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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bad Launch, Broken Glider

Blew my launch. Based on witness accounts and how the glider acted, I pushed out very slightly as I left the cliff, initiating a stall. The right wing lifted, turing me toward the trees to the left.Then it appears I was not aggressive enough in pulling in for speed, because I gained no control as I swung to the right; the left turn continued unabated.
I ended up in the trees immediately below launch. able to stand on a rock ledge.
Crew came down immediately to get me unhooked, fold up the glider, and carry it up to the top for me.
Only very minor injuries: bruised and scraped left shoulder and right forearm. Known glider damage includes both downtubes and at least one segment of leading edge.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out- all of the pilots there and even a couple of wuffos.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Flying at Highland Aerosports on July 10

Saturday I drove to Blue Sky at Richmond, to find the truck runway waterlogged - no flying happening.
Sunday, I joined over a dozen pilots at Highland Aerosports in Ridgely, tempted by outstanding thermal forecasts.
The day was reasonable, but not stellar as we had all hoped. Much of the afternoon the sky was flat, with few thermals working for us. I flew twice, a couple of sleds: 13 1/2 minutes and 12 1/2 minutes. Solid tow on one flight, like I was on rails. A bit more lively tow the second time; was working harder to stay in position. Landings were good. On the first I flared a bit too early so my no-stepper was a feet/knees crumple/down, safe and not too noisy. The second was a very satisfying no stepper.

Lots of friends on hand: Carlos W., Joe G., Steve K., Valerie R., Jon B., Matthew G., Karen C., John S., Christian T., Ward O.. Met Travis from Philly. Fun day, and good to be in the sky again.

Shortly after releasing from tow, here is a view of the north edge of the town of Ridgely from over the field.

This gives pretty good view of the field. Note all the gliders in the set up lane next to the main landing area.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

A Non-Flying Holiday Weekend

With big plans for the holiday weekend at Hyner View, I loaded both gliders onto the truck Thursday evening after work. However, an injured dog kept me around the house all weekend. Just in case the dog got better, I left the truck loaded and ready to run off. Well, it rained Saturday night. Time to sun dry the gliders in the back yard on Sunday. Thus, the opportunity to get a picture of my Wills WIng U2 160 and the Pacific Airwave Pulse 19 side by side.

If you look closely you can see the big black plastic tube hanging under the eave of the shed; it is the U2's home.