Thursday, May 03, 2018

Meeting and Party, Saturday May 19, at Kahana

Mark your calendars! All local and visiting pilots and friends are invited to join us for our much delayed first meeting and party of the year, on Saturday, May 19, starting at 6:00 PM. Update: this event will be at the Kahana landing zone. We have reserved two camping spots for the evening, numbers 1 and 2. Feel free to bring a tent and plan on camping. Or maybe arrange some designated drivers for carpooling! As usual this is a potluck, so feel free to bring something to share, including your favorite beverage. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Winter’s Last Gasp

Many people don’t realize that we only have two seasons in Hawaii, a trade wind summer from May to October, and a stormy winter from November to April. So by that climatological reckoning, yesterday marked the official beginning of our tropical summer. But if this wet and stingy winter is really ending, at least it’s ending with a last burst of nice weather that brought us a wide variety of fun and beautiful flights. Over the last four days we have flown stellar wintertime cross country flights at three sites around the island.

That's the executive summary. For details of our flights each day, read on, and please add your own details in the comments!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

OTB at Greenwalls

I was flying with my new Ozium 2 Pod and Delta 2 wing at 2,900 feet, following Don this morning to the Pali. Noticed cloud bank moving in. I turned and headed away from the ridge flying out towards the ocean. I was soon enveloped in the White Room and talking to myself not to panic or get vertigo. Look down at your compass and fly the compass, heading out and away from the ridgeline. Don called me on the radio and asked if I was all right. I told him I was okay. But soon, I saw the compass spinning 360, and I knew I was circling. I attempted to correct and fly a straight line but did another 360. The vario was making a steady beep indicating I was going up at a leisurely pace.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yes We Can

Our trusty tradewinds are back, after a very long winter vacation. But they seem to be grumpy about something. I don’t know what we did to make them mad, but they’re super strong and rainy and sometimes super east. The forecasters are grumpy too. According to them, we can’t fly these days. But Oahu pilots say, Yes We Can. For each of the last 10 days, the forecast has been at least 15-25, sometimes with gusts to 40, not to mention showers, either frequent or numerous or likely, or heavy at times, or occasional or scattered, oh, and some thunderstorms. So was it sometimes rainy and gusty and probably too windy? Yes It Was. Were the trails turning into waterfalls? Yes They Were. But did we fly every day? Yes We Did.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Time for Some PG Tuning

First we need to welcome Maui Igor to our Monkey Family.  He has always been a visiting  outer island monkey but he is now calling Oahu home.  We are honored to have him here but our weather for this cross country guru has not been cooperative.  He never complains.....yet....but continues to hone his skills and equipment. Today was no different for one of our top comp pilots in the USA and Estonia, his birth country.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Got Lucky For Once

If I had a nickel for every time I heard Ike say "I guess I just got lucky" I would have a lot of nickels. Today was no different, but the truly lucky ones were Frank and me.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

End of the World Guarantee

The setting sun on the west side of Oahu is not Armageddon, but this one is at the End of the World. A flying site so special and picturesque, if not on your bucket list then you might as well just kick yours now. Rarely flown and only a limited number of monkeys and visiting pilots ever get one like this. So, where were you all???

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Koa Needs Our Help

Koa, Pete's cherished pup, had a hit and run accident.  No vehicle stopped for aid but I am guessing if it hit Koa there was most likely damage to the vehicle too.

Koa has suffered some severe internal injuries.  As you all know Pete is int he middle of a major remodel on his home Fort Gravity which will be the HPA meeting house when finished. He has dpleted a bulk of his reserves and was not planning on Koa playing chicken with a vehicle.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kahana Insurance Renewed

Our chapter's landowner insurance has been renewed at Kahana so we may resume our flying there. Thanks for your patience and cooperation. Let's hope for some decent weather sometime soon.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Flying suspended at Kahana pending insurance renewal

Update: Insurance renewed as of March 13. Thanks for your patience.

Once again we are running late with our annual USHPA insurance renewal. Apparently there is a backlog of late applications including our own. Our activities at Kahana are suspended until the insurance is back in place. Hopefully that will only be a week or so. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your cooperation. Not that we are missing any good flying weather at the moment.