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Hangola November 25 - December 1, 2005


Smithsburg Friday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Linda Baskerville two very successful flights report


Ellenville Friday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Bacil Dickert Got about 50' above the launch point report


High Rock Friday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Tom McGowan we both flew for just short of an hour with 1,000 or so over report
Danny Brotto


Taylor Farm Saturday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Linda Baskerville a good, possibly even great day for everyone report
John M with 2 students Chris and Karl

Steve, Matthew, Karen


Florida Reports
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Lauren Tjaden Friday and Saturday report
Hugh McElrath Florida, Dragonfly lesson report
Lauren Tjaden good day Wednesday report


Manquin Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Linda Baskerville 4 pattern tows report
Rance, Tim


Training Hill Sunday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Richard Hays awesome day report
Glen Hardy, Yanni


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


Woodstock Wednesday
pilot airtime, alt gain, xc link to report
Kelvin Pierce 2100' over report
Steve Kinsley went north to the point report
Bruce, Adam and John


Flight Reports

chgpa smithsburg landings - Friday 11/25
Linda Baskerville
Fri, 25 Nov 2005 19:54:53 -0500
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Wind was blowing 12.5 max, 8 avg, out of the west predominantly, but also NW and some SW. It was a touch cool until I started dragging the glider up the hill. Then it was hot!

I had two very successful flights off of Smithsburg today. Both decent launches, and TADA! Magic landings on my feet, with a comfortable flare, and an easy setdown. The second flight shot me most of the way across the corn stalks so I exited out the back of the field. In between, I sat and rested on the hillside, enjoying the sunshine, the serenity, and just giving thanks for the opportunity to enjoy life. Mistake! I got cold sitting there!

Cornstalks - do NOT talk to me about corn stalks. Jeesh! Kneehigh, and sticking out of the earth like homeland security pilons. It wasn't even the getting the bar over them that was the worst -( I developed a method of using the bar like a plow )- it was the snagging of the side wires!

I wish I could do more at the training hill with the Sport 2, but it is simply too heavy for me to lug out of the corn and fly back up more than twice. As it was, I was lucky to be able to get the wand tips out. They have not been a problem for me in general after the first attempt at removing them. But today, they refused to come out. Maybe because the fiberglass was so cold it wouldn't bend enough. I even attempted to extract it by bending it using my foot. But I was unable to get the cup off the tip.

Thank god for Mike - Mike from nowhere, Mike from out of the blue, Mike the Magnificent and the kind hearted, who stopped his truck after driving past and thinking the pilot laying on the ground under the glider was hurt (I was just having a tantrum), but who quickly grasped the nature of the problem and was able to assist me with extracting the !@(*$&)@(*$^@)*&^ wand tip!

A good day in all. -Linda


chgpa Ellenville Friday 11/25
Bacil Dickert
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 13:16:22 -0500
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Got to fly Ellenville the day after Thanksgiving. Breezy on the drive out from Cheshire, CT on I-84. Got to the LZ around 12 noon. Flow from the streamers was from the SW to W. Checked in w/ Tony Covelli, signed the waiver, and paid the $10 for the day pass. Saw a pilot land before heading up. 2" of snow on the access road to launch. What a beautiful site! Visibility was superb; could see the prominent snowcapped Catskills to the NW. Set up while my brother-in-law kept warm in the vehicle. Windsock and streamers showed a pretty good left cross most of the time. Winds were 5 to 10 MPH. Chose a good straight in cycle and had a good launch. Turned left into the cross and benched up in front of the launch knob with a few figure 8s in front of it. Got about 50' above the launch point (which is not at the top of the mountain)and headed over to an upwind knob across Rt. 52. Shouldhave stayed where I was (never leave lift). Lost altitude and found myself at Rt. 52 level with a severe cross from the SW. Headed to the LZ w/ a quartering tailwind. Found some light lift to the south of the LZ and gained 100'w/ a few 360's. The bubble quit, and I descended in for a nice landing to the SW. I look forward to flying Ellenville again.



chgpa Friday at High Rock
Tom McGowan
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 15:09:26 -0500
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Danny Brotto and I had a nice day at High Rock. Winds were a little west but not too bad. We both flew for just short of an hour with 1,000 or so over. A visiting California hang glider pilot from the 70s and early 80s named Stan Johnson helped us launch.

Tom McGowan


chgpa Saturday South?
Linda Baskerville
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 22:09:38 -0500
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I spent the day at Taylor's Farm footlaunching and having deliciously erect and firm landings (OK - the first landing was on my knees but there MAY have been a touch of sink at that moment...). [Wink]

John M. was out with two students who were doing just fantastically, Chris and Carl (Karl?). Very impressive. Repeatedly. Chris was working on his turns, and Carl was getting the straight flight thing down. [Arrow]

Steve Kinsley showed up with his paraglider, and up popped Matthew and Karen too. [Idea]

I think it was a good, possibly even great day for everyone! It certainly was for me. Warm sunny hillside, lots of folks having fun. And some great (for me) landings and fun flights. :D

Winds were steady and constant, stronger than the 2-5 called for by the website I looked at this morning, but not too strong (except for some of the parawings). It was just perfect for hang gliding footlaunch practice. Not too switchy.

I managed 5 flights - courtesy of those "20 year old type" fellows who trotted my glider up the hill for me faster than I could ascend (even sans glider!) [Embarassed] And I'm referring to Matthew and Steve: those guys are all sinew and braun (ok, some brains too!). I struggled through my three pilgrimages to the top (one more than yesterday), and my legs and arms turned to jelly. Cranberry jelly to be precise.

I may end up doing Blue Sky tomorrow, and learning to truck tow, if the winds continue to be less than mountainously directed. [Arrow]

I am also delighted to announce that the Kinsley method of de-tipping the wings is a delight to watch! Too bad I don't have the arm strength required because it looked the easier/simplest of all. But the Middleton method works like a charm for me. Park butt on ground, and PULL! Cup pops right off! [Shocked]

So, now that I am completely capable of assembling and disassembling my glider, I get to have fun flying it. I cannot wait to soar it [Exclamation] - Linda

Carlos, how was Blue Sky?


chgpa Friday, Saturday with VA friends at Quest
Lauren Tjaden
Sun, 27 Nov 2005 07:15:52 -0500
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Friday: I was invited to go motorcycling with some of the wild ones at Quest, but decided to fly instead (much safer). Paul flew the Target to get dialed into a flex wing before our FAI comp here, which which hopefully qualify us both for the worlds. He whacked it the first time, but it turned out it had a nasty turn. He nailed his landings perfectly after it lost that annoying tendency to dive sideways at the ground. Peter, who flies mainly at Blue Sky (VA) also joined us on his beautiful black U2, which he has flown his way into after a few short months as a pilot (he flies lots and is qualified). He was thrilled to begin soaring the flatlands.

Hugh's (from VA, who is staying with us) U2 wasn't repaired, so he rented a Sport 2. He said he was just flying "in the Pattern" and asked what he should wear. I thought he meant he was just flying pattern tows and advised only a Tshirt.

I launched at the right time and stuck right away. I hadn't anticipated it would be that great because it was forecast to be low lift and the sky featured no clouds. That friggin' Litespeed has a motor, I swear. I felt really good about my flying, that I climbed really well and managed to stay relaxed and cool in the head so I could spot trends, my next thermal before I left, etc. After an hour 15 or so in the air, I was freezing with my speed sleeves, and landed deliberately.

I was hypothermic but Hugh was positively blue, who regreted that Tshirt! I felt beat and retired early, but the boys had a swim and a hot tub, and then bought ribs from Brotus' and feasted.

Saturday: Paul flared his way to beautiful landings on the Discus, but he needs to fly it one more day before moving up to the Laminar. Hugh invested in landing lessons with Kevin. Kevin said Hugh performed EVERYTHING he asked perfectly, like the first time, and now he justs needs a mantra so he remembers it. Peter looked like the Energizer bunny, always doing something with that glider. He also took landing lessons. I only saw his last one but it was SWEET.

Not much lift. I towed to altitude and squeaked out an extendo, then flew one more time in a pattern tow. The wind died down when I came in and I took a few steps, but the frame stayed up nicely and it wasn't a sprint. A few people said how pretty it was but Kevin told them it was horrible! The point is, I need to stay in good habits and flare early and hard, and not be satisfied with anything less than a perfect, no step landing. I am lucky to have friends who hold me to such high standards.

We made reservations at the Thai Nazi's for dinner but then Kev called and said Connie had cooked a huge dinner for everyone at Quest. We cancelled the Thai dinner and drove back to Quest for roasted ham, salad, rice and too many other dishes to mention. She just fixed this just to be nice to everyone. Much merry making but we all went to bed early, becasue if doesn't cloud up it MIGHT BE A REALLY GOOD DAY TODAY!



chgpa Sun landings
Linda Baskerville
Sun, 27 Nov 2005 21:30:40 -0500
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Spent the afternoon with the rest of the gazillion travellers on Interstate 95, but made it to Blue Sky along with a couple other diehards (Tim and Rance). We all towed into an overcast and darkening sky with only occaisional breaks in the clouds, with trickling puffs of air from the South, East and North, barely moving the streamers.

I did 4 pattern tows (aero - tow road to mucky) and on the last couple landings, with Steve's guidance, I nailed 'em: right in the spot circle, and with a classic flare, on my feet. Okay, in my case a classic flare means the keel hits the ground first, but by the last landing, I managed to flare slightly less aggressively, and consequently the keel didn't land before my feet.

Not that I can repeat that as often as I'd like, but hey, I'm getting there.

I may consider a shorter stinger so that I have more acceptable-to-me flare options. This isn't the first time I've struck keel first, and despite an otherwise textbok approach and landing, I'm left with a jerking "wham" that not only wants to rearrange my spinal column, but that forces me to do the "catch yourself shuffle" dance with my feet. It is an unpleasant sensation, made worse by the feeling that everything is going just dandy, when suddenly the glider decides to knock you off your feet.

But WHOOHOO and DAMN! I do love getting it right! :D -Linda


chgpa Sunday training hill stuff
Richard Hays
Mon, 28 Nov 2005 08:47:59 -0500
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Saturday blew out at one of my sites north of the shop, but Sunday was sweet and we headed off to Hardy Hill up in Belair which.......may undergo a name change soon. Its seems more appropriate to call it Bovine Hill or South Pie Hill. My god.......the place was a virtual sea of cow crap. Yuck. Good incentive for stand up landings.

However; the day was awesome. The overcast skies kept the south air from being weird and we flew all day. Glen Hardy took delivery on his new Falcon 225 and Yanni struggled with his bad purchase of a used Eagle 180 ( he's too heavy on it...didn't listen to my advice and bought it anyway ). That said, everyone but Yanni had fun. New student Rusty did extremely well for a first day'er and was flying from atop the hill by days' end. His experience as a white water kayaker definately showed on the "grace under pressure" meter. He was quite relaxed flying the Falcon 170.

Glen Hardy did really well and is most definately ready for Bills Hill, or the Sac, etc. He has his H-2 rating now, glider and harness and is ready to go. Any Observers' interested in sponsoring him should contact me for a quick review of his abilities...strengths and weaknesses. He's also usually available for weekday flying too.

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The day ended at sunset. Good time had by all. Great training season so far!


chgpa New Zealand Magic
Tue, 29 Nov 2005 01:28:11 -0500
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I now understand why people don't leave this place. Now that our second tug pilot is here, I've been able to get out and do some soaring. Um... holy crap. This place is wicked good.

I have some pictures up on webshots... be warned, they're PG. I've very much biwingal now ;)

Today was pretty typical. High preassure, light winds. Winds don't seem to matter much. The lake does. Coronet is a South launch (All the way from west to east) and on North days, it still blows South up Coronet. The valley (see pictures) is one gigantic, ridge soaring dream of a bowl. The only downer is there is an airspace ceiling, so you can only get a couple thousand over launch.

It's not on all the time... when it's not High preassure, it's generally windy and drizzle. The weather here changes constantly though, so you're not stuck with it too long.

It's soarable anywhere from 9 or 10am till sunset, which happens to be around 9 or 10 pm. It's not all braindead, but at some point in the day it generally is.

Evenings are... um... well, it goes Magic every freaking day. We're 100k from the Ocean and the seabrease sets up anywhere from 4pm to whatever. It's thermals and ridgelift from then on.

I've been flying this in PG for the last few days and always get the call to land after a while. It blows out for PG. Today I got to fly a HG :) It doesn't blow out for HG. HELL YEAH.

Queenstown is a great place to fly, except that you have to bring your own glider. The people are great, the facilities are nice and the flying is rockin.

Fun stuff.


chgpa Re: Helmets revisited (again)
Hugh McElrath
Tue, 29 Nov 2005 08:49:16 -0500
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Took a Dragonfly lesson yesterday with Rhett Radford (premier Dragonfly pilot from Pura Vida video) in windy conditions. Air work was OK, although I find it difficult to recognize accelerated stalls and it's easy to end up in a spin or a spiral dive with a rapid build-up in airspeed and loss of altitude. Landings were challenging in the building crosswind. Rained out so far today... - Hugh


chgpa Florida fun
Lauren Tjaden
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 19:17:39 -0500
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Oh yippee yi! I ventured out to Quest late in the afternoon due to earlier windy conditions and a dismal soaring forecast (it turns out the winds were not really so bad at the field). I arrived just in time to see both Hugh and Paul coming in for landings. I was gratified to note they had been stuck with landing and towing practice, and I had made the correct choice in spending the day tending to chores, allowing only enough time for a couple of evening flights.

Well. Paul had to struggle but scratched out an hour on the Laminar. Instant jealousy surged through my system like poison. Hugh WAS actually flying patterns -- with much speed and accuracy, on the Sport 2. Kevin told him to set up the Discus (which he also flew well).

I rushed to assemble my stunning Litespeed. She is the most beautiful glider I have ever seen, I swear. Paul helped me to turn down my sprogs another notch. I finally got permission from Kevin to take her back to factory settings since I have not done anything scary on her, but they are still a notch higher than the way she came. Even Adam said she could be kinda divergent with full VG, but I don't usually fly her with more than 3/4, anyhow.

I LOVED my Angel with her lowered sprogs. Less bar pressure, and when I landed, I had MUCH more time after I transitioned to both downtubes before I had to flare. I have had to be very quick before, but set up this way -- more like she was meant to be -- the glider lands GREAT. Oh, nirvana.

I have often thought about what a gift this glider is, and how I really had a hard time appreciating her at first, because I was more scared to fly her than anything I have ever done. I made this huge leap of faith when I decided I wanted to compete and actually go for it, and just ordered everything I would need. Anyone else in the world would have been so thrilled to have a machine like her but I was just scared. I am finally beginning to accept that I am just fine on her and totally qualified to fly her. I would feed that glider carrots if she was a horse.

I flew a couple of times. I was consumed by major happiness, and then Paul told me he had gotten a call, and we sold our investment house! Woohoo double time! The contract is signed, the hot tub is heating, and Hugh bought us lamb chops to grill for dinner. He just brought me a plate of goat cheese. Today, life is pretty good. Tommorow might be even better.



chgpa Woodstock today
Kelvin Pierce
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 19:47:15 -0500
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It was a nice day at Woodstock today. I flew with Steve, Bruce, Adam and John. We were all a bit concerned about choosing Woodstock for today because the winds at launch were very light. Fortunately there were abundant thermals and it was a relatively warm day. Flew for a little over 1.5 hours with max. gain to 2100' over.



chgpa Woodstock today
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 22:00:23 -0500
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2100 over?! I didn't know that. Pretty sure everybody else was in the 1300 to 1500 range. You da man Kelvin!

Saw several bald eagles . There was an eagle of some sort that flew with me for a couple of minutes. It made a pass right in front of me once that was unbelievably close.-- less than 10 ft. John MacAllister told me on the radio "that bird's all over you". It did not have the white head and tail of a bald but it was clearly an eagle. It was not a hawk-- it was really big.

John and I went north to the point. The day was dying and I had some doubts that we would make it back. At some point on the return trip I started picking out potential LZs and noticed that in many cases the bridges across the river were flooded (must of really poured). Uh oh. Add "accessible by vehicle" to the criteria. John sank out but I managed to hang on.

Topped off the day with a really crappy landing. Tried to make a last second turn into the reported north X and by the time I got the wings level it was too late. Don't know why I do that. It never works. Need a little sign that drops down "Just land straight ahead stupid". sigh. Oh well. Lot of mud flying around but no bent aluminum.

BTW, would have been a good day for PGs.


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