Online newsletter of the Hawaii Paragliding Association

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Meeting and Party, Saturday, September 6, at 6 PM

Please join us next weekend for a late scheduling of our August meeting and party. August was just too crazy with travel and summer activities, but hopefully most folks will be around next weekend. I hope to see everyone there! Reaper has graciously agreed to host us at Gravity Bay, his big beautiful place on Kaneohe Bay Drive. As always, it's potluck so please bring a little something to share, and BYOB. Feel free to bring a tent and spend the night. More details to come.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Perfect Light

A sweet northeasterly day at Kahana brought half a dozen pilots out for an afternoon of soaring and exploring. Cloudbase was higher than we've seen in a while, and we reacquainted ourselves with a nearly forgotten view from three grand. Jorge and I cruised the ridges and valleys between Kualoa and Hauula, taking advantage of the perfect afternoon lighting for an extended photo shoot. I'm very pleased with the pictures I took on my phone, but I can't wait to see what Jorge took with his full frame camera!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dodging Squirrels

Mad Dog is out of town, and Thom is preparing to undergo a horrible procedure with a day of only liquids (and not the kind he favors). Forecasters are calling for nice northeast trades all week, and I only need a couple of 90 point ping pong flights to get back on top of the XC league. Not that I've had many 90 pointers, but in theory I should be cranking them out on the wing I'm flying. So I was hoping yesterday would be my chance!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Student Introduction

This is the first in a series of articles in which I would like to introduce new students to the club.

Steve Lynch is 27 years old. He grew up in New Jersey and went to college in New Hampshire. From there he moved to Maine for three years, I guess to experience as cold a winter as possible. No wonder that when a bandmate called from Hawaii in December of 2012 looking for a roommate, he jumped at the opportunity to put winter behind him.

High Spirits under Low Clouds

Low clouds will never dampen our spirits: cross country pilots will just fly lower! Today Woody invited Thom and me to land at Waiahole Wing Wonderland, the new home of students and instructors exiled from the flood-ravaged sands of Kahana. It's always fun to land at the training site! So after a brief and thorough soaking from a wide line of squalls, we took our damp wings to the air. And the air was perfect: strong northerly ridge lift punctuated by very strong thermals.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Since my incident with clouds many many flights ago, I have had an aversion to them. I have avoided them at all cost, even when noticing that others appear to disappear into them and get higher than me all the time. I would always yell and scold on the radio (if you can believe such a thing), but really it was only due to my own fear of getting too close. Yesterday was different. The clouds were wispy, and I can finally believe the responses to my scoldings: Thom, we are just alongside, in between and above. This was the first time the clouds and I have spoken on friendly terms.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Flying the Hurricane

Hurricane Julio graciously veered far north this weekend and spared the islands from anything but a break in the trade winds, making way for light northerlies and sea breezes. A zillion pilots took advantage of the light conditions to fly Makapuu all day long, some venturing away under a lowish cloud base to Greenwalls, Olomana and even the back side of Lanikai. It was great to see a lot of rare faces out there. I guess mine was one of those! I'm leaving for the mainland today to ship Logan off to college. See you guys in a couple weeks!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Presidential Pardon for Iselle and Julio

When the powers that be must get a flight, a pardon just has to be granted. On the way to my last job of the day, I called the Prez: any chance of another Calm Before the Storm? He declared: no way, dude, we're done for weeks. Ouch! Just the thought of no airtime for a few days gives me the shakes, but when the prognosis is for weeks, well, you wouldn't want to be around me. I must have put a bug in his ear. I went to check the chat box and hit iWindsurf instead, and the last few readings on the Punaluu sensor were very interesting!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Breeze

Summer tradewinds have finally started to fire on all cylinders, just in time for August, and we're flying everywhere all the time. Yesterday was another perfect day for many of us at Kahana, with cross country flights in both directions under high and sparse clouds, by veterans and first timers alike, including many happy visiting pilots. Most of us are making the beach landing work there well enough, with a few daredevils even managing to back their way down onto the edge of the remaining sand at the keyhole.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cross Country Chronicles

Strong wind drove some die hard eastsiders to join us at Kahana yesterday. It was great to see Jorge and Maui Doug up north for a change! And great to have Woody back on the island and flying with us! The wind was a little brisk and east but that didn’t stop me, Thom and Jorge from charging to Kualoa and back. The clouds were much higher and more sparse than we’ve seen the last few weeks. We turned around at Kualoa and shot back past Kahana to Punaluu, with Maui Doug tagging along, and then three of us made it back from there. The end of the flying day was marked by a wide variety of exciting landings. Not to mention one exciting landing in the middle of the day!