Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Rat Race 2017 Final Finale

Aloha Rat Racers! I just received word that this year, the 15th Annual Rat Race is the finale of the best paragliding competition, clinic, and party the world has ever seen. This year is my 14th year of hucking and plucking hundreds and maybe even thousands of pilots at Woodrat Mountain, Oregon. Many Hawaii pilots have flown, raced, trained, and had the time of their lives during past Rat Races. Mike and Gail Haley are moving closer to their kids in Portland and have decided this is the last year to run the Rat Race at their amazing property in Ruch, OR.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Kahana and Makapuu Closed Re-opened!

Update: Kahana certificate received 3/1/2017. Thanks to USHPA and RRG for the quick turnaround!

Update: Makapuu certificate received 3/6/2017. Thanks to HHA for all their work!

USHPA has just informed us that site insurance renewals are backlogged, and any renewals that weren't submitted early will be delayed 1-2 weeks. Both the paragliding and hang gliding clubs submitted our renewals in the last couple weeks so we are definitely expecting a delay. The current insurance policy runs out tomorrow for both Kahana and Makapuu. We will keep everyone updated. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime it looks like south winds for a week so maybe that will be enough time to get the insurance back into place!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Downrange Dreamscape

I am a big proponent of the theory that on any given day, there's a best possible flight to be flown on this island. I've made it my mission to test that theory over the last 18 years. I may not personally fly that best flight, but I try to get myself into the air where conditions are best and participate in some way! On days when time permits (which for me is most of them), I believe it's worth driving many hours to score the best flying conditions to be found. I log a lot of miles in pursuit of that goal.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Airspace Update

Five happy pilots leisurely folded up their wings in a big empty playing field adjoining a large pond, having landed out after a beautiful eighteen mile downrange jaunt. The sun was shining, birds were singing, maybe angels too, and a lone blue helicopter buzzed quietly by, high overhead. And then it buzzed by again a bit more loudly. And then it started it to circle the field, low enough now that golden letters were clearly visible on the side. They spelled POLICE. Soon a couple squad cars pulled up and a police officer strode purposefully toward the group.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Droning On

Many of us have wondered what would be the result of a mid air collision between a paraglider and a drone quadcopter. Well, as of yesterday I can tell you. I note that we have only had our new POTUS for little over a week and we are already suffering from drone strikes here in Hawaii.


Monday, January 09, 2017

Spinnaker Flying

Many pilots dream of flying far, but the reality is that we rarely get the weather to cooperate to try it here on our little island. Once in a while everything comes together and gives us an opportunity to push the boundaries of distance flying here. Sunday was our day, where everything seemed to come together for a moment.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Aloha guys,

hope you are enjoining the holidays with the family and not going crazy with the no-flying diet that we have been forced to obey.  The good thing is that we haven't missed any epic day and we won't. The killer days we are all waiting for are in the 2017 menu, so get ready for the feast.
Meanwhile we get ready to charge I want to share with you our latest project together with the Ozone family "INSPIRED", enjoy. See u out there soon.

INSPIRED from Ozone Paragliders on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

TFR Dec 16-Jan 2: All sites closed except Dillingham

Flying on Oahu is restricted from 10:00 PM HST on December 16, 2016 to 11:59 PM HST on January 2, 2016, while the President is on the island. Paragliders will only be allowed to fly within a 5 nm radius around Dillingham airfield, between 9 AM and 5 PM, and only after confirming authorization from HNL ATC each day.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

2016 Year-end Meeting

First and foremost, we must thank Peter "The Reaper" Michelmore, for letting us into his remodeled home and once again hosting our disorderly band of monkeys. Pete, always the teacher, demonstrated the proper method of losing the bottom of your wine glass while at the same time finding it. Yes, the meeting surely had some wildness, and if you were there, well, you know. If you were not, then you will have to suffer the consequences of a Reaper Story, the scale of which I do not have the time to type. The minutes of the meeting to follow...

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Sitting at the Makapuu landing zone under the fading evening light, sipping a beer, watching Alex and Marc glide in from downrange, with a crowd of flyers stoked from the day's adventures, I started thinking about old times. Why? Because these days Makapuu is usually just windy with low clouds and I fly with no one else around. I know others are out there, I see the signs, or at least the RC pilots tell me of sightings.