Archive for August, 2008


Overdevelopment and short flights

August 22nd, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Some good conditions cut short this morning by the growing clouds. In the Avila valley some big storms with hail stones up to 2cm. An evening flight 30 Minutes before dark, the evening restitution almost taking Colin on a longer trip than he wanted.

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Iwo Jima. Finally a landing field

August 22nd, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

In the 17 years I have been here, we have only had an official landing field for a few brief months. Finally the town hall have sorted an excellent field just by the village, only about 100m from the house. The moment permission came through we staked our territory with windsocks.

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Yet another flyable day with Mike as hero

August 21st, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Light NW with climbs to 3300m.  On the second XC flight most of us fizzled out at the Long Bar, but Mike took a mega climb to 3300m and crossed the pass, but landed at the same spot after the pass as on Monday.  An evening flight with some unusual cloud formations……..looking much like mamattus, […]

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2800+ NW c15km/hr

August 20th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Conditions by 12.30 were very good, even those intending to do a down flight found it difficult to get down. The strong climbs made many decide to land early and have a more relaxing afternoon on the ground. The eveninng flght started early at around 6.30, with excellent condtions and strong climbs to almost 2900m […]

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3 Flights and a Goat rescue

August 19th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

An uneventful morning flight, a very good evening soar till after sunset with the ridge run to the Zig Zag track, and a powerful midday flight, with climbs of over 5m/s, but not too much more than 2500m (so we stayed in the valley). On the ride to the hill for the evening flight Nick […]

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3500M + Light winds. Bill Sampson to Avila

August 18th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A very pleasant day, with an uneventful morning flight then good XC conditions in the afternoon. Light W in the valley and a slightly difficult climb at the pass. Colin and Dave, first to arrive, landed near the Cemetery. Later, Bill and myself found a good climb and went via the Antenna route, followed by […]

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New arrivals and Dave´s event!

August 17th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

While I was collecting the new group Dave made a flight towards the pass and had a bit of a moment around the inversion level leaving him with no option but to throw his reserve. Luckily a good landing under his Metamorphosi Conar and he made an evening flight with the rest of the group. […]

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Poor forecast with early flight and later Cb

August 16th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A windy looking sky and much overcast but surprisingly OK and smooth conditions (11am). With the sun coming throgh in the valley things started to become very lifty and a bit windy so we landed early.

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Super dooper day

August 15th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Light wind forcast, but conditions not really getting going till after 2pm . We had an early morning flight, then on the XC I thought conditions were a bit north at the pass. Most of the pilots were in a position to go over, though Dave Quinn landed near Villafranca after an excellent run ahead […]

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A fly down for some

August 14th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

The tail of a front going through with moderate W winds at launch. Graham and Dave took off, but the turbulence caused by the W wind made the rest decide to go down in the van. The winds in the valley stayed light till late on, and mid to late afternoon hang gliders were flying, […]

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