Sat, 30 Jan 2010

1Sting 3:168 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:05, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, Very, very busy. Almost had a mid-air. I simply did a top to bottom

Typical Day at the Dyke

The expected weather forecast didn't quite materialise and upon arrival it was evident it was light and getting lighter. Still, it wasn't raining so I fetched my glider and rigged it. If anything I'd squeeze a quick top to bottom in!

Sometime later, the sky was full of paragliders and I decided that my flight would simply be a punch through the wall of paragliders and head to the bottom landing field.

Glider Rigging Area
Glider Rigging Area
The Devil's Dyke rigging area.
30 Jan 2010

As I patiently waited for a gap in the wall of paragliders to launch through, I heard a yell from the sky. The only hang glider airborne and a paraglider had what I can simply describe as the closest to a mid-air I've seen to date. I'm unsure of what happened leading to the incident, but it forced the hang glider pilot, piloted by (Dan) to turn towards the hill. Somehow Dan pulled off his first fly on the wall landing with only a minor bump. To my relief, no fatality!

A Busy Take-off
A Busy Take-off
After landing, a view of the busy launch area.
30 Jan 2010

After confirming Dan was okay, I launched and squeezed through between all the paragliders. I managed several beats back and forth but flying predominately out of the lift band, the bottom landing grew closer and closer.

A view of the Truleigh Ridge Run
A view of the Truleigh Ridge Run
The Truleigh Ridge Run as viewed from the Devil's Dyke bottom landing field.
30 Jan 2010

To my relief, after several months of non flying I pulled off a perfect no step landing with only a short walk to the de-rigging area. Perhaps all those trips to the Suffolk winch field have finally paid off!

Sting 3:168
Sting 3:168
Dan's Sting 3:168 in the muddy landing area at the bottom of the Devil's Dyke.
30 Jan 2010

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time30 Jan 2010 / 00:00
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 05m
CommentsVery, very busy. Almost had a mid-air. I simply did a top to bottom

Flying Statistics to Date 30 Jan 2010

Total Hours :
29h 27m
Longest Flight :
1h 15m
Glider Models Flown :
3
Sites Flown :
16
Best Height Gain :
2,508 feet
Total Distance :
7.0 km
Max Distance :
7.0 km
Total Flights :
120
Hill Launches :
73
Winch Launches :
47
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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