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Updates from July 2009

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

My blog went down just as the main flying season started, but nothing much has happened here in terms of flying. Actually I have only flown 3 flights in July, this must be an all time low for me. Still, I have one more week of vacation so I hope to get a few more flights next week.

Last week I flew for the first time from Flå, a new site Steinar Sverd Johnsen has explored and developed. This site seems very promising. Hopefully I will get a few more flights here this summer.

Erik V. launching from Flå from Bjørn Trygve Hammer on Vimeo.

Flying from Hydnefossen July 18th. This is one of my favorite sites to fly with spectacular nature (have a look at the pictures – link below).

Terje S. landing at Hydnefossen from Bjørn Trygve Hammer on Vimeo.

Pictures from July HERE.

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.

Tip wand installation and haulback tip

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Jeff O’Brian has published these two videos with rigging-derigging tips for Wills Wing gliders.

Tip wand installation and removal.

I use the same technique for installing the tip wand, but I have not had the “cup” facing down but backwards. This has made it difficult to fit the cup over the end of the wand. But I use a different technique for removing the tip wands. Here I stand at the tip of the glider facing the nose, then grip the wand half way up with my trailing edge side hand and then pulling the lever and cup of the wand with my other hand. It takes some force but is normally no problem.

Haulback tip

I have never even thought about this method in the video for releasing the haulback wire.

Source and (C) Jeff O’Brian for both videos.

Video from Trontreff

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Tomas Söderqvist filmed this video from Trontreff.

Landing approach. I am landing just before Tomas.

Video from Eggekollen yesterday.

Monday, June 30th, 2008

A short video of Rolf H. launching yesterday at Eggekollen. The launch was windy and turbulent with strong thermals coming in over the ridge, but it provided good lift once in the air.

Glider vs wingsuit

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Some people seem to have more fun than others.

Source: The video was first posted on the OzReport.

Kitzbühel speedrun by Guido Gehrmann

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Spectacular flying by Guido Gehrmann.

Scooter towing in the rain

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Bad weather this weekend here in Oslo with snow and rain. Today, Sunday, did not look that bad on forecast so we tried to get some of our hang glider students a few flights at Ekebergsletta. According to the forecast it should be sunny and nice conditions from about 1200. But that did not happened. Still, we managed to get a few flights between the showers, but as I put on a harness and got ready for a flight in the end of the day the wind turned to tailwind and later it started to rain even worst than before so we packed up.

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Wet and cold conditions, but we Norwegians love it – or possibly not.


National team pilot Øyvind E. dances the sun dance hoping for better weather. The Norwegian sun dance has been refined through generations ever since the vikings, and has now reached a high level of sofistication and has been widely adopted by Norwegian hang glider pilots trying to influence the weather. It is one problem though, it does not work.

Dolly Dimple’s commercial with hang glider

Friday, February 8th, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I was filmed while flying at Sundvollen. The filming was for a commercial for Norwegian pizza restaurant chain Dolly Dimple’s. Here is the result, it is me launching and flying but not my face you see:

Added Feb. 10th.
Here are a few pictures from the filming.

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The Falcon 2 rigged for filming the actor “flying”.

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Part of the film crew. They were very nice and relaxed and did the job without too much back and forth.

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The main character in the commercial to the right.
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The film crew on the frozen lake after filming the glider in the air. The first pictures are from the launch.

FAI World Hang Gliding Championships 1999 – EuroSport Videos

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Someone has posted EuroSport’s coverage of the 1999 FAI World Hang Glider Championship at Youtube. There are three ca 9 minutes videos.