USHGA Rated! Hurray!

Posted on 2005/06/06

USHGA

USHGA

Sunday was a fun-day for me! I passed my Hang-1 test, Hang-2 test, and Aero tow written tests. Then I soloed the Target hanglider at Sheets (It was fun, even if the trim was a bit off). Now I’m no longer rated a “Beginner”. I have my official USHGA Novice rating. Hurray! I love my sailplane, but I think I’ll keep flying these funny contraptions, too.

Now I have this urge to get rated as a tug pilot…When will it end? :p

Soaring Adventures

Posted on 2005/05/15

Grob 102

Grob 102

Woot! I went on a long long LONG cross-country Saturday… So long I ended up landing out on the way back, about 20 miles north of homebase. I still broke 100 miles, though! Woot!

Many thanks to the folks at Skyranch (I nice little grass strip that isn’t even on the sectional charts) for the use of a phone, a BIG bottle of gatorade, and letting me drool over their Stearman!

Best of luck to the alligator that made me land with a tail wind back at base. I hope you made it back to your own pond, big guy!

Note to self: next time pull out the camera, ya big dolt!

Aprils Fools

Posted on 2005/04/01

Grrr! Mother Nature played the worst April Fools joke on all of us poor suckers out at the Gliderport today… Pre-fontal weather, nice and hot, cloud streets like you wouldn’t believe,,,, we were all talking about cross-countries to Georgia and back… and when we went up…NOTHING. Crappy litter erratic cores that vanished in a turn… 8+ knot downdrafts everywhere…. Ah well, I STILL got to fly, just didn’t go anywhere… and a bad day flying beats a good day at work. 🙂 At least I finally got around to washing and waxing my baby, and re-taping all the gaps. She’s good to go for the next soaring day.

Learning to fly…again

Posted on 2005/03/05

Tandem

Tandem

I kept seeing hangliders in the air whenever I flew my sailplane. Temptation won out, and I stopped by the hanglider port on my way home from a day of soaring. Now I’m hooked on another sport, and I’m learning to fly hangliders, too.

A Dream Come True!

Posted on 2004/11/07

Grob 102

Grob 102

The happiest day of my life: After more than 10 years of waiting and longing, at long last I have my own plane. She’s a Grob 102 Standard Astir II, a standard class racing sailplane with goodies like retractable gear, water ballast, audio variometer, radio, etc. I flew her two hours on my maiden flight, andI hope to fly her in my first soaring competition over the Thanksgiving weekend

Flying Home!

Posted on 2004/07/18

Pre-Flight

Pre-Flight

I’m back flying again! Hurray! For anyone who cares, I’ve added a photo album with pictures of my new flying adventures.