I was a Live Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Dulles Annex, Udvar-Hazy Center,
March 25, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Taylor Farm Training Day, December 17

Sunday, December 10, was a fine day to be flying in shirtsleeves. One week later was even better. The forecast was SW 5-10 all afternoon, with temps into the 60's. Last week I flew in a long sleeve T; this week called for short sleeves. We had a nice crowd. John M. had three students, David C., Matt C., and Chris A. Joe T. and David B. brought their gliders out to do some brush up flying. Dan T. came out to swap turns on my Pulse. We even had a couple of PG guys doing some training. I took four flights on the Pulse, and then finished the day on John's Condor. Pretty nice glider... too bad it is only approved for training hills. OK, so my flying time didn't jump up by great numbers, but it sure is nice to accumulate 10 flights in 8 days.
John reports that 2 of his students completed their H2 flying tasks. Congrats, Chris & David!
As a bonus on the report, here is a video of a half dozen flights. Since I had the camera on my helmet, you won't see me. Enjoy the view. This is December?!? I love it.



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxAbyiqLHFo

Monday, December 11, 2006

Training Hill Sunday, December 10

A fine forecast of light (4 mph) SSW winds with bright clear sky and 50 degree temperature tempted a dozen pilots to the Taylor training hill. John M had four students, including recently arrived H2 Joe T, Mark, David, and Sufau (I apologize for mangling that name). Marc F was in instructor mode, too, with eager student Steve K bagging his way down the hill, and Ellis K. doing a few turns under the floppy wing, also. Janni P. did a bit of brush up work on his Eagle. PK had brow beaten and arm-twisted Joe G. into coming out, for a bit of foot launch practice that broke a long dry spell for both.

I got in five sweet flights in the shirtsleeve conditions, proud of myself for hiking my Pulse back up the hill so many times, wearing my knee-hanger harness. Joe got a similar 5 in on Janet's Falcon. However, PK definitely earns Pilot of the Day for foot launching for the first time in 4 years, and further, for hiking that weighty T2 back up the hill 5 times, while wearing a full pod with 'chute. I'm thinking his carry weight was about 40# more than mine. Go PK!

Damn, this is a fun sport!

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