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

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Return to the Sky

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Well, my last flight was April 3rd; the neurologist saw my MRI on April 6th and referred me to the neurosurgeon within five minutes of seeing the images. My surgery was April 30th. On November 10th, the surgeon inspected the latest X-ray images and approved me for flying, again. Veterans Day weekend and then Thanksgiving week travel precluded an immediate response to the new prescription. But on Saturday, December 3rd, the weather cooperated, and I headed out to the training hill in Smithsburg, with hopes of a follow on flight at High Rock.

The video shows my two flights, getting back into the groove, on my Pulse. Two decent launches; one adequate landing (didn't get fully into the wind, and flared early) and one very satisfying no-step landing. Note the bit of lift I hit on that first flight!

I did head up to the top at High Rock, just in time to see Karen C. Launch. Also helped Hugh M launch in a tandem with Ellis K, and then, with Carlos and Kelvin, observed Greg S for his second ever cliff launch. Greg had the quality launch of the day off of the Rock. Once we had more pilots to crew, we helped Carlos W launch about 4:15.

With gray sky and dusk quickly approaching, and glider set up taking a while, I decided not to fly at HR. I didn't want to be landing in the flat gray dusk light on my first day back.

Great day being back in the sky. Seven months is along time to be grounded. More to come!