The morning started off a little windy so no work got done but shortly after the afternoon groundschool everything got great. The thermals took a little time to go away to make room for safe conditions. Soon as they did conditions got perfect for flights. Several students completed flights until winds eventually died off and the shade rolled in from the setting sun. So another great evening for flights with most getting upwards of 4 each. Great work all who came out.
The weather gods shined again. We spent the afternoon with some of the instructors getting some flying in. Young Devin rocked the show early with a little bit of Thermal instruction and now knows the Cochrane house thermal inside and out. After two years of flying Cochrane he completed his first 360's coring up over the hill in the lift. With enough of watching him I decided to go get my glider and get some flying in as well. Ross, myself and a few others soared away until the wind picked up just enough to not make it uncomfortable. At this point the students arrived to watch a few Hanggliders soaring. After not long I decided to go check the air and lets just say I did not want to land. Well I did land and got the students going. Todd launched and soared well down to the east side of the ridge and back before realizing he had no radio turned on but he was still above the top of the hill so he turned it on and I talked him through another pass on the ridge. After a 5 min flight I talked him through his first perfect top landing. Good Job Todd. Soon after Todd's flight we got Allan in the air for his first extended flight. Nice launch Allan. The evening continued till darkness began with all of the students getting flights of various lengths. We should give a big welcome to Elaine and Gary for getting their first flights off of the big hill. Nice work everyone and keep it up.
After receiving a horrible forecast for Tuesday I decided to switch my day off and work tonight. Well it sure turned out to be a great evening. We had several students out for flights with Darcy leading the way with 9. Most others had at least 4. So with 11 students getting flights the batteries on the radios sure took a beating. Hope the nice weather continues as we prepare for the Golden High Flights. I would also like to Welcome James and Jason into the Karma ownership club after purchasing new Karmas this past week.
Well the Fall season is upon us with a few great nights in the past couple weeks. It all started on my Birthday August 20th that turned out to be ridge soarable all evening bringing out several students for some extended flights.
Vincene and I then took a group of the instructors down for some extra training over the water in Park City Utah. They all had several flights learning to spin, stall and recover from various collapses while there.
We came home this week to the most amazing Tuesday evening of soarable conditions. It started around 3pm and finished just before dark. Matt from the USA and myself enjoyed a couple hours before Peter(nurse) showed up to get his allotment of airtime. At this point around 6pm James, Ken, Allan, Jason, Trevor, Peter(lawyer) and Tomo got their evening going. Most had 4 or 5 flights in windy but safe conditions. Most of the flights were launched using reverse technique, so practice up kids if you want a better chance of getting nice flights in the windier conditions.
The surprise of the evening was our good buddy Blake who managed his first 7 Flights ever and is now ready to do his own approaches. Great Job Blake.
I was super pleased with the progress that everyone showed throughout the evening considering it was the first time out for some since early July.
So Cheers to you all
Hope to see you all out in the coming days as the fall should bring us some nice flying weather.