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Christmas day flying

With weak northerly winds, and high pressure systems we can get some super nice conditions at out local site close to Oslo, but more often than not it’s foggy below the inversion just under takeoff. There was a clear inversion yesterday too, but not much fog.

Midwinter sun at midday
Midwinter sun

I had kept Sindre’s Litesport that he bought from a German pilot, Sindre has been in Bergen studying law, and he’s not had time for flying. We assembled it from shortpack in the garage at work before heading out in the morning.

At Sundvollen the fjord was frozen, with about 5cm of steel ice – so the biggest nicest LZ is open. Good for Sindre on his first flight on a new glider. My Litespeed RS is at Moyes so I flew the Falcon. (I’ve sold my Malibu 188 to pay for the trip to Oz, and will get the smaller Malibu later in the spring)

It was almost no wind at takeoff, and periods with weak tailwind as usual at this time of year. We set up and got ready to run off in a still period. Sindre did a very impressive run, and got off nicely with the Litesport. I had to run with the Falcon too, but with that kind of glider it is a lot easier to do a good takeoff in weak tailwind.

Landing on the smooth and extremely slippery  ice is great, just slide in at high speeds.

What  better way to spend the day?

Fall summary

So, it’s been a rather long blogging hiatus for me, sorry for not updating much lately. I’ve been working, not doing much flying after the nationals, but we’re starting a new hanggliding beginners course now so I finally have a excuse to get out and get airborne again.

A short summary of flying related stuff since the last update;

The last day of the nationals was very good, with epic conditions and many happy faces in goal. We got a 91km task, with a FAI 50km triangle to start with, then back SE to Aasarbrua, via the bridge in the centre of Vaagaa and to goal. Conditions were a little slow in the beginning, typical late summer and not extremely unstable, but we got to 3000 meters towards the end of the task.

I got 6. place overall in the competition, I was not too pleased with my performance at the time, but in retrospect it was a fun competition to fly in since I was finally free of the organization, and could just concentrate on my own flying, then again maybe I was too relaxed and did not really push hard enough.

I also received my new Moyes Malibu hangglider, and I got to test it gliding down from Vole one late evening during the nationals, and I flew it at Tronfjell toplanding 9 times. The Malibu is a great glider, flies like a dream and handles even better. It’s extremely forgiving, landing and talkeoff characteristics feels superb. I just wish we had costal soaring site with top landing nearby. I should probably go looking for one…

Some photos by Stein Edgard Strandli.

After the nationals I was back in Vaagaa arranging a 4 day comp for the paragliders. It was fun, we got unstable conditions, but 2 days of very good flying. I flew the course with the paragliders, looking out for overdevelopment and filming a bit from the air.

Back in Oslo the weather was great, but was swamped in work and could not get out and fly much. The meet at Tronfjell was as aways in late August, and this year the conditions were super nice. Fantastic top landing conditions, 40-50 pilots, great thermals, cloudbase at 2500m, just perfect.

This week we started the next beginner course, so I will be getting out a lot more to fly and teach hanggliding.