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Preparing for the Clinic

Contents:

1. Links to Read, Bookmarks, and Waivers
2. Location and Schedule
3. Things to Bring
4. Coming and Going
5. Watching the Weather
6. Will You Get To Fly?
7. Other

1. Links to Read, Bookmarks, and Waivers

Please be sure to read:

http://ppglessons.com/clinics.html

and bookmark:

http://ppglessons.com/links.html

The first page provides some basic info about what to expect during the clinic. The second link contains all the resources we'll use during the clinic.

Please also print, initial each page, and sign the following waivers:

Tandem Waiver Nick Antonaccio (for working with me)

Financial Responsibility Agreement (in case you break any equipment)

USPPA Waiver (for the land owners)

Blackhawk Purchase Waiver (for working with their equipment)

If you have any trouble printing the waivers, I'll have paper copies ready sign, but getting them done beforehand saves us precious time at the field.

2. Location and Schedule

The location which has been confirmed for training this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15) is Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA:

http://www.amesburytrails.net/woodsom-farm

The address is listed as 208 Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury, and it can be found on Google Maps by searching "Woodsom Park, Lions Mouth Road, Amesbury, MA". We'll spend our time in the fields across the street, behind the Woodsom Farm Learning Center. There is a parking lot by the soccer fields at the head of the hiking trail that goes through the park. There's a map of the park on the web site. It's probably easiest to call me when you arrive, to clarify how to find the parking lot.

We'll be ready to work at 9am Saturday, possibly earlier on Sunday, for anyone who wants to get in extra time. I may stay through Monday if some of the group wants the extra day.

If you have any other potential local site(s) that you'd like me to check out, if you want help speaking with any nearby property owners, etc., please let me know as soon as possible.

3. Things to Bring

Please bring good shoes that can grip the grass, with ankle support if you need it (a pair of trail runners is a common choice, as are hiking boots, although heavy boots can be tiring).

Most students use an inexpensive skate or bike helmet (~$25 at Walmart). I'll have comms that work best with helmets that have open ears, but you can use any other type you own (again, heavy ones can lead to fatigue). I'll have a few extra helmets, but likely not enough for the entire group.

Please bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, sun and bug protection, light work gloves, and a phone/tablet with an Internet connection, if you have one. We'll use Internet devices to look at all the ground school documents, weather links, air space charts, etc.

Since we'll be in a field, bringing a light weight seating pad or chair is also a good idea (though not necessary). I'll bring an 11'x9' tent that we can share if needed.

I've spoken with almost everyone about bringing the right size engines, harnesses and wings, but if you could please send me a text with your current height and weight, that will ensure I bring everything required.

4. Coming and Going

There are porta potties on site, but no source for water or food at the park. We'll likely do a couple group meals at local fast food restaurants (to get some indoor rest, and to cover ground school topics).

You can come and go from the field as you please, rest whenever you need, and bring friends to watch, but I will likely be occupied helping students the entire day, and will have very little time to hang out casually. Use your time as needed, I'll cover everything multiple times with everyone, we'll take turns doing simulator work and ground school between stretches of kiting practice.

5. Watching the Weather

Training is necessarily weather dependent, so please keep in touch with me by phone (voice or text), especially the last few days before the clinic. You can find an overview of forecast winds and weather at:

https://windmapper.com/forecast/Amesbury%20c

(Note that any weather predictions only start to become reliable 1-3 days beforehand).

When weather doesn't allow for flying, kiting, or other outdoor activities, we will cover ground school materials (air space, weather, laws, etc.), simulator training, machine setup, and other study. If the clinic looks like it will get completely blown out, we'll make the call to reschedule.

Any flights will typically occur during the first few hours of the morning, and the last few hours before sunset.

6. Will You Get To Fly?

Safety is my #1 priority. If weather doesn't allow for safe flights, or if you can't keep the wing stable over your head while kiting, then launching will not be possible. Please be aware that if this is your first 2-day clinic, there is a strong possibility you may not get up in the air. I'll do everything possible to use our time together effectively, but if you rush to launch with an oscillating or pitching wing, you can be sure to rip lines and fabric, break machine parts, and potentially hurt yourself. Please read http://ppglessons.com/clinics.html to ensure there are no surprises about what to expect during your first training sessions.

If weather allows, tandem flights are a great way to get practice in the air, but they are only possible if wind conditions are perfect. Running together in a dual harness setup, while kiting a massive 42 square meter wing and carrying the heaviest engine available, is only manageable if winds provide gently helpful air speed. Too much or too little wind, wind coming from a hazardous direction, high density altitude conditions, or any other weather which could hinder launch does limit the potential to take tandem flights.

Please understand that I'll do everything to get you flying as soon and as much as possible, but I will not take any chances with safety.

7. Other

Training is a lot of fun, but also a lot of hard work. Please come well rested and completely sober. If you have any physical ailments, if you are taking any medications, or if you otherwise have any challenges that may impair your performance during our time together, please let me know before taking part.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone! Please call me if you have any questions at all.

- Nick Antonaccio 215-630-6759