Sunrise Flight January 20th, 2018

This is a photo journal (paramotor pictures) of my first flight of 2018 and one I'll remember for a long time.

The thing with flying at this location is that you can get a good idea of what the wind is doing by watching the smoke stacks at the sugar cane factory.

On this morning the smoke was shifting a good 20 to 30 degrees or more in just minutes which is a huge clue it was going to be a bumpy flight.

And it was.

Just after takeoff, notice the smoke coming from the stacks...

About to fly over the sugar cane a few minutes later, notice the smoke now. That's Brian flying in front of the sunrise.

The sky is beautiful during sunrise and with a paramotor you feel like you're part of it. These photos are untouched stills from my helmet cam.

Brian flying over a freshly tilled sugar cane field. I love the contrast of his wing against the blackness of the soil.

Anaudi, Steve and Brian flying the fields south of the sugar factory. Notice the smoke now.

I decide to go fly around the big radio antenna way up ahead. The wind is coming from NNE so it's a go trying to keep from drifting SW.

The air is really bumpy this morning so after flying around the antennae I decide to head back toward the airport.

The city of Belle Glade to the left and Lake Okeechobee off in the distance.

By this time the wind has come up quite a bit and the air is turbulent so I decide to circle back around to the airport and land.

After landing, Steve (foreground) and Brian pause for a picture.

Juan showing off his kiting skills.

L to R - Anaudi, Brian, Juan, Steve and Mike(me).