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One-Eye

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No engine!
« on: February 11, 2011, 05:14:18 PM »
I left Daredevils Roost behind me over an hour ago. The pitot froze up a few thousand feet below, but I am well wrapped up and it's clear skies all the way to Sitka or Seattle. Almost three miles of space between me and the next stumble over a pebble.

I am free!

1:50 glide ratio and 27 Kts trimmed forward speed - I am good for another six hours at the very least. Apart from Lindbergh, there aren't many solo pilots who can stay in the air longer and a soarer does it without the motion lotion. Is it any wonder that a Glider pilot's favourite bumper sticker says:

Glider pilots can keep it up longer...

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Chris "One-Eye" Brisland aka EagleSkinner aka "Dances with paintbrushes"

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Re: No engine!
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2011, 05:34:01 PM »
With a little Viagra, maybe I can get up in one of them.
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Re: No engine!
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2011, 06:19:32 PM »
Hours later, still above 10000 and near the Through Glacier Research Station... I will have to save this flight and carry on another day...

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Re: No engine!
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2011, 10:56:31 PM »
You stay up there, we are going to have to create a MISSION for the mission page just to find you again!

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Re: No engine!
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2011, 07:25:15 AM »
I nearly was in need of finding...

When I took off, the weather was fine and I was nearing the Glacier Research Station. But at FL140 I was high enough to press on. The weather took me over Mount Camber and Mount Otter when it started closing in. Cloud, snow,turbulence - it was all there.

Thank heavens for GPS and moving maps - there were times when I knew I was in a valley, but the "walls" were just out of sight. There was much struggling along windward slopes trying to get some extra inches. Stewart was behind and Bowser lake ahead with the wind more from a southerly direction. Scraping every inch of lift from every ridge possible means flying within touching distance at times. Finally I spotted frozen river-like terrain under me - it was indeed the estuary of the river that feed Bowser Lake. Loosing height over the water landing I looped round to come into wind for landing. You can bet your bottom that they were surprised to see a hang glider appear out of the crab-soup.

Mind you, the weather had the last laugh. No sooner did I unzip the bag and drop my legs, than I was flying backwards. 25 Kts on the nose and landing speed for a hang glider = backwards. So it was a case of a swift "tuck up", push on over the runway and legs down at the last possible minute.

OI! I said "TUCK up" (mind you... it was... I should have anticipated the weather...)

Total time of flight - 5.8 hours from Daredevils' Roost to Bowser Lake. Phew!



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