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

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Back to Taylor, 12/8/12

I returned to Taylor Farm on Saturday the 8th, once more to join John M. and his students for a day in the sunshine. It was still gray and overcast when we arrived,  the grass still damp. However, by early afternoon the sun had come out, the grass dried off, and the wind was a nice mild southwest coming up the hill with a bit of south cross. Jesse Y. was also there, getting in six flights on his Sport 2. John had four students,: Walt, Eric, Trevor, and Curtis. When I arrived, John chided me that he wanted to see me have more than three flights this week. I obliged him by having five flights. My launch runs and landings were both much improved over last week. This week's video starts with John showing the way it's done, followed by two of his students, and finally my fifth and final flight of the day.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Training Hill Practice, Dec 2, 2012

After too long a hiatus from flying, I joined John Middleton for his Sunday afternoon class at Taylor Farm. When I arrived around 12:30, John A. was breaking down, having declared his seven morning flights on his new (to him) Pulse 10 sufficient for the day. John had four students, Matt B. and Steve K. both showed up with their bag wings. Even Kevin C. came out to dust off the cobwebs and fly a number of times. 

I confirmed how out of shape I am by getting only three flights in the afternoon, but it was nice to be back in the air and playing outdoors all afternoon. 

Here's a view from the top of the hill of the class underway.

For your entertainment, here is a short video of two of John students flying down the hill, followed by John demonstrating how it's done. You can see the 702p HD version on Youtube.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Aerotow Day at Highland, June 10

The day after the East Coast Championship (ECC), conditions still looked excellent for the sky at Ridgely, MD. I got in a very satisfying 45 minute flight mid-afternoon, riding the thermal Zach dropped me by to over 4300'. A few folks flew cross country, but most of us stayed local.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Back to the Mountains - Woodstock, June 2

A northwest forecast prompted me to join the crowd at Woodstock. This was way overdue - I had not flown there since the fall of 2008! On launch, the slight left cross wind was bouncing off the right side of the slot, lifting my right wing. Waiting for a balanced wing meant I took my launch run with no wind. It worked fine, with a push out to bounce over the trees at the bottom of the slot. I spent about 20 minutes cruising between the two fingers, never getting more than 300' above launch. The air was not particularly rowdy, but just bumpy enough that I was working the entire flight. Out of practice, my arms were getting fatigued, so I landed at about 25 minutes. My approach pattern was spot on, but my flare a bit weak. As I was running out the landing, I tripped to my knees in the tall grass. Still, no beak, an all safe.

Dinner afterwards at a little pizza place in Woodstock, just off I-81, with Greg, Dan Tuck, Jesse, and Alex. Good company, nice time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Training Days at Taylor

I made my way down to Taylor farm twice in May, getting three flights each day. May 12, I joined John M and his four students. Memorial Day, May 28, Bacil D and Jesse Y also came down to fly while John taught. Ward O accompanied Bacil to help out. He gets videographer credit for this view of two of my flights, and one each by Bacil and Jesse.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Kite Festival 2012

The Capitol club returned to the National Mall for the annual spring kite festival. This year is the second as an event of the Cherry Blossom Festival. It was also the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees to Washington, D.C from the mayor of Tokyo.

Over the afternoon John M, Dan T, Matt G, and Karen C all spent time helping out, and Sheila G brought her girls down from Pennsylvania for to play DC tourists.

Mark C and Matt I Ready to Charm the Throngs

Glider and Booth
My Pulse glider with the child size harness was once more a hit among kids and their parents. Most of the afternoon little ones were happily swinging under the glider as parents snapped pictures.
Matt and I with the rider glider

Kites frame the Monument