Arne <<falcon>> writes:
One of the last really sunny days with calm winds (middle approximately 4 m/s) I had a beautiful flight from home base to the seaside, roundtrip was 2½ hours.
Flo Orley's Extreme Diaries
One of the world's best freeride snowboarders, Flo has not only been competing on the Freeride World Tour since day one but has also drawn the most crazy lines into mountain faces from his home turf in Austria to the Chugach Range in Alaska. Snow, water, air - Flo is a man of the elements. During summers he grabs his hang glider and plays with fire, push the limits of acrobatic flying and also finds the time to team up with his friends on adventurous surf trips exploring exotic locations looking for empty lineups.
Type of record : Straight distance
Course/location : Tacima (Brazil) - Santa Quiteria (Brazil)
Performance : 531 km
Pilot : Eduardo Waller de Oliveira (Brazil)
Hang Glider : T2 / Wills Wing
Current record : 494.8 km (26.01.2012 - André Wolf, Brazil)
Type of record : Straight distance
Course/location : Tacima (Brazil) - Santa Quiteria (Brazil)
Performance : 531.4 km
Pilot : Glauco Pinto (Brazil)
Hang Glider : Laminar / Icaro 2000
The video accompanying the article shows just how bad the instruction was.
Steve Wendt <<blueskyhg>> writes:
What a shame. It breaks my heart to see students going through this type of trauma. Just seeing the trees in the background shaking is all I need to know and see. It was way too windy to scooter tow train. I wouldn't allow students to fly in those conditions. Also, the training environment isn't a safe one if that is even possible. You can't train students with fences and poles anywhere near where a student could possibly go.
I've been watching for years now, and I still can't understand many of the decisions that are made in this sport. Sometimes the best lesson you can teach is not to fly.
We have surpassed 40,000 scooter training tows now with barely an incident. I attribute it to always using a turn around pulley so that each and every launch can be meticulously watched and controlled, teaching in light to no winds only, using large slow gliders, and definitely using good judgment to not fly when conditions are at all questionable. Scooter tow training simply can not be done safely in windy conditions. I also feel that during training a two point bridle should be used, not directly to just the pilot.
BJ Herring <<bj>> writes:
Our new A-I-R-USA webpage here.
Larry Bunner <<lbunner>> writes:
Here's a video of the Dell Streak and the Nook: http://youtu.be/U7ZwZppiIr8
The Streak has too much glare for our application, but I like the size. I wonder if a matte screen saver would help.
Kris Ericksen <<skf>> writes:
The sign is in Hastings, close to Te Mata Peak, which is a well known flying site for hang gliding and paragliding in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Eduardo Oliveira<<birdman.waller>> writes:
Eduardo Fernandes - 576 km (Wills Wing T2C), Eduardo Oliveira - 531 km (Wills Wing T2C), Ricardo Reis (driver), Glauco Pinto - 531 km (Icaro Laminar)
Cliff Whitney, who should know, says that it has been discontinued. It is still available though and as a very popular RC there are not of parts available for it.
This is a step up.
Jeff C. writes:
I launched at 7:03:08, landed at 17:06:50 for a grand total of 10:03:42. I made 2 trips to Highland Light, three crossing of Newcomb Hollow, 5 trips to Nauset Light, and 3 crossing of the gap south of Nauset light. From end to end I covered 15.1 miles and in total traveled 200 miles. I tried a round trip speed run from launch, lighthouse to lighthouse and back to launch which took about 1:08, setting up to cross the two big gaps to the north took a lot of time.
My maximum elevation was 479'. Wind speed in the air was about 20mph all day, I had to push out to min sink to keep from advancing over the ocean. I self launched with only a wuffo watching. At one point I counted 23 vehicles in the parking lot with glider racks and I know some of the vehicles brought more than one glider. There were vehicles coming and going all day. I heard some pilots chose not to fly because it was strong on launch. There were sea thermals that did cause some gusting, they formed wispy clouds in streets that scurried low across the sky in the morning. Up high the air was smooth with only minor surges in the lift. Close to the terrain, flying fast there were some larger lumps and bumps.
I had been first off and my original plan was to land at sunset but while the morning high tide was an hour before sunrise the afternoon high tide was 5 minutes after sunset and 1 foot higher. As the tide came in it started running up on the beach so I decided to land shortly after I was the last pilot in the air.
Don Burns sends this:
Funston is closed due to government shutdown and local political turmoil also troubles the site. We snapped this shot of the Funston webcam on Saturday and I thought it had poetic value (flying paragliders is not allowed at Funston).
Mike Meier <<Mike>> writes:
Wills Wing T2C 144 Granted DHV Gütesiegel
The Wills Wing T2C 144 has been granted the Gütesiegel by the DHV, and is now certified in Germany.
Details, In German:
Details, In English:
The granting of the Gütesiegel by the DHV is the culmination of a seventeen month process that began when Carsten Friedrichs was refused entry into the 2012 German Open competition because his T2C 144, although HGMA certified, did not have the DHV Gütesiegel, and he was therefore not allowed to fly. There have been multiple efforts over the last 35 years to have Germany recognize hang glider airworthiness certification from authorities outside of Germany, such as the British (BHPA) certification and the (international) HGMA (Hang Glider Manufacturers Association) certification. None of these has yet been successful in Germany it is still required to have a Gütesiegel issued by an authorized German testing house (of which the DHV is one).
Over the years, the DHV has offered varying levels of accommodation and assistance to manufacturers holding other certifications in their pursuit of a DHV Gütesiegel attesting to certification to the German LTF standards, but until now none of these has eliminated the need for DHV testing of the glider to the German LTF standards, and none has therefore addressed the problems and additional burdens for manufacturers that result from requiring certification to an additional and somewhat different set of standards. Following his disqualification from the German Open, Carsten began a campaign to achieve a DHV Gütesiegel for the T2C 144 based on DHV acceptance of the gliders HGMA certification status. What the DHV eventually agreed to was something less than that; to accept the HGMA pitch and load testing results as valid evidence of airworthiness, and that with the submission of complete documentation of the gliders manufacturing details, as contained in the HGMA Record Of Compliance, and a DHV flight test to establish for DHV purposes a classification of the gliders flight behavior, the DHV would then issue the Gütesiegel for the glider.
Carsten pursued this process relentlessly over a period of 15 months, with significant support from Wills Wings Swiss importer Roberto Nichele, and with ongoing technical support from Wills Wing, and finally he was successful in obtaining the DHV Gütesiegel for the T2C 144.
The most straight forward and most obvious solution to this situation would be for Germany to accept, without any additional requirements, HGMA and BHPA certification, in the same manner that HGMA and BHPA certification are accepted in other countries around the world, and in the same manner that German certification is accepted outside of Germany without the addition of any further requirements. This is what the CIVL does for competition BHPA, DHV and HGMA certification are accepted equally under FAI Section 7A rules. In the meantime, wed like to congratulate Carsten on his significant accomplishment, and we thank Carsten and Nick for their extraordinary efforts in this matter.
Previous record: http://ozreport.com/10.246#0
Erick Vils<<erick>> sends:
Dudu Fernandes (pilot from Brasilia/DF).
Takeoff from Tacima, Paraiba, Brazil ( -6.498116 , -35.658128) Land: (-4.23326 , -40.34201)
Fabiano Nahoum<<marusco>> sends:
Konrad Heilmann writes:
New South American record set today, Glauco Pinto, Eduardo Oliveira and Eduardo Fernandes just landed about 578km from the Tacima launch site in NE of Brazil. Take off was about 8am and landing a bit after 5pm.
David Brito Filho writes:
Brazilian Record this distance being broken now.
Thomas Weissenberger <<tomtom>> writes:
We are back to the Chilean cordilleras based in Iquique for the next four weeks. Goal: world record attempt for 350 km out-and-return-distance. My supporter: Werner Luidolt
After our long trip via Munich-Madrid-Santiago de Chile-Iquique I got a bad cold to recover, meantime we get our homepage, live-tracking, GPSs, gopros and my Litespeed ready to go.
Teaser here: http://youtu.be/bzMiiPkxcKA
The odyssey goes on!
Sander van Schaik <<noreply>> writes:
I would like to design the Hang Glider Calendar 2014, my 8th Calendar so far. Without the help of you, the hang gliders, this would be impossible. Since my last newsletter I received around 60% of the necessary pictures, so almost there !
The deadline for sending is October 31st. But I hope to have enough pictures before this date, so I can move designing and printing to an earlier date.
During the past years I received some comments and I decided to try a change. One of them is to reward the ones sending the best pictures for the Hang Glider Calendar:
- The front image: ISAW A1 Action Camera
- The main image of the month: Free Calendar
Last weekend the new web site went online. I tried to have it on an existing domain, but this server wasn't good enough for a Magento web site, so I registered a domain name for it:
It contains October discounts, multiple copy discount and reduced sending costs.
The hang glider pictures can be send to <sander>l. Please include the pilots and photographers name as well as the location where the picture is taken. If the amount of data is really large, you could use http://wetransfer.com.