Sun, 13 Jun 2004

1Target 16 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:25, Gain: 275 ft, Distance: 0 km, Only on pub hill, eventually went down but didn't land in crop!

A Trip to the Bottom

With the wind blowing from a westerly direction the lift was concentrated on the pub hill only. After rigging and checking over my Target hang glider, I made my way to launch. The wind wasn't particularly strong and those already airborne appeared to be doing ok so I launched. I didn't really climb that high and was soon established with everyone else in the soaring pattern.

I was mindful of a possible bottom landing and had already noticed that the bottom landing field was in crop. Any bottom landing would need to be in the designated landing area to avoid a crop landing! I suspect my focus was a little too much on bottom landing and after flying a little too far out from the ridge, I had managed to leave the best of the lift and drop below ridge height. I had set myself up for that bottom landing that I didn't want to do!

More down to pure luck than skill, I was able to lose what remaining height I had and safely land in the designated landing area, albeit a landing that I ran off, but down safely and not in the crop! No one was there to collect me, so after half de-rigging my glider I climbed back to the top to recover my car and later my glider before returning home.

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time13 Jun 2004 / 00:00
Height Gain275ft
Flight Duration0h 25m
CommentsOnly on pub hill, eventually went down but didn't land in crop!

Flying Statistics to Date 13 Jun 2004

Total Hours :
11h 10m
Longest Flight :
0h 52m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
8
Best Height Gain :
1,056 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
41
Hill Launches :
41
Winch Launches :
0
Aerotow Launches :
0

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
95h 58m
Longest Flight :
2h 25m
Glider Models Flown :
5
Sites Flown :
21
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
67.9 km
Max Distance :
13.5 km
Total Flights :
286
Hill Launches :
156
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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