Tue, 3 Apr 2001

1Calypso : Padul South (H) Duration: 00:17, Gain: 50 ft, Distance: 0 km, 1500 ft. top to bottom, some thermic lift over Padul making for a longer flight.
2Calypso : Padul South (H) Duration: 00:13, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, 1500 ft. top to bottom. Squeezed from 360's in. Perfect landing, nil wind, thermic!

Sierra Nevada - Day Two

A slow start to the day meant that we were ready for flight by the afternoon (was it the beer from the night before?). The wind was still from a southerly direction, which meant it was the Padul south launch again. This time the launch site didn't seem so daunting and after rigging our gliders, each of us launched. All the flights with the exception of Roger's were simple top to bottoms again. Roger decided that today was cross-country day, and as we watched him venture up the valley into the distance, we wondered if he were to return. He did and with a huge grin on his face!

Chilling Out
Chilling Out
As we wait for the day to warm up to get the thermals going, be all chill at the two lovely apartments John had arranged for the week.
3 Apr 2001

My first flight concluded with an interesting landing. During my final approach I flew over the sewage works that processed what ever came out of Padul. This happened to be a good thermic source (don't ask!), as it generated a 6 up sending me skyward. Unfortunately my inbuilt auto-pilot was set to land mode and I failed to exploit this lift; I was more concerned with getting down, so I turned in an attempt to leave the lift. A few moments later my vario squealed high pitched beeps and I was in 6 up again, the landing field was slowly getting smaller! This happened a few more times, prolonging my flight another 2 minutes or so before my landing. If I'd only stuck with it, who'd know where I'd ended up!

Chess Anyone
Chess Anyone
While waiting for the day to get going we chill out at the apartment in Padul and play a bit of chess in the April sunshine.
3 Apr 2001

The only eventful landing was Tony's, when he demonstrated a hang glider stall/parachute landing technique (flaring too early) from a height of no less than 30 feet, dumping him nicely on his belly and fortunately without major injury (mainly a bruised pride as we were all watching in horror).

After packing the gliders, loading them up, and returning to take-off, the second flight of the day was executed. By the time of the third flight, the wind had shifted around to the north, ending Tuesdays flying! That evening each of us would have our own exciting stories to tell!

John Launching from Padul
John Launching from Padul
Ozzie takes over launching the students which allowed John some time to enjoy flying the Sierra Nevada himself.
3 Apr 2001
John Launches
John Launches
John show us how it's done and launches from the Padul south launch.
3 Apr 2001
Dan Launching his Calypso
Dan Launching his Calypso
Dan launching his Calypso hang glider at Padul's south launch.
3 Apr 2001

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SitePadul South
Launch Date/Time3 Apr 2001 / 00:00
Height Gain50ft
Flight Duration0h 17m
Comments1500 ft. top to bottom, some thermic lift over Padul making for a longer flight.

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SitePadul South
Launch Date/Time3 Apr 2001 / 00:00
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 13m
Comments1500 ft. top to bottom. Squeezed from 360's in. Perfect landing, nil wind, thermic!

Flying Statistics to Date 3 Apr 2001

Total Hours :
3h 41m
Longest Flight :
0h 30m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
7
Best Height Gain :
300 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
20
Hill Launches :
20
Winch Launches :
0
Aerotow Launches :
0

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
96h 29m
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 :
288
Hill Launches :
158
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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