On Education

My brother asked this question, “If you could do anything you want regarding education, what would you do?” This is a subject on which I’m passionate about given how I spend copious amounts of time trying to make really effective training products....

Criminal Behavior: On Stolen Gear & Guns

This sucks. Phil at Lite Touch Films reports that someone stole a wing through nefarious means. If you’re selling a wing, just because a credit card order goes through, it doesn’t mean all is well. Be careful. To make matters worse, it appears that the...

Free Paramotor (PPG) Training?

Click here for the reality of “Free” Powered Paraglider Training & Kurt Fister Think about it for a moment. How much value will an instructor put on something they’re giving away? More likely you’ll be treated like they’re doing you a...

Is the Earth Flat?

Well, it LOOKS flat. So how do we know it’s not? I know two people who really the earth is flat, so I was curious. Is there a way we could answer the question directly, using understandable logic and measurements possible with the naked eye and a protractor. I...

Conspiracy Theory: Chemtrails (not contrails)

From the department of “Ridiculous things people believe”. Jan 31, 2007 The next picture shows an SWA airplane leaving contrails. That reminded me of an interesting question I got a while back about contrails. The person pointed me to a web site that...

Global Warming

Humans have made their mark. How much, how bad will it get and how irreversible is it? It’s a bummer this has to be categorized under “Political” but that’s our reality. Evidence is clear that our planet is warming. It’s also pretty clear...

Overpopulation

Are there too many humans? Will there soon be? Overpopulation is a hot topic among many and it could have dire consequences. But is it possible that more humans may also be the only hope earthly life has? Human population has exploded, to be sure. Peace is one of our...

Logical Enemies of Quality Thinking

The top 20 Logical Fallacies in Alphabetical order. Courtesy TheSkepticsGuide.com | See also Wikipedia 1. Ad hominem An ad hominem argument attempts to counter another’s claims or conclusions by attacking the person rather than addressing the argument itself....

Sir Salman Rushdie and British Backbone

Article from the Wall Street Journal: June 23, 2007 by Sadanand Dhume Another Friday in Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi — and as if on cue, the hoarse, bearded and pyromaniacal pour out of mosques into the streets armed with Union Jacks and effigies of Queen Elizabeth...

Smoking vs Paragliding

Critical look at paragliding vs smoking For the users, it’s fun. But it increases your risk of health problems, costs money, and there’s a small chance others can be affected. Of course I’m talking about powered paragliding. But I could also be...

Too Much Regulation?

Do we have too many regulations in aviation? It depends on your perspective. If you’re trying to pilot aircraft or profit from them, than you will think we do. If you’re a passenger or ground pounder wanting not to get killed by airplanes, you probably...

Health Care Reform

The System Is Broke, What to do? Sorry for this digression from paramotoring—every now and then I feel the need to vent. Regardless of your health care leaning, there are some things that  most people will probably agree on with a little thought. For starters, too...

A Use For The Rich

Originally published Feb 2004 in Powered Sport Flying Magazine Do you need to be rich to fly? Unfortunately, by most measures, yes. By world standards, just having a warm place to sleep, clean water, food and electricity qualifies for being rich, and car ownership is...

Browser Beware & Being Gullible

Powered Paraglider Marketers throw ethics to the wind and appeal to the gullible. Beware! While looking for information on products that are getting reviewed I came across something that made me laugh. A sad laugh, though. It highlights why internet claims are so...

Responsible Firearms Carry

This topic gets so politicized that it’s hard to discuss intelligently with some people. Don’t be those people. Listen. Think. Consider. Good arguments can be made for the responsible carrying of firearms. If I was in a mall when some lunatic came in...

Are You A Critical Thinker?

Improving the world in thoughtful ways Here’s a simple test to see if you are indeed a critical thinker. Can you answer “yes” to the following questions: 1. First and foremost are you willing to change your mind if presented with better evidence? 2....

Political

Political, Financial & Miscellaneous: Another view of the people and happenings on Earth We Americans are far from perfect. As individuals we have the same variety as people anywhere else on the globe. Some of us are incredibly arrogant and disrespectful while...

Powered Skydiving

If you’ve encountered the term powered skydiving, we’d like to clear up what it is. When you add power to a wing it becomes powered (insert wing name). In the case of hang gliding, that’s powered hang gliding. We added power to a paragliding wing and...

Dell Schanze Causes Midair Paramotor Crash

More on Powered Paragliding’s Loudest, Least Honest Mouth Last month the video below came out exposing a 2011 crash caused by Dell Schanze getting tangled in another pilot’s lines. Hooks on Dell’s boots causing the lead pilot’s wing to deform...

Dell Schanze Gets ANOTHER Beach Closed

Setting the Record Straight About Powered Paragliding’s Loudest, Lyingest Mouth He leaves an enormous wake in his path. I was told that Dell was in the San Diego area and local pilots were bracing for the worst. They got it. The particular area he flew, just...

Dell Schanze Strikes again

Sept 06, 2011 Complete Disregard For Others Closes the Entire Oregon Coast To Paramotoring We should not be surprised but we should all be mad as hell. I’ve flown this coast and it’s a beautiful place. Flown respectfully, as it has been for years by Brad...

About Forming the USPPA

On founding the US Powered Paragliding Association If you encounter someone dissing the USPPA be immediately skeptical of them. They’re probably railing against its training standards which were established to improve training safety and thoroughness....

Innovation vs Duplication

The effect of copying designs in niche markets When a company expends great effort and expense to create something new, especially something we personally benefit from, it’s nice to see them profit from it. Partly because the developer deserves it, and selfishly...

Printing Money out of Thin Air

This article was interesting in how it shows the mechanism for what we now call “printing money.” Some people think that money comes from presses. It doesn’t, but sadly, the effect is still the same. From an article by Jon Hilsenrath, Wisetrader.com....