Wed, 16 Jul 2008

1Target 16 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:10, Gain: 3 ft, Distance: 0 km, Another quick top to bottom at the end of what looked like a good day to fly.

A Quick Top to Bottom

Had I chosen a good day to take a half day off work? Well arriving early at the Devil's Dyke and seeing a few paragliders scratching around in the available lift was a good sign that the wind was on. After unloading my glider and rigging it I was ready to go. By now more paragliders had arrived and the sky was starting to look busy. The wind had a good proportion of west in it, so everyone was floating on the pub part of the ridge.

Devil's Dyke bottom landing field
Devil's Dyke bottom landing field
Looking up towards the Devil's Dyke after landing at the bottom. All the paragliders launch and the big cloud at the back is a good sign that there's a powerful thermal kicking off!
16 Jul 2008

The lift was on and off but mainly fairly weak. After chatting with Tefal I decided now would be a good time to launch as I couldn't be sure if more paragliders were going to launch boxing me in. I waited for a hole in the paraglider traffic and launched when one became available. As I was the only hang glider present I opted to keep away from the majority of the paraglider traffic and flew a bit further out. The result of this was a few whiffs of a thermal that I managed to scratch around in with minimal success. Ultimately I was destined for the bottom landing field (still in crop).

I was now scratching around just above the tree line and observed most of the paragliders going for slope landings (I wish I could do that!). I was now low and opted to set-up my landing approach for the bottom landing spot. After a couple of s-turns I judged that I was now low enough to glide to the landing clearing. Like my previous flights I stuffed the bar and the glider came down nicely. Easing out I started gliding across the crop with the glider slowing. My toes started clipping the top of the crop which made an interesting noise but as soon as I entered the landing clearing I climbed further up the uprights eased the bar out further then flared. A perfect spot landing once again!

A short while later I was joined by a paraglider pilot in the bottom landing (Franko). After packing my glider I suggested we both walk back to the top together; of course, that was too much to expect some company during my ascent back to takeoff! Still, after collecting my car, I returned to collect my glider and return the paraglider pilot back to takeoff!

Back on takeoff the wind had increased significantly grounding all of the paragliders. A couple of hangies had now arrived and were preparing to fly, but alas, I had to go as I'd only had the morning off work!

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time16 Jul 2008 / 00:00
Height Gain3ft
Flight Duration0h 10m
CommentsAnother quick top to bottom at the end of what looked like a good day to fly.

Flying Statistics to Date 16 Jul 2008

Total Hours :
17h 19m
Longest Flight :
0h 52m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
10
Best Height Gain :
1,056 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
57
Hill Launches :
55
Winch Launches :
2
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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