Tips for Soaring Indian Valley

Tips from Pilot-X about flying Indian Valley I’ve been regularly flying I.V. for over 20 years, and it’s one of my favorite places to mountain thermal. Over the years, I’ve figured out a number of strategies for staying out of the bailout and getting up – something that’s become more important in the past year, with the changing status of the bailout LZ. All of the following tips will have exceptions given specific conditions of the day, but they really work for me – I haven’t taken a sledder in IV for a long time. Tip #1 – Don’t linger continue reading: Tips for Soaring Indian Valley

Dunlap Fun!

A few weeks ago some friends and I planned a trip to Dunlap for this past weekend. As the weekend got closer, it was clear that it would rain on Sunday. So we decided to give it a try anyway on Saturday. It ended up being a great day! Dunlap is about 3.5 hours away from home, I carpooled with a friend and his wife. That morning was a little hectic. Every time I carpool I want to be sure I don’t leave anything behind. With all this going on, I accidentally took my Harley Davidson helmet instead of my continue reading: Dunlap Fun!

Christmas Season 2016-2017

I just came back from Spain (this past weekend), visiting family and friends. It was a good time, good experience. As some of you know, I have a hang glider there that I bought a couple of years ago; I go there often. It’s an older 145sq/ft single surface glider. Tecma-Sport Medium 13. Last year I decided to remove the cables before coming back to the States and having them redone. They’re 20 years old, hehe. I had Pat Donovan redo them (actually Brian who works for him). I was a little nervous when installing them back, maybe they wouldn’t continue reading: Christmas Season 2016-2017

Flying adventure at Mt Diablo

A small group of pilots went to Diablo this past Sunday, there was only five of us, and we had a blast. It was not an easy day, though. I struggled at first to get over launch, but finally made it. I followed Zac to the thermal and up I went. I flew over towers, big gaps, and circled like I never circled before. Everyone ended up at Brentwood, I did not. I was at about 4000 MSL over the towers, Zac was at eye sight. I wanted to follow him, but he’s fast, every time I blinked my eyes, he was further. continue reading: Flying adventure at Mt Diablo

Flying at St John Mountain.

I had a great time flying at St John, although it was not a good soaring day. I launched in a very light head wind, and the cycles were very very week and far apart. It was ok, I ran and launched fine. I turned left and went to the switchbacks, as I was told, and in indeed I found some lift. I did not ever got over launch altitude, but that’s ok, I climbed enough to keep on going. It was fun cycling with someone else. Ben and I got very close circling in the same thermal, but he’s someone with a lot of continue reading: Flying at St John Mountain.

Demo Days 2016 weekend at Crestline

Steve and I carpooled to Crestline, We meat Joey there the next day. I went to Crestline for the Demo Days this year wanting to test fly a higher performance glider than the one that I have. I didn’t want to jump right into the topless T2C, so I asked to demo a U2 instead. And my experience with it was not the best, it was not what I was expecting. The sail is a145 sq/feet and I currently fly a Sport 2 135. I felt small for the glider. I did notice how well this glider thermals, though, but I continue reading: Demo Days 2016 weekend at Crestline

Flying a big wing

It was last weekend, I wanted to get some airtime, and so I was planning on going to Dunlap or McClure for a day trip. My glider was at a storage nearby. The night before I tried to get a hold of the key, but the guys with the key were not around. I tried to contact them again in the morning to get the key, but I was unsuccessful. I thought I wasn’t going to fly that weekend. As I was having my cup of coffee that morning, I started chatting about it with Zac and he said I could borrow his continue reading: Flying a big wing

Consuegra, Spain

Over the Christmas break in Spain, I was looking for a place to fly. I own a Tecma Medium 13 (equivalent to the Falcon 145), so I wanted to find a place, not too far from where I stay, where I can go fly. I was looking for a place where I could go by myself without needing a retrieval, etc… And so I found Consuegra. This place is perfect, double ridged, 300 foot. An hour and 20 minutes away. Easy access to the top with a parking lot, and a road down at the bottom of the hill. Empty continue reading: Consuegra, Spain