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Hangola October 6 - 9, 2005


Tennessee Report
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
John Dullahan Team Challenge flying report


New Zealand Report
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Jim Rooney Flying Queenstown report


Oregon Ridge Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Marc Fink 9 fun flights on the PG report
Hugh, Charlie


Training Hill Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Richard Hays Great day at Cow Pie hill report


Kirshner's Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
John Middleton teaching, mowing report
students 8 - 9 flights


Colorado Flying
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Mike Chevalier 14K+ report
Christy's retirement trip


Flight Reports

chgpa Team Challenge/Gliders Available
John Dullahan
Sun, 9 Oct 2005 13:30:30 -0400
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After agreeing to buy a Litespeed 4.5 S from David Giles (who got it from Dean Funk) we arranged to do the-hand over at the Tennessee Tree Toppers Team Challenge, run from 1 through 7 Oct. Dean Funk, comp director, said we could free fly and help out by serving as wind dummies, so Dan Tomlinson and I made hotel reservations in Dunlap ("Hang Gliding Capital of the Eastern US,") and drove down on 3 Oct. We latched on to the Manquin group at the pilot's meeting the following morning, where the atmosphere was still overshadowed by Bill Priday's death on the first day of the competition. (Scott W., Rance, Hank and Karma Hengst, and Bruce Engin - but Scott left that day).

I picked up the glider from David Giles, who has been doing extremely well on a rigid wing ATOS, and everyone then headed to Whitwell, an east-facing site (light NE winds all week meant pilots couldn't fly the NW facing site of Henson's Gap owned by the Treetoppers).

While setting up the Litespeed S, I discovered the VG cord had disappeared inside the downtube/upright. With the aid of Dan's fishing line and a very patient Bruce Engin, I was able to dismantle the upright, reinsert the pulley system, and eventually secured the VG cord on the outside with a large figure eight knot. Dennis Pagen, who also flys a Litespeed S, helped with some set-up tips, which differed somewhat from my old Litespeed 4 system setup.

With a 3 - 6 MPH NE cross, getting up was a crapshoot. Dan wind-dummied and sledded, and nobody else moved toward launch (Where Randy rigidly-enforced hang-checks). Most pilots also later sank out, but some, including two pilots flying rigids, David Giles and Ollie, made goal, along with Kevin Carter. During my sled, as expected, the larger Litespeed 4.5 S had a slower roll-response than my old Litespeed 4, but a noticeably better sink rate, longer glide in ground effect, and a nice long flare window. (I noted Kevin C.'s flare advice for Litespeeds and had a decent landing)

Wednesday's conditions were similar, and the task for A, B, and C pilots (advanced, intermediate, and novice) was an airport 15 miles to the south on the ridge - a difficult task considering the light conditions and very large gaps on the ridge to the south. By early afternoon, with nobody in the air, Dean asked me to be a "wind technician." I sledded, landing in a large slightly-downhill field with a quarter VG on, and went for a long way in ground effect, but with a longer flare window, had a good landing.

Thanks to Dan and Karma who retrieved me, I rejoined the waiting pilots up top. As on Tuesday, when the rigids flew, the comparative advantage in sink rate over the flex wings was evident. Again, most pilots sank out, but some, such as Dennis Pagen and others who launched late in the afternoon, and the rigids, got soaring flights.

Being just a free-flier, I waited until all pilots launched, then joined about seven who climbed to about 500 over just to the left of launch. Eventually about six of us went down the ridge, and pilots began landing after failing to cross the increasingly-wider gaps. After getting low, glided towards a large field in front of a gap, unzipped the harness, and found lift about at about 500 ft, climbed out, and continued down the ridge. By this time there were just two of us, but a few miles further on I finally lost it and the other pilot continued. I landed behind one of the many Baptist churches in the area for nine miles. Did not find out that day's results, but Kevin was among those who landed in the main LZ, and Dennis Pagen, the rigids, and others may have made goal.

(I just called Bruce Engin for an update. I believe the pilot who continued down the ridge was Dennis Pagen, and the gliders landing in front of the gaps were his team, which won the competition. There was no more flying after Wed).

Unlike Karma, who used an opportune light-wind time to take an extended sled, neither Dan or I were able to launch from the radial ramp at Henson's Gap. The rain moved in on Thursday, and Dan and I headed home. We are indebted to Dean Funk and other pilots who allowed us to free-fly (three-day Treetopper flying fee is $25), to Hank and Karma for retrieves, to Bruce Engin for assistance with the errant VG line, Dennis Pagen for Litespeed set up tips, and to our Kevin C. for a tour of the main LZ and Litespeed landing tips.

With the acquisition of the Litespeed 4.5 S, I now have a problem with glider storage space. In addition to my Litespeed 4 and MK IV 17 which are listed for sale for $1,800 and $800 respectively on CHGPA's Marketplace, I have Steve Kinsley's Pacific Airwave K4+, and a Wills Wing HPAT 145. Both are in good condition, but since they haven't been flown for a while, could do with an inspection and flying-wire replacement. Both are available for free to a good home, though I would like to be able to borrow the HPAT if having work done on my Litespeed. These were among the best of the kingposted gliders in the 1990's, and many are still flying. For additional info do a Google search on "HPAT 145" and "Pacific Airwave K4."

John Dullahan


chgpa Flying Queenstown
Sun, 9 Oct 2005 17:30:17 -0400
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Here's what I know about flying in Queenstown NZ so far. As far as hang gliders go, bring your own wing. It's all tandem here. I mean it's ALL tandem here.

I went PG'ing yesterday and a solo hang glider showed up in the LZ... so naturally I had to pester the guy. It seems that if you go elsewhere in NZ, you can maybe find a wing to fly. Dunedin or Christchurch seemed like a good bet. I'd check out Aukland maybe also.

Here in Queenstown though, it's Paragliders. There are some tandem HG places, but that's it. Kevin Coltrain (Kitty Hawk Kites) is here to maybe start some training hill action going, but he's having trouble finding training gliders to teach with.

As for me... I'm likely to just fly the bag this "summer".



chgpa Sunday
Marc Fink
Sun, 9 Oct 2005 20:59:18 -0400
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Very west cross at first--but straightened out, though dropped to zilch when it did. Still, I had 9 fun flights on the PG, Hugh, though arriving later, did several, and met new pilot Charlie, (who did a 2 week course at Torrey) and did very well.


chgpa Gettin' high on the Pie
Richard Hays
Mon, 10 Oct 2005 08:23:30 -0400
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Great day at Cow Pie hill on Sunday. Winds were NNW early....become N later in the day, with a final ( and fatal ) NE swing by 5pm. Overall conditions were only about 3-5 mph. But we had our fill at that point and all the guys were starting to make mistakes from being tired...and from the called it a day.

Cow pie is a really interesting site. It is a very gentle, shallow sloped hill with a slightly steeper pitch at the top. Its' one of those sites that kinda requires some wind to become airborne...but once airborn, you can glide for about 100+ yards at a very controlled 5-10' off the ground. Its' wide open from top to bottom..and running into anything is remote. Its a perfect day 1-3 type site or for someone wanting to work on the FSL skill. But it really does requires at least some breeze blowing up it....especially in humid conditions.

Access is tough. Requires 4x4 getting in with a stream crossing under normal conditions. This requires car pooling since I'm trying to low impact the site and....getting cars stuck would not go over well with the farmer I'm sure. Sunday the stream was still swollen from the rains, so we worked a section of another available hill out there before going up to the main slope...which required a hike with gear and a smaller stream crossing. The numerous cows stared at us as we portaged across the gully.

All in all it was a great day that started out looking pretty drab at 7am. Everyone was on their first day and hoops and hollers' were heard all day as the group found air and some even their feet with stand up landings. Others' found the pies.

Rich Hays


chgpa Kirshners 10/9 training + found cell phone.
John Middleton
Mon, 10 Oct 2005 09:25:50 -0400
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Had a fair day teaching at Kirshners knob with mostly right cross N - NNE winds. Students got 8 - 9 flights and light cross wind take-off practice. We flew from the Northerly facing hill, after I did a bit of mowing. Also, Chris Donahue (h2) came for practice and did 6+ flights. Was concerned that the landing field might have lots of water but turned out to be dry. They apparently did get that much rain. Mowed areas for 1.5 hours. Some moderately high grass in parts of landing field. Found a dead Motorola i710/Nextel cell phone near the top.

john middleton


chgpa First flight of retirement.
m chevalier
Mon, 10 Oct 2005 09:56:11 -0400
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Christy arrived here in Salida on Friday night and fortunately Saturday turned out to be a good flying day at the local site, Villa Grove with a bunch of pilots from the Denver area. The forecast was for light winds but it was too strong for most to want to fly midday but some flew and sunk out. By 4 is was glass off conditions and we all piled off, including Christy for her first flight here on her old K2 sporting the big AARP banner. We all flew for an hour or more getting to 14K+. Dinner at Loretta's in Villa Grove afterwards. Sunday was cold and wet and now it's snowing.


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