Priti flew from 150ft at Ed Levin

Priti had her first high flight off 150ft hill at Ed Levin park. She did 4 flights from this hill this morning. Looking forward to seeing her progress towards Hang 2 under the amazing guidance of Eric Heinrichs.

Video coming soon.

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First flight of 2017 at Ed Levin

Video captured by Takeo Eda.

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Tollhouse – first flight

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I think I have found the most ideal site to fly here in California. 180 miles from bay area (4 hr drive), big grassy LZ at 4:1 glide, not too bad road up to launch (thanks to Larry Fleming and Ron Jones for their monumental efforts), and a nice granite cliff launch.

Found abundant thermals and enjoyed every bit of my 1:10hr flight. Will be back soon.

More photos: https://goo.gl/photos/ro86SZSYZBYHSBA28

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Thermal flight at Ed Levin

As far as I can recall, I have not had the luck to thermal at Ed Levin before this day. Nice 10min flight, could get a bit more but need to grow my coring skills.

Thanks to Abhishek for dragging me out of the house.

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Towing after almost 3 years

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Some specific moments in hang gliding reminds me why I love this sport above all my hobbies. This morning the usual laziness almost made me skip the 60mi drive to get some tow flights. Somehow I got myself there and the first tow flight after 3 years was a bit scary as I was rusty with the skills and did a bunch of PIO (pilot induced oscillations). Second flight was better but the 3rd one in the evening took my breath away. Not only I felt back in form, the view was nothing short of heaven and the wind was smooth as silk.

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Ed Levin – F4 195

Had a relaxed 6min sled ride in butter smooth air.

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Test flight – Falcon4 195

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Been itching to fly lately. More so after being asked by a friend to help his son with a model glider project. Saw on facebook that Zac Majors has a Wills Wing demo glider – a Falcon4 195 and I could not resist to test fly it. Thought about letting my Falcon1 go to some student with a tight budget.

Took the day off today to fly. Last flew at Fort Funston in June 2015, so a 8 month gap made me a bit concerned about launch and landings. First flight off 50ft training hill went well, launch could be better but landing was alright. Then flew the F4 and loved it. It was a very light day so launch took a bit of time as I wanted to stay conservative.

Next up, Zac took me to 600ft on his super awesome glider rig. That rig is exactly what every HG instructor needs to have. I could get a month’s worth of flights off 600ft in a single day. Two flights from 600ft was done in almost no time. Loved the F4 more and more.

Finally, went to 1750ft alongwith a few others. Great flight.

Photos in G+: https://goo.gl/photos/zDRRBYpLAf92SVdFA

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