Archive for October, 2007

Sundvollen again

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

After yesterdays failure getting our hang glider student airborne from a “real” launch we tried again today. That is, Øyvind and Steinar tried, I was little tired this morning and had a late start. Øyvind, Steinar (and his co-pilot Aud), and our student Øystein first tried the launch at Brandbukampen (a SW launch), but here it was W and crosswind. As I was late and drove past Sundvollen (a W-N launch) on my way to Brandbu I found out that the conditions at Sundvollen looked good – luckily, this saved me for another hour in the car each way. So the course bunch came to Sundvollen instead. Here we had normal Sundvollen conditions; strong wind, calm wind, cross wind, wave wind, variable wind, and so on – quite normal for this launch. Some pilots starting while conditions were good got ridge soaring flights, while the rest of us, me included, got rather short flights. Well, at least I got fly the T2 (duck tape speed machine) again. Our student Øystein also got two flights while conditions were calm. We also went up for a third flight and also Steinar and Øyvind planed to fly, but then conditions were too strong and they all had to rigg down the gliders. All in all, a relatively successful day – although I really should have worked.

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Terje “Birdman” rigging his Seedwings Vertigo.

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View from the ramp at Sundvollen.

Saturday scooter towing

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

We tried to get our hang glider student his first flights without scooter towing, but it was a lot of fog and tailwind so we towed again instead. That is basically it for Saturday.

Video: Øyvind trying to kill me during his launch – not an unusual situation. Besides this he is a pretty civilised person.

Updated Wills Wing Falcon 2 review

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

I have updated my previous review of the Falcon 2 from March 2005 with new comments based on the experiences from the last two years. Basically just a confirmation of my first impressions. See the review HERE or under “Pages” to the right.

More scooter tow training

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Steinar and I had an afternoon/evening session for our only hang glider student Thuesday. The student, Øystein Aa, flyes as he has not done anything else and today he even passed the SP 1 test with only 2 wrong answers, and even those were partly a matter of definition – in other words perfect. He celebrated with 6 scooter tow flights. Following Steinar’s course philosophy, everyone should fly, I also got a flight on Steinar’s Wills Wing Falcon 3 193, he got two flights and Øyvind also came and got a flight. We also had a visitor from Moss for a course demo day. He had tried hang gliding 25 years ago or so and now he wants to pick it up again. So I guess we have no other choice starting another course once this is finished.

This was my first test of a Falcon 3. It seems a little faster and responsive. This makes it fun to fly, but is it a positive development for students?

All in all, another uneventful and thus successful scooter tow course day.