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Hang Gliding Instruction in North Carolina

Mon, Nov 22 2021, 8:31:30 am MST

4000 tandems

aerotow|Craig Pearson|Facebook|instruction|Moyes Delta Gliders|North Wing|picture|scooter|tandem|Thermal Valley Hang Gliding|towing|video|Wills Wing

Craig Pearson «craig» writes:

We own and operate Thermal Valley Hang Gliding and operate in Lenoir NC. Our website is http://www.thermalvalley.net . We are on Facebook and Instagram and have been in business since 2011. We primarily aerotow tandem discovery flights but teach aerotowing, foot launching, and scooter towing. We have flown nearly 4000 tandems and are Wills Wing, Moyes and North Wing authorized dealers (although Wills Wing dealership status is unknown for now).





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Wills Wing Start Up

Fri, Nov 19 2021, 10:23:24 pm MST

First new glider from Valle

Rudy Gotes|Wills Wing Inc.

"Wills Wing" «info» writes:

What a big and historic week it's been! You may have seen our update on Instagram/Facebook, that we completed our first sail this week from the new Wills Wing factory and Rudy test flew it yesterday with great success! This beautiful Falcon 4-170 came out perfectly – flawless performance, straight flying, and no flutter in the sail, whatsoever. We are so proud of this important milestone and wanted to share the good news. This glider is the first of many, many more to come.

When we last emailed in October, we had just completed the move of all machines, equipment and inventory and were working hard to get everything set up. Since then, a lot has happened. Steve traveled down to Valle to begin formal staff training, equipment testing, and demo assemblies.

Electricity for the building came about two months later than promised by the electric company, but the team made do with a generator and we're happy to report that the factory is now up and running with full interconnection and power.

We also just received word from our tubing supplier that they are ready to ship now – a full month ahead of schedule! We've ordered enough tubing to make gliders through all of 2022. We've also begun cutting downtubes and preparing our inventory of spare parts for distribution to our dealers.

Regarding orders – as promised – we are ready to share a simple process to submit your order requests! A few things to note about this:

Booking Requests need to be submitted through our Wills Wing dealers, so if you are a customer, please contact a dealer and ask them to submit your order through this form.

When we are ready to process the request and turn it into a formal booking, we will reach out to collect additional details for the order.

This request form is intentionally simple – it's meant to move requests out of email, catalogue your orders and help speed up our inventory planning / ramp up.

For spare parts orders, please also use the form to write in your needs – we will follow up to confirm everything. We are working on the willswing.com store and will resume SKUs and orders through the dealer portal once it's up and running again!

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Mike Barber Dies

Tue, Jul 27 2021, 8:54:38 am MDT

Colon cancer

death|Facebook|Mike Barber|Rob Kells|Tiki Mashy

We've known for months that Mikey had stage four colon cancer. He died on Tuesday morning. I wrote the following on Tiki Mashy's Facebook news feed:

What lesson can the living take from Mike's too early death? Not that we can avoid death, but that we can have a better and longer life and reduce the pain that our death inflicts upon those we love if we do those things that keep us healthy.

Both Mike and Rob Kells inadvertently or mistakenly avoided medical tests and procedures that would have kept them alive and healthy much much longer. My advice is simple:

1) Get a physical check up with lab/blood/urine tests once a year.

2) Get a colonoscopy at regular intervals as determined by your doctor.

3) Get a yearly PSA test.

Men, do not be afraid of the doctor. Man up and get checked out.

It really hurts to see this happen so needlessly.

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The 2021 Willi XC Challenge

Fri, Jul 23 2021, 9:07:56 pm MDT

Starts on Saturday

Facebook|Willi XC Challenge 2021

At Mount 7 in B.C. Canada.


Mark Damm won't blow his own horn here, so allow me. When he is not being a lawyer in real life, he becomes our Media Maven, responsible for many of the sponsor highlight and daily update posts on this page. He also provides a very valuable "prize" for the "Willi Make It" award, something none of us want but some of us earn.

For those not familiar, a daily "Willi Make It" winner is announced at most Pilot Meetings, essentially the pilot or other who the previous day made choices that put themselves or others at risk. The discussion that follows is intended as an opportunity for all of us to learn from what happened or be more clear what is expected, while having a little fun together.

At the end of the comp, the "committee" votes on the overall winner from the whole comp, and that person wins Mark's donated prize. That prize, perhaps appropriately, is a full Estate Planning Package, including Will, Enduring Power of Attorney, and a Personal Directive (only available to Alberta residents).

Thanks Mark for all you do to make the Willi more fun and safer for everyone attending.

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Insurance, so which is it? »

May 28, 2021, 8:35:09 MDT

A little back and forth

Facebook|insurance|Paul Voight|Risk Retention Group|Ryan Voight|USHPA

FB discussion found here.

Luke Waters:

Ryan Voight, the insurance company did not drop USHPA. The commercial policy that only covered a handful of schools was dropped and USHPA leadership at the time convinced it's members those schools were "too big to fail" and that we all needed to self insure to support them. But yes, this was one is the incidents that lead to one of the bigger payouts.

Ryan Voight:

Luke Waters, false. I was on the board when the fiasco took place. It started when the insurance company, providing 3rd party liability, realized there was “professional instruction” taking place and said they will no longer cover USHPA without the addition of a policy for instructors. Hence “mandatory instructor insurance”… one of those we-had-a-choice-but-didn’t-really-have-an-alternative situations.

Couple years later, insurance decides our case history is too variable/unpredictable/expensive… not profitable enough for them to be worth the risk/hassle, they choose not to renew our policy (at any price, just plain won’t do it).

USHPA decides to self-insure because (primarily) without insurance many sites would be lost. Site insurance is simply listing landowners as insured parties within the 3rd party liability insurance. Again though, the landowners wouldn’t be covered during any commercial instruction unless instructors have their own policy too…
So now we have USHPA who provides a good pilot rating system, obtains 3rd party liability insurance for pilots/landowners, and (IMHO) does a mediocre job of training and certifying instructors.

RRRG is a pilot owned/operated insurance provider, providing policies to USHPA, PASA, and large schools directly.
PASA is an organization created to help make sure instructors are following best practices, not taking unnecessary risks and creating stupid insurance liability (because we can’t afford for RRRG to fail).

It’s a mess.

Years ago I tried to point out at a USHPA BOD meeting that the instructor training and certification is well-intentioned but grossly inadequate, and much of the mess is because USHPA “certifies” who’s an instructor and who isn’t. I proposed USHPA stop certifying instructors altogether- shed the liability to survive. It wasn’t a well received idea lol. I know it’s a bit out there and initially sounds horrible- but I still think it makes absolute logical sense and it’s what the organization needs to do!

Luke Waters:

Ryan Voight, I have to disagree. You were a part of the board when the initial addition of the Rogallo membership took place, but your explanation of why USHPA dropped the general polices and self-insured is not completely correct. It's easy to go back and see exactly what happened because it was being talked about a lot and published all over the web when it was happening.

The bottom line is the RRRG now provides a commercial insurance policy to a handful of big tandem operations that replaced the (only) policy that was being canceled by Lloyds of London at the time. It's arguable that there was ever any direct threat to the policies that cover solo pilots or most instructors. It's also arguable that USHPA needed these handful of big tandem operations to survive, since at the time they were issuing something like 40% of novice and beginner ratings. What is not arguable is that the general membership was not getting the full story as to why this was really a crisis, and why we needed to self insure.

Now we have the RRRG and have to make it work. And with the new leadership the future looks bright. But we have to be clear about the history and the facts that got us here in order to understand how to move forward.

Ryan Voight:

Luke Waters I was a USHPA Director, in the Board meeting, when we- as a Board- were told that *all* the USHPA policies were not going to be renewed. We were told the insurance company (after dodging calls for a months if I recall correctly) had confirmed that fear. I, along with the rest of the Board, voted to pursue self-insurance options at that time. We would have loved some other alternatives to choose from! If what you say is true, and the general membership policy was still eligible renewal, that’s news to me, and in direct disagreement with the information the BOD was presented. I guess I can’t fully say if you’re correct or mistaken

After that I stopped being involved- I was on the board to help and better the sport(s)… not to manage bureaucratic management as policies… much more qualified people for that anyway. So I can’t speak to what happened after that… (it was a shit show).

I will say publicly that I do not agree with several things USHPA is doing these days, RRRG and PASA policies, etc. it’s horrible…

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Why do we have USHPA/RRRG Liability Insurance?

May 26, 2021, 7:07:19 pm MDT

Why do we have USHPA/RRRG Liability Insurance?

Essentially so that we can obtain the privilege of launching and landing at sites that we don't own

Christopher Moody|Facebook|insurance|PG|Risk Retention Group|RRRG|USHPA

You can dive into the justifications for paying for this insurance here:


Insurance is important to the advancement of free flight in the US. In many cases it is an essential element in opening flying sites, so insurance is an important component of USHPA’s programs and member benefits.

This is key. Hang Glider pilots did not go around looking for 3rd party liability insurance because they wanted to protect or defend themselves if they caused damage or injury to a 3rd party. They were forced to look for this type of insurance by landowners who said they they could not use their land for launching and landing unless pilots carried liability insurance. In addition they wanted to be named as additional insured.

Incidents involving third parties present in launch or landing areas may trigger claims under USHPA's GL policy. Landowners of launch and landing areas may also be named in suits and can also be covered under USHPA's GL policy if and only if they are named as Additional Insured parties and they receive no compensation for their services.

A Chapter must arrange for USHPA “Site Insurance” in order to name site landowners (owners of launch areas and landing fields) as Additional Insureds on USHPA's GL policy. For details, refer to Insurance - Sites


All USHPA members have third party liability coverage under the USHPA GL policy as a member benefit. This covers claims made by third parties (such as spectators, bystanders, etc.) for damage or injury caused by member actions while paragliding or hang gliding. It also covers the costs and fees associated with any legal defense (for example, if the damaged party decides to sue the member or USHPA).


1 - Why do all pilots flying a USHPA-insured site need to be USHPA members?

"USHPA-insured site" actually means that the landowners of that site are covered by USHPA's General Liability insurance policy. The reason we have this option is because many landowners won't let us launch or land on their property without this coverage; not only for us as pilots, but for them as individuals. However, the coverage only applies to accidents involving USHPA members and third parties - the innocent bystander, spectator, or dog-walker who is accidentally injured (or has their property damaged). If a pilot is NOT a USHPA member then there is zero coverage for the landowner, pilots, or chapter. So if an accident occurs involving a pilot who is not a USHPA member, and the landowner is sued, a likely outcome is that the site will be shut down, or the flying community in that area will have to cover large legal fees in order to keep the site open by assuming the liability from the landowner.

I've been reporting on issues regarding insurance. Right now the Jackson Hole Resort wants $5 million in liability insurance to allow paraglider pilots to take the lift to the top and launch. This is way beyond what our current insurance covers. You can read more about this and other insurance issues here:







We are currently discussing this insurance issue on Facebook here.

What a Wonderful World

April 29, 2021, 9:21:52 pm EDT

What a Wonderful World

With a trap door and in south Florida


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Tim Cook on Facebook

March 11, 2021, 7:52:12 EST

Tim Cook on Facebook

You have written to me about how your disapprove of their business model

Facebook|Tim Cook


Tim Cook has just given a speech and said:

"Technology does not need vast troves of personal data stitched together across dozens of websites and apps in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it, and we're here today because the path of least resistance is rarely the path of wisdom."

"If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve our praise. It deserves reform."

"We should not look away from the bigger picture. In a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement, the longer the better, and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible."

"Too many are still asking the question 'How much can we get away with?' when they need to be asking 'What are the consequences?'"

"What are the consequences of prioritizing conspiracy theories and violent incitement simply because of the high rates of engagement?"

"What are the consequences of not just tolerating but rewarding content that undermines public trust in life-saving vaccinations?"

"What are the consequences of seeing thousands of users joining extremist groups and then perpetuating an algorithm that recommends even more?"

"It is long past time to stop pretending that this approach doesn't come with a cost. A polarization of lost trust, and yes, of violence."

"A social dilemma cannot be allowed to become a social catastrophe."

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A Near Cyber Death Experience

Wed, Mar 3 2021, 8:23:21 am EST

We almost lost it

COVID|Facebook|Oz Report|Paradise Airsports Nationals 2021|Wilotree Park|Wilotree Park Nationals 2021

You might have noticed that it's been a tough year for most of us. Hang gliding continued without many competitions which would have lead to gatherings which were either frowned upon or completely forbidden by the authorities. Here in Florida we continued life outside where it is is 19 times safer (https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-indoors/). Due to travel restrictions we canceled the Sport Class, Rigid Wing and Women's Worlds as well as all the Nationals competitions. Same for Big Spring.

Now a year later we are planning for the 2021 Paradise Airsports and Wilotree Park Nationals in April to be run under COVID protocols with continued international travel restrictions: https://airtribune.com/2021-paradise-airsports-nationals/info and https://airtribune.com/2021-wilotree-park-nationals/info.

During the year of crises mode we also decided to move to a new web server to reduce our costs. This transition has not been without numerous glitches as the Oz Report is a complex web site. For example, yesterday the host automatically updated PHP which caused all sorts of problems for Scare. Hopefully over time the situation will stabilize.

At one point we considered just going strictly on Facebook which would relieve us of all the web hosting issues (the high cost being the primary concern). We also were getting most of our content via Facebook posts, so it made sense to go to our Facebook version of the Oz Report.

This would mean that we would drop our email push of Oz Report issues. Also, those who find Facebook objectionable would no longer get to see our content. After a few disappointing experiments we decided to leave well enough alone. There is a Facebook version of the Oz Report and a stand-alone version. Sometimes content from the Facebook version comes over to the stand-alone version.

You can just go to the Oz Report on Facebook and ignore your news feed: https://www.facebook.com/ozreport

We don't know where things stand with our readers. We've decided not to publish every weekday unless there is news every weekday. Before it was publish or perish five days a week for 24 years. Now we are taking a bit more relaxed attitude and publishing when something interesting is happening, and hopefully with a new year and good changes to our pandemic situation coming, there will be more interesting things happening.

Thanks to all the Oz Report readers for their support over the years.

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2021 New South Wales State Titles »

February 22, 2021, 8:57:21 EST

2021 New South Wales State Titles

Results from the second day

Facebook|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2021|Trent Brown


120 kilometer task. Looks like Shane lead the way but didn't quite make it to goal.

Day 2:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.0 pro 02:01:49 978.2
2 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:01:09 913.0
3 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:09:03 898.9
4 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes Gecko 170 02:08:12 846.5
5 Jonas Lobitz Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:24:37 823.9
6 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 02:15:27 779.5
7 Brodrick Osborne Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:30:36 774.9
8 Dustan Hansen airborne ev 14.5 02:22:54 773.6
9 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:22:28 742.4
10 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 02:30:50 718.0


# Name Glider T 1 T 2 Total
1 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1000.0 913.0 1913
2 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.0 pro 920.3 978.2 1899
3 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes Gecko 170 880.7 846.5 1727
4 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 854.4 779.5 1634
5 Brodrick Osborne Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 691.9 774.9 1467
6 Jonas Lobitz Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 503.2 823.9 1327
7 Shane Duncan Moyes Gecko 155 786.8 472.4 1259
8 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 465.3 718.0 1183
9 Michael Free Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 392.9 631.2 1024
10 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 95.9 898.9 995

Johnny is flying with a handicap as is Shane.


2021 New Zealand National Hang Gliding Championships

Mon, Feb 8 2021, 8:49:02 am EST

Perhaps the Worlds in 2025?

COVID|Facebook|Ian Clark|James-Donald "Don" "Plummet" Carslaw|John Smith|New Zealand Nationals 2021|photo|video

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competition|COVID|Facebook|Ian Clark|James-Donald "Don" "Plummet" Carslaw|John Smith|New Zealand Nationals 2021|photo|video


Matt Barlow «Matt Barlow» writes:

Wow what a comp it has been. After not making goal for two days in a row and plummeting in the rankings, John Smith pulled out all stops winning the last three days with perfect 1000 point wins on each day.

As good as this was though Ian Clark flew faultlessly throughout the entire competition making goal every day and was crowned the undisputed 2021 New Zealand Hang Gliding Champion. Outstanding flying Ian, and a job very well done.

John Smith finished in second place, defending champion Matt Barlow 3rd.

Congratulations also goes out to Henning Kruger, beating out some stiff competition and becoming our 2021 Sport Class Champion.

Inaugural winners of the 'Kahu Cup' - (Inter Club comp) were Southern, followed by Aorangi, and Canterbury taking third place. For full results of day eight and the overall results just click on the link below:


For various photos and videos of the last day including prize giving, just visit the Flying Kiwis facebook page below:


For a look at all comp information and tasks including 2D replays just visit the comp page on Airtribune:


Huge thanks go to the many volunteers and helpers that pitched in and made this our most successful and enjoyable Nationals ever!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - We are seriously considering placing a bid for the 2025 World Hang Gliding Championships. With so much uncertainty in the rest of the world but New Zealand being Covid free, and with Murchison (New Zealand) offering such user friendly spectacular World Class flying, we are excited about the possibility and what the future may hold.

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2021 New Zealand National Hang Gliding Championships

Tue, Feb 2 2021, 8:07:42 am EST

Results from day four and more

competition|Facebook|Ian Clark|John Smith|John Urlich|New Zealand Nationals 2021|video


John Smith falls down.

Task 4:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Ian Clark Moyes RX3.5 01:47:44 924.6
2 Hagen Bruggemann Moyes RX4 01:43:21 907.9
3 Matt Barlow Moyes RX5 Pro 01:49:49 831.7
4 Grant Tatham Ww T2°C 01:56:28 794.7
5 Derek Mckee Moyes RS4 02:07:10 736.7
6 John Urlich Airborne RX5 Pro 02:15:58 677.6
7 James Oakley Wills Wing T2°C 02:11:36 671.0
8 James Mckirdy Moyes RS4 02:20:17 666.6
9 Geoff Christophers Moyes RX3.5 02:22:34 645.8
10 Andrew Mckirdy Moyes Litespeed Rs 3.5 02:23:25 640.7


Name Glider Total
1 Ian Clark Moyes RX3.5 3509
2 Matt Barlow Moyes RX5 Pro 3491
3 John Smith Icaro Laminar 2934
4 Hagen Bruggemann Moyes RX4 2781
5 Geoff Christophers Moyes RX3.5 2644
6 James Mckirdy Moyes RS4 2384
7 Grant Tatham Ww T2°C 2357
8 John Urlich Airborne RX5 Pro 2343
9 Piers Throssell Moyes RX 3.5 2048
10 Ollie Derry Moyes RX 3.5 2021

Videos: https://www.facebook.com/nzhgnats

More: https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports/Flying-Kiwis-1080353552175519/

Pete's Parachute

February 1, 2021, 8:22:21 EST

Pete's Parachute

Australia 1994

Facebook|Ian Duncan|Lawrence "Pete" Lehmann|Pete Lehmann|William "Billo" Olive

It's Pete's story that got me to go to Australia.

William Olive writes:

I'm pretty sure I've posted this before, but Ian's '94 Hay pics prompted me to find it again. That year was a comp of attrition for some. This is Pete Lehmann under chute, one of at least two that day at that comp. From faulty memory the car is John Silver's (name could be wrong). It drove on to the chute and prevented Pete from being further trashed, although I don't think that much was salvagable of his gear.

Phil Shroder writes:

I thought the windmill downwind of the tow paddock stopped the chute from dragging him further. He came close to getting dragged into the dam if not for the windmill. He also dropped his GPS in the tumble but it was found later and still worked.

William Olive writes:

You're right. He landed in the dam, which very much softened his landing. You can see the windmill on the right of the pic.

Ian Duncan writes:

There was also the US pilots horrific lockout. The guy who had designed and built a new vario. He got hit by a strong thermal on tow. His nose pitched up severely and he lost the base bar, leaving him hanging behind and out of reach of the A-frame.

The car stopped but they had no lockout release on the line so the thermal just kept pushing him up. Eventually the glider rotated to the left putting him in a dive like a kite doing a loop. Luckily he was high enough to clear the ground after the first dive and he went straight back up still hanging behind the A-frame.

Nearing the top of the second climb the base bar came back into his hands and as he came to the top of the climb he pushed out and the weaklink finally broke but this left him fully stalled. The glider pitched down into a dive which he only just managed to pull out of just short of the ground. He then did a perfect cross wind landing a few lanes to the right of us.

Horrific to watch the whole thing happen at my first ever flatlands comp. I think we had a driver operated lockout release on our car and I never car towed without one after seeing that happen. John Trude had an horrific accident the following year because they also didn't have a lockout release.

January Flying in Texas

January 7, 2021, 10:41:47 pm EST

January Flying in Texas

Looks like it's become year round

Facebook|Robin Hamilton

Robin Hamilton on a short flight on January 5th:

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Between Christmas and New Years

December 29, 2020, 9:08:33 pm EST

Between Christmas and New Years

Always seems like a time that pilots come to fly in Florida

Facebook|Wilotree Park

A family came from Columbia and three soloed with Paradise Airports at Wilotree Park (and no I do not approve of the awful lack of social distancing and the lack of masks. This is not how I operate here. I stay outside and away from people.):

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Texas Winter Flying

December 28, 2020, 8:57:49 pm EST

Texas Winter Flying

Robin Hamilton

Facebook|Robin Hamilton|XC

50 miler on a blue day.

Winter Flying

December 28, 2020, 8:57:18 pm EST

Winter Flying

Not like in Florida


Matthias Küffer:

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Flying Around

December 21, 2020, 9:37:33 pm EST

Flying Around

A bit of a collection



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Flying with your phone

Mon, Dec 7 2020, 9:18:42 am EST

The risks

AltAir Vario|Facebook|Oleg Bondarchuk

Altair. Take your smartphone airborne writes:

We decided to share several notes based on pilots feedback we've received.

Note 1. This note applies to all pilots who fly with smartphone and power bank as battery backup. Some Android phones when connected to external battery (powerbank) charge to 100% and then begin to discharge like there is no connected powerbank at all. This probably happens due to Android battery management optimization. Such a behaviour is confirmed for Samsung Galaxy A51 phone but other devices running Android 10 are under suspicion.

So far, the only way to avoid this is to monitor the phone’s charge and turn on the powerbank again when the phone is significantly discharged.

(BTW, it is easy on Altair pods because powerbank button is accessible from the pod’s front panel)

Note 2. This note applies to pilots who use their smartphone together with other flight instruments including Bluetooth-connected devices.

Some phones may interfere with flight instruments especially when they lose a GSM signal on high altitude and begin to search for cellular network on maximum transmitting power.

This may cause a weaker GPS reception or temporary loss of Bluetooth connection with external devices, or vario misreadings.

Even big passenger jets can suffer from this issue and so do HG and PG instruments.

To avoid this turning on an “airplane mode” on your phone may be a good idea. Sometimes switching back GPS and Bluetooth after doing this may be needed.

Oleg Matvieiev's note:

Smartphones and E-readers have already gained their place in the world of free flight instruments as flexible and versatile solution with big possibilities and computing power for modern cross-country and competition flights. The main players in the instrument market are starting to develop dedicated smartphone apps for free flying (not to mention the independent developers such as XCSoar, LK8000, AltAIR, XCTrack and so on). However, most of the smartphones are not designed to withstand all situations which can occur during intensive free flight use: excessive cold, heat, humidity, dust, impacts, etc, etc. Serving as flight instrument at the same time smartphones frequently remain the only source of pilot communication in case of accident or other emergency situations.

Being very optimistic about smartphone use I consider worth reminding that using a smartphone as critical source of flight information and communication is part of the risk that every pilot accepts or declines while practicing his activity. Knowing the limitations and behavior of your instrument is part of the pilot's skills. I can recall more than a few cases when pilot was separated from his flight instruments while falling down from the sky under canopy, tumbling or hanging on a tree. So, keeping a backup phone or tracker close to your body might be a good or even life-saving choice.

Fly safe!

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Wave at Minden

December 4, 2020, 8:49:44 pm EST

Wave at Minden

With Jim Lee

Facebook|Jim Lee

Brad Jackson and Jim Lee have been flying spectacular wave missions from Minden lately. Brad noticed that Oudie didn't show SkySight wave forecast up until FL18. That's fixed! Your Oudie and SeeYou Navigator will show SkySight wave forecasts in USA and in the Alps up to FL180 (6000 meters) now.Same also goes for SeeYou Cloud. You can plan your flights with wave forecasts up to FL180 now: https://seeyou.cloud/planner.

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Towing Training

On an ATOS VR+

Towing Training

December 2, 2020, 8:10:08 EST

A.I.R. ATOS VR|Facebook|video

Steve Young writes:


One tiny advantage of this lockdown and working from home is you get time to go through the GoPro films and edit them. Here is a video of my aero towing flying this year with my Atos VR+. I have used the video as a coaching video for flex wings and rigids. As everything applies to both.

Five days in a row in November

Sun, Nov 29 2020, 10:10:13 pm EST

Temperatures in the eighties

Facebook|photo|Victoria Lee Nelson

It was flyable, soarable, and cross country able for five days starting the day before Thanksgiving. Mick and I took advantage of two of those days and tried to go cross country on the fifth day, Sunday, but it didn't work out for us.

Cu's on every day.

Stronger winds on Saturday but it would have been easily possible to fly to the northeast. This wind direction (southwest) is usually pretty severe in terms of the towing conditions and hard on the tugs pilots, but Jim Prahl said that it was not like a post frontal day, which is usually when you experience a southwest situation and towing was actually without drama. In fact the high over Florida has been keeping the front out for days now. Looks like it will come through on Monday.

Lots of pilots flying here and having a great time every day for five days. So nice that this coincided with the long weekend.

We'll see if things warm back up again by next weekend.

Photos by Victoria Nelson.

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November in Texas

November 20, 2020, 7:29:44 pm EST

November in Texas

210 kilometers

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Robin Hamilton, almost to Waco.

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New AltAIR pods overview

Fri, Nov 20 2020, 7:28:37 pm EST

Altair bluetooth vario

Øyvind Ellefsen|AltAir Vario|Facebook|Flytec 6030


Altair Bluetooth vario is almost 3 years on the market so we will try to cover some basics, updates and FAQs in this article.

AltAIR vario is a Bluetooth vario with pressure sensor for vario and altitude data and differential pressure sensor for airspeed data (Pitot tube).

AltAIR vario does not have GPS chip. GPS data is obtained from your phone.

Altair vario can be used with almost any Android phone with main popular free flight apps: XCSoar, LK8000, Altair and XCTrack (this one without airspeed).

With our home-developed Altair app it is possible to use a dedicated 9-key keyboard for easy glove operation. These keys can be assigned through the AltAIR app for various functions: zooming, switching pages, toggling waypoints, etc.

AltAIR android app is completely free.

AltAIR Bluetooth vario can be found in 3 products:

Dual Pod AltAIR II
Universal Pod AltAIR
Racing Pod AltAIR

All 3 instrument pods are aimed to turn your smart phone into a full-featured flight computer.

They all share:

Built-in 10000mAh powerbank to charge the phone during flight. Battery capacity is enough for 1-2 days of intensive 4-5 hours flying. Powerbank indicators, button and charging ports are placed on the front panel of the pod so they are easy to reach. Charging cable can be easily replaced with a new one or with a cable of different type (Micro USB, Type C, Lightning). Powerbank battery has soldered connectors and can be replaced with a spare or a new one.

AltAIR Bluetooth vario with airspeed sensor.

Our new custom developed 9-button keyboard. All keys are short and long press sensitive. Users of Altair Android app can benefit from assigning various useful functions on these keys. For other apps and standalone use power and volume button remains active

m8 or m6 or ¼”(camera) thread for various mount options. (We can offer mounts for almost all modern wing models.)

Unique features of each pod:

Dual Pod AltAIR II. This pod is a perfect choice for the competition and advanced cross-country pilot. Upper slot is designed to accommodate Flytec 6030 or Digifly AIR or Naviter Oudie4 flight instruments. Bottom slot can host smart phones or tablets up to 165 mm high with Flytec or even 175 mm with Digifly or Naviter. Pitot tube has a Y-connector to distribute airspeed pressure both to AltAIR vario and other flight instruments. Pod has m4 screw for Flytec6030 and 3m Dual Lock velcro for mounting Digifly Air or Oudie. Support rope can easily slide for left or right pod position.

Universal Pod AltAIR. This pod can be equipped with a phone or tablet up to 174 mm high. Set of different face covers (sold separately) allows to transform it for use with more than 6 other flight instruments (6030, Digifly AIR, Oudie4, Flymaster live, Volirium and counting…)

Racing Pod AltAIR. Our first and most compact model. Can host a phone up to 154 mm high.

Now to the drawbacks and bugs (or you do think that instruments can come without bugs?

Main drawback is that the phone has to be used only in airplane mode together with the Altair vario (with bluetooth and GPS ON). This problem is caused by phone GSM signal interference which can stuck the AltAIR vario. Sometimes it happens when phone loses GSM connection on high altitude it begins to search for GSM signal at maximum transmitting power.

Other known bugs - wind and glide calculations in Altair Android app are not very polished so far.

Current pod prices:

Dual Pod AltAIR II - EUR310
Universal Pod AltAIR - EUR250
Racing Pod AltAIR - EUR200

Also feel free to contact our official dealers (prices may vary):
USA and Mexico exclusive reseller: Flytec USA http://flytec.com/
Canada - Instinct Windsports https://instinct.pro/ and Philippe Michaud
BENELUX exclusive reseller: Moyes Belgium (Jochen Zeischka)
Norway exclusive reseller: Øyvind Ellefsen
Official online shop (with PayPal option): https://delta-goodies.com/

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Landing as a Pro

November 16, 2020, 8:30:24 EST

Landing as a Pro

At the Florida Ridge Flight Park


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Texas with November Flying

November 7, 2020, 8:30:25 pm EST

Texas with November Flying

Robin Hamilton

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Yesterday was a great soaring day down here in Texas. An amazing day for November - cloud streets 5,500ft above ground, fat 300-500 fpm lift and beautiful visibility out to the coast from our inland site. Did an 80 km triangle after getting off a little late at 2pm. Lots of hawks and buzzards I guess still migrating south.

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Durand Stoneware

Wed, Nov 4 2020, 8:10:40 pm EST

Potting about

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Low, fast, and long

October 30, 2020, 8:06:27 pm MDT

Low, fast, and long

Hopefully not in active air


Wolfi films:

Different landing approach today. From the beginning of the grass to where I landed is about 590 meters (measured in Google Maps). It’s been a while since I practiced distance swooping. Now I really wonder if I could break my 650m record! Maybe with no cow fences and people in the way might happen.

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Hang Glider Expo at Wilotree Park

October 26, 2020, 9:06:42 MDT

Hang Glider Expo at Wilotree Park

Wills Wing Sport 3 155

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Wills Wing Sport3 155

The "Sport" series of gliders from Wills Wing has always defined what a sport class, recreational high-performance glider should be and the Sport 3 brings that heritage to its highest level.

The most significant aerodynamic revisions to the Sport 3 are a redesigned sail and stability system that together provide for a tighter-flatter sail and allow for lower sprog settings. This lower twist sail significantly improves high speed performance and reduces pitch pressures at high speed, which also contributes to improved handling across the speed range and range of VG adjustment. The Sport 3 can also be configured with carbon fiber raked tips that increase the effective aspect ratio, reducing induced drag to further enhance low speed performance.

The airframe introduces new tuning options to more effectively optimize the control and handling characteristics for a wider range of sail configurations and pilot preferences. Now it’s easier than ever to tighten an older sail or loosen a crisp new wing. The VG System has also been redesigned to be more effective and easier to pull. A Kickstand Stinger is also included to make setup and breakdown even easier.


- Lightest Weight Glider in its Class
- Easiest to Fly and Land Glider in its Class
- Industry’s Highest Quality Materials and Construction Standards
- Most Affordable Glider in its Class

Dreaming KHK

October 22, 2020, 9:48:28 MDT

Dreaming KHK

In the Outer Banks


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Cloudbase in October

October 21, 2020, 9:04:54 MDT

Cloudbase in October

Liking his new Rotor harness



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Perfect ridge

October 20, 2020, 7:51:49 pm MDT

Perfect ridge

John Atwood



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Eduardo Garza

October 14, 2020, 9:21:50 MDT

Eduardo Garza

Red Bull X Alps Athlete



Huge congratulations to New England local, Eduardo Garza for being one of only 25 athletes selected for the 2021 RedBull X-Alps. So amazing to see a pilot we fly with regularly competing at the highest level of paragliding. Paraglide New England is super proud to be one of your sponsors. Good luck with your training Eduardo, we can't wait to watch the race next year.


One of the best flying moments has been flying 100+ km tasks in North Macedonia in the 2019 FAI World Championship with some of the best pilots in the world. Racing in strong conditions at over 40 km/hr, where finishing 5 minutes after the leader can mean being in 100th place, forces you to keep your focus at all times. After 2 weeks, 10 tasks and close to 1,000 kilometers flown, I can safely say this was one of the best competitions I have participated in.

Regarding worst moments, this would be during the 2019 X-Alps where on Day 5 trying to get to TP 6 Davos but I waited too long to take-off for my 3rd flight of the day, and when in the air a T-storm forced me to land. Skies opened up again to a beautiful blue, so I hiked Motta Naluns, just to be greeted by rain at the exact moment I reached my launch spot (yes, it happened at the precise moment when I laid my pack down!). Waited for a clearing in the rain and launched into strong West winds, which put me on the same spot on the valley where I was 3 hrs before.

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New Carbon Fiber Downtubes

October 14, 2020, 8:39:47 MDT

New Carbon Fiber Downtubes




Check out our New Carbon Fiber Downtubes. These are made in house from 100% carbon fiber prepreg. They are our lowest drag downtube option while also saving 1.5 pounds over a set of Slipstream 2 Aluminum downtubes. They are even lighter then Litestream, saving about 1/3rd of a pound.

Higher performance and lower weight.

The wall thickness is specifically engineered to be non-uniform, thicker where required for the necessary structural properties, and thinner everywhere else to save weight.

We have a few sets of these in stock and ready to ship so call your local dealer today to order.

We made a new mold. We’re using an internal mandrel that results in a smooth internal finish. The wall thicknesses in non-uniform with thicker cap strips. Still prepreg but the cure pressure in now even higher at about 8 bar/120 psi or more. Altogether they are both stronger and lighter. The biggest improvement is that we’re making them at Wills Wing.

Radical Maneuvers

October 12, 2020, 10:22:06 MDT

Radical Maneuvers


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Wilotree Park Tandem

September 28, 2020, 11:01:41 pm MDT

Wilotree Park Tandem

I see the mask, protecting clients

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Brodrick Osborne wins the 2020 Dalby Big Air

Fri, Sep 25 2020, 9:48:14 pm MDT

Flying his Moyes Litespeed RX3.5Pro

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Brodrick Osborne|Dalby Big Air 2020|Facebook|Moyes Litespeed RX

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Sequatchie Valley Hurricane

September 25, 2020, 10:34:36 MDT

Sequatchie Valley Hurricane

A writer in distress

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Jessie Oliver <<oliver_jessiem>> writes:

Hello TTT Members/Community,

I'm writing to let our TTT community know what's going on with our family and our community. We have been very stressed and upset by the lies and manipulations caused by David Hanning and Fly Camp.

My husband and I continue to struggle with the idea of staying in the area at our forever home, or whether it’s time to leave this beautiful place because of how saddened we've become.

My husband has been coming here for twelve years and fell in love with the area and with TTT. He chose to fly Henson over Lookout because of the great valley and the way the community made him feel like family. Also, the TTT parties, events and the weekend meetups with friends made this place more desirable than anywhere else he flew. The camaraderie was wonderful and heartwarming.

I came here about ten years ago to visit my husband during a team challenge. When my weekend visit was up, I didn't want to leave. The valley was so enticing with beauty and outdoor fun, and I was having such a good time with the pilots here. I remember Curly was one of the first locals I met and how friendly he was. He shared all kinds of stories with us, told us about the great places to hike and gave Matt advice on hang gliding in the valley. He was so nice and always took the time to answer questions. I enjoyed his good mood and smile. We both loved this place and continued to come down from Ohio to visit.

Fast forward about four years ago when we decided to search for land to build our dream home. We looked in Colorado, where I grew up, and here in Dunlap because of my husband's love for hang gliding and paragliding. It was his dream to live somewhere he could just walk to a launch site and fly anytime. No driving involved. We also wanted to be a part of the TTT community to help maintain/take care of this beautiful property for future years to come.

A year and half later we bought our property a few blocks away from launch. Two and half years later we moved in with our new four week old baby girl.

Since we moved in, our experience has not worked out the way we had hoped. Honestly, for the last year and a half our experiences at launch have gotten more uncomfortable than we ever would have imagined. We forced ourselves to believe that life around Henson's would get better with time. Time heals, right? Unfortunately, not in this case.

Life at Henson's has changed once David Hanning wanted to establish his business here. Rick Jacobs also changed and became more distant and unfriendly towards the club. Since then, our local community has been split. Friends and David's former employees have left, couples have left, couples have divorced, families have decided to not to move here and our TTT community is getting smaller.

We started off neutral to both sides. Wanting to stay friends with everyone. My husband and other TTT hang glider pilots learned how to paraglide from David, and we were referring people to Fly Camp to take lessons on this up and coming sport.

Since we remained friends with TTT members, David and Elena constantly questioned us if we were spies for “the other side.” My father was even asked at camp if he was a spy. After a while it wears on you. We were told by David that the other side wasn't really our friends. That if you crossed them they would turn on you. These people who would supposedly turn on us were the ones that invited us to dinner when we were camping, offered us a place to stay when the nights were raining or cold, they came over to help us build our house, raise our walls, and put in our foundation framing. They were just a phone call away anytime we needed them. How could this community be the bad egg. We were supposedly "Drinking their Kool-Aid''.

They never lied to us or told us to stay away from Fly Camp. So if "Drinking their Kool-Aid'' meant that we were kind, generous and helpful people then by all means I'll have another drink.

David Hanning said we were friends and we were there for a while. Until our friendship was tested. Everything he said we realized was a lie, just words, no true meaning behind them. One day my husband voiced his opinion to a supposed friend about what he thought David was doing wrong with the TTT and David found out and sent Rick over to our property to confront us. It didn't end well.

From then on we were “bad people”, shamed and cast out. After that my husband and I have never felt comfortable going up to launch. It's been about a year and a half since my husband has flown at all. At the time it was hard for some pilots to focus on flying safely when there are people videotaping you, calling out names at you or making obnoxious noise in hopes that you mess up and they can catch it on video to use against TTT. In that situation how can anyone feel comfortable enough to show up to launch or fly safely.

I know a lot of you think David Hanning is a nice guy, and he is when you're a customer and you’re not challenging him on his way of doing things. There are also a handful of people who don't stand up to David because they fear they might lose their flying privileges at his flying sites. They might also end up being belittled and called names by David. There is no excuse to continue to support a man who lies, makes people feel small and who takes advantage of a situation for personal gain. It hurts me, and makes me feel sick to my stomach thinking of everything he has put people through.

David is a smooth talker, very persuasive and conversational. He says the things people want to hear. I again feel a lot of people who support him don't know that he can be manipulative, vindictive and has a very abusive side to him. They have never seen it because they've never had a confrontation with him. If you're one of his previous or current customers remember that he will always be sweet and kind to you because he wants referrals, good reviews, repeat business, anything that will benefit him. Why would he ever want to look bad in front of you?

David also talks a lot about people being mentally ill because of their actions. I have a real big problem with people making fun of mental illness. It is nothing to make jokes about. Also, calling my husband a bad father just to get a reaction out of him is horrible and wrong. He is a wonderful father who takes great care of our daughter.

David is not a good influence on our community. He may be good to the paragliding community but locally he doesn't support or help out the Henson community. He is only here to make money on property that was given to him. He also pushes potential clients to join TTT, not because he supports the club but because he wants to run all the locals out so he can have control of the club. Much of this has been insinuated on Facebook. If his clients join the club they can use TTT parking, bathrooms, clubhouse, camping and top and bottom landing fields while they are learning from him. Nothing to do with supporting a local club and being a part of the TTT community.

There are so many of us that David has hurt, and too many people who have turned a blind eye. This is now the time to stand up against a bully and put a stop to his intimidation and manipulation. It’s in all our best interest that we should stand together and help the Henson community become a happy place for locals and visitors.

If that means the community builds a fence to separate his business from the club, we should do it. Or any other proactive actions that will bring a more peaceful environment. We need to stand together for the betterment of Henson and TTT.

TTT has stood the test of time and I would hate to see it slowly disappear. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I appreciate you. This was our dream location and it has been anything but that. We spent 2 1/2 years building this home by hand. My father, who is a carpenter by trade, designed it. We want to feel at home here. Please help take a stand against David and Fly Camp, and bring our community/friends/flying family back together. We need each other during this stressful time.

Thank you and Namaste,
Jessie Dittman

The fence has been built.

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Evgeniya Laritskaya, tail dragging

Thu, Sep 24 2020, 6:47:10 pm MDT

In Russia

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Inkler's Point⁣ 2020

Thu, Sep 24 2020, 6:46:52 pm MDT

Near Spokane



Eves Tall-Chief

September 22, 2020, 8:34:47 MDT

Eves Tall-Chief

A hang gliding legend


Stephen J. Morris writes:

Today we lost a hang gliding legend, a good friend and mentor, Eves Tall-Chief.

Eves (or simply "Chief") started hang gliding at the dawn of the sport and he pioneered flying in Yosemite, launching more times there than anyone. He flew all over the world and was featured on many TV segments for his flying exploits.

The first time I ever "met" him was on TV in 1980 when I saw him flying in Yosemite on a national TV show. He had 40 lbs of camera gear strapped to his glider and he leaped off Glacier Point with his signature holler that signaled "I'm free!" I had no idea that I'd meet him 5 years later in California and have the honor of knowing him for the next 35 years.

He had the biggest heart and would help anyone. He loved flying and often flew in his old-age even when his shoulder would sometimes dislocate in flight and he would land one-handed in excruciating pain. Nothing could stop him except old age and illness. Our small community of pilots will miss him dearly, he was one-of-a kind and a friend to us all.

I don't have any photos of us together, but I caught Chief on video in 2016 when he helped me launch at the Fort Funston Air races. You can't hear our conversation because of the wind noise, but I'm certain I was getting sage advice.

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Vermont State Paragliding Distance Record

September 22, 2020, 8:33:50 MDT

Vermont State Paragliding Distance Record

120.9 km

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Calef Letorney writes:

After a half dozen years trying, yesterday I set the Vermont State Paragliding Distance Record at 120.9km with a 5:10 flight. When I first set my sights on it, the record was only 65km. It's been broken a handful of times since and I was always just behind the new record. The record has been held by pilot friends from the UK, Massachusetts, Mexico, Germany, and Russia and secretly the local pilots mused that a Vermonter needs to set the Vermont record at least once.

The flight was an emotional roller coaster as I landed thinking I had it, but 15 minutes later I learned Andrey Kuznetsov, the Cosmonaut (previous record holder at 110km), had gone further, landing 40 miles East. So close, but at least I had smashed my personal record.

It was not until midnight that Andrey loaded his track log and messaged to congratulate me. He had broken his record and gone 116km, but 30 minutes after he landed I landed at 120.9 km. The record is mine (for now).

What a wild day. I've never seen so many pilots at Burke. We were SUPER excited to have Isabella Messenger and Jamie Messenger flying tandems for Paraglide New England for the first time. So honored to have these pros on the team.

They took a bunch of my new solo students out flying to introduce them to the mountains and teach them further about paragliding. Later in the day they had a "little glass off flight" of 50km. 

And, of course, Andrey Kuznetsov did a morning tandem too before his big flight.

On the mid day flight, I had a tricky start and missed the first wave of pilots leaving XC. Then 25 KM in I was in PERFECT position with Bianca Heinrich, Eduardo Garza, Tim Coleman, and Dan Deleo, the gaggle I wanted to be team flying with when I rushed off and made a mistake.

All of a sudden I was alone in 700fpm sink scrambling for a landing zone. Womp, womp. The gaggle (correctly) left me for dead (metaphorically speaking), but I fought back up wind to spot where I thought I might find a thermal and got a save below 1,000'.

It took 2 tries and 30 minutes of patience to get up and out again. By then I was all alone,  so I just took my time and stayed high for the next 100km. High and slow is fast.

Throughout the whole flight I knew if I wanted a record, I had to go west of the Class D airspace around Hartford, NH, so I was always pushing west every chance I could get. In the end, all that working west (into the west component of the northwest wind) paid off as I was in perfect position to get around the airspace and get the record.

We had 7 pilots break 100 km yesterday, all of which would have been a record three months ago: Eduardo, Tom, Bianca, Tim, Andrey, Taru Fly, and I. What a day.

And it would not have been possible without the community effort. This route has a big class E extension to class D airspace sticking out into it, which we previously thought we could not go through. But Bianca, Tom, and Alek Jadkowski did a bunch of research which I pushed up to USHPA and Martin Palmaz got clarification from the FAA that a Drone exception also applies to us.

The last piece of the puzzle was Steve Kroop at Flytec USA (Naviter importer) worked with Naviter to get their Oudie instrument updated to show the airspaces all correctly, so we confidently plowed through the class E and I dodged around the much smaller Class D airspace at the end with 180 meters to spare (The Oudie 4 instrument displays this all so well) before blasting downwind on final glide.

Of course, the flight is only half the adventure as getting home is the other half. I landed with mild hypothermia, 2+ hours drive from my car.

I jogged a bit with all my layers on to warm up and get to a busy road where I pulled out my trusty "glider pilot landed, needs ride" sign and quickly got a ride to the highway. There the signs worked again and Liviu Victor Rusu picked me up as he just happened to be on his way home from Morningside Flight Park. He was headed to a Tesla charger in the right direction and he was super kind to treat me to sushi and hot tea while the dead batteries charged. From there Bianca and Eduardo picked me up and got me north to Saint J, where I met the real heroes of the day, Sarah Robinson and Petunia who I'd abandoned with the truck and completely unpacked adventure trailer on top of Burke.

Big thanks to AJ Siebel who had earlier gone back up the mountain to help helping Sarah hook up the trailer and do a bit of 4x4 to get back to the road.

Super happy to be flying that Gin Camino! What a lovely wing! And that was my 3rd flight on the new Woody Valley GTO Light 2 harness. Love it, she's a keeper. Photos by Sarah Robinson, Tim Coleman, and Taru, because I was too cold to take my hands off the controls and take photos.

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The Wilotree Park Fall Festival and Manufacturer Demo

September 21, 2020, 9:13:27 MDT

The Wilotree Park Fall Festival and Manufacturer Demo

November 6th, 7th, and 8th

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SAVE THE DATES - The Wilotree Park Fall Festival and Manufacturer Demo - November 6th, 7th, and 8th. Paradise Airsports, in Orlando, FL is hosting Icaro 2000 USA and other manufactures (e.g. Aeros and Moyes) for a Fall Festival and manufacturer demo. We will have several Icaro gliders available to test fly. COVID-19 permitting, World Champion, Christian Ciech, will be visiting from Italy and bringing a couple of gliders with him in addition to the ones that we have on hand.

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Kobo XCSoar and lk8000 users

September 15, 2020, 10:08:51 MDT

Kobo XCSoar and lk8000 users

New Model

Facebook|Neville Almond

Neville Almond writes:

I bought a Kobo Nia (new model as of last month) and have done basic checks to ensure its good to use. The checks include loading XCSoar , adding a Bluefly to the serial port, and checking the gps/barometric data streaming is OK. Over the coming days I'll do more extensive checking, running it in a car for several hours, but to date all looks good.

Key points (comparing the Nia to the Clara HD) are:

Cheaper - £90 instead of £110

Resolution – despite being 212dpi (Clara was 300dpi), the difference is undetectable. This is similar to the experience of the out-of-production Glo HD (300dpi) and Aura 2 (212dpi) – you just can't see any difference.

Battery – 1,000 instead of 1,200mAh. However, every new Kobo released gets more efficient (e.g. with a Bluefly, a 2013 Mini ran for 4hrs on std battery, the recent Clara 8hrs on std battery), so at least 7hrs, maybe even 8hrs, is anticipated.

SD Card – now a monster 16Gb (Clara was 8Gb). Of no use to us; we rarely use over 1Gb. It will make the recovery of digital images more time consuming, and for sure 16Gb isn't (easily) transferred over the Internet.

PCB Layout – similar but slightly different to Clara HD. The last 4 models haven't had EMF issues like the very old kobo's (such as the Mini and Touch) so I'm not expecting any intereference with GPS signal. Wire routing being tested in photo above.

Rear Cover – comes off a lot more cleanly than the Clara HD (a few folks out there managed to bend/break Clara HD screens)

XCSoar Support - the Nia isn't yet formally supported, but then neither was the Clara HD which has been in use for a few years by many hundreds of us

More info (and/or ready made units) available at Gethighstayhigh.co.uk

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The Spring Meeting - Friuli Venezia Giulia Trophy

Sun, Sep 13 2020, 12:21:46 pm MDT

Task 4, the last day, Sunday

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|Christian Ciech|Christian Pollet|competition|Facebook|Friuli Venezia Giulia Trophy 2020|Marco Laurenzi|Suan Selenati|Tullio Gervasoni


Task 4:

# Name Nat Glider Time
1 Christian Ciech Ita Icaro 02:27:10 83.09 930.6
2 Lorenzo De Grandis Ita Icaro 02:27:45 83.09 912.6
3 Roland Wöhrle Ger Moyes 02:28:23 83.09 895.9
4 Christian Pollet Fra Aeros 02:34:54 83.09 868.5
5 Marco Laurenzi Ita Icaro 80.44 660.7
6 Eric Mathurin Fra Moyes 54.78 526.4
7 Johann Courtain Fra Wills Wing 54.30 520.4
8 Joerg Bajewski Ger Icaro 54.10 518.9
9 Joost Eertman Ned Icaro 54.25 517.0
10 Tullio Gervasoni Ita Wills Wing 53.89 515.1

Final results:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Christian Ciech m Ita Icaro 3315
2 Roland Wöhrle m Ger Moyes 3141
3 Marco Laurenzi m Ita Icaro 2718
4 Lorenzo De Grandis m Ita Icaro 2693
5 Joost Eertman m Ned Icaro 2537
6 Christian Pollet m Fra Aeros 2470
7 Oliver Salewski m Ger Icaro 2232
8 Suan Selenati m Ita Wills Wing 2139
9 Sasha Serebrennikova F Rus Moyes 1919
10 Marco Gröbner m Ger Moyes 1823

What It's Really Like

September 7, 2020, 1:10:23 pm MDT

What It's Really Like

To tighten it up



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Letting Go

September 2, 2020, 9:02:03 pm MDT

Letting Go

To fly again, but different



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The Model for Harry's Cartoon

August 28, 2020, 11:53:00 pm MDT

The Model for Harry's Cartoon

Yoko's hang gliding vehicle

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When only one tug pilot shows up

August 28, 2020, 11:43:35 pm MDT

When only one tug pilot shows up

Different length ropes



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Elsinore to Andy Jackson

August 27, 2020, 8:32:05 pm MDT

Elsinore to Andy Jackson

Zac makes it home

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Facebook|Flytec 6030|Steve Rousseau|video

Zac writes:

Had my second flight at Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, and it was a good one!

Adam Smith wanted to check out a new site, so we took a drive.

Very light winds at take off, and easy climb outs to 6,000 feet.

Adam didn't have a radio, and his phone connection didn't work, so we didn't get to fly together. He had a great flight and after circling the lake a couple time he landed with the sky divers at the DZ.

I headed east to go around the Marsh AFB airspace.

I had a flyby from a C17 on downwind, and then a closer buzz by a fire bomber that deviating around me thermalling (no fires or TFRs nearby).

See the video at https://www.facebook.com/584324602/videos/pcb.10158633416504603/10158633416439603

I cut north just west of Soboba Flight Park and got a climb to 8,000 feet to get me across the Banning Pass.

As I hit the foothills of San Gorgonio Mountaim my Flytec 6030 batteries died (they'd been getting low for a couple weeks). I was able to use a phone app to assist my climbs for the last 30km, and it worked well enough that I was able to glide to a landing at Andy Jackson Air Park - LZ.

After a few hours in the air, I was finding my new Rotor Havana super comfortable and effortless to use, including the confidence inspiring landing position.

Thanks to Steve Rousseau for driving and Dave Beardsley for the communication assistance.

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Air Sports Newcastle

August 25, 2020, 9:44:48 MDT

Air Sports Newcastle

Learn to fly in Australia


Air Sports Newcastle has a complete HGFA approved novice hang gliding and paragliding courses that are designed to get you flying solo as safely and efficiently as possible. Our expert instructors will progress you through this complete course in approximately 7-10 days using the schools equipment. Solo training takes place on the gentle sloped sand dunes of Newcastle beaches, then up to the higher hills surrounding the scenic Hunter Valley. Upon completion of the course you will have your restricted pilots rating and be confidently soaring solo up with the eagles.

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2020 Carpathian Cup »

August 24, 2020, 1:50:09 MDT

2020 Carpathian Cup

Just three tasks

Carpathian Cup 2020|Facebook|photo


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Kobala Open 2020

Fri, Aug 21 2020, 5:04:13 pm MDT

Last task

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|Facebook|Moyes Litespeed RX|photo


Task 3:

# Name Glider Time
1 Balazs Ujhelyi Moyes 3.5 RX Pro 01:55:40 995.6
2 Matjaz Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX Pro 01:55:46 982.3
3 Peter Kej·ar Aeros Combat GT 01:57:29 931.1
4 Galovec Stanislav Icaro Laminar 02:01:16 908.5
5 Marco Gröbner Moyes RX Pro 3.5 02:01:16 896.1
6 Jože Frim Moyes RX4 02:04:24 866.6
7 Ivan Brovc Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 02:08:31 753.0
8 Alan Sattler Wills Wing T2C 02:30:17 682.7
9 Zoltan Horvath Moyes Litespeed S 4.5 02:52:27 554.1


# Name Glider Total
1 Galovec Stanislav Icaro Laminar 2722
2 Peter Kej·ar Aeros Combat GT 2602
3 Jože Frim Moyes RX4 2528
4 Marco Gröbner Moyes RX Pro 3.5 2296
5 Jure Becan Moyes Litespeed RX 2072
6 Matjaz Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX Pro 2069
7 Balazs Ujhelyi Moyes 3.5 RX Pro 1978
8 László Ökrös Moyes RX Pro 3.5 1959
9 Boštjan Klemencic Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 Pro 1932
10 Franc Peternel Moyes Litespeed RX 3,5 1688

Matjaz Klemencic sends:

Alexandra Serebrennikova sends:

Left or right, Stol or Polovnik - two ridges towards the waypoint cylinder? Went left, had to go right - now I know Stol ridge with rather strongish face wind has eaten practically a half of the competition who chose this path. The second half went to the right and made it. So no goal today.

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Kobala Open 2020

August 17, 2020, 4:55:42 pm MDT

Kobala Open 2020

Poor weather first two days

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|Facebook


The first day of the competition was interrupted due to dangerous storm clouds over Kobarid, rain on the competition route and wind direction turning.

Alexandra Serebrennikova writes:

Task 1 of Kobala Open 2020 was cancelled in the air. Interesting sky in the beginning, a chance of overdevelopment according to the forecast and some waiting on the launch before one could soar up. Yeah, got to realize I was missing this classical atmosphere of a shaky day on a hill during a hang gliding comp.

Nevertheless, finally all went good until the first TP in Kobarid. The cylinder was pretty much a border to a wall of rain, so the task had to be cancelled just half an hour after it's begun. The rain will stay with us until tomorrow afternoon, so looking forward to the second half of the week when they make promises for a high pressure coming for a visit!

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Winds in Florida

July 28, 2020, 11:13:40 MDT

Winds in Florida

Tree down at Wilotree Park

Facebook|photo|Wilotree Park

In the west side camping area:

Coming to Florida soon:

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Grandpa's riding 15 hours a day

July 27, 2020, 0:03:06 MDT

Grandpa's riding 15 hours a day

Okay, he's trying to set a world record


Yes, this isn't about hang gliding, but it's pretty cool. A 63 year old Canadian, is attempting to set a new world record for the most miles ridden in a month (30 days). He suddenly popped up on my Trek Century Challenge (I'm doing a little over 500 miles this month),  https://www.strava.com/challenges/Trek-Century-Challenge-2020. There are 218,886 people participating in this virtual event. He's by far the furthest out there.

As of Sunday night he's ridden over 6,000 miles in 26 days. So far 10,144 km. The record is 11,315 km set in 2017. He's 338 km ahead of the record pace. https://www.facebook.com/Arvid-Loewen-Cycling-Philanthropist-204857699527095/?ref=bookmarks.

His story: https://www.strava.com/athletes/53466870

I'm a 63 year old grandpa - new to Strava, who left my business job in 2006 to use my passion for cycling to raise awareness for an orphanage in Kenya called Mully Children's Family. I've spent the last 15+ years doing numerous ultra cycling races and now organizing my own cycling events to benefit this amazing organization.

I currently hold the Guinness World Record for Fastest Time to Cycle Across Canada, set in 2011. In July 2020 I'm attempting to break the Guinness Record for Farthest Cycled in 1 Month (30 days)

He rides back and forth on a twenty mile long stretch.

Here he is showing what he eats at the end of the ride.

He does this for his special charity in Kenya: https://www.mcfcanada.org/donate/grandpascan

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Carl Wallbank Sets UK Triangle Distance Record

July 23, 2020, 11:34:18 pm MDT

Carl Wallbank Sets UK Triangle Distance Record

142 kilometers


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Touch and Go in Yellow

July 4, 2020, 4:10:50 pm MDT

Touch and Go in Yellow

Fort Funston



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June 29, 2020, 10:16:45 MDT


Getting the flight performance data



Good flying conditions allowed us to do several test flights last week. Sören flew in quiet conditions at 8am in the morning as well as in the afternoon with thermals and ridge lift.

Tested speed range: TAS 40-160 km/h

When flying straight in quiet air the vario and GPS recording show sink rates below 0.5 m/s at slow speeds of 45-55 km/h.

Naviters “See You” statistics indicate an average sink rate of 0.7 m/s when circling for 8 minutes at 30-50 degree bank. That's what we expected. A good speed for thermaling is 55 km/h at a radius of about 20-25 meters. So climbing in ridge lifts and thermals is easy, even in marginal conditions.

At higher speeds the measured performance is better than calculated: around 1.2 m/s at 120 km/h TAS. Note: the current cabin does not yet have a retractable landing gear, which is planned for prototype no 2.

When comparing the polar of the 1comet foot launch glider to the polar of the well-known K6, the 1comet seems to clearly fly better below 100 km/h and equals performance above 100 km/h. This shows that the 13% laminar airfoil with flaperons works really well.

Stall: docile stall with light buffeting; the nose goes down about 20 degrees below level flight.

Stall speed: at about 38 km/h IAS for 16.5 kg/m2 wing loading and “normal” CG position; stall speed increases when CG moves forward. Note: The current flap system does not allow to set the flaperons to the optimal position for landing.

The drag chute is reasonably efficient, but deployment is not yet sufficiently reliable with the current system. When it’s not opening completely you end up 600m further down the runway. The drag chute system of prototype no 1 will be improved; protype no 2 will get conventional speed brakes. And: we´ll change the hanging stick to a conventional side stick.

Performance: incredible, considering that the 1comet is a foot launch glider.


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From Marfa Toward Van Horn, Texas

June 26, 2020, 2:06:02 pm MDT

From Marfa Toward Van Horn, Texas

Robin and Glen out in front

Facebook|Mike Degtoff|photo

The goal on Friday is to the northwest to Van Horn 70 miles along highway 90. Robin and Glen are over 12,000', 7,000' AGL around 3 PM about 20 - 25 miles along the course line.

Larry is working on his harness in the hangar. Mick is at the airport. Patrick and Rick landed out and Rich is back at the airport and Patrick back in Marfa. Nate it out going toward Van Horn behind Glen and Robin, who are right together, it would appear.


https://lt.flymaster.net/# (Search for Robin Track)

A couple of Mike Degtoff's photos:

Pilots got maybe 25 miles out then turned around. Looks like it ODed as forecasted. They didn't make it back to the airport.

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New Out and Return World Record

June 20, 2020, 6:42:48 pm MDT

New Out and Return World Record

222.22 miles or 357.6 km

CIVL|Facebook|Owen Morse|record|video

Owen Morse goes 5 kilometers further than Tomas Wesienberger's out and return record in Chile.

Tom's records:


World Out-and-return distance 353 km 03 Nov 2013 ratified - current record

World Free out-and-return distance 339,9 km 27 Oct 2013 ratified - current record

Video of landing: https://www.facebook.com/1045041299/videos/pcb.10220597765147816/10220597728466899

Animation: https://ayvri.com/scene/6vk1zgy9jx/ckbnvb0w300013e5rhjv415x9

I calculate:

That is the distance to the out point. Double that distance gives you 359.22 km or 223.21 miles.

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Flying out of Tennessee

June 16, 2020, 11:10:19 MDT

Flying out of Tennessee

To Alabama

Facebook|James Stinnett|PG



Had a great flight from Henson's on the 13th. 89.5 miles to Albertville, Alabama. It was an epic day with climbs over 8200 feet. It was absolutely incredible. Flew with James Stinnett who was on a paraglider and made it over 92 miles.

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Trike Aerotowing

June 15, 2020, 11:46:00 MDT

Trike Aerotowing

Great Shot


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New England Paragliding Record

June 15, 2020, 11:24:04 MDT

New England Paragliding Record

197 km




The picture was taken last Saturday by Volirium team pilot Donizete Lemos, on his flight from Petersburg Pass in Massachusetts almost to the Atlantic. 204 km, a new New England record. And what a low save at 12:08.

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Archived Surface Maps

June 12, 2020, 4:52:57 pm MDT

Archived Surface Maps

Winds on the day of the North American Record



What sky did Sebastien Kayrouz have for his 503 km flight last Thursday in Texas? It's what someone asked when they saw the photo celebrating the flight with a clear sky at dusk. Did he make that flight with blue thermals?

No, thanks to NASA's archive, from its Worldview page, we can go back to that day and see photos of the three satellites that passed by there at noon one after another (the Terra, Aqua and Suomi NPP VIRS). They follow a helio synchronous orbit, so every day they pass at the same time over all points of the planet with a difference of time between them.

Around one in the afternoon the photo shows tropical storm Cristobal and that jet planted with streets of clouds, drawing a curious wind divergence as that wind spread through Texas (part of the wind turns to the Gulf of Mexico) and the upper half feeds that southern wind jet that took advantage to make this record.

Surface pressure maps for that NOAA day, also available for previous dates on the Storm Prediction Center page, show how the south wind increased to 15-25 knots in its second half over the day of the flight, while in the takeoff area and earlier, the wind was weaker and more variable, maximum of 5-10 knots.

Obviously this is not a typical day in Texas what with a tropic storm over Louisiana. On the good cross country days out of Zapata you want a high pressure located south of New Orleans and rotating clockwise winds bringing a south southeast flow by Laredo with cloud streets lined up from Zapata to Amarillo.

In this case there was a strong south southwest wind to the west of the tropical storm. That was happening in the area without any clouds as is the case with south southwest winds there in west Texas as the air is coming from over the dry areas in Mexico. But the moisture was coming from the east from the tropical storm and the two air masses met just to the west of his route. Pretty convenient as he could still fly the cumulus clouds with the south southwest wind.


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USHPA Chapter Webinar

June 9, 2020, 8:50:24 pm MDT

USHPA Chapter Webinar

RRRG, etc.

Facebook|photo|Risk Retention Group|USHPA

Facebook post here.

As part of our efforts to increase support for chapters, USHPA and Recreation RRG will be hosting a webinar for USHPA chapters this Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm MT. The webinar will feature Steve Rohrbaugh, Recreation RRG USHPA Chapter Liaison and Martin Palmaz, USHPA Executive Director covering topics including risk management, commercial operations, insurance coverage, and more. We invite chapter officers to attend and ask questions!

Please register here: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_n7rA7xqiS3SUXbOmMLLwTA. Space is limited, so please get in touch if you'd like more than one officer from your chapter to attend.

If you're unable to join us Thursday, we have additional chapter webinars on related topics scheduled for June 30 at 6 pm MT and July 23 at 6 pm MT (registration information coming soon). We hope to see you there!

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Aerotowing near ⁢Monterey, Mexico

Thu, Jun 4 2020, 7:17:09 pm MDT

Rudy Gotes and Erick Salgado

Dragonfly|Erick Salgado|Facebook

If you want to learn how to do aerotowing with Dragonfly Erick Salgado Ribera and Free Flight Mexico, we are starting an operation to continue promoting flight in hang gliders. We will be giving courses, foot launch flights and aerotowing clinics.

I hope you can join us.

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June 4, 2020, 7:05:55 pm MDT




Major says that you have to personal message their Facebook Page to see these as they are not up on their web site yet.


Girls only apparently. Previously they just had paragliders on their leggings.

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On to Iowa

June 1, 2020, 9:00:29 MDT

On to Iowa

138 miles

Facebook|Krzysztof "Krys/Kris" Grzyb|PG

Flew from Cosmos, Minnesota (west of Minneapolis) to the airport in Forest City, Iowa (just across the border) on Saturday. Launched late at 1:45 pm, but still did 138 miles in 6 hours landing at 7:30pm. Dusty, a local paraglider pilot chased after me and picked me up very soon after I landed. I had no idea someone was chasing me until after I had landed. I assumed I would be there for hours, so that was an amazing surprise.

New personal best for flight time and distance. Also the latest in the day I've landed on a cross country flight. It's been quite awhile since I've improved on anything so that feels pretty good.

Comparing my track with others like Larry or Krzys the most obvious difference is that my average climb rate over the flight is quite a bit lower, and my ratio of circling to gliding is only 60/40 while they do around 50/50 or even 40/60. So I'm definitely still lingering in thermals too long, and perhaps not finding the core as quickly.

It looks like I'm gliding slightly faster on average as well. I need to get a proper ballpark polar for my glider. I still haven't done that yet. I have Aero's in there now but I have serious doubts about it's accuracy at least on my glider and current wing loading.

Racing ahead: https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/ranking-hg-national-teams/

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Bunner and Grzyb go long again

May 30, 2020, 7:38:43 pm MDT

Bunner and Grzyb go long again

Around 200 milers from Illinois into southern Indiana

Facebook|Krzysztof "Krys/Kris" Grzyb|Larry Bunner


Looks like Krzy went half a kilometer further a bit to Larry's west.


The US way way ahead: https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/ranking-hg-national-teams/

Poland rising basically due to Krzy.

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Wills Wing Sport 3 Penetration

May 29, 2020, 7:37:09 MDT

Wills Wing Sport 3 Penetration

Dog to Elk and back

Aaron Swepston|Facebook

Aaron Swepston writes:

Another fun day at Dog. I launched at whatever time it was, 5:15 or so? I didn’t check the time. First off for the evening round.

I got up to a reasonably low couple hundred over and headed for Elk. I wanted to give the Sport 3 a good glide and penetration test. I crossed to Elk with a bit of sink on the way, and made the ridge at the lowest rocks. There was light but decent lift. Worked it up the ridge, eventually getting up above the peak of Elk and then going to check out the huge clear cut on the other side.

Cruised back to Dog and got there at about the same altitude I was when I left; at a couple hundred feet max. Flew with a baldy a bit out over the flats, cams back and climbed up again.

Decided to cross to Elk again just to lose altitude to land, so I left lower than the first time. Got over there lower still, but was tempted to get a little boost before gliding to the LZ. It was still nice on the lowest point, so I climbed up again, enough to come back to Dog with a healthy margin, then checked out the bowl area to the shoreline.

There was good lift over the road leading to the cliffs, and I headed that way for just a couple minutes before I reminded myself I needed to land and get home. I headed back to Dog, got there above the point, which was working well, and rejected the temptation to do it all over again.

Landed, watched everyone else flooding into the air, working the west side, then testing out the north ridge before I hit the road.

This was intended to be another test flight to get a better idea of how well the Sport 3 could “reach”. Fly it with the same sort of early, low altitude, pre-glass off lake crossing, and see how well it would compare to my T2. I was really surprised at how well it held a glide while crossing. It crossed easily and really well, and was super fun the whole time. Amazingly well rounded glider.

T3 top surface assembly time-lapse

May 22, 2020, 9:28:34 MDT

T3 top surface assembly time-lapse

A lot of moving around



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Wolfi, No Plans

Wed, May 13 2020, 8:08:46 am CDT

Broken Foot

Facebook|video|Wolfgang "Wolfi" Siess


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Wills Wing Open

May 13, 2020, 8:07:01 CDT

Wills Wing Open

Producing hang gliders



Sport 3 155 Race for @juliocesarochoaavila with custom vinyl logo on the bottom surface.

Wills Wing has the capability to make a large variety of custom designs and patterns to build the glider of your dreams! So reach out today! We are back to work, building gliders and can't wait to build your custom dream ship.

On May 8th, 2020 the state of California has officially moved to Stage 2 of its Resilience Roadmap which allows for the gradual re-opening of lower-risk workplaces which includes manufacturing such as Wills Wing. We are now moving towards full operational capacity while maintaining compliance with the state's COVID-19 industry guidance for manufacturing. We are taking orders, building gliders, and filling parts and accessory orders. We currently have several inventory gliders in stock and ready for immediate shipment. You can see a list of inventory gliders here https://www.willswing.com/inventory/

Production time for new, non-inventory glider and harness orders is difficult to predict precisely, but we estimate a range of seven to fourteen weeks, assuming no significant future increased restrictions on business operations or problems with materials supply.

Outdoor recreational activities like hang gliding are a great way to socially distance and are typically permitted under many state's stay-at-home orders. Now is a great time to order a new glider!

A-I-R on Air

May 9, 2020, 12:38:47 pm EDT

A-I-R on Air

All over the internet



Hello plane friends,
We, here at AIR, have significantly increased our internet presence in recent days.
Here's a little overview:

1. With the new ATOS 2020 light, our website deserves a new face, this can be viewed at www.AIR-Atos.de  (In Edit)

2. In addition, of course, the face is also in motion in our official YouTube channel, named AIR Atos
Link: www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVQyRlb-TF05_v-gLdkHHA

3. You can also find us on Instagram, where we will try to regularly post pictures, from news about AIR to the development of ATOS Wing
Link: www.instagram.com/air_atos/?hl=de

4. And last but not least we also have a Twitter account, which we will use to share messages and updates.
Link: twitter.com/air_atos

We hope you like our new start into the world of internet and ask you to follow / subscribe to us on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter and let us know what you think about it

Your AIR team

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The Florida Ridge to Reopen

May 9, 2020, 11:05:18 EDT

The Florida Ridge to Reopen

May 22nd

Facebook|James Tindle|video

James Tindle, owner, closed down the Ridge at the first of April because he didn't want to be responsible for people contracting the Coronavirus. We'll see how it goes.


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Let's Get Together

April 29, 2020, 1:09:42 pm EDT

Let's Get Together

And fly



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Wills Wing Medical Device Division

April 28, 2020, 9:36:35 pm EDT

Wills Wing Medical Device Division

An essential business, in business



At the beginning of April, Wills Wing began the production of medical face shields to help fill an urgent need for the local medical community. We have since expanded to producing a number of other personal protective equipment products. This has allowed us to partially re-open our facility, as we are now operating as an “essential business.” We are rigorously complying with medical guidelines for personal distancing, use of protective equipment, and sanitation procedures so as to mitigate exposure risk to our employees.

We have a very limited capacity at this time to process and ship other orders, primarily for items which are in stock. We are accepting new glider orders, but we cannot project a production date or delivery time at this time.

We urge everyone to stay safe, and be patient, as all information indicates that the continued use of all of the currently recommended safety guidelines provides the best opportunity for mitigating the spread of the virus and allowing an eventual return to a more normal mode of operation.

Slope Surfing

April 27, 2020, 7:47:17 pm EDT

Slope Surfing

The original meaning of paragliding



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Flying Tour of Rome during the Plague

April 27, 2020, 7:43:03 pm EDT

Flying Tour of Rome during the Plague

No one out on the streets



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Weather with Honza Rejmanek

April 17, 2020, 5:17:23 pm EDT

Weather with Honza Rejmanek

Exploring the air's interaction with the terrain, thermal development, convergence, and more



Thanks to everyone who attended our first USHPA Lecture Series webinar on Wednesday, and a huge thank you to Honza Rejmanek for giving a fantastic presentation!

Honza's talk covered air and the terrain, thermal development, convection, and more, and included a Q&A at the end. The recording is now available for members to view on the USHPA website:

We hope you enjoy it and we're looking forward to announcing our next lecture soon!

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Wills Wing is Now Producing Two Products for the Medical Community

April 15, 2020, 11:07:46 EDT

Wills Wing is Now Producing Two Products for the Medical Community

If we only had national leadership



The Maxair 700 PAPR system

The first is a replaceable shield and shroud assembly for the Maxair 700 PAPR system. It is a common issue on these units to have the shield become damaged due to repeated flexion in use. Wills Wing offers a replacement shield and shroud assembly that can be mounted to the plastic dome portion of the unit – the PAPR System Filter Cover PN 01031148. The original shields are riveted to the cover and not designed to be replaceable, but we offer a conversion process that replaces the rivets with a reusable screw and nut assembly. We can perform the conversion here on covers sent to us, or alternately provide instructions on how the conversion can be done by the customer. Once the dome is converted, the shield / shroud assembly is a user replaceable item. The items involved are:



The second item is a clear plastic PPE Face Shield:


$4.00 FOR QTY 50 OR MORE

Bald Hill Closed

April 9, 2020, 9:47:07 EDT

Bald Hill Closed

Stanwell park


City of Wollongong writes:

We’re supporting NSW Police in their enforcement of social distancing measures. That’s why from Thursday afternoon we’re closing the following: Bald Hill carpark (a partial closure, the kiosk will remain open), Sublime Point and Mt. Keira lookouts and kiosks and all Flagstaff Hill carparks. The carparks will reopen after the Easter long weekend.

Low Enough

March 31, 2020, 8:45:49 EDT

Low Enough

In between movie watching


Johnny Carr writes:

I have had a few low saves over the many years of hang gliding but this is the only one with a camera on the glider. I managed to claw my way back up and flew a reasonable cross country flight.


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Wills Wing Demo Days at Wallaby Canceled

March 16, 2020, 1:45:28 pm EDT

Wills Wing Demo Days at Wallaby Canceled

Wills will have a full statement later


You can still get your gliders so you can continue social distancing at cloud base.


How best to deal with the Worlds and the coronavirus

Fri, Mar 13 2020, 7:43:22 am EDT

Would we be Italy soon?

Charles Allen|COVID|Dragonfly|Facebook

Here are some of the things that we are thinking about:


The coronavirus is coming to you.
It’s coming at an exponential speed: gradually, and then suddenly.
It’s a matter of days. Maybe a week or two.
When it does, your healthcare system will be overwhelmed.
Your fellow citizens will be treated in the hallways.
Exhausted healthcare workers will break down. Some will die.
They will have to decide which patient gets the oxygen and which one dies.
The only way to prevent this is social distancing today. Not tomorrow. Today.
That means keeping as many people home as possible, starting now.


Federally funded tests conducted by scientists from several major institutions indicated that the novel form of coronavirus behind a worldwide outbreak can survive in the air for several hours.

A study awaiting peer review from scientists at Princeton University, the University of California-Los Angeles and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted online Wednesday indicated that the COVID-19 virus could remain viable in the air "up to 3 hours post aerosolization," while remaining alive on plastic and other surfaces for up to three days.


DIAMOND: Well, in his remarks, the president didn't address the biggest problem - that our domestic health infrastructure is not ready for this, partly because of his administration. We're still wildly behind on testing that was botched by the Centers for Disease Control. We don't have enough supplies, like respirators. Our hospitals and doctors are almost certainly going to face real challenges as demand spikes. And I think listeners should be clear-eyed that what's happening in Italy, in Spain, with their hospitals and ICUs totally slammed, that could happen here, too, in the next two weeks.

Sasha writes:

Current situation makes it very difficult to plan anything, I have a feeling it won't be easy to get a ticket for the days straight after the 30-days long ban. Supposed it won't last longer than that.

Apart from that, it's extremely difficult to find any solution for bringing the glider from Europe to the US at the moment. So far I couldn't as my flying tickets got cancelled.

I was considering driving 2200 km from Austria to Moscow and to fly from there (if there was a ticket) but they are closing the borders between the countries now, so this option won't have too much chance probably.


We are very sorry to announce that the "Lake County Balloon Festival" is being cancelled along with every other event of this size or larger at request from Governor De Santis.

We know many of you planned your vacations around this event. We are all going through the same thing together. Looking ahead the weather looks spectacular so we are staying open and offering ½ price flights to anyone who wants to come out and experience hang gliding or dragonfly rides. We are taking steps to make sure everyone in a clean and safe environment to experience flying or just sit back by the lake or under a tree and watch the show. If you would like to book a flight just give us a call or send us a message. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Philippe Michaud from Canada writes:

We will see how it goes in the next few weeks, but the fact that there is a mandatory quarantine if I go abroad, might affect my decision to come down.

Charles Allen writes:

Glad you guys are on top of this. Some guidance on procedures while at park during comp will be very helpful, especially if posted in advance. I’ll likely have to make a case to family regarding risk of coming and that would help, also can’t imagine I’ll be only one needing to make case to others.

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Weird in the Sky

March 12, 2020, 7:18:46 EDT

Weird in the Sky

An unearthly photo


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Prizes at the 2020 Worlds

March 4, 2020, 7:56:34 EST

Prizes at the 2020 Worlds

Stephane Mentler is providing some additional prizes for Sport Class and Womens

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Stephane Mentler writes:

The prize helmets are in. I will get these to Davis Straub sometime in the next two weeks. Icaro2000 USA (https://icaro2000usa.com), a proud sponsor of the 2020 Hang Gliding World Championships at Wilotree Park in Groveland, Florida.

Three for sport class, one for the women's. I also have two women's tee-shirts for day prizes.

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El Peñón Classic Race 2020 - Results »

Mon, Mar 2 2020, 8:02:23 pm EST

Saturday, the last day of the competition

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Felix, first to goal:

Task 6:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Felix Cantesanu Aeros Discus C 14 01:24:29 987
2 Fermin Tello Toledo (pony) Wills Wing U2 145 01:27:24 938
3 Daniel Velez Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:27:23 936
4 Wolfgang Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 170 01:28:00 915
5 Rodolfo Gotes Wills Wing U2 145 01:28:06 907
6 Jose Luis Jaramillo (clutch) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:28:31 893
7 Peter Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:30:40 871
8 Alfredo Tello Toledo (potro) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:31:02 866
9 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 01:32:19 846
10 Erick Salgado Moyes Gecko 155 01:47:15 740


# Name Glider Total
1 Wolfgang Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 170 5204
2 Daniel Velez Wills Wing Sport 3 155 5121
3 Rodolfo Gotes Wills Wing U2 145 4922
4 Erick Salgado Moyes Gecko 155 4830
5 Damien Zahn Wills Wing Sport 3 135 4722
6 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 4716
7 Fermin Tello Toledo (pony) Wills Wing U2 145 4468
8 Alfredo Tello Toledo (potro) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 4414
9 Peter Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 155 4152
10 Jose Luis Jaramillo (clutch) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 4138

Team in Valle

February 28, 2020, 9:33:04 EST

Team in Valle

Used to high altitudes


Facebook|photo|Sara Weaver

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Sara Weaver writes:

Team Colorado! Tavo Gutierrez, me, and Tim Delaney here in Valle representing the high altitude tribe here for the El Peñon Classic.

The Day 4 task was to the volcano and back to Penitas with some turnpoints in the middle, but only Wolfy made goal. The rest of us had a lot of fun and frustration working the low cloud base near the volcano turnpoint and landing in a town full of little kiddos who were fascinated by the bird people who were falling out of the sky. Yesterday was a really fun day.

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Dropping Back in Valle de Bravo

Thu, Feb 27 2020, 11:14:19 am EST

Getting low early


Damien Zahn writes:

After a second task in which I finished just after Wolfgang Siess, the day winner, the third competition day turned out to be trickier. I started off pushing too much and found myself low when the race had barely begun. I struggled for the rest of the flight to catch up and managed to finish 6th from the day, landing 14 minutes after the day winner. This mistake cost me the first place in the overall ranking behind Rudy Gotes. It’s time to work hard and stay focused.

El Peñon Classic Race 2020 Results

February 26, 2020, 2:54:24 pm EST

El Peñon Classic Race 2020 Results


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Waiting for the start gate during Day 2 of the El Peñon Classic. Yesterday was a lot more turbulent, and the thermals were farther apart, so I'm super happy to have made goal again! Higher winds predicted today, so I think we're in for an even greater challenge!


There are now two classes, overall and sport class.

Task 2 overall:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Wolfgang Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 170 01:27:50 995
2 Damien Zahn Wills Wing Sport 3 135 01:28:59 969
3 Rodolfo Gotes Wills Wing Sport U2 145 01:32:58 932
4 Daniel Velez Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:34:46 904
5 Alfredo Tello Toledo (Potro) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:39:00 857
6 Fermin Tello Toledo (Pony) Wills Wing U2 145 01:52:06 800
7 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 01:52:22 798
8 Peter Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 155 02:05:32 732
9 Rodrigo Alva Gomez (Noni) Wills Wing U2 155 02:03:31 729
10 Sara Weaver Wills Wing Sport 3 155 02:09:18 702

Task 2 sport class:

Waiting for results (see below)

Cumulative overall:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 Total
1 Damien Zahn Wills Wing Sport 3 135 989 969 1958
2 Wolfgang Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 170 884 995 1879
3 Daniel Velez Wills Wing Sport 3 155 938 904 1842
4 Rodolfo Gotes Wills Wing Sport U2 145 902 932 1834
5 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 744 798 1542
6 Fermin Tello Toledo (Pony) Wills Wing U2 145 694 800 1494
7 Willy Dydo Wills Wing U2 145 790 677 1467
8 Erick Salgado Moyes Gecko 155 906 451 1357
9 Leonardo Martinez Cava Wills Wing T2C 136 867 424 1291
10 Alfredo Tello Toledo (Potro) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 338 857 1195

Cumulative Sport Class:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 Total
1 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 744 798 1542
2 Fermin Tello Toledo (Pony) Wills Wing U2 145 694 800 1494
3 Willy Dydo Wills Wing U2 145 790 677 1467
4 Leonardo Martinez Cava Wills Wing T2C 136 867 424 1291
5 Alfredo Tello Toledo (Potro) Wills Wing Sport 3 155 338 857 1195
6 Peter Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 155 442 732 1174
7 Daniel Jaramillo Wills Wing U2 145 854 312 1166
8 Marcelo Brosig Wills Wing Sport 3 155 575 587 1162
9 Sara Weaver Wills Wing Sport 3 155 448 702 1150
10 Pete Lehmann Wills Wing Sport 3 155 599 522 1121

Landing at the Lake

February 26, 2020, 7:51:18 EST

Landing at the Lake

Coming in fast and low



The competition is quite fun! But I was kind of out of it on task one (my mind just wasn’t there throughout the flight, landed downwind in a bad spot, downtube and camera mount damaged). Today for task 2 I was in the front for half of the task but missed a very much needed thermal and found myself on the ground early, so with hopes of better luck from now on, here’s a lake landing video from 4 days ago.

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El Peñon Classic Race 2020 Results

February 25, 2020, 8:01:34 EST

El Peñon Classic Race 2020 Results

Monday was the first day

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Task 1:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Damien Zahn Wills Wing Sport 3 135 01:24:23 981
2 Daniel Velez Wills Wing Sport 3 155 01:27:09 929
3 Erick Salgado Moyes Gecko 155 01:29:27 898
4 Rodolfo Gotes Wills Wing Sport U2 145 01:29:33 894
5 Wolfgang Siess Wills Wing Sport 3 170 01:30:54 875
6 Leonardo Martinez Cava Wills Wing T2C 136 01:32:19 859
7 Daniel Jaramillo Wills Wing U2 145 01:35:12 845
8 Willy Dydo Wills Wing U2 145 01:42:51 781
9 Tim Delaney Wills Wing Sport 3 135 01:44:50 735
10 Fermin Tello Toledo (Pony) Wills Wing U2 145 01:58:12 685

Id Name % penalty points penalty Reason
7 Felix Cantesanu 15% 0 late tracklog

2020 NSW State Titles

February 22, 2020, 7:48:55 EST

2020 NSW State Titles

Day 7, task 4

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Task 4:

# Name Glider Distance Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 57.28 905
2 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 55.55 887
3 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 55.15 884
4 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 55.24 883
5 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 53.07 855
6 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 50.76 793
7 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 47.38 726
8 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 44.05 684
9 Brad Porter Moyes RX 3.5 pro 41.38 648
10 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 41.38 645

Final Results:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 Total
1 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 480 769 842 887 2978
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 412 776 765 883 2836
3 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 134 767 1000 905 2806
4 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 134 579 750 884 2347
5 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 389 245 757 855 2246
6 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 412 683 399 726 2220
7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 134 593 666 645 2038
8 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 418 602 539 431 1990
9 Bruce Wynne Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 412 208 685 535 1840
10 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 0 595 392 793 1780

Must have been an error in the cumulative results after task three.

2020 NSW State Titles

February 21, 2020, 8:56:08 EST

2020 NSW State Titles

Day 6, task 3

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Task 3:

# Name Glider Time Distance Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 02:03:48 72.15 1000
2 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 03:13:56 72.15 626
3 Bruce Wynne Moyes RX 4 03:53:15 72.15 582
3 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 03:32:03 72.15 582
3 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 03:31:37 72.15 582
3 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 03:31:28 72.15 582
3 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 03:59:51 72.15 582
8 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 62.95 545
9 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 61.97 539
10 Brodrick Osborne Moyes RS 4 53.89 483


# Name Glider Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 1921
2 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 1895
3 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 1789
4 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 1572
5 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1509
6 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1321
7 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 1307
8 Jon Durand Snr Moyes Gecko 155 1251
9 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1211
10 Bruce Wynne Moyes RX 4 1196

Harrison Rowntree writes:

I bombed out today after scratching at 400ft for about 12 minutes. As I was about to relaunch I was joined by a west side bomb out virgin, Jonny Durand. We packed up and reflew. Rory Duncan got a good climb out of his launch and started on his own for a day win.

Jonny and I got up with the rest of the field and flew the first half of the course together before getting split up in the shade. Jonny finished second, Steve Docherty in third and I was fourth by 8 seconds. I love landing at this goal. There's lawn, a pool and a bar.

2020 NSW State Titles

February 20, 2020, 8:46:07 EST

2020 NSW State Titles

Day 5, task 2

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Task 2:

# Name Glider Distance Total
1 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 48.33 826
2 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 48.05 819
3 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 47.69 817
4 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 41.97 723
5 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 32.79 636
6 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 32.86 628
7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 32.64 626
8 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 31.68 611
8 Jon Durand Snr Moyes Gecko 155 31.90 611
10 Troy Horton Moyes Gecko 155 29.35 553


# Name Glider Total
1 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 1299
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 1238
3 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1135
4 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 1054
5 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 951
6 Jon Durand Snr Moyes Gecko 155 878
7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 760
8 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 745
9 Michael Free Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 723
10 Vic Hare WW T2C 136 709

It's all Fun and Games

Thu, Feb 20 2020, 8:15:39 am EST

Until it isn't

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Breck Betts writes:

Does anyone else know of any hang glider pilot(s) who had US Secret Service agents point their rifles at them while they were soaring?

In June of 1997, President Clinton visited the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As a security precaution, the Secret Service asked that the Torrey Pines Gliderport shut down all soaring operations until ~3pm, when the President's schedule had him slated to be long gone.

A hang glider pilot friend (and co-worker at Scripps) was the first to launch at Torrey that afternoon at about 4pm (with permission from the gliderport authorities). Apparently, President Clinton was having a good time at the Aquarium and tarried there much later than expected.

My pilot friend soared down south to over the Aquarium and noticed the squad of the President's black Suburbans was still there. He thought to himself, "Oops!" About that time, the Secret Service telephoned the gliderport and said, "Our sharpshooters have him in their sites, so let's hope he doesn't do anything foolish." Everyone survived the day.

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Flying in the Rain

February 19, 2020, 7:06:41 EST

Flying in the Rain

Not at Manilla



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2020 NSW State Titles

February 18, 2020, 8:31:58 EST

2020 NSW State Titles

They fly, task 1

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Task 1:

# Name Glider Distance Total
1 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 39.86 442
2 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 31.45 384
3 Bruce Wynne Moyes RX 4 30.74 379
3 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 30.74 379
5 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 30.70 378
6 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 28.76 352
7 Michael Free Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 27.85 338
8 Jon Durand Snr Moyes Gecko 155 17.38 235
9 Dustan Hansen airborne ev 14.5 11.64 192
10 Brad Porter Moyes RX 3.5 pro 8.76 169


It was supposed to be a write off today and it will be for many who were stuck on the hill with it blowing over the back. I sat ready to go for half an hour before a cycle blew up the face and allowed me to launch. I was rewarded with an easy climb to cloudbase and a fly along the side of a cloud to admire the view. No one in goal, Jonny will win the day with maybe 6km past TP2. I'm 2km short of TP2. It will be a low scoring day.