Sunday I finally got airborne again in a hang glider. Terje Solberg and I decided to give Eggekollen in Lier a try. It is a nice site, but hell to get all the equipment to the launch. It takes 1 hour of struggle to carry everything to the launch. Still, Terje and I did the job and was rewarded with a +1 hour flight. We could have flown longer but the wind picked up and we chose to go down to land as we both flew WW Falcons. This means that 10 months and 5 days of not flying hang glider is over. Hope I never get such a long stop again.
I have also bought a action cam to capture some scenes form the air. Based on recommendations from friends I chose a Drift 170 HD camera. I have just used it once, but below is a short video from me landing at Egge last Sunday.
Since I have not blogged any flights between June 7th 2010 and June 11th 2010 I thought I should present a short update. Four flights from Flå, one from Liagårdane and one from Hydnefossen in July. Then a final flight from Flå August 7th, and that was my last hang glider flight. Short update and not much to tell.
September 4th I got my first flight in a paraglider from Vole, Vågå. I am unsure if I will follow up this very much, flying something that is easier to carry to distant launches and which is quick to set up is interesting.
Long time since the post here. Not much flying either. I will try to update a little more frequently starting now.
This week is the annual “Loffuka” (eng: one week of driving around looking for the best sites to fly, camping wherever and sleeping the car). The weather forecast was pretty bad except for the first weekend, but I could not join before Monday and by then it was rain and bad weather. I joined the rest of the pilots Tuesday evening in Vågå, but it turned out not to be a big success. So Thursday evening I am back home and Loffuka 2011 has officially been terminated. Below are a few pictures of the rain and some flying.
Last week the famous Norwegian hang glider team Loffdesperados had their annual Loffe-uke (Loff week). Loff-uke basically is a a gathering of hang glider pilots driving around looking for the best flying conditions possible while sleeping in their cars, trying to fly as much as possible and drinking lots of beer. More or less a “test what your body can take of punishment over a week” experience.
This year we started in Hallingdal, but after just two days headed for Vågå and spent rest of the week there. We had some good flying days and some bad ones. Steinar had one exceptional flight of 137 km from Vågå to Røros, but generally conditions were never very good and we also managed to ruin a couple of days because of bad decisions on where to fly. So, we had hoped for a little better conditions, but good company and good experiences make up for this.
This weekend I was instructor at the Hang glider and paraglider section’s instructors seminar in Vågå. Same procedure as Bergen two weeks ago, but as Kjell Chr. could not attend I had to cover his topics as well. It was nice to visit Vågå again.
Øyvind Ellefsen, Terje Birdman Brønstad and I had instructor duty this weekend. Saturday the wind was too strong and we had to give up after a few hours. The students got some training in handling the hang gliders in relative strong wing, useful but not what we were hoping for at this stage in the course. Sunday conditions were almost perfect except that we had to take a two hour brake between 1400-1600 due to rain. Besides from this we had an efficient and good day scooter towing our student. All of our students showed good progress today and we do not need many more days like this to complete the course.
This weekend I was instructor at the Hang glider and paraglider section’s instructors seminar in Bergen. In Norway hang glider and paraglider instructors must attend an instructors seminar every forth year to maintain their license as instructors. It is a group of four of us (no: faglig ledergruppe) that is responsible for arranging these seminars. The main idea with these seminars is to update the instructors with new info, but the most important points on the agenda are sharing knowledge and ideas. As usual both the seminar and the social evening activities were nice, with good discussions at the seminar and lots of beer in the evening.
Returning to Oslo my flight was delayed, but it was worth the wait. The plane was a brand new Boeing 737-800, and the weather was clear blue and the view from the air was spectacular. I was basically hanging out of the window the entire flight. Just after take off we flew over down town Bergen, then we flew over Hardangervidda before we flew just over the hang gliding and paragliding launch at Sundvollen before landing at Gardermoen.
I strongly recommend a virtual tour of the flight between Bergen and Oslo in Google Maps; not as good as the original but still a nice “journey” over a the best Norway can offer of fjords, mountains, glaciers, valleys, lakes, and rivers.
The bad flying year is continuing for me and it has been no flying since Flå. Still, autumn means hang glider course and this year is no exception, so at least I am involved in some hang glider related activity.
This year Øyvind Ellefsen has been the main initiator and instructor for the course. He, and Steinar J., have made a great effort thus far, and it seems like we will have 6 or 7 students at this years course. Today Øyvind, Terje B. and I was instructors, and we were at a field just north of Lillestrøm. As bad weather has slowed down the course progress, we opted for a long day today to catch up, and we ended up with a course day from 1000 to 1945. But unfortunately we were troubled by relatively strong winds during the day so we did not get a very efficient day, but I think we managed to get the best out of the day. The price to pay for training in the strong wind as a lot of uprights, and by the end of the day we ran out of spare uprights. Hopefully we will have everyone on Falcons next course day, and after 4-6 more effective days we should have most of the students through the course.
May flying at Lillestrøm (photo by Line Hagen).
Pictures from the day HERE (photos by Line Hagen).