“Not much flying” reaches ever greater extremes…
Last year Mom passed away, this year we had to get the house ready to sell, which turned out to be an interesting and epic project which ended very satisfactorily. But that took a number of weekends, and limited my airtime. I did get two mountain flights this year, so that was at least better than last year. Let’s look at the stats:
By the numbers:
Months flown: 6 (Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov)
Flying days: 6
Days when I showed up with my gear but didn’t fly: I’ll call that 3, explanation below
Flights: 14 (2 foot-launch, 5 aerotow, 7 static winch; 2 soaring, 4 longish sledders, 8 short sledders)
Sites flown: 4 (Pfeiffer/Nejame, Tanner-Hiller, Ascutney, Talcott)
New sites: 1 (Pfeiffer/Nejame)
Gliders flown: 3 (Falcon 170 belonging to Greg S, Falcon 2 170, U2 145)
Longest flight (time): 1:42:37 (Aug 15, Talcott)
Longest flight (XC distance): 3.04 km (July 7, Ascutney)
Total flight time: 4:58
Max altitude: 4873 feet (Jun 30, Tanner-Hiller, but that was the release altitude)
Damage: hey, none!
Injuries: none of them either!
The three days with no flying were a day at Wellfleet that was blown out, a nice day at West Rutland when I just assumed that other pilots would be showing up, but nobody did, and one adventure. At the end of the year, my friend Nancy and I went to the Canary Islands for a week for an orienteering competition. The races were on Gran Canaria, which is short plane ride from Lanzarote, which has some epic flying. I brought my harness and helmet along on the trip, and there were two days that I had free where flying could have been an option. I made contact with an outfitter/guide from whom I could have rented a glider. I blew off the first one because our flights got changed and that made the schedule tight, and on the second day, it looked like it might be too strong, so I opted not to risk going over to Lanzarote for nothing, and we did some sightseeing and hiking instead. No hang gliding, but a great trip nevertheless.