Thursday, May 30, 2019

Through the Window

Just a quick write up of yesterday’s flight from Makapuu. I finished my work just as Shawn called me to tell me it was looking good. I went home and everyone had things to do, so I grabbed my glider and said something about being back in an hour. 

At Makapuu, there were a bunch of gliders in the air. I threw my glider on Crazys and Marcelo joined me. We took off and climbed up, passing Thom, Shawn and 5-0 at Ironwoods. They were talking on the radio about not liking the air around Pu'u O Kona. First rule of Makapuu XC flying: The roughest air is always before Pu'u O Kona. Something about the local effect of the sea breeze. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hasta Luego, Joey

The Hasta Luego Joey Saturday Night BBQ and Bon Voyage Party at Fort Gravity is coming up this weekend. Our high flying compadre is relocating to the desert southwest of Phoenix. Kinda like the Flight of the Phoenix...

After a very long time as a resident with an active duty Navy Aviation career here on Oahu, it's time to move on and say Aloha to the Rainbow state, and trade in his slippahs for cowboy boots. Joey accepted a new job in Phoenix as a sim-tech for Lockheed Martin and the F35 program. And he needs to get that race truck dirty for once...

Fort Gravity
660 Palawiki street

6:00 pm, Saturday, May 25

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

A Friend's Passing, Sunday May 5th

Aloha friends, sorry to pass on the news of Miss Doris Tilden's passing early this morning. Tim asked me to let everyone know. What a unique, intelligent and engaging person she was. I just returned from Monterey, and will let you all know what is in the works. Tim said that she passed peacefully in her sleep. Heartfelt condolences to the Tilden family.

Mike van Dorn and I were planning a small get together at the LZ to remember John Walbert's first flight off of Makapuu on May 5th, 1973, this Saturday at 2:00. I'll have some beer, pupus, and tents. Possibly a barbecue. But that would be an appropriate and nice time to raise a glass to toast the life of a beautiful woman. Mike, Brant and I could plan a flight, drop some flowers and land at 2:00.

Peace, Goto

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019 Membership List

2019 Membership List Per meeting at Fort Gravity

First Big Thanks for Pete Michelmore for the use of our new club house location at Fort Gravity.
Thanks to Ginny Coe for collecting and organizing the waivers and dues. I was late.

Membership Paid $20.00 with Waivers.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Flying suspended restored at Kahana and Makapuu


As of March 5 the Kahana permit is renewed and we are good to go. 
As of March 12 the Makapuu permit is renewed and we are good to go.

Once again we are running late with our annual USHPA insurance renewal. This year we have different excuses but the outcome is the same: it's going to be late again. Dave Goto just called me to confirm that the HG club is in the same boat. In the meantime activities at both Kahana and Makapuu will be suspended as of March 1 until the insurance is back in place. Dave Goto says the Makapuu LZ is off limits, and that includes Frank's spot according to the language of the permit. Hopefully we will see the insurance renewed within a week or so. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your cooperation. Contact me or Fireman Dave or Dave Goto with any questions!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Lanikai Fly-In and Club Meeting 3/9/2019

UPDATE for 3/6/19: It looks like we are in for an especially strong weekend of wind, so the likelihood of a bunch of us tearing up the sky over Lanikai is slim. Not to say people like Alex aren’t considering giving it a go on miniwings. But for most of us, we will meet up at Reapers Fort Gravity about 6pm. Drinks and pupus are welcome.

The next club meeting is Saturday March 9, 2019. The format will be a little different this time, we will begin about 2 pm at the beach in Lanikai at the end of Mokumanu St., otherwise known as the LZ. Weather conditions dependant, we will all hike up to the pillboxes and see how many pilots we can get in the air. Yep, that is right an old school Lanikai fly day!

The party will happen at Reaper's House, also known as Fort Gravity, 660 Palawiki St. afterwards. But maybe not, if the weather is nice we can throw the meeting right there on the beach in Lanikai, we will update here.

Bring $20 for membership, drinks, pupus and come have an afternoon/evening of fun in Kailua. Watch for updates here!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Go Vote Yourself!

UPDATE: The USHPA Governance Election voting closed on 2/21, and the final tally had the Governance Proposal passing in favor of the smaller 10 member board.

Voting is open for the USHPA Governance Election. In short, you vote 'NO' if you want USHPA to continue with the same 26 member governing board, 'YES' if you are in favor of the smaller 10 member governing board.
Some information is here:
You should have received an email and a postcard with a voting code, the election is until 2/21/2019. USHPA would like to see a strong turnout either way. For those of you who inevitably ask how to vote. Dave Goto is against the change, Alex is for. This is meant in no way to influence your vote, they both have strong arguments, so educate yourself and make your own choice. Any comments are welcome. Happy flying!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Uber Classic

Getting together with friends high over our little island for some classic downrange flying is one of my favorite things to do on a paraglider. We all want to go far, do something new, set a personal best or just witness the festivities from the top row.

This past Tuesday was one of those days. Most people weren't thinking it would be good, but Jorge was, and that was good enough for me. The buzz around was that pilots were meeting at Makapuu about 1 pm to see what the day had.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Goodbye, Cruel Year!

It’s the last day of 2018. Probably one of Oahu’s stingiest and most underwhelming years overall, as far as weather conditions or epic flights. Those of us committed to fly found ourselves up there on windier and rainier days than ever before, often under lower clouds than ever. Not to mention we survived unprecedented missile and hurricane scares! But for sure we still enjoyed a few notable flights and more than a few splendid moments in the air. Here’s to a New Year with more splendid moments for all of us!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Makapu’u Weather Station

Please support getting a weather station at Makapu'u -- and get FREE WIND INFO while you wait!

View of Makapuu area from aboveFor some of us, it’s kind of a long drive to either Kahana or Makapuu, and it can be hard to know when and which way to go. Is anybody there?  Are they too busy flying to post conditions?  Should we just start calling the usual suspects to ask how it is?  Should we ditch this baby luau early, or stay and maintain our other relationships?  Or just take a leap of faith and maybe end up spending 2 hours driving and who knows how many additional hours parawaiting (which can be fun except when no one else is there).