Archive for July, 2008

Vaagaa Open/Norwegian Nationals

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Vaagaa Open and the Norwegian National Hang Gliding Championship started Monday. Monday we got a late and short task in Bøverdalen. Thuesday was too windy so the day was cancelled. Today, we also had a late start due to overcast conditions, this time from Vole, but we were able to launch at about 1530. Noone in goal either day. Complete results and more information can be found at the Vaagaa Open web page.

Interview at Notodden

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Last week a journalist showed up at Notodden airport, and for one reason or another he wanted to interview me about flying and sailplanes. I guess they have to come up with something to put in their newspapers during the summer. The result can be viewed and read (in Norwegian) below.

Vacation, and bad weather.

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Friday I started a 4 week vacation. The last week at work provided excellent weather with more than 25 degrees C and perfect flying. New free distance records were set for paraglider, flex wing, and rigid wing hang gliders, and lots of personal bests. While I was working. Now it is 13 degrees C and raining for the second day in a row. Yesterday, Asker close to here had the most rain in one day since 1938!

Saturday I drove to Notodden and got one sailplane flight with an instructor, but it was way too turbulent to get any good training out of the conditions. Hopefully the weather will improve and I plan to fly sailplane on Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly Friday. Sandefjord Seilflyklubb is having an intensive sailplane course this week and I am hanging around to get some progress on my own glider flying. After that I hope to fly hang glider most of the rest of the vacation.

Replacing the inner leading edge on my T2

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

After a small mishap some time ago I had to replace the inner leading edge of my Wills Wing T2 154. I got the part from the dealer very quick for an insane shipping cost. Luckily the dealer gave me a very good price for the parts. In hindsight I could have waited and got the leading edge sent with a glider later on but when things brake it always seems like an emergency. Well enough about that, back the main story. Today I finally decided to replace the broken leading edge, and got to work with high spirit and lots of guts. Removing the broken inner leading edge went really smooth and I immediately suspected problems to arise pretty soon. Things just never go this smoothly. And sure enough, as I was to fit the outer leading edge into the inner one the problems started. I just could not get the inner crescent to fit the clevis holes (this aligns and position the outer leading edge to the inner leading edge). As one attempt after the other failed, the more I hated Wills Wing and their stupid solutions, stupid gliders, and even stupider anything. After a large number of attempts I was about to go ballistic and considered sawing the bloody glider in two. I then had to endure the ultimate humiliation, embarrassment, and shame. I had to fetch and read the Owner Manual! So 1 minute of reading and 30 seconds of work later the inner and outer leading edge were assembled and everything was just perfect. The rest of the job was easy, and now I have again a flyable Wills Wing T2.

But why didn’t Wills Wing warn me about this? Sure, Wills Wing do write in the Owner Manual:

We encourage you to read this manual thoroughly for information on the proper use and maintenance of your Wills Wing glider. If at any time you have questions about your glider, or about any aspect of hang gliding that your Wills Wing dealer cannot answer, please feel free to give us a call.

Bla-bla! I’m a man, I don’t read manuals! At least they could have called and warned me, or maybe sent an e-mail or something. Didn’t they know I was replacing the leading edge? By the way, the small mishap that broke the leading edge in the first place – it wasn’t my fault either, things tend not to be, at least not in my head 😉 .