Category: <span>Flight Report</span>

Comparing the 2016 T2C with my 2011

This season I sold my 2011 T2C for a brand new all-options 2016 T2C. It’s a very different machine! Compared to my 2011, my 2016 is noticeably lighter weight.  ODL04 sail cloth and the carbon front leading edges are expensive, but they do reduce the weight a tad. In flight, I would say that my…



I got Paco’d… and it was awesome!

Yesterday I met up with our local paragliding ambassador and all-around cool dude, Paco, for a tandem flight.  He had a demo wing on loan, and was looking for some baggage to fly with… er… I mean, a willing pilot-passenger.  There’s a pretty short list of people I will fly with as the passenger… but…



Landing Last Sunday

Here’s a short clip, thanks to John Morse, of my first hang glider landing in 2016.  It’s great to be alive! 🙂 Last Sunday was a decent flyable day at Ellenville.  Not the first of the year, but probably the most friendly air I’ve had yet this year….



Freeing Scotty T

Today I released Scotty’s ashes from a couple thousand feet over where he loved to fly.  It was a beautiful day to be out and up in the air, he would have been so excited to fly today.  It was pretty surreal flying “with” him… and it was hard to let him go, too… But…



Inaugural Ramp Launch

If you haven’t heard, New York State has been working on giving many of the scenic overlooks in the area a face-lift.  One of those overlooks is home to the Ellenville Ramp, which we use when wintery conditions prevent us from driving up the dirt road to our usual launch(s).  In addition to revamping the…



Happy Frozen Voights

It was a great, cold and challenging day at Ellenville today… and it’s really special to get to share it with Dad.



Perspective

Today concluded the longest break I’ve taken from hang gliding since my first flight with my dad in 1988. My last flight before the break was August 17, and I had my left shoulder surgically reconstructed the next day.  Which means I went 4 1/2 months! Today was “just” a sled ride… but with my…



Got my feet off the ground!

Monday will make it 3-weeks since my shoulder surgery, and I’m already getting pretty tired of being one-armed, and not being able to do much “fun” stuff… like fly. My friend Jimmy made a generous offer to take me up in his plane, to which I eagerly accepted!  It was a fantastic morning of driving…



Blind Squirrel Finds a Nut!

With a forecast for light wind but decent lift I had high hopes of Saturday being a great day to fly Ellenville… despite the North/North-East forecast.  I got up to launch around 11 and Jay-Bird was already set up.  Griffin and Scotty T arrived about the same time, and Griff and I decided to set…



Sky Out Thursday

When my dad offered to babysit Scarlett so I could get some errands done, and maybe even fly… how could I say no?! The forecast looked ok, not great… but ‘flyable’ to some degree for sure.  I got up to launch and no one was there yet, it was pretty cross from the N or…