Monday, January 18, 2021

A Solid Winter Day: Achieving Critical Mass on the North Shore of Oahu

Ninety minutes after stepping off launch my plan was going swimmingly. A small gaggle of pilots was established over a nice trigger halfway between the front lift band and the back ridge line, and I had searched out from the center a bit to find a punchy little core that held together long enough to beam me up to the high point of my flight. There, at 2,600 feet just shy of the back ridge, it would be an easy glide north, high over the complex system of ridge fingers and gullies until I could link one or two more climbs to access the high ground between Three Fingers and Mount Ka'ala. The fact that the expert pilots in the group didn't join me in my obviously better climb did in fact dimly register in my decision making, but Who's The Expert Now? Yeah!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The 1/6th Million Dollar Man

As many of you have heard, I had a paragliding accident mid November while buzzing close to the hill below the Manics Lookout. After twenty years of flying paragliders and 57 years of generally being risky in life, I got bit.

The basic cause of the accident was a little bit of bad conditions and a lot of pilot error. Conditions were switchy that day, from east, to light north and back to east. I hiked my acro wing over to Manics putting up streamers showing a light north flow, thinking I might get a little parapark action. A bunch of pilots were there including Matt and Marcel.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Veil into The Heavens

Well, it has been awhile since any ink has been added to this flight log of the Flying Monkeys. I will try to give y'all a little coffee read...........and NO Reece & I did not move to Bama, thanks Dave for the chuckle off the Chat and the spur to make me sit and type. Thanks to Maui Doug for the inspirational picture.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Garrett needs our help

Garrett just shared some GREAT NEWS

I GOT AN INVITATION TO MEET WITH THE DOCTORS AT THE MEDAUSTRON CARBON ION CENTER!!!

I had not heard any news from the Doctors there since they reviewed my MRI’s and CT scans etc etc ... so I had NO IDEA WHAT THEY WOULD SAY!!

So I took a 4+ hour train ride to visit them in Wiener Neustadt!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Baofeng Virus ( A communicable disease)

I wanted to address a scourge of modern paragliders in Hawaii. It used to be that you could talk to anyone clearly on their radio at almost any time. Then the flying community was flooded with cheap Chinese radios and since paragliders do love cheap stuff, especially for not essential items, they were all over them.

Lately, I notice that it has been hard to contact another pilot on the radio. I thought it was because my hearing was really going bad, but then Reaper comes over the radio crystal clear. Reaper uses old style radios. Now lots of pilots all have dead batteries, poor transmission, unintelligible wind noise, it might even be time to do away with radios all together. Even Alex was hard to hear for a while and he is presidential, but her seems to have gotten over it lately.

The point is I would hope people in the future might not waste money on a cheap radio that sometimes works and get something solid and dependable. Oddly enough my radio that has lasted all these years is an old VX-150, the other radios I have had have all come and gone.

Flying is funner when talking with friends!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

POSTPONED!!! Coro-NO-virus update (PARTY!!!!!) POSTPONED

I am sorry but the party is being postponed so we can follow the health guidelines regarding gatherings. As soon as we have a date we will post here. We didn't want anyone to miss the party or to risk getting sick, so stay safe and fly high(er) toto stay away from the virus Due to concerns regarding a virus outbreak, I decided to have two parties to celebrate my birthday. The second party, entitled “I survived the Coronavirus” will have a TBD date so I recommend all attend the first one, which will take place on Sunday, march 22nd 2020 starting at 2PM in Kailua ( 425-C Maluniu ave Short code: C724+Q2 Map ) Please park on the street. Because of the mask shortage, we will use our party hat (conical “happy birthday” kids hat) over our faces or you might BYOM (bring your own MASK). Serum served will be from a tap on 2 Kona Brewing flavors: Gold Cliff (pineapple IPA) and Big Wave (Blonde). For your protection, the recommended dosage is: lots of it. I am sure we will all survive this ordeal but the only guarantee is lots of fun with friends, so don’t miss out!

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Amazing: Thailand 2020

As I write this, I’m nursing a lower back injury, a weeping scab on a fresh divot in my scalp, a nagging sniffle and cough, and a sore ankle. I’m a mess! But it hasn’t kept me from flying. I’m not dead yet, am I?? I’ve been home from a truly amazing flying tour in Thailand for two weeks, and despite my lingering ailments, I’ve been flying so much here at home since I got back, it’s taken me this long to massage the hours of video I shot there into shape and write a story to go with it. Yes, it has a happy ending!

Monday, January 20, 2020

A Memorial to the Fallen Honolulu Police Officers

For a very long time in the history of hang gliding and paragliding in Hawaii, we have had a very special relationship with first responders, be they police officers, fire department officers, DLNR staff, lifeguards, or others. They have all come to our aid when we've needed them; they have all responded to our emergencies when we needed them. Every morning, first responders here in Hawaii get up, shower, get dressed in their uniforms, have breakfast with their families, and kiss them goodbye as they are headed off do a typical day's work. They never say: today will be my last. Nope, they just go. They meet their fellow officers, drink coffee, hang out and talk about the weekend, the kids, the families, the crazy jokes, etc.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Humpback Holiday!

I felt a new article was needed to push down these stale old posts and clear the slate for a new year of flying. Maui Doug and I were flying today, it was clear light with lots of lift. Hoards of the people were up at the Lighthouse lookout to see the whales. But, I realized the I had only seen a single whale since the humpback whale season began in October. Doug reported seeing only a single pair and he spends most every day in the air at Makapuu. I know Alex reported seeing them, but not sure of the numbers. Usually by January we are fully into whale season.

From my elevated perch over the lighthouse, I could take in a huge swath of ocean from the Mokes to Hanauma Bay, not a whale in sight, a manta ray but no whales. Finally, way off to the south far outside of Sandy Beach, one pair appeared. At least that was something, but pretty sad for the normal peak of whale season. I know the ocean has been unusually warm this year, maybe the Artic Ocean,where they summer, is warm as well. I did talk to a UH meteorologist, who told me that over the last decades our tradewinds have been trending to the east. Hopefully we will start seeing more whales and get some classic winter flying days soon.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Meeting, Election, Party! Friday, December 6, 6 PM

Update: Date changed to December 6!

President Fireman Dave has set the date for our last official club event of the year. Pete has graciously agreed to host at his house. This is our annual membership and election meeting, so please bring your $20 dues and let's see who we can convince to run this club next year. Also please bring a potluck dish or something for the barbecue and your favorite beverage. We can coordinate what people plan to bring in the comments below.

Also there are a lot of visiting pilots on the island right now. All are invited to join us! We are lucky to count among our visitors the X-Alps 2013 5th place finisher from the Dolomites, Peter Gebhard, and his fiancee/supporter Heidi Insam and their kids. Maybe we can beg them to present an X-Alps story or two if there's interest.