We arrived on launch early so Tanner could practice his aborts before the crowds arrived. His first launch was great, however he got a little high on his final approach and needed some quick turns to stay in the LZ (not want I wanted). My next flight was with my friend Amar. We thermalled around for about 30 minutes when he announced that he was starting to feel funny. I got us down just in time I think.
Back on launch, I worked with Tanner on his forward launch, adjusting his technique until it was up to the usual Deimos high standards. This time he had both a great launch and landing. Another Deimosian is born!
Another private lesson for Tanner, this time focusing on moving under the wing. After about an hour, we headed to Bridal for a fun tandem and thermal lesson. Great progress so far, probably Tanner will have his first solo flights tomorrow.
Tanner's first tandem: light thermals to about 3000'.
A little too strong for forward launches, but great for reverses. My newest Tanner student did great today. Off to Diefenbaker tomorrow.
After stretching lines and repacking my reserve I decided to hike and fly Bridal today.
Martin was already in the air and reported a height of 1250m. Pressed for time, I decided to launch instead of warming (fully) up after my hike. I was still a little damp and after 15 minutes the cold was too much and had to drop back down to launch height to warm up. Looks like we need down jackets still!
No collapses to report.
Not my favorite day, while scratching very low over the south clear cut, I took a full collapse and recovered with just meters to go and flew out and upward. Probably best to keep extra clearance in the early spring air.
An extra late start due to Art and his need for mega adventure on his birthday (my arms still feel the burn).
Light soaring conditions, for me (launching first), followed by Jason, Ryan and finally Brian and Art. We had time for a second round but Brian confirmed katabatic air so we headed to Harrison to check out the climbing scene.
I tried to race back to Burnaby to catch Miranda's dance comp, but as predicted, I was 10 minutes late.
I rallied the troops to do a little road work on Bridal, however someone beat me to it. About ten trees were cut back, so this left only a couple more to move off the road. There are a couple of scary large trees resting precariously on the hill side, but look too dangerous to cut down – perhaps an expert can cut them down?
Once on launch (Bridal), the clouds were way too thick so we headed over to Woodside. Perfect kiting conditions, but also too cloudy, so for a couple of hours Jonathan and Petar got to refresh their launching skills. This is probably the best way to practice your take offs – while on the take off. (As a student, while kiting on launch, you must have your instructor infront of you at all times).
Tanya and her friends arrived later and joined in the waiting game. Eventually Petar was wind dummy, followed by the rest of us. Always fun flying near clouds.
" The wind gods
decide where we can fly, we just have to listen to them
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