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Hang gliding Videos :: VIDEO - Tekoa visit and awesome flight!

16 April, 2017 - 00:08
Author: Felix
Subject: VIDEO - Tekoa visit and awesome flight!
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:08 pm (GMT -8)

There was a post I made here about a month + ago, about hopefully flying around Spokane, WA while there on a business trip. Well, I got insanely lucky and the perfect flying conditions showed up the one day I could be there
Many thanks to local awesome pilot Mike!
For some reason the high good quality GoPro original footage got messed up by my editing program...still an OK video. I added a shot of the original footage for reference ;)
Enjoy

Link

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Hang gliding general :: RE: Mont Saint Pierre Fly In - info on or experience with?

15 April, 2017 - 23:39
Author: Fletcher
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:39 pm (GMT -8)

Very old info but here goes
I was there in 1988 and had a blast!
The locals were very friendly toward pilots and even welcomed us into their homes. It's a tourist town so they really go out of their way to please.
There was a clubhouse for pilots at the main launches.
The road to the main launch was SERIOUS 4WD,steep with loose shale.
The flying wasn't always soarable but when it's on it can be very good.
One day we had a five man wire crew with elevator launches and some of us went XC up the coast.
Landing on the beach was fun and the LZ is adequate but winds can be switchy.
The local bars all had special evening pricing and giveaways for pilots.
The campground was nice and right in town.
I drove five hundred miles to get there and was glad I did.
Go, have a blast and report back here on what you did.

Foot Launched Powered Hang Gliding :: RE: Trying to get accurate expectations for Radne / Mosquito.

15 April, 2017 - 21:48
Author: combat.is.hell
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:48 pm (GMT -8)

Wagner24314 wrote: i fly a NRG hand grind my own props 54X23, cerkoted the piston face, combustion chamber and exhaust port. tuned pipe, WB-27-1 carb which has a tune able high needle. i get 8500 to 8600 RPM on the hot engine now where before the cerkote i only got 7600 to 7800 on the hot motor.

That's quite a serious number-dropping post there

I am the guy who doesn't know much about engines and hates spending time in the garage. I bought my mosquito new back in 2012 and have flown it year-round ever since. I get an estimated 8900-9100 rpm with a wooden Born propeller and have never done anything to the motor. I have cleaned the spark plug twice and tightened the propeller brake once. That's pretty sweet for an estimated 100 hours in the air.

If you invest in a mosquito, make sure you get every bit of thrust out of the engine: I use Aspen fuel with a high-quality oil that is recommended by Rotax and a well balanced fixed propeller.
The foldable propellers are in my oponion totally useless. They tend to be out of balance and always deliver less thrust. They are supposed to offer less drag when folded during thermaling with mosquito. But unless you are gliding 10 miles between thermals you will not see any benefits from a foldable prop. Even if you were to glide 10 miles between thermals, you would still only gain a few meters. And they cost 3 times as much......

If you get the maximum thrust out of your motor, then you can start off by flying during "safe" days with good air density and a bit of headwind to help you during take off. Little by little you will experiment and see for yourself what conditions feel safe for you and which conditions make the take off feel risky. A modern wing in good condition helps, especially if your clip-in weight with mosquito is below the manufacturers max.
A good idea is to have a little engine tacho so that you can get a reading of the engine's revs when you are on the ground. I had such a device when I started flying FLPHG back in 2008 and it helped me develop a feel for engine thrust so that in the end I was able to realise if the engine was running OK or not without any instruments at all. The tacho is attach it to the spark plug wire with a crocodile clip and gives you a pretty precice reading of the revs. If the engine is running fine, you unclip it and you are good to go.
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Incident Reports :: Digifly Airspace help

15 April, 2017 - 20:51
Author: Avolare
Subject: Digifly Airspace help
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:51 pm (GMT -8)

I'm attempting to load the Florida airspace file the organizer provided for the Quest Air comp found here;
https://airtribune.com/2017-quest-air-open-and-reopen/info

I keep getting "Parse error at line 2 Header token not found."

Your help is appreciated

Hang gliding general :: RE: LZ windsock design details?

15 April, 2017 - 19:29
Author: ChattaroyMan
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:29 am (GMT -8)

Colors .... This is back in the 70s or early 80s .... Only picture I have of a few windsocks I made. Used one side yellow the other side red. As long as you could remember which side was which you could tell the wind direction from a distance by the color you saw.
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Incident Reports :: RE: Hook Knives Save Lives!!!!

15 April, 2017 - 18:48
Author: Eteamjack
Subject: Re: Hook Knives Save Lives!!!!
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:48 am (GMT -8)

flysurfski wrote: NMERider wrote:

What's worse than this is the large numbers of local pilots who have indicated to me that they don't have a hook knife in their harness or on their person whenever they fly. This is serious business and not merely some irritating protocol we should all be following....

Thank you for your cooperation.


Great Thread NME. The one thing that has not been mentioned is the RARE event of a parachute deployment with high surface winds.


A long time HG buddy of mine got extremely lucky as a spectator(a non HG pilot) had a buck knife and was able to cut the parachute bridal as he got violently dragged and had no hook knife. It was an accidental deployment at a coastal ridge site. If the site was not visible from the side of the road on Highway 1 in California he might have been toast.....

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Hang gliding general :: RE: LZ windsock design details?

15 April, 2017 - 18:33
Author: DMarley
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:33 am (GMT -8)

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Hang gliding Videos :: RE: Into The Light of A Setting Sun

15 April, 2017 - 18:32
Author: Angelo
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:32 am (GMT -8)

Nice adjustment after losing your drogue chute. What happened? Your response was pretty priceless when you saw that the drogue had just floated away.

Hang gliding general :: RE: Mont Saint Pierre Fly In - info on or experience with?

15 April, 2017 - 18:23
Author: Angelo
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:23 am (GMT -8)

I'm sold! Last question - any recommendations on where to stay?

Hang gliding general :: RE: LZ windsock design details?

15 April, 2017 - 18:20
Author: DMarley
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:20 am (GMT -8)

Hey David,
Where are you planning on flying?

Hang gliding Videos :: RE: An early speed run in Bassano

15 April, 2017 - 17:56
Author: DMarley
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:56 am (GMT -8)

Right. Frame rate sped up to exaggerate the illusion of higher speed. Why?!

Hang gliding Videos :: RE: THE PERFECT CIRCLE - short inspirational film

15 April, 2017 - 17:37
Author: CAL
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:37 am (GMT -8)

AIRTHUG wrote: Listen, I totally wish I could have made this with someone else as the subject. But having someone to coordinate schedules with, for a passion-project made in my 'spare' time... not too feasible. And that person would have to be in or Near me here in NY. And I wanted to feature someone younger- the average age of hang pilots is approaching 60 now! And then there's the flying thing... doing something visually interesting, and crafting a deeper plot that incorporates that neat thing, without the thing consuming the whole message or theme. I'm not going to say all of that coming together was or is impossible... but I saw no way I could do it. So I did what I could...

And I knew a film BY me, ABOUT me, will be a deterrent for some. It is what it is I guess. I tried to be conscious of that, and play the hand I held. I'm not sorry, but I agree it'd be SO much better if it weren't me in there...


it would have not been the same, you picked the perfect character
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Hang gliding Videos :: RE: THE PERFECT CIRCLE - short inspirational film

15 April, 2017 - 17:18
Author: AIRTHUG
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:18 am (GMT -8)

Listen, I totally wish I could have made this with someone else as the subject. But having someone to coordinate schedules with, for a passion-project made in my 'spare' time... not too feasible. And that person would have to be in or Near me here in NY. And I wanted to feature someone younger- the average age of hang pilots is approaching 60 now! And then there's the flying thing... doing something visually interesting, and crafting a deeper plot that incorporates that neat thing, without the thing consuming the whole message or theme. I'm not going to say all of that coming together was or is impossible... but I saw no way I could do it. So I did what I could...

And I knew a film BY me, ABOUT me, will be a deterrent for some. It is what it is I guess. I tried to be conscious of that, and play the hand I held. I'm not sorry, but I agree it'd be SO much better if it weren't me in there...
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Hang gliding Videos :: RE: THE PERFECT CIRCLE - short inspirational film

15 April, 2017 - 17:16
Author: CAL
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:16 am (GMT -8)

https://www.searchlock.com/search?safe=on&tbm=isch&sr=pageredir-google&q=Ryan+Voight#

here is the link keep in mind there is a lot of other pictures as well but you can do this with a lot of people and they do not show up
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Hang gliding Videos :: RE: THE PERFECT CIRCLE - short inspirational film

15 April, 2017 - 17:10
Author: CAL
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:10 am (GMT -8)

Ryan Voght, i loved the video and the inspiration that goes behind it, you have put a lot in this sport, when you as one of the greatest can trickle down to a simple pilot as myself and feel the influence you have had on my life both in the sky and out, it tells the story of all that have been influenced by you. i have said this before go to google and click on images, type Ryan Voight, you will show up and it will show what your passions are and how the world loves you, because you can type in names of people you know and that person does not show up it tells a story about inspiration
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Foot Launched Powered Hang Gliding :: RE: Trying to get accurate expectations for Radne / Mosquito.

15 April, 2017 - 02:40
Author: DMarley
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:40 pm (GMT -8)

Nice rpm results on the cerakote tests. Have you measured the exhaust temp differences?
Are these rpm results using your fab'ed wood 54x23 prop, or the original bolle 52x21 folder? I've heard that the folders can be somewhat of an engine hog to spin up to a decent rpm and thrust.
Have you measured the static thrust differences between your prop and the bolle?
It'd be interesting to measure the thrust differences at best climb speed. Say, mount the harness rig to the top of a pickup truck or van and get the vehicle up to the best climb speed on a flat stretch of lonely road with the harness pushing against a scale. Could turn out to be somewhat an involved procedure, but perhaps quite educational. Especially to one who crafts props. Though, if the new prop alone gives a measurable climb increase you could say it's good!
You should write up an article of your experiments and findings of the mozzy.

Hang gliding Videos :: RE: THE PERFECT CIRCLE - short inspirational film

15 April, 2017 - 00:49
Author: NMERider
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:49 pm (GMT -8)

once&future wrote: The scariest part of that clip is that I'm old enough now that Gloria Swanson's starting to look kinda hot...

Carol Burnett immortalized the role in her Perfect Circle - short inspirational rendition.

Link

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Incident Reports :: RE: Hook Knives Save Lives!!!!

15 April, 2017 - 00:40
Author: NMERider
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:40 pm (GMT -8)

Felix wrote: Hook knives are a must. I used mine to cut myself down from a tree...glad it was there and handy. And man did that thing cut through the hang strap like it was going through butter!
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Hang gliding Videos :: RE: THE PERFECT CIRCLE - short inspirational film

15 April, 2017 - 00:37
Author: once&future
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:37 pm (GMT -8)

The scariest part of that clip is that I'm old enough now that Gloria Swanson's starting to look kinda hot...

Incident Reports :: RE: Hook Knives Save Lives!!!!

15 April, 2017 - 00:21
Author: Felix
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:21 pm (GMT -8)

Hook knives are a must. I used mine to cut myself down from a tree...glad it was there and handy. And man did that thing cut through the hang strap like it was going through butter!
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