I found a Internet Cafe here, so on with the news;
The first days here in Manilla have been quite gray, but everyone have been flying. The task in the Manilla HG comp have been around 100 km’s, and a few pilots have made goal. There’s a warm front passing, so yesterday and today have been quite gray, it’s supposed to be better tomorrow. It’s warm, around 35 degrees, I’ve never been drinking so much water.
The Litespeed’s were here when we came, and after some investigation my new harness also showed up at Tamworth airport. We have flown the gliders 2 flights each to get everything adjusted. The hangpoint was way to far back on my first flight and I could hardly control the glider. Olav took out a DT on the first landing as he came downwind downhill. After moving the hangpoint and adjusting the harness I feel ready to go XC soon. The gliders look and feel fantastic, can’t wait to get high and go far.
Manilla is a great place, flat, warm, and friendly people. (Except those bastards who broke in to our room and stole all our money!) Now we’re off to the hill again, it’s soarable with easterly winds, so it should be a nice day, if the cirrus breaks up it will be a really good day.
We’re off! Manilla next. Check these pages for reports and updates in the near future.
Lots of people flew at Sundvollen last Sunday. I was in Vågå for our club’s annual meeting, and for the beginners course. The weather did not cooperate, so we only got a few flights on Sunday.
Now I’m packing for Australia, I’ll be leaving Friday morning. If things work out I’ll be posting news here from Oz. If there’s internet problems Erik will handle the postings for me.
I will try to upload some images if I can find a decent internet connection in Manilla, the GSM is a bit slow for that.
A new links page is up with improved software that makes it easier to admin. I’ve moved some of my old links, and will add the rest shortly. Please add links yourselves, you will receive a email when it’s validated and put up on the page, usually within a day.
Check it out on the links page.
Another weekend as instructor, great fun. We had snowstorm on Sunday, but found a hill where the winds were calm enough. Tommy drove 580 km from Arendal to learn hangglding, that’s the spirit! (580 km back as well on Sunday night)
I flew a school-glider for the first time in 4 years this weekend, it was strange. We started a hangglider course this weekend in Vågå, cold and no wind, but it went well.
Good flight today. It was quite strong conditions early, and I met lots of pilots coming down from start. Met Johannes Moger at start, we rigged and flew in good conditions, there were even 3 m/s thermals coming up from the ridge. My harness zipper failed, and opened up totally in some strong turbulence. Scary moment when it failed… 2 PG pilots also flew later.