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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lazy Sunday

This past Sunday morning I rolled over and took a peek out my window. I saw some nice light ripples from the north shimmering across the marina in Hawaii Kai, and I could also see the Three Poles in the clouds at 900 feet. Back to sleep I went. But when I woke later I could see cloudbase getting higher pretty fast. Being that I haven't been getting too much airtime and no XC airtime, I started to get hopeful. As it turned out it was shaping up to be a pretty nice day. I got to Makapuu about noon and hung with the wife on the beach for the minimal required time, watching everyone launching Manics. I hiked over to Manics and got into the air myself. Joey, Jon Goldberg, Alex and Jorge were already on their way down range.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

No Ka Oi

We've all heard that Maui is the best, but I've been a bit slow to realize it myself. Many Maui pilots have flown with us on Oahu, and many of our pilots have flown over there, but somehow I've never made it back over there in the 18 years since I got my training flights there with Pete. I guess I'm just a stick in the mud. So when Garrett told me the weather this past weekend looked promising for crater flights, I figured I'd pass once again, but he persevered and fired up at least ten of us to head over, including five first timers. We coordinated with Maui pilots for advice and guidance, and we were rewarded with fun thermal flights at the L above Lahaina, and a couple days of surreal and scenic extended glides down from the crater, to both Kaupo and to Kula. I definitely won't wait 18 years for my next trip! Thanks to Maui pilots for their hospitality and aloha! And thanks to Kevin for sharing some his footage for my video!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Boogaland Debrief

As you may all know, someone had to spend the night in the jungle (aka Boogaland) after landing out in the back of Kahana Valley last week. Mistakes were made of course, and there are a few things to learn. This "story" will hopefully relay these lessons and make all of us better pilots. I must apologize in advance for the lack of photos.