Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Box of Jewels

Where does the desire to fly big mountains come from? I thought a lot about this as I planned for several years to fly some of the largest of the Alps. While the Écrins mountains of the southern alps are less in height than a few well-known Alps to the north—Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa—they are the largest cluster of high peaks in the Alps. 21 peaks rise at least 3500 meters (11,500 ft) in an area about half that of Oahu. The word Écrins means a box in which you store precious jewels, and the mountains in that cluster both form the geological box and are the bijoux within. Their glaciated and sharp summits, and their plunging deep valleys from which they rise nearly two vertical miles, drew me to them from my first glance twenty years ago. They also are a sanctuary for compelling high-mountain wildlife I have wanted to encounter, including the giant Gypaète Barbu, the beautiful and endangered bone-marrow eating vultures known to knock chamois off their cliffside perches to make bones available when they find none lying about for the taking.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Celebration of Justin - Hawaiian Style ☀️🤙

Celebrating the life, the love, the passion and the true aloha of Justin Boer. ☀️🤙

We will be gathering at Baby Makapu'u/Cockroach Bay - using water, land and sky in celebration- all water crafts & all flight crafts are welcome.

AccessSurf, an organization that has been inspirational in Justin's life, will provide mats making the ocean accessible to all abilities. Bring your own water craft, though feel free to send a message if you'd like to paddle out and are in need of a one. 🏄‍♂️🚣‍♀️

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Chelan 2019: Ultimate Frisbee

We just finished up with the US Paragliding Nationals in Chelan. Alex, JK, Jorge, Reaper and I. We had five very different tasks, in different directions. Below are a few of the things I remember.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Alex Made Me Do It!

Not sure when I have had a moment on a Saturday to do nothing, but yesterday was it, and nothing didn't last long! Reece found some furniture and asked me to go get it, somewhere on Punaluu Valley Road. Hmmmm, I know where that is; we know someone who lives there! I said I would go right away. As she got ready for work, I made a call to Alex: will it be flyable in 45 minutes? And of course the Pied Piper said yes. So here is a brief writeup of the day. Please excuse all the poor grammar and spelling mistakes in this sophomoric story!

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
Kailua

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

Update: 

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!