Archive for May, 2009

Four days of flying ahead!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I am on my way to four days of flying. We, a bunch of Loffdesperados, are first heading for Hallingdal, then whereever the conditions are the best. Some has reserved the entire week for flying, but I have to work Wednesday to Friday, but will go out again next weekend. I will probably not bring with me my PC so no blog updates, but maybe on Twitter.

A bad day at Eggekollen

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Terje S., Øystein Aa, and I tried to fly at Eggekollen near Drammen today. The launch requires about 30 minutes of carrying the equipment from the parking up to the launch so it is quite struggle to fly from here.

To sum up the day, we were to late, had lots of rain, hail, and thunderstorms, and ended up carrying our hang gliders, harness, and equipment back. The pilots coming earlier had nice one hours flights before they rained down.

Summer in Norway from Bjørn Trygve Hammer on Vimeo.

Carrying 50 kg of equipment up and  then down again, the latter in pouring rain! Carrying for almost an hour! Not flying!I am not in a good mood now. Need alchol.

Trying to find local flying sites

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

May 17th and the Norwegian Constitution Day today. Parades, celebrations, and lots of food.

Picture from Høvik today.

Flying hang gliders and living in the Oslo area  normally include a few hours of driving in the summer. Therefore Olaf T. has been exploring Bærum to find local flying sites. Most potential sites have probably been view or tried so it is more a question of revisiting and evaluting the potential again, but maybe also finding a new sites as well. Yesterday I joined Olaf to visit a potential site in Lommedalen. We first had a look at a potential intermediate training hill from a slalom slope (wind direction NE, about 120 metres, large LZ) before walking up to the potential launch. The view from the launch is spectacular, but the launch itself looked pretty challenging.  In addition, it is potential problems from rotors from a number is sources. On the other hand, the LZ is nice big field. The launch is facing SE and altitude is about 220 metres. It is a 15 min walk to the launch from the road so some carrying is required. The launch provides about 400 metres of ridge that should be soarable. All in all, a pretty marginal site with a difficult launch. Still, it may be worth trying out for pilots more eager to fly than to drive.

Nice view, but a challenging launch.

More pictures HERE.

Hallingdal once again

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Good forcast for Friday but not for Saturday and Sunday, so Alf and I drove the 185 km to Gol in Hallingdal (and back again in the evening) trying to get a flight on Friday. We met up with Steinar and Aud, and drove up to the launch at Flatagrov. It was high air pressure and the conditions did not look very promising, but gradually the thermals got stronger and we launched just after 1330. Initially it was weak conditions and we all struggled to get up, but then the conditions improved and we could find lift almost everywhere. I flew for 2 hours 15 minutes, and by the time I wanted to land it was difficult to get down because of the strong lift.

The landing today was interesting. First I had big problemes getting down in the strong lift, and as I flew over the landing I saw 3 flags marking different wind directions, the marker at the landing a forth wind direction, and finally my fly instrument a fith direction. One way or another I managed to land on my feet in weak tailwind.

Self portrait.                  The view towards Hemsedal.

More pictures from the day HERE.