Flying Year 2005

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Sat, 17 Sep 2005

1Target 16 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:35, Gain: 160 ft, Distance: 0 km, Almost smack on north. Flew to pylons and back, lost height and ended up bottom landing!
2Target 16 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:25, Gain: 180 ft, Distance: 0 km, Northerly wind decreasing, got stuck in sink, bottom landed and flared way too early on landing - parachuted down!

Devils Dyke

Flight 1

Almost smack on North with weak thermals passing through in cycles. After launch I crossed the bowl to make the most of the northerly ridge run to Truleigh. After crossing the bowl I was already below ridge height but was able to scratch around for some lift making a height gain of 160 feet. I then followed the ridge further west towards the pylons but did not cross them as I was not confident of staying up. I returned to the nearest bowl several times for a height top up before I somehow managed to mess things up and lost too much height. It was then a mad dash back to the bottom landing field where I moderately successfully landed (a bit of a run) my glider before being retrieved and taken back to the top for a second flight!

Flight 2

After my earlier flight I was determined to stay up for longer this time, especially after the ribbing I got from Kevin! After watching another hang glider launch I decided that if I waited any longer the conditions would further weaken.

The flight was pretty much a replay of my earlier flight but this time I made the most of every little bit of lift being presented, slowly turning the glider each time I felt a wing lift. Still, that said, I ended up in the bottom landing field - just about in one piece (I flared too early and ended up going up much higher than I intended, parachuting nicely down; that's why I like my glider, it's very forgiving!).

Anyway, the bottom landing field seemed to be the place to be as I was joined by two others pilots that had also failed to maintain altitude in the weakening flying conditions.

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time17 Sep 2005 / 00:00
Height Gain160ft
Flight Duration0h 35m
CommentsAlmost smack on north. Flew to pylons and back, lost height and ended up bottom landing!

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time17 Sep 2005 / 00:00
Height Gain180ft
Flight Duration0h 25m
CommentsNortherly wind decreasing, got stuck in sink, bottom landed and flared way too early on landing - parachuted down!

Flying Statistics to Date 17 Sep 2005

Total Hours :
13h 35m
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 :
46
Hill Launches :
46
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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