Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Last Flights of 2005

The year ended with a nice light north day out at Makapuu. Most of us launched at the new Lazy Boy launch, and we soared all day and shared the air with wings of many shapes and sizes. The clouds started low and slowly rose up over the course of the day to reveal a tempting downrange vista. But by the time it was looking good for a cross country expedition, we were already late for our various evening festivities.

As we look forward to many more great flights in the new year, let's all take a moment to consider how lucky we are to enjoy our unique perspective on our island paradise. And let's remember to make safe decisions and help our fellow pilots do the same.

As we enjoyed the flying and the festivities to mark the end of the year, it was hard to forget the unhappy events of the previous day. New pilot Jeff McCloud impacted the stone wall at the landing zone during an ill-advised final approach, breaking his foot and fracturing his L5 vertebra. But he toughed it out and drove himself off to pick up his mother-in-law and take her home before heading to the hospital for treatment. Let's all wish him a speedy recovery, and let's help him get back into the air safely when the time comes. In the meantime, Jeff, please let us know if there's anything we can do to help out.

Thanks to all my flying friends for making this such a memorable year. We've had some great adventures together and I look forward to many more. Happy New Year!

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