Monday, August 17, 2015
Alex researched the heck out of this one, and he had told me that it was on the way. Actually Dorothy did, but at the time my mind was having a grape juice relapse, and I did not recall the conversation. So, I was surprised to find that the Trango XC3 was the new transport for our President. This is a very high end EN-C. When you are looking for a new wing, whether it be an EN-B or an EN-C in this day and age, find out on which end of the spectrum it sits. This wing is an EN-C but I think it's out of my league.
We did a few little tests and it seems a bit faster than my Delta 2, with the glide ratio pretty close [editor's note: um, we didn't do any glide ratio comparisons, but hopefully we'll do that soon!] but this Trango has an EN D pilot flying it. Again, as usual, I only got a few glimpses of the top of Alex's wing.
And it's not just his wing that's new. He went crazy this month on new gear. He found a like new Avasport pod harness to replace his Woody Valley, which had fallen apart with no manufacturer recourse. On his head is a new and very bright orange helmet, which he has complimented with an array of very brightly colored buffs. Maybe he'll be giving me some sock competition next. Also Alex got a new vario, which he is very excited about. Duck got the same one too, and I have one on the way as well! Stay tuned for reports on that nifty little device.
Our Sunday flying started off slow. I was very disappointed, and I was bitching (if you can believe that) about the lack of pilots present at the beginning. But by the day's end we had a good turnout, not GREAT, just good.
We had three generations of the Trango present. Reaper on his old Trango 3, Scrappy on his Trango XC2, and Alex on the new Trango XC3. Also Dr. Bill, at the ripe young age of 85, got two flights. Steve possibly got his last good flight at Makapuu as a single guy. I hope not, but the countdown is on, and with less than 2 weeks remaining he'll be busy.
One-Eye had his Cayenne 4 out, along with Fireman Dave, Franky, Tommy RD, Brent, Matt and Justin for the early show. Surprisingly, the tandem pilots were not anywhere to be seen. I guess the air was too perfect and they prefer a little spice. Eddie got Reesa off the ground for a great tandem flight. Hopefully she will get some new gear after hers walked away from the Kahana LZ last week.
NOTE: Miami Eddie is leaving us on August 24. Hopefully we can all get together with him prior to departure. He has adopted HPA as his club, and we will be sad to lose him. He stated that he will return on occasion. The good news is he is going to live in the motherland of Sierra Nevada: Chico, CA.
Roll Call: One-Eye Jim, Fireman Dave, Justin, Awol Franky, Tommy RD, Brent, Matt, Scrappy, Divot Steve, Miami Eddie, Reesa, Jeff McStalker, Reaper, Doc Bill, Alex, Sidehill, JK, 5-0 Mike, Goto, Tim, Ginny, Harvey, Garrett, Ukraine Igor, Ces (thanks for the pizza), Liana (keeping an eye on future hubby), Chris (trying to keep track of Scrappy), Shirley, Lupo and Koa. If I missed anyone please chirp in.
NEWS: Gaza and Laurel have a pilot/surfer on the way. Congrats! Campout this weekend, August 21-23, for Divot Steve's Final Days of Freedom and Exile to Boston Party Fly-In. Liana will be at Turtle Bay, so landing there will be our GOAL.
It's Time to Fly, but isn't it always, Get Your Gear and Go!!!
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