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# Name Glider Distance Total 1 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 48.33 826 2 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 48.05 819 3 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 47.69 817 4 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 41.97 723 5 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 32.79 636 6 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 32.86 628 7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 32.64 626 8 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 31.68 611 8 Jon Durand Snr Moyes Gecko 155 31.90 611 10 Troy Horton Moyes Gecko 155 29.35 553
# Name Glider Total 1 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 4 Pro 1299 2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 1238 3 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1135 4 Shigeto Ishizaka Moyes RX 3.5 pro 1054 5 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3.5 pro 951 6 Jon Durand Snr Moyes Gecko 155 878 7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 760 8 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 745 9 Michael Free Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 723 10 Vic Hare WW T2C 136 709
Brad Gryder writes:
Satellite photo of Southeastern USA on Friday 07Feb2020 with upper level winds out of the southwest while surface winds are out of the northwest:
Over central South Carolina at 1:22 pm, the air just above the cumulus tops is being rolled-up due to the ~90 degree shear, causing closely spaced horizontal vortices and visible cloud streets:
At 1:29 pm, about 55 miles north of the above photo, there is a drier patch or air, but the rolling continues:
At 1:32 pm, about 7 miles further north, the air is even drier:
At 1:42 pm, about 70 miles further north, the air is moist again near the NC/SC border:
The most violent turbulence was encountered in the clear air above the clouds, perhaps within 1000 above the tops. The turbulence within the clouds and below them was minor compared to the air just above the clouds. At this latitude in early February, the solar energy at the surface adds limited contribution to the lift, with most of the lift coming from the dynamic energy of the shear layer. This is especially true when the ground is saturated with recent rains less than 24 hours ago.
Breck Betts writes:
Does anyone else know of any hang glider pilot(s) who had US Secret Service agents point their rifles at them while they were soaring?
In June of 1997, President Clinton visited the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As a security precaution, the Secret Service asked that the Torrey Pines Gliderport shut down all soaring operations until ~3pm, when the President's schedule had him slated to be long gone.
A hang glider pilot friend (and co-worker at Scripps) was the first to launch at Torrey that afternoon at about 4pm (with permission from the gliderport authorities). Apparently, President Clinton was having a good time at the Aquarium and tarried there much later than expected.
My pilot friend soared down south to over the Aquarium and noticed the squad of the President's black Suburbans was still there. He thought to himself, "Oops!" About that time, the Secret Service telephoned the gliderport and said, "Our sharpshooters have him in their sites, so let's hope he doesn't do anything foolish." Everyone survived the day.
April Mackin <<thatmackin>> writes:
On March 21- 25, 2020 Paradise Air Sports will host another mentored hang gliding, "Cross Country 101 Flying clinic". If you are new to Cross Country, have never flown Cross Country, would like to learn the ins-and-outs of Cross Country flying, this is for you. If you are more advanced and would like to gain experience by flying with our mentors, this is for you.
A few of the things you could expect from Cross Country 101: how to pick safe landing fields and what to look for, how to spot and work with thermals, how to read weather reports, what to look for in weather reports, working with and knowing your instruments, as well as proper flight park etiquette. Pilots and mentors will work in small groups so that your specific concerns can be addressed.
The fee for the clinic is $325.00 for 5 days. This includes: 1 tow per day (up to 4,000 feet if needed), daily park fees, retrieves, and mentors. After the first daily tow, the fee will be $30.00 per tow. Accommodations and camping at the park are available at additional cost.
For more information or to sign up please contact April Mackin at (321) 229-0458 or Email Jim Prahl at <comptowfees>. We ask that you to prepay the $325.00 so we have an accurate account of participants, their needs, skill levels and mentors needed. Our PayPal account for the entry fee is <comptowfees>.
To make reservations for accommodation please contact Paradise Air Sports, 6548 Groveland Airport Rd, Groveland Florida, 34736, (352) 429-0210 <info>.
"Our mission is to encourage new pilots to further their hang gliding experience in a safe and informative environment with the undivided attention of top-rated pilots."
David Hanning writes:
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Naviter makes a great product. FLYTEC USA shines in representing. Many thanks for the excellent customer service. Lots of reasons to pick your instrument carefully. Warranty and Service not withstanding.