorate over time regardless of hours flown).
Don't fly like a 'Top Gun' pilot on sub standard gear
By Bohdan on behalf of Teo

Some 'words of wisdom' while this page is populated by members contributions

Fly it until the last piece stops moving

The propeller is just a big fan to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat

Without fuel, pilots become pedestrians.

Regards engine power: Lots is good, more is better, and too much is just enough.

Experience is the knowledge that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

There are some flight instructors where the student is important, and there are some instructors where the instructor is important. Pick carefully.

Experience is a hard teacher. First comes the test, then the lesson.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.

Never let your aircraft take you somewhere you brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.... Landing is the first!

A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A 'great landing.' is one after which you can use the paramotor another time.

Definition of 'pilot': The first one to arrive at the scene of an aircraft accident.

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots.

He who sees first, lives longest.

In thrust I trust.

Those who hoot with the owls by night, should not fly with the eagles by day.

Fly with the eagles, or scratch with the chickens.

Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity, an paramotor flies because of money.

The similarity between a duty pilot and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies.
If duty pilot screws up, the pilot dies.

It's better to break ground and head into the wind than to break wind and head into the ground.

Flying is not Nintendo. You don't push a button and start over.

Paramotor pilots believe in clean living. They never drink whiskey from a dirty glass. (actually that's bullshit)

It is far better to arrive late in this world than early in the next.

If God had meant for men to fly he would have made their bones hollow and not their heads.

What's the difference between God and pilots? God doesn't think he's a pilot.

Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

You can land anywhere once.

Paramotoring the perfect sport for a man who wants to feel like a boy, but not for one who still is.

There are four ways to fly: the right way, the wrong way, the clubs way or your peers way. Only one counts.

I want to die like my grandfather did, peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming in terror like his passenger.

Paramotoring is not so much a sport as it is a disease.

The nicer a paramotor looks, the better it flies.

If it fly's, floats, or fucks; it's always cheaper to rent than to buy.

All paramotor engines work on the same principle: Suck, squeeze, bang, blow.

CAUTION: Aviation may be hazardous to your wealth.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it; if it ain't fixed, don't fly it.

If it won't budge force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

The worst day of flying still beats the best day of work.

New HGFA motto: We're not happy, till you're not happy.

There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Gravity, it's not just a good idea, it's the law.

The Law of Gravity is not a general rule.

Flying at night is the same as flying in the day, except you can't see.

When starting out in flying it is not unusual to be overwhelmed, terrified, suffer from lack of confidence and be just plain scared. As experience grows, self confidence replaces fear . . . but after a time, when you think you have seen it all, you realize your initial reactions to flying were correct.

The average paramotor pilot, despite the sometimes swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. These feelings just don't involve anyone else.

Gravity is bullshit: The Earth sucks.

Death is a small price to pay for looking shit hot.

Work hard, fly hard, play hard, and stay hard.

If something hasn't broken on your paramotor, it's about to.

Flying is better than walking. Walking is better than running. Running is better than crawling. All of these however, are better than extraction by a Med-Evac helicopter, even if this is technically a form of flying.

One of the beautiful things about a single piloted aircraft is the quality of the social experience.

If flying were the language of man, soaring would be its poetry.

Gliding is to power flying as seduction is to rape.

Any comment about how well things are going is an absolute guarantee of trouble.

A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside. It's worse.

Son, I was flying paragliders when you were still in liquid form.

In a world in which we are all slaves to the laws of gravity, I'm proud to be counted as one of the freedom fighters!

Let's make a 360 and get the hell out of here!?!

Don't trust nobody and don't do nothing dumb.

One who flies with fear encourages fate.

Pilots are just plane people with a special air about them.

Remember, you’re always a student in an airplane.

Keep looking around; there's always something you've missed.

Fuel in the tanks is limited. Gravity is forever.

Never trust a fuel gauge.

Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your launches

Some Basic Flying Tips

  • Try to stay in the middle of the air.
  • Do not go near the edges of it.
  • The edges of the air can be recognised by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there. 

This page is in its infancy and will be added to continuously. After a recent incident I experienced I felt this page might help others avoid costly repairs, inpractical outlandings and even injury or worse.
If you have something you have experienced you feel should be added to this list, please email it along with any relevant images to Bohdan. 

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