Archive for the ‘New equipment’ Category

Back in business – finally flying again

Monday, April 27th, 2009

My last flight was in late Augus last year, 8 months ago, the longest stop I have had from flying. Still, last weekend I finally got myself a flight. Alf O. and I drove to Hallingdal on a day trip Sunday to get our first flight of the year, and for me to get the first flight in my new Wills Wing Falcon 3 195. The conditions proved weak and we even had problems launching due to crosswind. I got a 18 minutes flight, while Alf got a short 1 hour xc-flight on his ATOS. Many thanks to Steinar Sverd and Terje S. that came by to drive the car down.

This weekend a (wild) bunch of pilots were invited to Steinar Sverd (and Aud’s) cabin in Hallingdal. In total we were 8 students and pilots – Steinar, Benedicte (student), Øystein (student) , Jarle, Harald, Øystein, Gunnar, and I; 7 of which flew Wills Wing. In addition, Steinar’s girlfriend Aud provided excellent service as driver. Both Saturday and Sunday proved to be rather marginal in terms flying, with high pressure conditions and on Sunday even cirrus. Still, we all got to fly both days. In the evening Aud made us dinner and feed us – thanks! All in all a good weekend.

I only got two prolonged sled rides on my new Falcon 3 195 this weekend, but I am extremely pleased with the glider so far. Easy and fun to launch, fly, thermal, and land.

Below, Steinar is landing his Sport 2:

Steinar Sverd lander etter flytur fra Flatagrov from Bjørn Trygve Hammer on Vimeo.

Pictures from the day HERE.

My precious – new glider

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Finally both Alf and I had the opportunity to come together and assemble the 2 meter short packed Falcon 3 195 I have bought from Alf (Norwegian Wills Wing dealer). It was quite a job to assemble the glider; it is basically in pieces.

Now I can not wait trying the Falcon 3. I have a lot of hours on the Falcon 2, but only one flight with Falcon 3 – it will be interesting comparing the two models more closely.

Bits and pieces.

Coming together.

Checking everything is OK.

Wills Wing Falcon 3 195 – short pack

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I am just about to pick up my new demo used Will Wing Falcon 3 195 at Alf Oppøyen, the Norwegian Wills Wing dealer. He went for a short trip to Lanzarote in early December for a few flights before handing over the glider to me. As he was shipping the glider to Lanzarote he short packed it using the Wills Wing short pack transport container. HERE are a few pictures from the operations. It is really nice to have the opportunity to short pack a glider, but it seems almost like a total assembly/disassembly operation. Time will show if I will take advantage of this feature; first and foremost I am buying the Falcon 3 to have a something easy and fun to fly in addition to my Wills Wing T2.

New compact camera for Christmas

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

My old compact camera (a Casio Exilim EX-Z3) has served me well 5 years or so, and it has never failed even though it has been through some pretty harsh handling. Still, the development has enormous these years and I have missed having a better compact digital camera. After looking through most of the available models and judging back and forth in terms of type of camera (compact, compact pro, small, and so on), brand, zoom, video, + +, I finally went for a compromise model. As we have a large Pentax K200D camera i opted for a smaller model and not a pro compact model like Canon G-10. In addition, I wanted a both wide angel and good zoom, and a camera that can be operated with flying gloves and while flying.

Fortunatly my girlfriend “surprised” me with a new camera for Christmas; luckilly just the model I wanted – a Panasonic DMC-TZ5 with Leica lens, 10x optical zoom, 28 mm wide angel, and HD video. I have only had a few test photos so far but so far I am very pleased. I have posted 3 pictures below shot from the same place. They are reduced to 33 % of original size to 1140×855 pix.

28 mm “wide” angel.

About 5x zoom.

10x zoom.

New equipment on its way!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

This season I rented my club’s WW Falcon 2 195 for a few weeks, but these gliders are so fun flying that I have wanted one for myself for a couple of years now. So some weeks ago I asked Alf Oppøyen, the Norwegian Will Wing dealer, for the price of a new Falcon 3. But instead Alf suggested that I could buy his less than one year old demo glider (with custom colours!). Alf was going to fly the glider at Lanzarote in November before I take it over – and I can’t wait.

Picture of the new “baby” from Ringerud August 16th, me flying the club’s Falcon 2, and Alf the Falcon 3 that I am about to buy.

It has been a while since my last report here. Nothing much has been happening, but I will come back shortly with some pictures and a brief report from this years hang glider course in Oslo.

“New” Wills Wing T2.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

After the crash and after totally demolishing my dear T2 I was not sure what to do to get a new topless glider as fast as possible. Wills Wing have mid June as their first delivery date, and I just could not wait that long. But then I remembered that Steinar J. had put his one year old T2 up for sales. He prefers flying his Falcon 3 instead and ended up not using his T2 so it only has about 5 flights and maybe 5 hours of airtime. So basically it is a new glider. So I decided to buy his glider, and this evening he came over with it. So now I am ready for the upcoming season.

The new glider does not have the UVM sail, but instead ordinary mylar. Further, it has Litestream uprights instead of Slipstream, and finally of course not my colours. Still, it is an almost brand new T2 and I can use a couple of the a-frame brackets from the old glider, buy a couple of new brackets and uprights, and change the a-frame to Slipstream.

I had insured all my hang gliding equipment, and this will probably save me a lot of cash now. I have just sent in the papers to the insurance company, but I do not expect any problems. I am not sure exactly how much money I will get but it should be enough to pay for the new T2.

New vario/gps

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

I have so far flown with a Bräuniger IG Competition GPS and Garmin 12 combination, using a Garmin 60 to record a track log with altitude which is required here in Norway for competitions. I have been more that satisfied this these instruments, although a bit of manual operation is needed in the air for comp flying. But now, I have finally joined company with the integrated vario/gps dudes. Friday I picked up my new Bräuniger IQ Compeo+ at Øyvind Ellefsen. The instrument looks pretty neat, but not that much is new from the previous model, and I would not have changed I had the old Compeo. I look forward to test it in the air, and I guess I have to read the manual to understand what is going on in the display.

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My new Bräuniger Compeo+.

I have already a good working knowledge of how to operate the instrument as I have scored hang glider competitions since the first Gallileo/Compeos, and at that time no one seemed to know how to operated the instrument, so I had to learn the basic stuff to be able to score the comps. The knowledge of how to use the first Compeo’s here in Norway is an interesting story. No one could use them except my master and comander in the Norwegain competition committee Øyvind Ellefsen. He learned me the basics so that I could help him score, and was no problem. The problem, however, was that everyone else had to ask him how to operate their Gallieo/Compeo, often on launch on comps just before the start window opened. As far as I remember, Øyvind, who is really very patient, got pretty annoyed a few times because no one else bothered to read their vario manual, and instead relied on him for support. Hang glider pilots are a lazy bunch!

Icebreaker clothing.

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Today I got a package in the mail from the UK. Attached to the package was an invoice, so for a moment I thought that someone tried to, or actually had managed to, trick me to buy something at the Internet. But when I opened the package the invoice was at £ 0, and instead a nice letter explained that the Norwegian Icebreaker importer Jarbeaux Sport had arranged for me to have an Icebreaker Slalom Zip long sleeve shirt. The background for this generous gift is that the Norwegian Icebreaker importer is sharing offices with the importer of Loki, which is the sponsor of the Norwegian hang glider national team (I will write more about this sponsoring arrangement later), and while visiting Loki I got to talk to the Icebreaker importer and looked at some of their products. The Icebreaker product range is impressive, and the merino wool they use in all their products feel almost like silk. This combined with the wools ability to keep you warm even if wet and that it does not smell bad after using it, like synthetic fabrics do, are very good selling points to me. Further, Icebreaker should be a perfect match as underwear to the Loki outerwear. I hope to test this combination already this weekend; the forecast predicts cold weather, but flyable – it should be a perfect test.

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Photo: Icebreaker.

Information about the Icebreaker and merino wool in Norwegian HERE. Online shop in Norway with Icebreaker products HERE.

More on the T2 and Tenax

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Sunday I got another, and second, flight on the T2 and Tenax. I am even more pleased with the glider and harness after the second flight. This time I was prepared for the harness not to slide up to an equally upright position as the Viper and saved the landing, although it was not a 0-stepper in the 0-wind. The T2 seems very easy to land, as the a-frame “tell” you when it is time to push out.
Still, a few new things need to be taken into consideration having a new glider. As the sprogs turns towards the keel it is possible to have the inner sprog entangled in the wing wire (had I read the excellent T2 manual I would have seen that this has been pointed out). Further, the new stiff sail is a pain in the ass to roll up neatly (it is hard to have new glider).

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Three Wills Wing T2’s, the yellow in the back and my red in the front are brand new, the white in the middle one year old. Norway, the land of T2’s.

HERE are a few pictures from the weekend, not surprisingly all of my new precious glider and harness.

New Wills Wing T2, new Woody Valley Tenax 2, ohh what a perfect day.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Today I finally got the my new glider, a T2 with very possible options; UVM sail, 12 mm battens, slipstream uprights, and carbon leading edge inserts. This morning Alf, the Norwegian WW deal, and I went to Sundvollen to assemble the short packed glider and to test fly. The assembly was easy and then rigging and I was ready to fly the glider, and the harness, for the first time. The first I noticed with the glider, besides from that it looks smashing, was the light weight.

T2 and Tenax 2

I launched in 0-wind, but the glider was still easy to start. The light weight made it easy to lift the glider and start the launch run. In the air the glider had light handling, and a lot more speed and energy than my old 2002 model Litespeed. Also sink and glide seemed very improved, but this is difficult to judge not flying alongside another glider.