A blast on my mountain bike down one of my local down-hills to try out my new video camera and chest mount.
11 October 2016 - U2 Service
I haven't had nowhere as much use of my U2 as I'd have liked so
wasn't really over concerned about delaying the side wire replacement
beyond the 12 months as recommended by Wills Wing...
7 October 2016 - Aerotow Demonstration at Ringmer Gliding Club
As the day drew to a close, the chairman of the
gliding club was treated to a ride on the tug and the day was
concluded. There was certainly a very positive feeling from all parties
and in conclusion, it was successful afternoon...
2 October 2016 - The Early Bird Gets The Worm!
I was surprised that no-one else had attempted the Truleigh Run, but
as I set out on the Truleigh Ridge and started hitting sink with
minimal lift to reward me, I realised that the Truleigh Run was going
to be hard work...
18 September 2016 - A Simple Sled Ride
Unfortunately, the top of the hill was dipping into the base of the clouds so it would be a wait for the cloud to lift...
3 September 2016 - Caburn Conquered!
As I looked back at Caburn and the views before me I couldn't help
but think that this is such a wonderful site that needed to be
exploited by hang gliders – the paraglider's secret was now out!
25 May 2016 - Geeky Sites!
This website has always been used as a personal learning platform and this month it was time
to finally play with the Google Maps API. As usual, I needed a practical use so I decided to create
my own version of a hang gliding sites guide (and before you think it, I know there are already very good guides
in existence!). I also had the opportunity to get my head around the TomTom POI specification, so the guide is also available
as a POI download for your own TomTom navigators!
14 May 2016 - Fickle Firle
I had also noticed that the far more competent and
experienced hang glider pilots already airborne had spotted my thermal
and descended on me like vultures on fallen prey. With traffic and
geography to contend with, I relinquished my thermal which set me on a
slow and gradual path to an inevitable bottom landing...
24 April 2016 - A Windy Dyke Day
After several attempts I made it all the way down to Truleigh Hill. I was surprised that only a few of the hang glider pilots in the air decided to come down this end of the ridge. At Truleigh Hill, after scratching around at ridge height I was able to connect with a thermal and climb to almost 1000 feet above the ridge...
16 April 2016 - A Muddy Landing
On my second attempt, after a little struggle to get high enough, I had a much better approach which put me at the back of the field; just in front of the barbed wire fence, however in the last few feet before touch down, I sank very quickly in dead air and didn't quite get my feet under me...
20 March 2016 - First Day of Spring
Once back on the main ridge I was able to exploit the thermals that had bubbled through and was able to climb over 1000 feet above takeoff...
15 March 2016 - A Trip to the Clouds and Beyond
On my final climb from Firle Beacon, the glider climbed with unbelievable ease – no matter which way I flew the vario continued to squeak its happy chirps. I looked to my left then to my right and realised I had reached the base of the clouds...
27 June 2015 - You Don't Fly if you Don't Try!
Two birds off to my right were going up and not flapping their wings! I launched and noticed Vincent had also spotted the birds and launched. Sadly, although I found some weak lift, I didn’t exploit it nowhere near as effectively as Vincent had...
18 June 2015 - The Aeros Myth 3 Review
My personal review of the Myth 3 Harness from Aeros...
25 May 2015 - A Short Trip Over the Back
Eventually, I lucked out and found a very lumpy but consistent thermal that I shared with a paraglider. The wind drift over the back was pretty pronounced and as I climbed the Dyke moved further and further away....
16 May 2015 - A Low Save!
I looked up at the Dyke and saw 3 hang gliders setting up bottom landing approaches. They were still above me, so again I pushed out over the road executing another gentle 360, just north of the modelers bowl. Again, my vario beeped! I couldn’t believe my luck! I had climbed above the first of the hang gliders setting up for bottom landing and was still climbing slowly in this weak but consistent source of lift...
19 April 2015 - Thermic Bo Peep
Sunday came and I arrived at Bo Peep mid-morning and was very pleased to see the hang gliding car park full of cars and people beginning to rig their gliders. The wind was bang on the hill, but top end plus a bit more and gusty. Most of the pilots were contempt to just rigging their gliders and waiting to see who'd be first off, but a few notable pilots were already airborne...
24 January 2015 - Hard Going at the Dyke
I launched then turned right and headed to the modellers bowl. When I reached the end of the flyable part of the ridge I reversed my turn and hit a horrible hole in the air. The left wing dropped and the glider dived to recover...
18 January 2015 - Truleigh and Back 4 Times!
The wind was blowing around 10-15 mph and coming from a north, north-west to northerly direction. I was ready moments before John, so together we both worked our way towards the front of the hill. At the front I patiently waited for a gap in the paraglider traffic and for a bit more of a breeze...
21 September 2014 - Windy Firle
I arrived at Firle and as soon as I opened the car door, it was evident that the conditions had exceeded top end. The epic day that everyone had expected was blown out, however, with the winds forecast to drop off later and veer more to the east; everyone waited to see how the day would develop...