Manilla XC trip

February 1st, 2010

An impromptu trip to Manila by a few pilots has proven to be quite a blast. Saturday and Sunday were quite gusty on the hillside at launch and many pilots decided not to fly. For those on the ground there was great “entertainment” watching some of the visiting parapilots
battling the elements to launch!
For those who got off the ground, Saturday turned out to be an awesome day. Cloud base was not very high. few of us got over 6500ft. A few pilots who chose their track right travelled well over 200 klms.  The sky had some great cloud streets but blue
holes in between were large so the challenge was getting across  the
gaps.  Those that got  just a little higher  got across and found another climb on the other side. They managed about 250km for the day.

The air was very rough in parts but it was worth it for the distances covered.
Sunday looked like it would be rained out. It was heavily overcast with rain obvioulsy brewing. Again it turned out to be reasonable once we got away from Mount Borah. The cloud base was a low 5500ft. That made it tricky for first 30 k’s or so dodging scud showers with patchy lift.  This cut many flights short. Some pushed on and got over 100 klms. Those that reached Gunnedah found ample lift to carry on a bit further, but then the rain closed in.

Great weekend and location for experience.

A test of paragliding patience

January 25th, 2010

A quick trip down to Laurieton on the NSW mid north coast was a bit uneventful this weekend. The trip was to be a catchup with friends and of course an excuse to go paragliding. The latter was not to be as a big high pressure system sat directly over the flying site, creating unusual northerly conditions. That meant only a few sleddies for some tandem passengers as little or no lift was produced by the mountain, and takeoff was a little tricky due to rotor off the adjacent trees.
No flying for me this weekend. That fits squarely into the Parawaiting category. Bugger!

Icarro Cyber 2 paraglider wing

January 19th, 2010

This is not a very common brand of wing(icarro are more famous for their hang gliders), but Ive had some good experiences with it.  It is squarely a beginners paraglider of 2005 vintage. It handles very well on the ground. A real ground handling gem. It likes a stronger breeze making the wing easy to hold overhead. It has a very slight tendency to overshoot on inflation in a stiff breeze, but thats easily controlled with a tug on the C’s or D’s. Check  the overshoot with a touch of brakes if you stumble or touch and go your takeoffs.

It the air, its a slightly active wing. Not a sportscar, but not a bus either. Great for practicing active flying techniques. It is very resistant to any form of collapse. So far Ive only ever had a 20% assymetric which popped out again almost instantaneously. The glider tracked perfectly straight as it happened. Glide ratio is typical for  DHV 1. Ive had some great thermaling experiences. Lands beautifully(very responsive to flare input), and even manages light downwinds with a firm hand on flare.

Hello Parapilots!

January 14th, 2010

Welcome to Hot air. Its a spot to share paragliding stories and experiences.

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Till next time, fly high.