Saturday, June 08, 2019

We returned to our traditional Saturday meeting, this time it was held in Parque del Norte in Hatillo. Where the weather projections looked great to fly all day.

Pilots and family Kamikazes present:

Eduardo Pabon and his wife Esther
Pablo Cruz and his wife Millie
Chey Sánchez and his wife Arlene
Luis Ruiz, his wife Jessica and son Noah Enrique
Gregory Santiago and his daughter Keyra Lis
Alex Diaz and his wife Belén
Michael Diaz
Omar Román
Randy Tirado and a friend named José
Javier Ramírez

The weather, as expected, was excellent in the morning. Luis Ruiz, and later Gregory, Omar, Chey and Eduardo went all the way flying to Arecibo. Gregory and Eduardo even arrived at the Colon Statue locates in the border with Barceloneta.

Javier, the young and skillful student, arrived early, and after some inflation practices with the Apco Thrust where he showed great mastery in the practices. Luis asked him how he felt to try his first “solo” flight. Javier’s attitude was very positive. He said, let’s try.

So, while most of the pilots were flying towards Arecibo…

👉Gregory, Omar, Chey and Eduardo arriving at Arecibo👈

👉Team Kamikazes arriving at Faro Arecibo👈

👉Team Kamikazes arriving at Colon Statue👈

Luis prepared the equipment, communication systems, and in excellent conditions to fly, Javier launched like a professional. His first “solo” fly! He used the reliable Apco Thrust paraglider with the ultra-lightweight SkyMax EOS100 paramotor. Another new pilot joins Team Kamikazes and we keep adding 💪.

Felicidades al nuevo integrante del Team Kamikazes Paramotor Puerto Rico. Javier J. Ramirez, quien hoy Sábado voló por primera vez solo en el Parque del Norte Hatillo. Despegue y aterrizaje excelente. Pronto incluiré un vídeo con su aterrizaje. Que sean muchos muchos más😊💪💪💪

Posted by Luis Ruiz Kamikazes on Saturday, June 8, 2019

Javier flew around for an hour, discovering how the equipment reacted in the surroundings. He was accompanied in part of his flight by Pablo. His landing was also an excellent one and you could imagine how happy he was!🤣

After the pilots arrived from their “Cross” flight, the intensity of the winds increased. It was not positive for Randy, who could not arrived early, or for Michael who was still on his way. Randy made an attempt, but by the time he try  it, was not possible he could fly.

In addition to the intensity of the winds, storm clouds were also approaching very fast. So we had to leave Hatillo under heavy rain in the surroundings that flooded several municipalities. This happened at the same time that Michael finally arrived to the activity.

But this did not end there … although most took for granted the end of the activity. Some pilots had another idea … Michael and Randy went after Chey and Arlene, and then stopped for dinner. In which they were accompanied by Luis Ruiz and his family. While dinner, they go for a next try in the day, they’re going to try Anasco. Everyone arrived at Rancho Grande around 5 PM.

There, the things were not easy. And even though the wind was soft and there was a track to get out, the winds came from East to West. This made the probability of launching off very difficult, running in the direction of the businesses and houses of the place. Not a good idea…

Faced with this challenge, the only one who managed to launch was Chey, while Luis gave up after a couple of attempts and told Randy not to try. Michael, for his part, was determined to go flying. And he failed in a couple of occasions, being his last attempt something intense where he had to abort before the possibility of falling into a waterhole, where it would not look good either for the photo or for the video …😲

We finished folding equipment at dusk. Michael was going to stay in the surroundings to fly tomorrow, Sunday.

To be continue…

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