Archive for September, 2009

Instructors seminar in Vågå

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This weekend I was instructor at the Hang glider and paraglider section’s instructors seminar in Vågå. Same procedure as Bergen two weeks ago, but as Kjell Chr. could not attend I had to cover his topics as well. It was nice to visit Vågå again.

Instructor duty this weekend

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Øyvind Ellefsen, Terje Birdman Brønstad and I had instructor duty this weekend. Saturday the wind was too strong and we had to give up after a few hours. The students got some training in handling the hang gliders in relative strong wing, useful but not what we were hoping for at this stage in the course. Sunday conditions were almost perfect except that we had to take a two hour brake between 1400-1600 due to rain. Besides from this we had an efficient and good day scooter towing our student. All of our students showed good progress today and we do not need many more days like this to complete the course.

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Instructors seminar in Bergen

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

This weekend I was instructor at the Hang glider and paraglider section’s instructors seminar in Bergen. In Norway hang glider and paraglider instructors must attend an instructors seminar every forth year to maintain their license as instructors. It is a group of four of us (no: faglig ledergruppe) that is responsible for arranging these seminars. The main idea with these seminars is to update the instructors with new info, but the most important points on the agenda are sharing knowledge and ideas. As usual both the seminar and the social evening activities were nice, with good discussions at the seminar and lots of beer in the evening.

Returning to Oslo my flight was delayed, but it was worth the wait. The plane was a brand new Boeing 737-800, and  the weather was clear blue and the view from the air was spectacular. I was basically hanging out of the window the entire flight. Just after take off we flew over down town Bergen, then we flew over Hardangervidda before we flew just over the hang gliding and paragliding launch at Sundvollen before landing at Gardermoen.

I strongly recommend a virtual tour of the flight between Bergen and Oslo in Google Maps; not as good as the original but still a nice “journey” over a the best Norway can offer of fjords, mountains, glaciers, valleys, lakes, and rivers.


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In two weeks it is another instructors seminar in Vågå; I am really looking forward to a weekend in the mountain.

Hang glider course

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

The bad flying year is continuing for me and it has been no flying since Flå. Still, autumn means hang glider course and this year is no exception, so at least I am involved in some hang glider related activity.

This year Øyvind Ellefsen has been the main initiator and instructor for the course. He, and Steinar J., have made a great effort thus far, and it seems like we will have 6 or 7 students at this years course. Today Øyvind, Terje B. and I was instructors, and we were at a field just north of Lillestrøm. As bad weather has slowed down the course progress, we opted for a long day today to catch up, and we ended up with a course day from 1000 to 1945. But unfortunately we were troubled by relatively strong winds during the day so we did not get a very efficient day, but I think we managed to get the best out of the day. The price to pay for training in the strong wind as a lot of uprights, and by the end of the day we ran out of spare uprights. Hopefully we will have everyone on Falcons next course day, and after 4-6 more effective days we should have most of the students through the course.

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May flying at Lillestrøm (photo by Line Hagen).

Pictures from the day HERE (photos by Line Hagen).