Archive for August, 2005

Red Bull Vertigo 2005 results

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

The hang glidingt acro comp was won by Guide Gehrman and best Norwegian was Jon Gjerde on an impressive second place. Here are the three best and the Norwegian results: 1. Guido Gehrman (Deu), 2. Jon Gjerde (Nor), 3. Frédy Bircher (Swi), … , 9. Jørgen Kjellberg, … , 12. Johnny Nilssen.

Norway was represented by 3 pilots, Switzerland with 9, France 2, Germany 2, and USA 1. Pretty good representation for a small country at the end of the world.

Complete results HERE.

Pictures from the 2005 season

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Olav Lien Olsen has sent me a link to his picture albums from 2005. Click HERE and take view. The photos are from Norway, the comps in Florida this spring, and from the pre-European in Croatia. In addition, one album contains pictures of the Helite Topless 5. These pictures of the Topless 5 are the only ones I know of. I have publised these pictures here before, and copies of them have turned up a number of places.
Pictues and (C) by Olav Lien Olsen – if you chose to use one or more of these pictures I guess he would be gratefull if you asked.

K0ngsvinger, day 2

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Another day of towing at Kongsvinger. Today it was Finn Spjeldnæs who was tug pilot. It was the same conditions as yesterday; calm and no lift. Still, it was nice flying, and I got two tows to 500 metres. Steinar got one more tow than the rest of us – as usual. Today Johnny Reichle also turned up to try towing, and he got his first tow. Both he and Petter tow like they have never done anything else. Øyvind Ellefsen did one tow with the clubs WW Falon 2 170 to see how it performed behind the tug, and to evaluate wheather it is safe to start an aero towing course with our course gliders and the tug. According to Øyvind the Falcon was easy to fly and should be perfect for students to use for tows.
HERE are a few pictures from the last to days.

Towing
Petter Peikli on his first tow.

Towing at Kongsvinger

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

A “seleted group” of pilots had a nice day at Kongsvinger today; Alf Opøyen tug pilot, Øyvind Ellefsen tug pilot in training, Truls Schøyen also tug pilot trainee, Petter Peikli a fresh first year and SP 4 pilot , Steinar “Barron”, and myself. Petter got his first tows, and did very well considering the glider he is flying. He got two good flight and a few aborted flights but did very well. Steinar got his last two flight to be checked out with an aero tow lisense. Truls got his first two flex wing tows as tow pilot and towed as he has never done anything else. In addition, Øyvind got more than two hours in the air with the tug and lots of take offs and landing. Hopefully he will be ready to tow later this year. I got to nice tows to 500 and 750 metres above the airfield. A perfect day.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Finn Spjeldnæs will be towing at Kongsvinger.

Video from Vågå Open

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Anders Lindstad from Peiling and Fridtjov Konglevoll were filming at Vågå Open , and now a short preview of the materials is ready. Click HERE to view the 3 minutes video.

The comp was filmed as part of a project initiated by the Norwegian hang- and paraglider organistion to promote hang gliding in Norway. The materials from Vågå Open, as well as additional materials, will be editied into three different films; one 15 seconds “teaser” for Internett/web, one 5 minutes info film for TV or cinema, and one +15 minutes film for DVD meant for information meetings before hang gliding courses.

Course intro. at Årvoll

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

This evening Terje “Birdman” Brønstad and I had an “introduction day” to market this year’s hang glider course. After a while “Lille-Terje” also showed up with two friends that wanted to try out hang gliding. Even though it was light rain the intro day was quite successful and we had 6 potential students attending, and 4 of those definitely wanted to start with hang gliding.
It turned out that the local paraglider club also had chosen this evening as an intro day, but they chose not to turn up for one reason or another. Not a good idea with “Birdman” around. He aggressively promoted hang gliding to the poor prospective pg-pilots. So we had more than 10 potential pg-pilots just standing looking at us, and a few of them eventually even tried hang gliding. Nice, maybe we have saved them from pg?