Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Hang Gliding in May?

My next hang glider training date is Tuesday 10th May, and it is booked with Green Dragons hang gliding school.

I'm hoping that the weather is now stable enough for something to be done, as I really want to get things moving again, not just reading about someone else's hang gliding activities.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

At least someones having fun!

I got an email today from Paul one of my fellow students at Lejair in Spain.

He was in Spain last week, and managed to complete his CP (tow) and also got a hill endorsement as well during his one week trip to Lejair.

Paul was slightly ahead of me with his training, but didn't manage to finish just like I didn't when we were there. I only wish I could go back and finish off my training with Tony Webb, I felt relaxed with him, his knowledge was so vast, and the conditions were much more predictable.

No Hang Gliding today

It's April, and for the third time in a row, the British weather has done what its best at doing. Threats of light showers has made it too unstable for any hang gliding today.

I've been wondering how hang gliding and paragliding instructors can actually make a living in this country with so many days being lost due to unstable conditions?

Anyway looking on the bright side, May is round the corner, so I'm hoping that the weather will be more suitable. I've recently been having more pressure from my wife and mum to give up this 'flying in the sky hobby', it's almost as if there's a conspiracy to stop me from flying!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Catching them young

I took my six year old daughter to the RAF Museum in Hendon today, and introduced her to the aviation industry.

A nice surprise was a Hang Glider on display, I managed to persuade her to have a 'go', hoping that I could have an ally to back me up at home.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Training Date

My next hang glider training is scheduled for Tuesday 26th April 2005. I decided to try a Tuesday having suffered bad weather on the last two Wednesdays, a change is in order me thinks.

Training cancelled again!

The forecast yesterday looked good to me (but what do I know), so I had high hopes that today would be on.

I called the Green Dragons flight line at 07:00 and got the dreaded message "weather conditions are unstable, and all training flights have been cancelled …"

The British weather has another one up, and it is now over a month since I had my last training flight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

British Weather!

I got my first taste of the British weather ruining my flying today, when my assessment day at Green Dragons was cancelled.

Why do the weather men always get it right when they forecast bad weather?

I now have to book another day, this is not very good for my morale!

I have now booked next Wednesday 20th April, I'm hoping the weather is on my side this time.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Picture Gallery

I have created a picture blog for all my hang gliding adventures.

It is at

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding Club

I was able to pay the Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding Club a visit today, as the weather was very good and there were quite a few hang glider pilots out flying.

The setup was very impressive, and hearing those famous words "All Out" brought back memories from my hang glider training, and made me more determined to get my CP so I could join in on the fun

For some reason I had imagined Richard Hunt to be older than he turned out to be.

A good day, with 2 of the pilots managing to go cross country in their Hang Gliders, Richard being one of them, how he managed to persuade Glen to retrieve him in a microlight I have no idea.

Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding Club

Friday, April 01, 2005

Training to continue

I booked a training day with Andy Shaw at Green Dragons for April 13th, to continue my quest for the CP hang glider rating.

I've received photocopies of my student task book from Lejair, so I should be able to continue from where I left off in Spain.