Monthly Archives: March 2009

No flood, yes dog

Whew, its been a windy one. We’ve had some big rain and high winds these past couple of days, and we’ve been getting calls regarding the state of the lz. There are some soggy areas in the low spots of the LZ, but there is NO FLOODING. The LZ is not flooded and is landable (when the winds calm down…which may be tomorrow). The creek never even got as high as Creek Road. I also have some happy news to report. It’s not hang gliding related, but is community related. One of our students lives down the road. His dog Tucker,a yellow lab, came home the other day after being gone for a month. According to one of Tucker’s family members, “Would have been a month tomorrow. We had basically given up all hope, but tonight, he came home. Skinny, weak, several cuts……..but otherwise alive and well. We are all very excited, needless to say!! Many of you helped look, made calls, etc………..for which we say:THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!” We’re so glad you’re back home, Tucker! This is definitely one of those times when I wish dogs could talk, so Tucker could tell us where he’s been.

Three more and a beautiful weekend

Though the weather report may have made you think differently. We had a beautiful flying week here and in the Sequatchie Valley. Midweek had Eric Donaldson getting to cloudbase at 7200. Eric got to launch and the clouds were beautiful but the winds were switchy. After waiting it out, he launched, found a bird and climbed. Once at cloudbase, the sky cleared up and Eric thought that was it for the day, but “everything went nuclear”. Nuclear meaning 800 fpm up on the averager and sometimes climbs as high as 1800 fpm. When he was ready to come down, he couldn’t. Eric finally found some sink by the drive-in and landed at the main LZ. “Yep, that was a pretty good day,” said Eric. Eric is heading to the comps next month, so he is getting as much airtime as possible. Nice flight Eric, it was great to see you looking so small, way up there. Another pilot, Ollie Gregory, had a greatflight at Whitwell on Saturday and at Henson’s on Sunday. On Saturday, Ollie launched from Whitwell, flew over the flexies who landed at Galloway on his way to Henson’s, and went back to Galloway before returning to land at Henson’s. Ollie’s also headed to the comps next month. I’ve also heard reports of getting to 7800′ here on Sunday. Anybody who has a flight to report, please send it and I’ll post. If you have a photo, send that too! People love to hear your stories! We also have three new pilots…Stanley, Clint, and Robert. Nice flights you guys.
StanleyJesse Stanley’s Launch
ronLauren Left to right: Clint after his first flight, Robert waiting for conditions

2009 Women’s Hang Gliding Festival

That’s right. We’re doing it again! We had so much fun at the Women’s Hang Gliding Festival last year, that we’re hosting the second annual festival this September. Like last year, the dates will lead up to Tennessee Tree Toppers’ Team Challenge. September 24-27. I don’t have a lot of details yet, but expect fun flying, music and good times for all. We hope to see you all there!

Finish Line for the Flytec Rally

I think I say it every year, but here I go again, the winter is speeding by. I love the winter (in Georgia that is), beautiful skies, delicious food, and bonfires. And this winter was no different: beautiful flying days and hibernation time with friends and family. Life in a flight park is an amazing thing. It means being a part of a community that plays togetherand sits back and relaxes together. There is a camradarieand support system that includes not only pilots but the families and friends of pilots. We are a community of doctors, carpenters, artists, contractors, students, dentists, nurses, teachers, computer experts,wait staff, andhang gliding instructors.It’s much more than just a business, it’s a group of pilots and their families that have settled here. Its hard to putthefeelingin words really, but it is our home. But, I digress. Winter is making its way towards spring. And though the winter at Lookout is not quiet, I’m looking at a clear beautiful sky with some pilots setting up to fly on a soarable afternoon, the spring will most definitely bring a renewed sense of energy and excitement. “Spring is in the air,” they say and they’re right. One exciting event of this comingspring is Lookout being the proposed finish line for the Flytec Race and Rally. If you haven’t read up on the Flytec Race and Rally, it’s aseven day, crosscountryrace starting at Florida Ridge and ending here at Lookout Mountain. 700 miles in seven days and we’re the finish line. There will be world class pilots from around the world, and some awesomelocal pilots (Go Lucas, Eric, Ollie and James! okay, you guys are world class too). We’re hosting the closing ceremony celebrations. Good food and music and more pilotsjoining the Lookout community! It will be great to have you all here. Check back soon to see updates to the calendar for upcoming events including the Flytec Race and Rally.