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
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
27 March 2018 - Lanzarote 2018 Trip Report
My account of my hang gliding trip to Lanzarote with South Downs Hang Gliding...
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 Transport
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 paraglider!
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!
23 October 2017 - An Oldie Resurrected
Over 12 years ago I programmed this little classic but as
technology matured, it became increasingly difficult to play this
Java Applet in the browser; however, with Java Webstart Technology,
it's now possible to run this classic once again (just not in your
15 October 2017 - Motivation!
As I began to collect my gear and put it back in the van I noticed
my glider had vanished! I asked Nicos where it had gone and he
smirked and informed me that Maciej had set off up the hill with it!