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10 months 5 days

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Sunday I finally got airborne again in a hang glider. Terje Solberg and I decided to give Eggekollen in Lier a try. It is a nice site, but hell to get all the equipment to the launch. It takes 1 hour of struggle to carry everything to the launch. Still, Terje and I did the job and was rewarded with a +1 hour flight. We could have flown longer but the wind picked up and we chose to go down to land as we both flew WW Falcons. This means that 10 months and 5 days of not flying hang glider is over. Hope I never get such a long stop again.

I have also bought a action cam to capture some scenes form the air. Based on recommendations from friends I chose a Drift 170 HD camera. I have just used it once, but below is a short video from me landing at Egge last Sunday.

Flying June 7th 2010 – June 11th 2012

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Since I have not blogged any flights between June 7th 2010 and June 11th 2010 I thought I should present a short update. Four flights from Flå, one from Liagårdane and one from Hydnefossen in July. Then a final flight from Flå August 7th, and that was my last hang glider flight. Short update and not much to tell.
September 4th I got my first flight in a paraglider from Vole, Vågå. I am unsure if I will follow up this very much, flying something that is easier to carry to distant launches and which is quick to set up is interesting.

367 days of no blogging – Loffuka 2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Long time since the post here. Not much flying either. I will try to update a little more frequently starting now.

This week is the annual “Loffuka” (eng: one week of driving around looking for the best sites to fly, camping wherever and sleeping the car). The weather forecast was pretty bad except for the first weekend, but I could not join before Monday and by then it was rain and bad weather. I joined the rest of the pilots Tuesday evening in Vågå, but it turned out not to be a big success. So Thursday evening I am back home and Loffuka 2011 has officially been terminated. Below are a few pictures of the rain and some flying.


One week of vacation and flying

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Last week the famous Norwegian hang glider team Loffdesperados had their annual Loffe-uke (Loff week). Loff-uke basically is a a gathering of hang glider pilots driving around looking for the best flying conditions possible while sleeping in their cars, trying to fly as much as possible and drinking lots of beer. More or less a “test what your body can take of punishment over a week” experience.

This year we started in Hallingdal, but after just two days headed for Vågå and spent rest of the week there. We had some good flying days and some bad ones. Steinar had one exceptional flight of 137 km from Vågå to Røros, but generally conditions were never very good and we also managed to ruin a couple of days because of bad decisions on where to fly. So, we had hoped for a little better conditions, but good company and good experiences make up for this.

Pictures from Loffuka below.

Fly-in and floater Cup in Hallingdal April 16th-18th

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Join the main hang gliding happening this spring – Hallingdal International Fly-In and Floater Competition 2010. All pilots are welcome, also from outside Norway.

Dates: April 16th-18th (Friday to Sunday). In case of bad weather, we will try again the following weekend.
Base camp: Sutøya Feriepark.
Questions: Post it as a comment to this post.

More info HERE (in Norwegian).

The Birdmen – from CBS 60 Minutes

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Nice reportage from BASE jumping in Romsdalen i Norway.

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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.

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.

Vis større kart

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

Flying at Flå

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

After a disastrous July for flying, today I made a last desperate attempt to get some airtime at the end of my vacation. So after a few phone calls and sms’ yesterday evening, a bunch of us (Steinar, Stein SP Fossum, Truls S, Petter P, Vegar H, and me) decided to give Flå a try. As we arrived at 1030 conditions looked quite good, but it seemed like it could be overcast. So we drove up to the launch as fast as possible, but it turned out that the shades kept away and we had nice sunny conditions until almost 1700. The conditions proved to be quite weak but enough to provide safe and easy soaring, mostly ridge soaring from weak thermals, and it was difficult to get over 950 masl. Still, we could at least fly as long as we wanted. I got a nice 2 hours 14 minutes flight.

Below, a bad video filmed with my photo camera – hand held.

Flå 1. august 2009 from Bjørn Trygve Hammer on Vimeo.

More bad weather and no flying

Monday, July 27th, 2009

This must have been one of the worst summer vacations I have ever had in terms of flying, and also this week seem totally wasted when it comes to flying.

Last week Vågå Paraglider Open was arranged, but they were only able to fly two tasks because of the weather. Bad luck, as Vågå in July can proved some of the best flying in the world.

So in the mean time, as it is not much flying to write about, here is a short documentary about Norway, this is Norway: