Sun, 17 Apr 2016

1 : Devil's Dyke (O) Duration: 00:00, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, Arrived with the intent to fly, but with the light winds and the skies periodically flooding with paragliders, I opted not to fly today. So, the glider was rigged and de-rigged without flying.

A Reflection On Why I Didn't Fly

I think it's always important to reflect on decisions made with regards to hang gliding and to reflect on choices. On Sunday, I chose not to fly despite arriving early and the sky looking very inviting! There had been a significant hype on the forums about Sunday but despite this, my own assessment was for light winds and a high proportion of the paragliding community being present. Based on earlier experiences in hang gliding (12 Nov 2008); I've become very skeptical about flying in traffic, particularly with our lesser performanced brothers (floppies).

Lovely Looking Clouds
Lovely Looking Clouds
Hang Glider pilots eagerly wait to launch at the Devil's Dyke.
17 Apr 2016

Needless to say, the conditions were indeed good for hang gliding, with Luke, Nicos, James and a few others timing their take-offs perfectly and climbing out on thermals marked by the paragliders. As Nicos quite rightly put it, "we need the paragliders in the sky to see where the thermals are!", but there's the rub; we also 'prefer' not to have them there when we're taking off or landing!

Busy Sky at the Devil's Dyke
Busy Sky at the Devil's Dyke
The weather was perfect but you had to launch at the right time. Unfortunately, 'everyone' launched at the right time. I didn't fancy mixing it up with all this traffic so opted not to fly!
17 Apr 2016

So why didn't I fly? - well simply put, I don't yet like flying with that level of traffic; hang gliders or paragliders; I'm not current enough on my U2 for flying in high levels of traffic; it makes me nervous and I suspect this is simply a matter of trust! The hang glider pilots I fly with and am happy to fly with I personally know. I think this is what makes flying with them so predictable and in turn means I'm comfortable to fly with them. Throw in 16-20 unfamiliar paraglider pilots, on and offable thermic conditions, the occasional modeller and a small area of lift; then I'm outside of my comfort zone! Better to fly another day!

Besides, I flew the day before so unlike some of the others on the hill, I had had my flying fix for the weekend - I should have gone to Suffolk for some winching!

Flight Details

Flight LogOther
Date17 Apr 2016
GliderOther
CommentsArrived with the intent to fly, but with the light winds and the skies periodically flooding with paragliders, I opted not to fly today. So, the glider was rigged and de-rigged without flying.

Flying Statistics to Date 17 Apr 2016

Total Hours :
84h 07m
Longest Flight :
1h 46m
Glider Models Flown :
5
Sites Flown :
20
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
46.7 km
Max Distance :
13.4 km
Total Flights :
268
Hill Launches :
141
Winch Launches :
105
Aerotow Launches :
22

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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