Fantastic start of the xc-season

The forecast for the weekend predicted possible good conditions, but the high air-pressure caused some initial worries that it would be too stable. Still, a large group of pilots from OOHGK travelled up to Gudbrandsdalen hoping for good conditions and nice soaring flights. I drove up Friday evening together with Petter, Lars H., his girlfriend Malin, Erik V., Terje Birdman, Morten Holo, and Trond Olsen. Petter used Friday afternoon doing a b.a.s.e. jump from the vertical cliff just North of the Frya launch (he is definitely a mad man, this cliff is under 60 metres high). Saturday morning we were accompanied by Tor-Inge, and “Team Captain Chaos”; Johnny, Arild, and Geir.
Saturday we split, as Erik V. was going fly tandem with Malin in the morning, and he wanted to do this at Frya. The ones arriving Saturday joined him at Frya, while Morten, Terje Birdman, Trond, Petter, and I went to Heidal/Espesetra, the prime xc-launch in Gudbrandsdalen this time of the year. When we arrived conditions seemed a little weak, so we waited for the cycles to become stronger. They never did, so we launched anyway, and it turned out that the thermals were pretty strong after all and it was easy to soar up to 1800 masl. I got up relatively easy and started to fly South down Gudbrandsdalen in weak tail wind. I never got very high, but hit thermals where I expected to find them and had a relatively easy flight down to Ringebu. But between here and Fåvang I got low, and the conditions seemed to become weaker; probably I should have chosen a route further towards the mountains and not so close to the valley. At Fåvang church I prepared to land, but got a last thermal and gained enough altitude to fly a few kilometres back North to 8-Kanten (a road-side tavern) and landed here. Distance, 50,4 km. As I eat lasagne and drank a beer at the tavern, Petter came with my car to pick me up. Electronic log book entry with track log HERE.

Saturday evening was spent doing the regular post flying activities, drinking beer and talking about today’s flying. In addition, Geir took the exam for SP 3 and is now a pilot (no longer a student), and Lars H. took the exam for SP 2.

Sunday most of us were a little tired, unfamiliar with struggling in thermals again, so we decided to go to Frya instead of Heidalen, which further North and away from home. Erik flew tandem with Malin again, and a few of the students also launched early as they wanted a couple of flights. Erik V and Malin flying tandem
I declared an out and return task to Fåvang, a total of 36 km. Not a long task, but I wanted something I was pretty sure I could manage. Conditions seemed a little weaker than yesterday, but although it was not easy to get over 1800 masl (at least for me) thermals popped up where I needed them, and I completed the out and return task. Fun flying and a good task for an amateur xc-pilot like me. Electronic log book entry with track log HERE.

Pictures from the weekendHERE.

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