Category Archives: Flying days

Reports of days when I flew a hang glider.

Road launch

I got an email on Friday evening from John B, saying something like, “Cheerio, old chap, do you fancy a go at Ellenville this weekend?”. (He talks that way, because he’s a Limey.) Saturday looked like the ideal day for … Continue reading

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Quest Day 6: Something different

After my having demonstrated that I could successfully tow with the Falcon, Mark and Spinner suggested that I should take the next step and try a double-surface glider. They had a Northwing Liberty 148 available, so in the morning we … Continue reading

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Quest Day 5: Lift!

There was no Quest Day 4. Sunday’s forecast was for thunderstorms, and it did periodically rain hard, so I took the opportunity to go to the beach. I know that sounds like a dumb thing to do on a rainy … Continue reading

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Quest Day 3: Sea of holes

There was a higher cloud deck in the morning, plus an assortment of lower cumulus clouds. The wind was reasonable though, so we pulled the glider out to get some more practice in. Jonny T has been the tow pilot … Continue reading

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Quest Day 2: So low

When the sky cleared up enough in the morning, Spinner and I went up for a third tandem flight. For my non-flying friends, here’s what the tandem glider setup looks like. In this picture, Spinner is in the lower harness … Continue reading

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Quest Day 1: Go Go Go!

Something that has been on my to-do list for years is learning to aerotow. A lot of New England pilots start out by doing some towing at Morningside when they’re first learning, but I did not. Later on, it just … Continue reading

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Indian summer

On Friday, I had to leave work early to pick up my mother from the ER, where she had gone for a minor issue, but had to wait for hours, and she doesn’t drive after dark. This meant that on … Continue reading

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Wellfleet week

In New England, we don’t fly so much in the winter, mostly because it gets really cold, and most of our launches become difficult or impossible to access because of snow and ice. Most of the flying that we do … Continue reading

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Everybody will fly today

The reality when we arrived at Rutland wasn’t exactly the same as the forecast.  All kinds of people had been excited about the prospects, but that morning Mike H, who had said he’d be coming, dropped a note on the … Continue reading

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Nick of time

The standard arrangement for Rutland is “meet at the Pit at 11″. So when people were going up, that’s what I was shooting for, in order to get a ride up the mountain. So when I was approaching the Pit … Continue reading

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