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Hangola October 27 - 31, 2005


Ridgely Thursday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
John Simon enjoyable flights around 30 minutes for most report
Steve Kinsley Got to 4800 twice, cold report
Linda Baskerville sport2! report
Heather, Danny B, Carlos, Dawson, Marlene and one or two others


Retirement Report 3
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Christy Huddle Santa Barbara, 27 flights, P2 rating report


Woodstock Saturday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Joe Brauch lift galore report
Dave Bodner 2600 over report
Matthew 3K over report
Carlos Weill 4500 over, over the back report
Cragin Shelton 4520 over report
Dan Tomlinson 28 miles report
Bruce Engen 9600 msl
Karen 90 minutes


New Zealand Report
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Jim Rooney More Coronet report


Pulpit Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Scott Wilkinson 200-300' over report
John Simon nice enough flights about 700 or 800 over report
Shawn Ray launch assistance report
Spark pg flight late in the day report
Brian Vant-Hull
Daniel Broxterman first pg mountain flight! report
Gene Towns
Wesley Comerer first hand report of accident report


Manquin Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Linda Baskerville multiple flights on S2 report
Steve Kinsley 35 minutes FOD report


Smithsburg Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Richard Hays Blown out Saturday but very nice on Sunday report
Sparky flew trainer wind Saturday report
Juan, Dan, Sparky, Tim, Tim, and Eddie on RC


Elizabethville Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Doug Rogers all soared report
Karen Gorrie first, top landing! report
Bob, Joe, Keith


Daniels Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Tom Ceunen pg pilots only report


Dickey Ridge Monday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Steve Kinsley bears from the air report
Spark :17, pg, bears report


Ridgely Monday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Lenko Kovach two extended sleds. report
Christian Titone 48 minutes and 31 minutes, nice for late fall report
PK new T2


High Rock Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Danny Brotto chunky air, 700' over max report
Eddie soared also
Tim and Tim wire crew, came from Smithsburg


Smithsburg and Pulpit Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Spark wsw at Smithsburg, glass-off at Pulpit report


Flight Reports

chgpa Flying again
John Simon
Thu, 27 Oct 2005 22:14:20 -0400
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Finally got in some flying after 3 or 4 weeks of nothing. Weather co-operated and Heather and I went out to Ridgely. We found Danny B, Steve K, Linda B, Carlos, Dawson, Marlene and one or two others out there either flying or setting up. The sky looked very good but the wind was picking up. We all launched around 2 I guess and just scooted around for about 20-30 minutes with Steve K doing better than most. Gorgeous weather and lots of birds...

Launched again around 4 and climbed right out to 5000' at 500 fpm ... Nice!! Cold as snot up there but gorgeous and I had to dive out the side of one cloud as things got a little wispy in strong lift. I messed around with my cold weather gear for a minute or two and got my balaclava put on.... Freezing now I pointed west and went looking for the next good ride. Found a bunch of zero and a little bubbles here and there, flew with a small hawk (broad wing??) for a while then dove back to the field finding nothing very strong and not so surprised as it was getting very overcast and now about 4:30. I guess I got about 30 mins or so.

Everyone enjoyed the day and had good flights, Carlos doing patterns and readying for his new ride, Linda B on her sweet new Sport2, Dawson doing some mid day flying and the rest of us. Heather flew later and had 5 very nice patterns and is really tightening up her spot landings. A couple lessons in progress late in the day and a return to the Mid Atlantic by Zach from Lookout. Cool... Thanks to Windsor for dropping me in another sweet elevator (she staying up here in the "frozen North" longer than last year because she's got a heated suit wired into the tug this year!) We had a very good return to the skies and hoping for more this weekend. Heather is really making some nice progress.



chgpa Flying again
steve k
Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:10:27 -0400
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Always a shock to me when the weather gets cold. Always have a "Where's all my stuff?" moment. Yesterday I was without gloves. Borrowed a pair of watersking gloves fom Darrell. Mesh on the top to let the water out ya know. Man it was cold up there. Or rather I was cold up there. Probably wasn't really all that cold by winter standards. Got to 4800 twice. My hands were aching. I was thermaling with one hand in my armpit. Yes. I am that good.


chgpa Sport 2
Fri, 28 Oct 2005 21:35:44 -0400
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I flew my new (lightly used) Sport 2 at Ridgely this past Thursday.

Sunny and Adam could not have been more helpful to me. Sunny assisted me with the set up, which despite numerous manual readings does not prepare one adequately ("the cam lever on the wing tip wands will take your fingertips off so keep the palms open" was left out of the manual.....) He even put the wheels on and replaced the keel nut with the replacement parts provided.

Now this is where a flight park like Highland Aerosports really demonstrates its commitment to the sport and to its patrons: anyone can tow you up. It takes dedication to make sure that the folk you are towing up are as prepared as they can possibly be, and to make sure that it the stepping stones to preparation for a higher performing glider are adequate. Thank God for Highland Aerosports! Thank you Sunny and Adam!

Yes, I could have worked my way through the set-up on my own, taking 9/10's of the day to do so, but Sunny made sure that I had all the tips I would need to do it better than well. At break down, Sunny even advised me on how to pack my new-to-me sport2 neatly into it's glider bag (those curved tips and mylar leading edge being a bit of a bear to get neatly stowed.)

Adam advised and kept tabs on the flyability of the conditions, and got me into the air as soon as the thermal activity slowed down. Am I a Kevin Carter of the Hang Gliding community? No, sad to have to report. [Crying or Very sad] There is no magical ability there. I need lots of work on my landings. But my launches were quite nice, and approaches were halfway decent, considering I've been stuffing the bar on my falcon approaches.

Suddenly, everything Danny had warned me to watch out for, came about! "Your falcon approaches are too fast, and stuffing the bar will serve you poorly when you transition to a higher performing glider." Well, now I know what he was saying. Hard to imagine it, but yeah, stuffing the bar shoots you across the field in the spifffin' sport2! Whoa baby!

But is that Sport2 ever a nice glider! I towed an Eagle and a Sonic, and that Sport 2 is as sweet as as a sports car after driving a 14 wheel truck! And with power steering to boot! What a nice light touch, and what response time! Stable, fast, easy, and most of all, enjoyable! Of course, my falcon standard is more ragged out than most, but still. I enjoyed the ride, the increased sound of the wind speed past my helmet, the delicate response, the VG: you name it. The wings are crisp and the leading edge a deep, penetrating intense blue. What a pleasure! It is like the difference between driving the tandem (with Sunny aboard, versus flying solo in a single.)

I cannot wait to repeat the multiple tows (more if the winds are light enough) and to improve my approaches and landings. I feel like I've joined the real world of Hang Gliding (but I felt that way when I recieved my Hang 2 sign-off also - so here we go again).

At all costs though, the Hang 3 syndrome is to be avoided. Please don't hesitate to comment if I seem to be going over the edge of sanity. I welcome your comments while sanely on the ground, but but I'm sure to ignore you with my harness hooked in...

See you down below me....look for that deep blue leading edge above! Whoo Whoo! :D


chgpa Road trip report
Christy Huddle
Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:23:25 -0400
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Not a whole lot of HG action on this road trip. The only flight so far is the one I took at Villa Grove in Colorado.

I spent 2 days on the training hill in Santa Barbara with Eagle Paragliding, getting 27 flights in all, and then took the written test, so I now have my P2. I went out for another day and did a lot of kiting and took a couple more flights. It was a lot more crossed than the previous days, but still sunny and warm.

I'm now down in Torrey Pines (5 minutes away) where my nephew lives. It's sunny and warm (high 60s) and with luck there will be enough wind to soar this afternoon.

No word on the LitespeedS. As far as I know it hasn't left Australia yet. I'm still planning on getting back by November 15th.



chgpa WOW (wave over woodstock)
Joe Brauch
Sat, 29 Oct 2005 22:48:02 -0400
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First time I wished I was on the ground...guess I should have kept heading out into the valley. Brain freeze.

Took off after 5 expecting lift to about 2500 over, then strong lift above that. Decided to stay around 2000. Not low enough. Stuck between 1800 and 2200 from ridge to the 3rd farm out in the valley. I got to practice flying real fast with full VG for awhile. Then multiple spiral dives with VG on and off. Amazing that you can make a diving 180 turn full VG, all the way stuffed and over and hear you vario beep up! Below 1500 baby butt smooth!

Lesson learned: Dress for the worst. I was expecting a 30 minute ridge lift sunset flight. If I had to go up I would have been real cold. Re-learn the proper exit procedure and mentally go through it. I just fought it straight down for 20 minutes. Up and Foreward or acoss might have been better. I'll reread the book.

Matthew the wave master had a fantastic flight.

Pulpit tomorrow???joe


chgpa taste o' wave?
David Bodner
Sat, 29 Oct 2005 22:48:42 -0400
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I was the 1st to arrive at Woodstock today and the second to launch (after Hubble) in a lull. Even without the lull I would've launched; it wasn't at all strong. Worked the front face up to a decent height, and I went over to the North finger to work some more lift. I was watching a glider circle well below me followed closely by a hawk. Don't know if the other pilot saw the hawk behind him.Eventually, I reached 2600 over launch.

It was still fairly cloudy, and I was getting a little too close to the underside of a dark one, so I intentionally lost altitude. The lift went away, and I struggled down to about 1000 over when it turned back on again. Got to about 2000 over and suddenly the sky went into full-Hoover mode. Again I was getting close to a cloud, but this time I kept gaining altitude, even with the bar stuffed. Amazing I couldn't find the "down button" on a Falcon. I think the weather was broken. I kept the bar stuffed and made some diving turns. I was just warm enough with my bar mitts sans gloves. I didn't want to experience the weather inside a cloud. Finally I got down below the super-lift line. I decided then I had my fun for the day and made the 1st of the day's landings in the primary. A bit bumpy, but manageable, ending in a nice landing. All along, I thought the lift I'd experienced was cloud-suck, but others said it was wave. Given the stories I heard of people who flew after the clouds dissipated, I suspect they're right. But, they can tell their own stories.

After the long day I decided not to camp at Pulpit, so there should be some great flights there tomorrow. Also, I have the windsock that was in the Woodstock primary. Somebody claim it.

David Bodner


chgpa WOW (wave over woodstock)
Sat, 29 Oct 2005 23:34:55 -0400
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I'm not the wave master today. And I didn't have a fantastic flight. Mark C., Dan T. and Gary S. are the wave masters who had fantastic flights. And Bruce Engen got up to 9600msl!!! I had a fairly unimpressive flight. I launched around 3:20, flew straight out beyond the LZ, climbed to 2K over and turned left. I continuted to climb as I boated down the valley and past Edinburgh, topping out at 3K over. Hit a sink hole near the end of Short Mountain and got down to 1K over. I searched around near the cliffs on the ridge at the end of Short Mtn and out again in the valley for something to take me up and over to Kearn Mtn. But I just kept gradually losing more altitude. At 1500AGL, I turned south again and landed 3 miles south of Mount Jackson near Cedar Grove Church. I never had the big lift or strong air others mentioned. I flew with half VG (what I always do) and flew at trim or min sink-- never got pinned on the ridge or hit any significant turbulence or had to stuff the bar to get down. It was like magic air out in the valley.

Karen had a nice 90 minute flight with bigger lift but she too had to stuff the bar to get down.



chgpa WOW (wave over woodstock)
Carlos Weill
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 08:10:45 -0500
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Saturday I arrived late when most people were set-up.

I heard on the way up to launch that a glider with VG having penetration problems, once at 2K over. My plan was to stay under 1800 over and remain vigilant.

I launched at around 5:00 PM, thanks to Dave Bodner and Joe B. While staying in front of the ridge I played around a little, the vario did not stop beeping. I could not see the vario against the sun. After a few minutes I just turn the vario to see 2300 over. OK do not want to climb anymore. Tried to move up-front by pull in, no progress. Tried to turn some, but that only got me further behind, but still in front of the ridge. I pulled in and extended my arms, staying us prone as I could be, I was higher than before. Around 4500 now. All this time the vario did not stop beeping. I figure I was 30 minutes before sundown. I had to make a decision. On the radio I got a hold a Matthew and Marc and told them my plan to land behind. Mark was trying to cross a gap, and Matthew had landed.

I crossed the second ridge at still 4500 over and checked for a few potential LZ's. On the south side could not see, then I crossed a thin layer of turbulence as I started to go down.

Finally the vario stop and even beeped down. I could move north where the better-looking field was. I checked for fences and power lines. There is a gap on the second ridge that lets some wind come thru, but once 500 over it there is no effect. On the ground, it might be a long walk, who cares. I called on the radio, and got Karen who was at launch, on her way to pick up Matthew. She was kind enough to divert and pick me up. I've flown here a few times and when the wind gets strong I don't because of gradient. When I fly and gets stronger, I stay low and move up-front, always checking my ability to move around. I few minutes of distraction put me in this predicament. Hopefully I learned something.



chgpa More Coronet
jim rooney
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 02:53:44 -0500
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Our morning tandems cancelled, so of course I headed directly over to Coronet. My PG is now a fixture in my car in case the random opportunity to fly presents itself. I got lucky in that my phone stayed quiet (no additional tandems) and I got to fly all day. Me and Kevin (the tandem pilot) are currently on call 7 days a week till Joel (other tug pilot) gets here... so having a day to just screw off is a bit of a treat. Don't get me wrong, life ain't bad, but I haven't gotten to thermal in over a month... the tug's fun and all, but it ain't no glider. So let me tell ya... when I bumped into that little pipsqueak of a thermal today... BOYA-DADDY! Did I freaking drool all over myself! Too bad I'm not good enough to be allowed to fly in real thermal stuff. Patience.

Anyway, beautiful day. Nice flights. Freindly people. Pics on my site (

Cheers, Jim


chgpa My Woodstock Saturday, 10/29
Cragin S
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 09:45:29 -0500
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I launched at 3:15, after David Bodner had landed, into about 7 mph, immediately after Karen. She must have gotten high fast, because I never did spot her. I stayed on the ridge for ~30 minutes, mostly between the two fingers, and hit 6375 MSL (4520 over launch). At that point I was looking straight out in front at the side of the clouds. definitely cloudbase+. I was also being pushed down the ridge to the south, away from the LZ, and not of my own choosing, so I pulled on the string and stuffed the bar to go out into the valley. That got me down, but more down than I had planned, to 700 over launch but out front and just south of Woodstock. I had previously set a destination in my gps of Dan's Budget Motel field on 11. I landed there (4 mi XC) at 45 minutes, right at 4.

The lift out there was amazing. I was not totally convinced at the time it was wave, although Bruce's 3K over me is a good indicator of wave.. rare to get that high in anything other than wave.

My descent was interesting.. bar totally stuffed, glider flew straighte and smooth, no handling difficulty at all. But I was focused on the clouds, and did not realize how much I had descended becasue the ridge was behind me.

I was marking the ground to see that I was making forward progress. Also, when it is stuffed, I cannot see the instruments

After a sweet no step landing on the back side of the field, away from 11 (slight uphill shape, perfect for landing), I walked from my LZ to the launch road in WS.. 2.5 miles. It was beautiful day for a walk. Karen had my truck and met me there so we went to launch to get hers. That is when she heard Carlos on the radio sking for a pick up in back

oh.. on Dan's Budget field..
the back of it has a great uphill landing area like a shallower main lz
PLUS, at that end is a gate held only by a clipped chain
so you can walk the gilder right out to Hoover Rd, no fence climbing needed.
Super sweet day, with a flight that stretched me a bit, and a nice walk.



chgpa The wave flight
Dan Tomlinson
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 08:59:09 -0500
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I guess I had one of the big ones, flying in wave for the first time. Plenty of people wrote that they couldn't get down. I had the same experience. Short of putting it into a spiral dive there was no way to get the glider to go down for a very long way. Unlike most of the other pilots I was early off and found myself getting trapped by clouds all around in spite of my best efforts to fly to the blue.

Not that this would ever happen but if you should ever find yourself getting whited out, staring at your instruments and flying with a light touch on the base tube is a good way to avoid vertigo and keep from making a bad situation worse.

38.2 miles, a personal record for me.

I double checked the gps after replacing the batteries and it looks like it was only 28 miles, but still a very nice flight. I landed about 4 miles short of 33. For a while it felt like it could have been a 100 mile day.


chgpa Blue Sky Sunday
Linda Baskerville
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 20:41:16 -0500
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What a pleasure to work with the Blue Sky team!

The winds were 0-5, Westerly, no lift, no ground turbulence, and Steve had me going up as soon as I could get set up (4ish). Had 3 tows on the S2: 1 full and 2 patterns.

The last of the three, all the pieces came together; launch was smooth, I got the angles more spot-on than I have been, the approach was good, and whee-haw, I managed to do a full flare and land on my feet (except that my keel landed first and knocked me to my knees....).

I find the flare timing is quite different between the Falcon and S2, and I had yet to find the right window to get the glider up. But I managed on the last flight of the day today. So next time, and the time after that, will hopefully demonstrate continued improvement. I'd love to be able to pull off some of those sweeping flares, where the person appears to be swooping through the grass, but then simply stands up with a glider on their back! Lots more work needed to get to that point!

Saw Steve Kinsley, Greg DeWolfe, Jason from the far South, Tim, Daniel, Charlyn, Peter, and a couple folk I did not know the names of. I don't believe anyone found much lift. An stunningly beautifully clear day - the mountains were just visible in the distance.

An enormous thank you to Steve Wendt for taking the time to talk me through an analysis of each launch, approach, and landing, and for working with me to get me well situated on the Sport2.

Not ready for the mountains yet ! :D - Linda


chgpa Blue Sky Sunday
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 21:06:28 -0500
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Hey Now!!. Lots of lift! I got 35 minutes for FOD. Jason got 26. The guy flying the superfloater was Billy Vaughan


chgpa Smithsburg Sunday
Richard Hays
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 08:35:40 -0500
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Blown out Saturday but very nice on Sunday. Arrived at 10:00am with wind coming in at about 10mph. Some W cross but very minimal. Peak winds hit about 15-17 but slacked off to a steady 10 most of the day. As mid afternoon arrived, the wind became more cross and we finally bagged it at about 3:30 but everyone got their fill of flights.

FYI: The corn stubble at the base is an issue. Hopefully this will be gone soon. If not, then forget training first or second day students there or.....students depending upon wheels for their landings.

Others' flying: Juan, Dan, Sparky, Tim, Tim, and Eddie on RC.


chgpa Smithsburg Sunday
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:20:47 -0500
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With a PG, you can land on the side of the hill and avoid all that stubble :) If you land in it with a PG, you can get a tangled mess ...

I landed a trainer wing in it twice on Saturday and it just about wore me out carrying the glider over all that 18" high stubble.

Until the farmer bales it up, I'm flying PG there [Wink]

Allen Sparks


chgpa In the park
tom ceunen
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 20:49:44 -0500
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great flights guys yesterday, I saw those waves heading to Woodstock
I asked God for more wind last week but for me gave a bit too much yesterday for those without frames
Thanks for posting the strong conditions expected at the Pulpit today.
A buch of PG flew well at Daniels today.
I flew finally my first good thermals at Dickies. It looked good for HG as well. But I was the only one flying there together with my shadow.
I like Dickes a lot. Plenty of spectators and nice for my family as well.
Enjoy the shots on

later writes:
66 traffic was only delaying returning after the 29
The park itself 45s delay at the gate (5 cars)
Next no problem

The flight, breeze all the time, thermals every 3min soaring up to 3000feet asl. Thermals everywere (sink as well)

Just a nice autumn day,
Sparky hits the same today I guess


chgpa Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 19:45:04 -0500
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Arrived at the Pulpit around 1pm to find Shawn Ray on the ramp (without his glider, of course) in honkin' winds (avg18, g23). Mark C and Carlos W had just left to drop a car in the LZ. Winds seemed to be backing down, though, so when Gene Towns, Rich Donahue, John Simon, Wesley Comerer, Cragin, and Brian VH showed up I drove down to the LZ to plant a sock.

Mark C was on the ramp ready to launch when I returned. Winds were down to around 15. Mark got above the ridge quickly, and was followed by Carlos and Wesley. I got set up while Cragin, John, and Shawn launched Rich. Then Cragin, Shawn and I launched John, and I launched next with help from Cragin, Shawn and Chris McKee, who was just spectating with a friend today---thanks guys.

BTW, Shawn Ray is puttin' some serious assistance money in the bank, so we'll all owe him once he's flying again (hopefully by January he says).

I found smooth lift on the ridge, punctuated by occasional light thermals, nothing very strong or punchy. Got to around 200-300' over, which of course wasn't as high as Mark. :) Not long after I launched, I heard Wesley (who had already landed) radio for help in the LZ. "I had a really bad landing and think I may have hurt myself pretty bad," he said. I thought "Oh no--not again! I'm a curse!"

Mark responded, asking Wesley if there was any bleeding. Wesley responded calmly, saying no bleeding, and he didn't think the injury was life-threatening, but that something was definitely very wrong with his arm, and he might have broken it.

Meanwhile, a radioless John Simon was worried sick because he saw Wesley whack hard on landing, and didn't see any movement under Wesley's glider for several minutes. John flew out to land as close to Wesley as possible, and was relieved to hear Wesley say "It's okay, I just hurt my arm bad." Mark, Cragin and Carlos all landed to help Wesley. By the time I landed, they were in the process of splinting Wesley's upper arm with a couple of tip battens and the velcro ties from his Eagle.

We got Wesley out of his harness, then Mark, Cragin and Carlos got him into Carlos' car while John and I broke down his glider and carried it to his car by the road. Fortunately, Wesley's parents live close by (Chambersburg), so they were able to drive over and carry Wesley to the hospital and drive his car home.

Wesley explained that he had a good approach and landing, but had to run out his touchdown a few steps and tripped when he stepped in a hole---this wasn't surprising, as he ended up close to the steep bank and uneven ground right between the upper and lower halves of the primary LZ. Bad luck!

So it was a beautiful day for flying, minus Wesley's unfortunate accident. We hope he'll let us know the damage and that he's okay! We're all hoping for a speedy recovery Wesley! I got 50 minutes on the ridge, and I think everyone else (including Wesley) got some decent airtime as well.

I really needed a good high flight---my first since Bill Priday's death. It was a major morale boost to get back in the air again.



chgpa RE: Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
John Simon
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 21:18:51 -0500
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Just got a phone update from Wesley's Dad. He has a broken humorous, but it's pretty badly broken as I understand it... busted in 3 places and his father mentioned the possibility of nerve damage. He is to have surgery tomorrow to have a plate put in. Wesley passed his thanks along to all who were able to help out. I hope to have an update in a day or two but can't be sure his Dad will continue to call my cell. I'm not sure which hospital he went to but his family did mention one in Chambersburg.

From my perspective today was a beautiful flying day but with a pretty strong inversion. We were all scraping along the ridge for some nice enough flights about 700 or 800 over. On landing Wesley got tripped up in some rolling terrain with some VERY large gopher holes and whacked pretty darn hard trying to run it out. I immediately thought it was a hard enough landing to be concerned about injury. I watched from 2000' or so and back on the ridge to see if he'd pop up from it but nothing. The thing that worried me was no movement under the glider and nobody moving towards him to help. The place he landed shielded him from the view of anyone on the ground and I think I was the only one in the air to see it. I headed out to the LZ. Still took me a while to get there spiral down and do my own little whack about 100' from him. By the time I got there all I had been looking at for the last 10 minutes were a pair of non-moving legs sticking out and as I ran over I was a little concerned what I might find. Wesley was matter of fact and said "I think I broke my arm but I'm OK otherwise.... Thanks for coming John, why don't you take a minute to catch your breath". Hah... I was relieved and more help arrived soon to care for him.


chgpa Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
Shawn Ray
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 07:41:34 -0500
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It was a vibrant day to be in the mountains. I love this time of year, my favorite.I was camping at cowans gap all weekend. My wife and I and another couple rented a cabin, I highly recommend it.We went up to launch saturday afternoon. It was coming straight in, but strong as hell.Sunday I got unpacked, and headed to the pulpit to see if I could help out. I got there at 12:30 to much of the same as saturday-STRONG, but it was gradually backing down.Pilots started arriving by the bus load!Mark lead the charge, and pilots started doing the conga line to launch.Thanks to Cragin for observing Rich B. off launch. He was thankful, man!!! I didn't know about Wesley's mishap until I got home that night.( DAMMIT!) If he is still in the hospital I may stop by, and see him after I go to my doctor's visit today. Hey Brian, who was your friend? She was waiting patiently to retrieve your ass! You ole rascal. Daniel, congrats on your flight, well done!

Peace, Shawn. I had fun!


chgpa Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 05:52:52 -0500
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I can sympathize sincerely with Wesely, having broken my Humerus in three places in 1989 during a down-wind whack in boulder-strewn terrain. I hope and pray that he doesn't have any nerve damage and can recuperate quickly. My recovery took nearly 6 months.

I also enjoyed a flight at the Pulpit in the PG, albeit late in the day.

I started at Smithsburg a bit after noon. When I arrived, Richard Hays was already there with a group of students. Shortly after I laid out my wing, winds began to blow more from the WSW and became much lighter.

Daniel Broxterman and I flew PG for a couple of hours. Jens B. showed up around 2pm for more of the same.

Afterwards Daniel and I went to the Pulpit, where winds had backed down considerably.

With assistance from Shawn and Rich on the wind meters, we waited for winds to back off to between 10 and 12mph, after which Daniel made a perfect launch for his very first mountain flight! Although it was still soarable, Daniel wisely chose to use his altitude to examine the secondary LZ and practice turns.

I launched last (with my camera) and flew hands-off, snapping photos until the light ran out.

Congrats to Daniel for his first PG Mountain Flight!

Allen Sparks

later writes:
Photos from last Sunday at the Pulpit - Daniel's first paraglider flight from a mountain - fall colors.

Allen Sparks


chgpa Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:35:01 -0500
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By the time I launched there was only one glider left in the air, so didn't bother to put on the radio - sure glad others did and that John had the good sense to respond when he didn't see motion.

So I launched and flew without knowing anything about Wesley's incident. Flew quite happily all alone for awhile after Gene landed, but then got lonely and started harassing the PG to launch. Eventually landed in the field to find nothing but a whole group of gliders still setup. Except for Gene it was silient as a grave. Seemed strange to me but I didn't clue in. The guys finally all arrived and started breaking down. Matthew called to get a flying report, and Cragin reported that he landed early to deal with a broken arm. Ha, ha, very funny Cragin, must've been a bear launching with it.

Oh, what, you were serious? No...somebody else's broken arm? Sheesh. Glad to know it was a gopher hole instead of a serious error in flying technique. Could've happened to anyone, Wesley, hope things come out okay. Corn's coming down, should be able to land in the lower field soon.

And shawn: she's married. They've taken me caving a couple times, thought she needed to see a real sport.

Brian Vant-Hull


wrhgc lizville
Doug Rogers
Monday, October 31, 2005 8:58 AM
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Yes Elizabethville work wonders yesterday. It seems like an eternity since I've flown there but once in the air it all felt familiar. The ridge was workin solid to get you above and hold you until a thermal rolled through to take you up to a grand. Leaves were colorful and the skies were clear right along with temps in the 60's made for a most pleasurable and relaxing flight. But just to bump up the old anxiety level 4 of us decided to top land which is always a rush, and everyone pulled it off with out a problem. We also had a work party weed wackin and we cleared the left side of the chute all the way to the bottom. Some of the trees were atleast 25' tall and 6" around. The chute is lookin good and ready for everyone to fly. To cap off a beauty of a day we all met for dinner at Jo Jo's. Bob, Joe and Karen, Keith, Carol, Rachel and Doug. Thanks to the launch crew Carol and Rachel.



wrhgc Lizzyville
Karen Gorrie
Oct 31, 2005 1:58 PM
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The day was one to remember for my log book. A first, top landing at Lizzyville! Those who have are so right, it can get turbulent coming down thru the trees, but once thru and into the windless tunnel, all is good and then you flare. Or whatever it is I do. It sure is good to hear others had as much fun as I did on such a glorious fall day. Life is good, Top Landing is better! Happy Holloween everyone! Happy B~Day Dave Brown!



chgpa Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 11:29:58 -0500
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Spark wrote:
Congrats to Daniel for his first PG Mountain Flight!
(end of quote)

Thanks, Spark, it was a blast! Thanks for all of your help. Felt like I was moving in slow motion compared to HG even though I spent most of the flight with no pull on the brakes.

Had a short talk w. Wesley, short because they were about to stick tubes in him (his phrase). He's pre-op but the nurse is prep-ing him now. Sounds like he's doing o.k. because he wanted to talk about why they weren't able to climb high yesterday. The guy breaks his arm in three places and wants to know if there was an inversion.

We talked a little about his landing. He says he'll write it up. I feel awful for him. He's been flying great. He has good judgment and after landing should have been talking with an observer about signing off on his H3. Instead he was having his broken arm velcro'd to a set of battens!

Thanks to everyone that helped out: Cragin, Mark, Brian, Gene, John & Carlos.

Did anyone notice that Gene finally got some mtn air time? His launch looked strong. Congrats to Gene!



chgpa Nice Pulpit day...with a minor incident.
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 19:34:32 -0500
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We missed all the action in the LZ by being the last two to launch. And I left my radio too thinking it was going to be a short flight. Brian and I was just yacking away in the field wondering why everybody flew to the corner to make a long haul out. Had we have known, we would've been there. Then I was on my way to the secondary to retrieve the PG'ers and called Sparky, half way up he said that Shawn was getting them. Speedy recovery to Wesley, wish I could have been more help. Gene


chgpa Bears at Dickey Ridge
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 20:18:52 -0500
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Spark and I flew Dickey Ridge today. Spark had landed his paraglider and I was yo yoing between 100 and 400 over when I saw 4 bears climbing up onto the Drive just below launch. There were two large ones and two small ones.-- Mom Dad and the kids I assume. They just started walking north down the middle of the road. There weren't any cars. I went down and flew over them twice low. They looked at me but didn't react. Then a car came up from the south and they went uphill off the drive. Tried to follow them (the leaves are mostly gone) but I was working trying to get back up and lost sight of them. Pretty cool.


chgpa Bears at Dickey Ridge
Tue, 1 Nov 2005 10:16:37 -0500
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I enjoyed the PG flight at Dickey's yesterday. It was especially rewarding to fly a National Park Service site that I helped to 'open' for Paragliding.

Although I was only in the air for about 17 minutes, the views were spectacular.

I took some photos, available at

Unfortunately, I didn't get to snap photos of the bears :)

Allen Sparks


wrhgc Ridgely tomorrow ?
Lenko Kovach
Nov 1, 2005 3:50 PM
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Hi Gary

Yes, we did fly: Christian had two flights. One for about 40 min(he took movie of it and will make DVD) and second flight extended sled. I had two extended sleds. Good launch, good flight and good landings. And safe ! Pat is thinking about flying Friday. When are you coming back ?


wrhgc Ridgely tomorrow ?
Christian Titone
Nov 1, 2005 2:04 PM
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You bet we flew.. It was GREAT!! We got there and it looked like the most stable day in history. I had called out sick from work but I needed some air time. I recently got a new camera just for flying so I was going to make a mini video of the flight so I figured it was no big deal to just get a sled anyway.

PK was there trying out his new T2 and he was doing very well thermalling at 200 feet for a few minutes but the report from the tandem was not so good. "differing levels of stability" was the general consensus. I got towed up around 1:30 and I found some decent lift right away. I kept between 1800 and 2500 most of the flight and I flew all over the place looking (I love my new ship). Perfect landing and the video worked.. Total time for the flight was 48 minutes.

The second flight was a bit shorter 31 minutes but still fun. It was just a lot of work staying up. Not a bad day for so late in the season.

Lenko had fun too but did not get too much thermal time. We had a nice trip and a fun day.



chgpa HR Sunday Recap...
Danny Brotto
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 18:19:52 -0500
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I arrive at HR at ~1:30 after bailing from McConnelsburg (strongish... backing off forecast, but HR is an hour closer to home.) The TFR was set to expire at 2:00 so I set-up amongst a gazillion spectators and motorcycles. I was the only HG pilot there but Tim and Tim (spacing on the last names) showed up from Smithburg to hopefully fly. Conditions were west cross at about 10. After rigging, I called flight service to confirm expiration of the TFR. The notice came in as I was speaking with the briefer. Eddie Miller showed up from Smithburg and set up his Sensor.

I had a full crew for the launch into very light west winds. I called it a "launch" but it was more of a flop. I demonstrated a classic stall off the cube; this after I got tongue-tied and yelled "Keel" instead of "Clear". No matter, the crew understood and I climbed to about 150 over in the west ridge lift. The air was rather chunky at times not so much due to the cross but rather to my being in the middle of an inversion (mixing, unstable air.) I was able to thermal to above the inversion a number of times maxing out at 700 over. Eddie launched and we exchanged altitudes a few times pretty much playing in the bumps, flying all over the place, and enjoying the "more than a hint" of fall colors. Lots of birds out just cruising and marking spots of lift.

Things began to slowly cycle down. Eddie left to fly home while we were at ~150 over. I finally sank down below the ridge and headed west to establish myself for a crosswind glide to the LZ. Just off the ridge, I found a light thermal taking it slowly to 300 over launch. The air had decidedly changed to smooth, buoyant, and phat and I re-established myself in the evening air. The low sun really lit up the colors of the mountainside and the sky was impossibly blue. The inversion shimmered. I lost myself in the moment and all was right with the world.

After ½ hour in the glass off, I headed out to allow enough daylight to break down. Landing was uneventful in the light westerly and I broke down in the LZ alone. Tim(s) had driven my truck to the LZ (thanks a million guys!) but did not fly. Fifteen minutes before sunset, it turned slightly catabatic.

I racked up one and a half hours in mostly sweet conditions taking in the beautiful scenery.

Danny Brotto


chgpa HR Sunday Recap...
Wed, 2 Nov 2005 17:13:11 -0500
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It is great that you and Eddie were able to soar the Rock. I thought it was going to be WSW there, since we saw that direction at Smithsburg. We had a similar glass-off experience at the Pulpit.

Allen Sparks


chgpa Sunday Accident (long)
Wesley Comerer
Thu, 3 Nov 2005 14:23:22 -0500
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Thank you for all the well-wishes, and to John Simon, who made quick effort to get to the LZ to check me out, Cragin, who made my splint and captained the rescue squad, Carlos, who made a tv-commercial-like drive (in his new 4Runner) to get me out, and MCav and Scott for your assistance.

My Condition: The fracture was worse than I expected -- right humerus broken through in three places and significant displacement of and pressure on (no tear of) the radial nerve -- though, despite significant displacement of three sharp pieces of bone, no significant internal injury (whereby Sparky's was much worse). Surgery included insertion of two screws and the post-op X-Rays show a perfectly straight bone. I'm in a humerus fracture brace and, to enable the nerve to heal, an OT-made splint for the lower arm and hand.

The Landing: I regret that it wasn't witnessed. The landing would have certainly looked ridiculous, and I strongly suspect that the ultimate breakdown was in my footwork, but I can't provide a clear account. I flared late and level, it looked to me like a three-stride runout, but, with arms up in flare, I think that I stumbled or slipped slightly at my first step, not enough to eat it right there, rather I veered left (downhill) and stumbled for another stride or two and then whacked. My wing is apparently undamaged (I'll have it checked out) but I must've taken a hard impact to the elbow (or something like that).

A controllable proximate factor -- the runout: Two months ago, having not flown since our big-air Woodstock day on May 1, I went to Oregon Ridge to get back in flying form and I was horrible. On that windless day I launched well but I whacked horribly on multiple occasions, my first real whacks, ever. I judged myself in poor form and retired early, quite demoralized. After some serious thought, I realized that I was scared to slow down, to round-out and slow to proper flare speed. When I landed in easy conditions at Woodstock two weeks ago I executed a clean and level three-stride runout and it occurred to me that I might have fearfully overcompensated, too content to run out a landing even in conditions in which I should do better, but I still remembered those bad whacks. This last Pulpit landing was more difficult to set up, but I feel that I might have avoided a runout if I had definitively intended to, as I feel that I should have. I must always be ready and willing to run out a landing, but I fly an Eagle and I know when to flare.

Another controllable proximate factor -- the setup: My DBF set me up too high for my intended target, so I stretched the base leg a little and did one s-turn and then I knew that I'd be safely in the field so I decided not to maneuver anymore and I turned final knowing that I'd still go long, and I ended up in a rougher patch of field. I think that I decided correctly not to do more turns, but I'd at least feel less stupid if I had hurt myself at my target, so I'll fly better setups from now on.

We had a big enough crew to tend to me. Anyone who was flying or setting up instead of helping need not feel bad. We did a very good job of prudently and methodically getting me clear, splinted, and moved. Thanks again.

Thanks to Daniel, Tom, John, and Sparky for calling, and to Shawn for stopping by after hearing his good news.

Take Care.



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