I was seriously injured in a hanglider accident on May 9th. I was airlifted to a trauma center and was hospitalized for almost two weeks. I am now out of the hospital and will be recovering at home for the next couple of months. I’m told it will be a long road (2-3 years to full recovery) as I have shattered both my arms with nerve damage. They are pinned together with dozens of titanium plates and screws. It will takes 3-12 months to learn if the left arm will be usable. I can move my right hand a little bit, though, and can get a little done on the computer with Dragon Dictate voice software.
Twice the fun! I traded up from a single surface Falcon 2 170 and now am flying a dual surface Sport 2 135. She’s a feisty little thing, but I’m getting used to her. You won’t catch me giving up flying my sailplane, though!
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
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.