Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Twenty pilots, including seven visitors, surfed the skies above the crater on this monumental Monday. Thanks to the front stalled to our northwest, prefrontal conditions lasted almost all day. There were gliders riding the airwaves above the crown jewel for eight long sweet hours, with up to a dozen in the air at one time. Brad and the SIV crew were there to enjoy a day of free flying. Also joining us for sky surfing sessions on this rare perfect day were Martial from France, Chili Brad from Utah, and Mike from San Diego. We missed our hard working pilots who were chained to their desks on this beautiful Monday! Let's hope the next perfect winter day there will fall on a weekend.
The flights today featured many interesting launches and beach landings, and some very entertaining top landings as well. It was the first time flying there for many, including all the visitors, and it was also the first long-awaited flight there for JK. First time in a paraglider, anyway - I'm sure he's flown way above our thousand foot limit in a jet so many times he's lost count. (The picture on this article is probably closest to the view JK is used to from his cockpit.) And JK finished with a beautiful top landing! Congratulations to all the first timers! We were also happy to see Brazilian Ray taking a rare break from his work at Diamond Head studios to sneak in a flight with us.
Conditions slackened in the late afternoon and a few pilots braved nearby Koko Head's arduous asphalt ascent to waft in the waning sun above Jeff's uncle's house at Portlock. (Jeff and Frank, and Five-0 Mike for his first time). Koko Head may not be the crown jewel, but it is sort of gem shaped and faceted, and Jeff has certainly done his best to polish it up during his current visit!
I took a million pictures and shot hours of video at Diamond Head today. Sorting through it all will keep me busy for days. I know everyone else has tons of footage and pictures too - post up when they're available for linking to this story.
Diamond Head Roll Call: Doug, Roland, SD Mike, Thom, JK, FR Martial, Reaper, Ray, UT Brad (in Thom's glider), BI Scotty, BI Mylaine, BI Scott, Gaza, Alex, Woody, UT Chili, Brent, Allegra, Frank, Jorge (in Thom's glider), Steve, Berndt. We also saw DaveZ's brother Joe (from FireDave's flight attendant days).
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