Log: Enterprise

The “Enterprise” and it’s mission to: “Seek new sites, new heights, and boldly going for it.”  Not all trips involve flying, but they do  involve cool people and places.

Click for overview of “Enterprise” Paramotorhomes

Enterprise AEnterprise BEnterprise C

 

William Shatner autographing our first motorhome “the Enterprise”, a Winnebago Rialta. It became “Enterprise A” when we got the next one. Read about our experience here.


The Enterprise Paramotorhomes

Enterprise A – Enterprise B – Enterprise C These are the various “Enterprise” paramotorhomes. Life’s short, live high, leave people better than you found ’em! Powered paragliding has provided a life-changing interest in flying with...

Stretching Glide: A Story

Click here for Stretching Glide to Shore, Road or Point While planning the Panama Canal flight an interesting subject came up regarding selection of altitude. We all know that the higher you go, the farther you can glide. This flight had one portion that followed a...

Sun-n-Fun 2019

Sun & Fun is over, and it was an eventful, fun time. This may be the first year I got a briefing early on in the process but didn’t fly at all. In fact the only time I flew during Sun and Fun was to do a demo at our house when a bunch of people came over....

2019-04-03 Sun N Fun

This year's installment continues. Day one started damp and dreary but finished at room temperature with sun. Tim and I helped with the NGPA.org booth and limited our wanderings to nearby vendors, checking out the various goodies. I'll be checking out the ultralight...
Log: 2017

Log: 2017

Year five for Enterprise “C.” I know how to drive it now on “Limp Home Mode” so we avoid any more tows, but it did need service last year. I’ll hand it to Tampa Mercedes for being great, though, so I can’t complain. This year is the...

Morningside Flight Park

We didn’t get to fly here last time. What a beautiful place! Wonderful folks, too. Tim and I launched late. Poor Tim got the short end of the wind stick: a tailwind after he setup. His launch was brilliant but, by then, it had gotten bumpy. Not by soaring...
Log: 2016

Log: 2016

Year four for Enterprise “C.” The warranty is up and we’ve been towed twice, once for a wheel sensor failure and another due to an improperly installed air filter. Even though that was regular maintenance done by the dealership, the warranty...
Log: 2015

Log: 2015

Year three for Enterprise “C.” One more year on the Chassis Warranty and the cruise control is starting to act up—not engaging all the time. We got everything else fixed so hopefully, this will be easy. Plans for this year include Sebring, the Endless...

Jeff Goin’s Competition Bio

Brief flight history: I started flying gliders at age 13, soloed at 14, got my private license at 17, commercial license at 20, airline transport rating at 26 when I became captain on a commuter airline and got hired by Southwest Airlines in 1993, becoming a captain 4...
Log: 2014

Log: 2014

Year two for Enterprise “C”. The Warranty expires tomorrow as I write. There are two minor problems — the door is hard to close and a panel inside falls out. Hopefully, we can schedule those in time. We’re absolutely loving this...

Impromptu PPG at Frans on 17

A text message came in from Dr. Dave: “PPG at Frans on 17, dinner to follow”. And as it happened this was a Saturday that both Tim & I were off on. Orders were caught up (envelopes readied for Monday shipment) and the weather looked perfect. Why not....

Musings on Master PPG

Wow, I can’t believe its done. Although still in the midst of order fury (thanks!), I’ve had time to contemplate, having some surprising thoughts–namely how I’ll miss it. I’ll miss the directed flying, working with the pilots who have...

Making of Master PPG 4

2012 Nov 8 Let the process begin. Most of the shooting is actually along with some of the animation but I’ve got several animations yet to build so that’s where it starts. These will be invaluable for showing what goes into a spot landing. Visible flight...

Indy Air Hogs & Scottsburg, IN

This was Pyro’s Paradise with a side of PPG. More on that later. When I arrived Brandon gave me the brief “our rules are simple, buzz the horses, especially skittish looking ones, fly low over the houses at full power, do footdrags down the runway while...

“Enterprise C” Paramotorhome

Enterprise A – Enterprise B – Enterprise C The 21′ Rialta (Enterprise A) was a bit too small, the 28′ BT Cruiser (Enterprise B) was too big, and the 24′ Winnebago View was just right. These are really working vehicles but there’s...

Making of Master PPG 2

Jan 24, 2011 Work Begins Master PPG 1 is now selling. Finally, money is going the other way, and thankfully way more than we expected. For the last few years I’ve just spent, spent, spent–pouring time and money into these projects without any return. Of...
Log: 2013

Log: 2013

Enterprise “C” has launched! After starting out with a 21′ Rialta in 2002, we moved up to the 27′ Gulfstream BT Cruiser in 2006 which served beautifully until January this year (2013). Enter the 2013 Winnebago View 24J based on a...

Making of Master PPG 3

The arduous route to a distant goal It’s off for production! After updating a bunch of stuff from the review process, including some new voice-overs and animations, the Master DVD was sent off from the Zebulon Road Post Office Branch (pictured below) in Macon,...

“Enterprise B” Paramotorhome

Enterprise A – Enterprise B – Enterprise C I wrote the first PPG Bible largely in the Back of Enterprise A. But when I wanted to crash on the bed I had to transform my work area INTO the bed. My tendency is to work until I drop and then I really want to...

Making of Master PPG 1

The arduous route to a distant goal | Master PPG Page This is a log of Master Powered Paragliding 1’s production progress, an undertaking of larger proportions than the book, involving dozens of pilots, dozens of sites, hundreds of hours spent on animations and...
Log: 2012

Log: 2012

And again, the Enterprise started 2012 in Pine Island, FL and served as home while I began the new year with a flight. Paul Czarnecki beat me airborne, possibly making us the first two pilots aloft in the new year’s gorgeous air. This year I hope to finish...
Log: 2011

Log: 2011

The Enterprise started 2011 in Pine Island, FL and served as home while I began the new year with a flight. Paul Czarnecki and I went up for a short, bumpy introduction to the new air. It was feisty air, too. This year I hope to finish taping for all three of the...
Log: 2010

Log: 2010

The Enterprise again started 2010 in Phoenix, AZ, came back to Chicago and goes to Florida in the fall. We Illinois boys hope to do our first big cross country this year, something we’ve talked about for some time but, now that I’m gonna have the motorhome...

Eric Dufour’s Competition Clinic

Eric Dufour offers competition tools Is there no end to what can be learned in this sport? After nearly ten years I continue to enjoy learning new things. Both Michel Carnet, 7-times English national champion, and Eric Dufour, three-time U.S. champion are putting on...

Portraying Portland

Two Portland Flyers help with Master PPG 2 and 3. One thing that makes a project like Master PPG doable is the people I get to work with. Such a great selection of humans—capable flyers and just plain fun to be around. A recent trip to Portland, Oregon is a good...
Log: 2009

Log: 2009

The Enterprise started 2009 in Phoenix, AZ. A planned trip there for flying and filming was stymied by high loads on the airline making it impossible to ride standby.  So the plan is now to attend The Salton Sea Paratoys event followed by Dune flying in Southern...

Master PPG Production Rolls Westward

Making the Master PPG series is a roller coaster but we’re enjoying the ride If you’re only gonna make $5/hr at the job you better enjoy it. And enjoy we did. This production is a labor of love, to be sure, and strangely, I’m finding that I enjoy the...

2008 Paramotor Competition Results

WAG Qualifier and USPPA Competition Held in Greenville, IL It’s a first. The U.S.A. has finally put some competitors on the world stage. Nine skilled flyers showed up in Greenville and put on an impressive performance. Probably most impressive were the launches:...

First Backyard Flight of 2008

The leaves weren’t moving. Oooh yeah—there be calm! I’ve got lots to test, too, with the Miniplane having arrived home and other things. I’m soon to venture to my first ever trip to Europe. Hopefully they won’t send me back early. One...

Flying the Snake Task

The Snake, it turns out, will NOT be flown but it’s kind of cool to do. Here are the tasks that will be flown for the July 25, 2008 World Air Games Qualifier. I felt like a kid getting away with something—pulling off the road, making sure no one was paying...
Log: 2008

Log: 2008

Fall of 2008 will bring my first trip to Texas. Then it’s on to Phoenix and San Diego by January 2009. Summer in Chicago has been awesome and next summer I’ll miss it. She’ll be staying out west to let me explore the Pacific Northwest for the first...

Engine Out With a Twist

How do you know if your paramotor is about to quit? It’s running. Elburn, IL Saturday was one busy day with paramotor flyin g early and late and a hang glider trike adventure in the middle. That became my very first engine out landing in corn. Well, touchdown...

Beach Ball & Camera Tricks

My phone beeped. The message “meeting at the polo field this afternoon” was from local pilot Gary Brown who was planning an outing at the polo field. I thought the weather was supposed to suck but obviously somebody else thought otherwise. Sure enough, a...

Paramotor Flying & Fish Scales

Let the testing begin. This Enterprise trip has several missions besides fun. One is getting pictures that illustrate a certain type of light wind reverse launch. Another mission is to quantify various aspects of handling. Naturally there are some wings that I really...

Log: 2007

The Enterprise started out in Phoenix this year and toured both big western fly-ins before heading back towards Chicago and with a romp at Bubba Peters 9000 foot high launch site.  “Bubba” the Bonanza wintered in Phoenix and saw some action flying around...

Log: 2006

The Enterprise started the year staying in San Diego with occasional trips up and down the coast, including a couple to Mexico. This was the first year I didn’t drive her back home. Rather she stayed in San Diego for the winter with a tour up California, over...

The Original “Enterprise” Paramotorhome

What started it all—Tim Kaiser and Jeff Goin pictured | Her the new home In December 2001–the beginning of Chicagoland’s deep freeze–I got an idea. It was winter, and I hate the cold, so why not buy a small RV that goes to a warm destination every...

Log: 2005

This was the year of the upgrade: I sold Enterprise A, a 1995 Rialta and bought a 2004 Gulfstream BT Cruiser to become Enterprise B. There was no doubting I liked the lifestyle and figured it was time for more room and more reliability. The BT Cruiser, at 27 feet, is...

William Shatner & Powered Paragliding

At 72 years old, it seemed a bit of a stretch that this accomplished actor would want to make a cross country flight into a strange place with people he didn’t know. But in September of 2002 that’s precisely what he did.  Naturally, I was a bit surprised...

“Enterprise A” Paramotorhome

Enterprise A – Enterprise B – Enterprise C This is what started it all.  In December of 2001, while talking to Nick Scholtes, I got an idea. It was winter and I hate the cold. So Chicagoland’s windy chill spawned the appeal for a small RV. My plan:...

Going all out at Home with the Green Machine

When I first got into paramotoring got USHPA paraglider training because there was nothing standard in paramotoring. That  wouldn’t do. I went to Jeff Williams who guided me through my P2 rating.During those two freeflight periods I discovered how cool soaring...

First Days Paragliding

I went to get paraglider training because there was no standardized paramotor training and I wanted better than that. Jeff Williams became my first instructor and helped me discover that soaring a paraglider was really cool, which for a guy who started in sailplanes,...
Log: 1999 – 2004

Log: 1999 – 2004

In the beginning was the prop. Made of wood, and fashioned after its own kind, it was was good. Loud, but good. It was attached to my Fly 75 (a modified Fly 70) which noisily pushed me around the country with about 80 pounds of screaming thrust. The Enterprise...