Tue, 9 Nov 1999

1Calypso : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:25, Gain: 300 ft, Distance: 0 km, Strong north (15-20mph), gusty, bit rough, got worse, bottom landed.

Frustrations!

With my confidence dwindling but still eager to fly, I selected a day that probably wasn't ideal for someone with my low hours and experience. I arrived at the Devil's Dyke and the wind was strong and also gusty at times. Having booked time off work to fly I was motivated to get into the air, so ignoring my gut feel for what I perceived as border-line conditions, I rigged my Calypso, checked it over then launched.

It was tricky penetrating forwards and at times the air was uncomfortably rough. I had remembered that phrase, "You're better off being on the ground wishing you were up there rather than being up there wishing you were on the ground!". Those words seemed apt as I was kicked around the sky which made for a less than enjoyable flight!

I maxed out at no more than 300 feet above take-off and after I bumped into one last lump of air that caused me to make an involuntary turn towards the hill, I decided to retreat to the safety of the bottom landing field. I touched down in a manner; my right wind was lifted as I began to flare which sent me running in a wild circle trying to control and slow the glider!

Safely landed and with no bent aluminium (just some dirt on my nose cone), I left my glider in the bottom landing field and climbed the Dyke to recover my car then in turn my glider. After which, I returned home.

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time9 Nov 1999 / 00:00
Height Gain300ft
Flight Duration0h 25m
CommentsStrong north (15-20mph), gusty, bit rough, got worse, bottom landed.

Flying Statistics to Date 9 Nov 1999

Total Hours :
1h 53m
Longest Flight :
0h 30m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
6
Best Height Gain :
300 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
10
Hill Launches :
10
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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