Fri, 6 Apr 2001

1Calypso : Loja (H) Duration: 00:28, Gain: 42 ft, Distance: 0 km, 2000 ft. top to bottom, very hard to stay up - did 2 360's over landing field with Tony taking photographs!
2Calypso : Loja (H) Duration: 00:36, Gain: 26 ft, Distance: 0 km, 2000 ft. top to bottom, more of a ridge lift day, still, I fell out of lift and ended up landing earlier than I should have done!

Sierra Nevada - Day Five

Friday, and back to Loja again. The wind was even lighter, but a few local pilots had turned up, including a chap called Bobby who had moved to Spain from England! I could see why, the Spanish siesta, weather and endless opportunities for flying! However, the conditions today were not as promising as the previous days so I was thinking this was going to be a simple top to bottom, as our experience and gliders didn't really permit a flight of massive height gain. The challenge was to see just how long we could stay up!

Loja Bottom Landing
Loja Bottom Landing
Loja's bottom landing and a local shepherd brings his flock out to eat the grass and say hello to us as we pack away for the day.
6 Apr 2001

Unknown to the rest of us, Ozzie had given John a challenge (get to a certain peak, then cross the valley or something, far beyond my capabilities!). So, as the rest of us were preparing for launch and queuing in the launch area just like us Brits do, we were somewhat surprised to hear John's apologetic airborne, "Oops, cheeky take-off!", as he jumped the launch order by launching from the car park, swooping over the rest of us and onward into the clear sky.

John and Ozzie
John and Ozzie
As the sunset at Loja, Ozzie congratulates John for a fantastic week of flying in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain.
6 Apr 2001

My flight lasted around 30 minutes as I scratched around for lift. Giving up trying to get some lift, I decided upon a glide into the valley for a little explore. After visiting the local sites (bridge, road, tree, house... yawn!), I headed back to the landing area for landing. I still had excessive height so I executed 2 large circular laps of the landing field, with Tony voicing obscenities at me from the ground. As I headed down wind on my final turn, I realised that I was approaching the ground faster than anticipated. The immediate execution of a sharp turn (lots of roll) and straightening into wind landed me safely! This was all captured on Tony's camera (I haven't seen the pics yet).

Team Photo
Team Photo
The perfect end to the day and to the week; team photo of John's flying trip to Spain. Starting from far left and going clockwise around the table: John, Matt, Mark, Dan, Tim, Roger, Tony, Ozzie and Dave.
6 Apr 2001

Mark had an interesting approach, mainly due to the small tree between him and the landing area which he had to literally step over to clear!

A few of us were lucky enough to get a second flight in. The thermals had switched off, but the wind had increased enough for some gentle ridge soaring. This was the perfect conclusion to the day, and to the week!

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SiteLoja
Launch Date/Time6 Apr 2001 / 00:00
Height Gain42ft
Flight Duration0h 28m
Comments2000 ft. top to bottom, very hard to stay up - did 2 360's over landing field with Tony taking photographs!

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SiteLoja
Launch Date/Time6 Apr 2001 / 00:00
Height Gain26ft
Flight Duration0h 36m
Comments2000 ft. top to bottom, more of a ridge lift day, still, I fell out of lift and ended up landing earlier than I should have done!

Flying Statistics to Date 6 Apr 2001

Total Hours :
5h 56m
Longest Flight :
0h 40m
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 :
25
Hill Launches :
25
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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