Archive for February, 2012


XC attempt to Barco

February 27th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

As Puri had to go there with Oliver I had ago at reaching Barco against the light NW. Weak themals and climbs to 2200m for me in the valley, but unobtainable convergence and Cu around 2800m over Gredos. I landed short at los Cuartos. 3 forest fires burning the other side of Barco attended by […]

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Warm weather and nice flying

February 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Super conditions on Saturday with peaks of over 4m/s to Cu at 2600m. I was tempted to go over the pass but my hands could not stand the cold up high. Sunday more mellow, though pleaseant enough. Puri had her first flight on the Mentor on Saturday evening. After soundly thrashing Sophie (aged 5) at […]

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New Mentor flight – 2m/s to 2500m

February 24th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Yet another sunny day. If fact, the countryside looks as it does in summer, very yellow and parched. Normally this time of the year it is lush and green. Apparently it is the driest since the 1940s and fire bans are now active. So it is CEN -B for me for a while with my […]

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Live tracking for 2012. Your opinion please

February 21st, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

During the FAI World Championships last year we used the live tracking system also used in the PWC and in more and more competition events throughout the world. This is a very usefull system which we have decided we should also use for our guiding service. Each of our pilots would fly with an individual […]

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Back in the harness

February 21st, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Well, it has been the longest lay-off I have had from flying since 1986. Five whole months. Perfect winter conditons at Peña Negra today with around 20km/hr at launch, light in the valley and a few weak thermals.

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February 2012