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Old Jul 5, 2004, 6:10 PM   #1
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I was flying my powered parachute over a small dry lake bed just northeast of the Alvord Desert in Oregon last week when I saw this interesting pattern.

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Old Jul 5, 2004, 6:17 PM   #2
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wow, this IS interesting. great image! @ what height?

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Old Jul 5, 2004, 8:11 PM   #3
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It was about 1000 feet. There are several bushes in the picture that are about 6 feet in diameter. They are slightly green and have a shadow from the early morning sun.

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Old Jul 5, 2004, 10:05 PM   #4
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I would like to see a photo of the lake bed close up to compare.

I would also like to see a photo of your powered parachute. What is a powered parachute?
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Old Jul 6, 2004, 1:30 PM   #5
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style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Chuck,

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Here's a pic of my friend Harv in his powered parachute flying over a different dry lake. Sorry I don't have a photo of the dry lake with the patterns taken from the ground. I do have a few different angles from the air though.

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Old Jul 6, 2004, 2:15 PM   #6
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So, does this powered parachute combo give you the ability to land safely if your engine stops or if your parachute fails? I suppose it would be a hard landing if it wasn't a powered landing, but safe nevertheless...
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Old Jul 6, 2004, 2:56 PM   #7
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Geoffs,

We regularly fly up several thousand feet and turn off the engine. You can steer normally without the engine, and with a little practice you can land smoothly without power. The parachutes just don't fail but I suppose it's possible if you flew into a thunderstorm or something. Flying a powered parachute is very safe and relaxing. Since you steer with your feet, your hands are free for photography. Nothing to block your view.

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Old Jul 7, 2004, 3:55 AM   #8
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Almost like a picture of another planet. Lovely.

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Great shot. Very interesting patterns. It's a view of Bend that I haven't experienced before.
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If you rotate the picture 180 degrees, the pattern makes much more sense as a dry river delta. The light and shadows can play tricks on your eyes.



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