Time and my personal experience are always a compromise and the
fact that I prefer a set of independent eyes to look over my glider
meant I’d once again use John Barratt from South Downs Hang Gliding
for a strip down service. This was evidently a wise choice as John
quickly spotted that I had incorrectly attached the sail to the
airframe upon return from Lanzarote...
7 March 2019 - Flute and Piano
A sweet blend of the piano (Keyzone Classic) and flute (Sonatina
Orchestra) with some subtle synths and textures provided by the
Omnisphere 2 synthesiser. This is my first piece composed using
Image-Line's Fruity Loops, a 64 bit DAW. The piano sequences were
performed live on a PSR3000 and recorded directly into Fruity Loops.
The whole piece was composed, recorded and produced over 4 short
6 January 2019 - Shackleford Turkey Burner
To say the conditions were perfect was an understatement. It wasn't
too hot, cold or wet. The trails were dry with only the odd muddy
puddle here and there...
7 October 2018 - A Little XC
Eventually, still at ridge height I turned back towards Firle. The
air was pretty rough, especially low to the ridge and after I had
crossed a couple of bowls, I saw what awaited me. Crowds of
paragliders were now in the skies so I decided to switch tactics and
head to Bo Peep...
5 September 2018 - Pre-Flight Checks
As I checked over the glider and did my pre-flight checks, I found
an issue. As I pulled the VG cord, the sheath of the cord separated
exposing all the nylon strands contained within. I had also noticed
that the operation of the VG had an unusual amount of friction.
Something was clearly wrong and probably a result of when I had
changed the uprights in Lanzarote....
27 March 2018 - Lanzarote 2018 Trip Report
My account of my hang gliding trip to Lanzarote with South Downs
1 March 2018 - Video - Flying Famara
I have finally got around to editing some video from Lanzarote.
Flying above and around the clouds, no words....
19 February 2018 - Packing a Glider for Air
Having scoured the Internet I found it difficult to find a good
guide on how to pack a glider for aircraft shipping. Many people have
done it, commented or advised on forums, sharing their horror
stories, but I struggled to find a complete guide. Having now done
this successfully, I've prepared this guide as a reference for
7 February 2018 - Famara!
To say I was anxious was an understatement, with the wind
increasing, not feeling particularly current, not in great health and
with inbound weather to watch out for, there was much on my mind.
Clipped in, I made my way around Ben then across to John, patiently
waiting on launch. After my hang check was completed, John gave me
one final brief then I instructed "Release"...
9 December 2017 - The Dark Side!
As a hang glider pilot for almost 20 years now, I feel I need to
confess to something that I actually enjoyed; an indulgence of
curiosity that perhaps some would consider sinful - I flew on a
29 October 2017 - A Windy Day at Firle
I climbed the uprights and prepared to land and as the ground
neared, I noticed I had started to travel backwards across the
ground. I pulled in hard and looked down towards my feet and the
ground looming up behind me; still flying backwards I could now see
the barbed wire fence coming into view!