We've opened up additional camping and RV spots at Quest Air on the eastern edge. Here is Dean's tent in South Park:
Photo by Dean Funk.
Also more coming by the lake. In addition, there are new trails and more open areas in the main camping areas on the west side for camping and RV's. This is a huge flight park/airfield with almost unlimited growth potential.
The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only apprentice huntress.
Thanks to Patrick Kruise.
Thanks to James Stinnett.
Mario Luppa <<marioluppa>> writes:
Malcolm, Laurie, Linda, Mitch, RJ, Mike, Linda M., Mike, Steve, all of my friends overseas as promised while I was at Wallaby, as soon as I got back to Italy after the Wills Wing demo days I wrote an article about the experience I had at Wallaby and, more quickly than expected, it has been already published on the FIVL monthly Magazine VOLO LIBERO (FIVL is the ITALIAN USHPA). Even the front page has an image of my U2 up in the Wallaby Skyes.
I spoke highly about the Ranch, the Wills Wings, the Instructor of the year 2014, the landing clinics .... about Linda and her trailer .... RJ and his Tandem with Arik .... and I have invited Italian pilots to travel with me to Wallaby for the same event in 2015 ..... to learn to aero-tow .... and more. I specifically mentioned the patience of the Guru and designer of Wills Wing HG .... changing my VG lines in the mud :-)! Thank you Steve and Mike for so many advice and technical explanations.
Flavio Tebaldi writes:
Alex Ploner and Falken Club have organized, in Campo Tures, a day of flying in memory of Guido Ghermann.
Chris Boyce <<chris>> sends:
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Organized by Atout Vents
- What: Cat. 2 FAI event for Class 1 and 5
- When: May 8th to 11th
- Where: St Andre les Alpes
- FAI license/IPPI Level 5 Card and Pilot's Liability Insurance required
- Pilots registration will start on May 7th from 17H to 20H and then May 8th from 8h to 9h @ Aerogliss (HQ)
- Entry fee of 60 euros (15 per day) - There will be a 15 euros penalty for pilots registering after May 1st - You can pay by Credit Card through the website
35.960431,-75.633144,Jockey Ridge State Park, OB, North Carolina, USA
42nd Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular May 16-19, 2014 ~ Nags Head, NC
The Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Games is a true example of what hang gliding is all about, fun! Originally named the 1st Annual Tactile Meet, the Spectacular has endured over 40 years of continuous years of fun flying, good times and the creation of life long friends. The competition is scheduled each year during the third week of May. Over 60 competitors from all over will travel to Kitty Hawk Kites on the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina to fly, party and meet old and new friends!
The fun starts out with three days of dune competition where the pilots try to round pylons and spot land in the center of the target for points. If weather permits, there is also a duration contest. Pilots will often compete several inches off of the ground before setting up for the landing making the event very exciting. We guarantee you will see some interesting flights and landings!
After three days of battling it out on the dunes everyone moves to the Kitty Hawk Kites Flight Park at Currituck County Airport for two days of aero towing competition. The event usually includes a duration and altitude contest mixed in with a bean-bag bomb drop contest. The contest ends with a spot landing task which is always fun to watch! They do change the tasks according to the conditions which makes it fun for everyone! During the aero towing competition there will be seminars and hang glider demos.
Fay Barber takes this picture at Wallaby Ranch in Florida:
and Chris Boyce takes this one at about the same time at Stanwell Park:
Vicki Cain <<vicki>> writes:
Under entirely amicable circumstances, and after a few weeks of negotiation, Simon Murphy, Carl Wallbank and Moyes Delta Gliders have agreed to transfer the UK Moyes distributorship from Simon to Carl. Simon, who has been sole Moyes distributor in the UK for 20 years, will retain his role as a Moyes dealer and continues to stock a vast selection of Moyes spares including parts for older models.
I have plans to take The Flying Circus in a slightly different direction, but will be continuing with my other existing distributorships, which include Charly, Finsterwalder, Firebird, Renschler, Zoot, Gliderider, Von Blon and Fly Mike." Simon commented, adding, "Ive had a fantastic relationship with Moyes, and Ill always be a Moyes Boy, but the time is right to hand over to somebody younger, with fresh ideas. Carl is the right choice.
Carl, who after 22 years flying with 14 years flying solely Moyes gliders says, "Its time for me to give a little back to this sport which has truly taken over my life. Ive chosen to fly Moyes because of the package you buy into. Its not just the glider, its a family affair: the backup, the availability of spares, the service and assistance offered to all travelling competitors by the Moyes worldwide team, all set them apart."
"For most free flyers like me, this sport takes over. It becomes a way of life, and I want all new and future UK Moyes pilots to experience this standard too. So to take on the UK Moyes dealership was obviously the right choice for me. The lofty standard set by Simons years of dedication are a challenge I aim to tackle by implementing some innovations designed to reduce costs and align more favourably with current market conditions and competition. It's all very exciting.
Well, quite a change from quality control on the Blow Out Preventer on rigs in the North Sea. That job brought in the big bucks and plenty of time off. Now Carl is in a business that promises little money and lots of time off. Hopefully he can afford it.
Last task:# Name Glider Dist. Total 1 John Smith Moyes Litespeed RS 4 19,39 132 2 nick purcell Moyes Litespeed RS 4 19,25 131 3 Guy Hubbard Moyes Litespeed RS 4 18,92 130 4 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 18,02 126 4 Adam Parer Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 18,05 126 6 Sam Prest Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 16,81 118 7 Hugh Glenn Moyes Litespeed RX 4 16,57 116 8 Konrad Heilmann Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 15,97 112 9 Frank Chetcuti Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 15,32 108 10 Conrad Loten Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 14,91 106
Cumulative:# Name Glider Total 1 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 4360 2 John Smith Moyes Litespeed RS 4 4173 3 Guy Hubbard Moyes Litespeed RS 4 3998 4 adam stevens Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3791 5 Grant Heaney Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3763 6 Conrad Loten Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3731 7 Glen Mcfarlane Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3498 8 Len Paton Moyes Litespeed RX 4 3465 9 Jon snr Durand Moyes Litespeed RX4 3247 10 Tim Osborn Moyes Litespeed S 5 3124
The forecast was for light winds and the cu's started forming early. Dean Funk, Tom Lanning, Greg Dinauer and I were ready to have a joint task - the square around the Green Swamp. We set a launch time of 1:30 and a start time about 2 PM. I got up first in light lift and watched as the others got pulled up. Then I went out to find better lift, didn't find it and can back in low under the other three.
But then I did find better lift and we all climbed up to a little over 5,000' and headed out together.
I pulled on the VG and pulled in the bar and headed out at 44 to 45 mph to get to the next good looking cloud. I was rewarded with 600 fpm and it was quite a while before the others came in way below, under me. We are all flying Wills Wing T2C's, and at least three of us have the tips on.
This is the third time I've flown with the tips and they make the glider feel stiff (at least to me) in climb. I'm giving them a few tries to see if I can learn to like them.
I headed out when the lift got weak going for the clouds ahead but didn't find the lift until I was down to 1000'. I had to work weak lift with now everyone else over me and Greg just a little over me.
I had to work weak lift from low for a long time while the others were high or got high. Except for Dean who soon landed at the Seminole sailplane port. I was low just west of it but finally found better lift and got high enough to head out over the Green Swamp with a good chance to catch Greg and Tom.
I found weak lift just under a high flat cloud that was drifting me over more trees to the west and didn't take it as I was back below 2,000'. Everything else was shaded and smooth to a big field just before the intersection of Rockridge and Dean Still, our turnpoint.
Greg and Tom continued on getting to 6,500'. Greg was able to make it back to Quest (104 km task) while Tom landed short. A great way to kick off the cross country season in Florida.
Task 4:# Name Glider Time Total 1 Curt Warren Moyes Litespeed RX 4 01:57:35 985 2 John Smith Moyes Litespeed S 5 01:57:58 970 3 Conrad Loten Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 01:58:01 968 4 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 02:02:52 885 5 Guy Hubbard Moyes Litespeed RS 4 02:07:34 845 6 Grant Heaney Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 02:11:28 813 7 Rod Flockhart Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 02:13:56 789 8 Glen Mcfarlane Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 02:15:39 713 9 Dave May Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 02:15:36 705 10 Adam Parer Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 02:26:00 689
Cumulative:# Name Glider Total 1 John Smith Moyes Litespeed S 5 3285 2 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3270 3 Conrad Loten Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3220 4 Guy Hubbard Moyes Litespeed RS 4 3192 5 adam stevens Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 2974 6 Grant Heaney Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 2737 7 Curt Warren Moyes Litespeed RX 4 2676 8 Len Paton Moyes Litespeed RX 4 2634 9 Glen Mcfarlane Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 2631 10 Rohan Taylor Moyes Litespeed RS 4 2582
Blinky at goal: