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

Flying Statistics to Date 17 Sep 2005

Total Hours :
0h 00m
Longest Flight :
0h 00m
Glider Models Flown :
0
Sites Flown :
0
Best Height Gain :
0 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
0
Hill Launches :
0
Winch Launches :
0
Aerotow Launches :
0

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
0h 00m
Longest Flight :
0h 00m
Glider Models Flown :
0
Sites Flown :
0
Best Height Gain :
0 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
0
Hill Launches :
0
Winch Launches :
0
Aerotow Launches :
0
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