Hang Gliding Diary 2017

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Total Hours :
3h 19m
Longest Flight :
1h 03m
Gliders Flown :
Sites Flown :
Best Height Gain :
2,094 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Furthest Flown :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
Hill Launches :
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Aerotow Launches :

Saturday 9 December 2017

WNW 5 mph; my very first flight on a paraglider - flying Tandem with Luke. A very short but enjoyable sled ride to the bottom landing field.

Sunday 29 October 2017

Flight 1: U2 160; Firle; 1h 03m; 1013ft; N-NNE 15-20mph gusting; overcast with some thermal activity. Top landed and almost got caught out by the wind strength on landing with the glider travelling backwards across the ground towards the barbed wire fence.

Sunday 15 October 2017

Flight 1: U2 160; Mount Caburn; 0h 27m; 200ft; 10-15 mph; SSW, Overcast with weak thermals. Sun broke through towards end of flight. I wasn't really in the mood for flying today, but when my glider was dragged half way up Mount Caburn by a fellow pilot I felt compelled to fly it. Not a great flight, but great to be back in the air after my previous accident.

Sunday 13 August 2017

Flight 1: U2 160; Mendlesham; 0h 01m; 60ft; A cross wind take-off and I pop the nose; the left wing stalls and a lock-out starts. I almost recover but run out of air and crash into the ground.

Saturday 1 July 2017

Flight 1: U2 160; Devil's Dyke; 0h 30m; 666ft; Arrived early to avoid the crowds and to get the best of the wind. By 09:30 the sky was overcast with a 10-15mph wind coming from the nw. Some thermals available. Top landed in the large field next to the Paddock.

Sunday 18 June 2017

Flight 1: U2 160; Plumpton Aerotow; 0h 17m; 1200ft; South 2-3 mph; Started a yaw oscillation; got it under control a few times before it developed again. Released early when getting out of shape when the tug dived the right. Managed some gentle climbs in thermals and landed ok.
Flight 2: U2 160; Plumpton Aerotow; 0h 22m; 2094ft; Sea breeze well established (S 5-10 mph); tried a tow with 2/3 VG on and knees forward on tow. Much less yaw oscillation and a full tow to release point.

Monday 10 April 2017

Flight 1: U2 160; Devil's Dyke; 0h 39m; 462ft; NNW 15-20mph - spring like thermals; wind dropped throughout morning. Flew to Truleigh Hill then returned to scratchy conditions. Eventually bottom landed and was joined by various others shortly afterwards.