Monday, August 17, 2015

President Stepping Down

Oh God, No!!!! It's not what you think!! As most everyone knows, our club is a Reverse Dictatorship. So Alex does not have a choice: he has the job for life, whether he wants it or not. But this story is about another kind of stepping down. These days many EN-D pilots are stepping down to the EN-C range, for a variety of reasons, but improved safety and performance on EN-C gliders is pretty much the top justification. Alex had his inaugural Makapuu flight on Sunday and displayed the new colors of Air Force One.

Monday, August 03, 2015

It's been a while #flyingsoloatKahana

Between Liliana, a fixer upper house, and work, I haven't had much time to fly lately, especially at Kahana, since Makapuu is closer to me now. Most of my flights are tandems nowadays, because I absolutely love flying tandem, and I have a very large list of friends who want to go, but last Friday I went flying all by myself (literally) …

Friday, July 31, 2015

Midsummer Marathon

Our summer season has blessed us with an abundance of sweet cross country conditions, albeit on the humid El NiƱo side, with clouds a bit lower than we'd prefer on most days. But that hasn't stopped us from flying our heads off in every direction at every opportunity … some of us more than others. Congrats to our most infrequent flyer JK for his record breaking out and back flight on a particularly low cloud day. My flying is never notable for record breaking distance, but I do rack up a lot of cross country airtime, and I take a lot of pictures! Since my last post here, I have flown around 20 of the 30 days before I left for the mainland, and I have only now gone through the 6,100 photos I snapped during that time, to select and process 82 favorites. I hate to say how long that took, but hopefully it was worth it!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Makapuu to Lanikai

Not a creative title, but just a scribble to keep the log up while Alex is out of town. Finally, on a Saturday we had a showing of pilots. While I was on launch, Reaper asked me where I was going. I replied jokingly: to Lanikai and back. Like I really ever have a flight plan. I had an easy Crazyman launch and off I went.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pilot Down!

For those of you who don't know.  Divot Steve is getting married next month.  For his sending off he would like to have all friends and paragliders for a campout at the ususal spot since he is immediately moving to Boston following the ceremony.  So...  If you can make it for camping and help us out by reserving a spot for the weekend of August 22 please help out by reserving a spot as they become available!  More details to follow.

https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1679.html

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cartoon World

Today started out strong and north at Kahana but ended up much lighter. Cloudbase was just above two grand but the clouds were sparse enough that it didn't matter. I flew a solo chronic mission, waiting for my cartoon friends to figure out the plot, then I followed them over to Kaaawa for a spectacular session of cloud soaring. Clouds began to form below us and we climbed up the edges to somewhere over three grand, a thousand feet above cloud base, steering out to sea between towers of mist. An exceptional day of flying with Woody, Heckle and Jeckle, and Kristina!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Another Wingman is Back!

After nine months off, Mad Dog has emerged this past week from what could well have been a permanent retirement. After arriving first to help out last year's injured visitor below Manics, he took a long break to sort through his feelings about the risks and rewards of what we do. It's a balancing act that is easily disrupted for many of us. But now he's slowly and steadily getting back into it, starting with three fun flights at Kahana over the past week. Yesterday he joined me for a nice long loop between Hauula and the Hat under a low ceiling of gorgeous clouds. Here's to more great days flying fun and safe adventures with all our wingmen!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Is This Thing On?

I've flown almost thirty cross country flights since my story a month ago about getting my wing man back. Which was a false alarm by the way: he's healed up but super busy with work now! Anyway, for whatever reason, I just haven't been motivated to write anything about all those flights! But today's conditions at Kahana were exceptional, and I was moved to film a fun cross country flight with my other favorite wingman. I am enjoying the simplicity of shooting and editing on my phone. See below for the video...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Wingman is Back!

After months carefully healing up from a broken wing, Duck finally snuck back into the air a little over a week ago, taking a quick spin in his freestyle wing to make sure everything felt right. Well I guess it did, because last week, at the first sign of good cross country weather, he was right there charging across the bay and all over our back yards! It sure is great to have him back.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Cross Country Craving

As predicted, the wind ramped up to nuclear levels after last weekend's lucky window. But somehow we still managed to score a couple of spicy and delicious cross country days from Kahana this week, for separate flights in both directions and back. Apparently when the wind is that strong we can't do the whole double out and back loop in one day! We have been hungering for cross country action lately and we'll have to settle for snacks like these until we get some proper feasting weather!