New Pilots and Next Weekend

We’ve got some great stuff planned for next weekend. Dinner on Saturday night (8/21) will be a Mexican feast prepared by Lisa (chicken fajitas and the fixings), live music by a local pickin band, and a keg donated by Doris. Festivities begin at 7pm and all for only $7.

Sunday (8/22) at 1pm will be our Aerotow Clinic taugh by Gordon Cayce. Meet at the tow pavillion for Aerotow Equipment, How to Use It, and Aerotow Techniques.

Also, two new pilots: Elmer had his first flight about a month ago and Ron who had his first flight on Sunday.

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Ron and his First Flight
Elmer and his third launch

And then…Richard

Richard and Mary were visiting us from the Raleigh area. They had spent the week camping in hammocks, relearning how to hoop dance around a bonfire (hula hooping), and learning how to hang glide. They and Mark (down from New York) had a great week of training and it paid off. The photos of Mark and Mary’s first launches are in the last post and this time it was Richard’s turn. Saturday morning, in calm conditions, Richard had his first mountain flight. He flew great!

We love when the new mountain pilots come back up to launch after their first flights with a triumphant smile on their face, “I did it!”. Richard was ecstatic. Congratulations Richard, awesome flight!

Richard Richard's Launch Richard’s first flight

Sky takes to the sky

Sky (very appropriate name) Jones, 16, and his family came and spent a week with us last week. The goal was to teach Sky how to fly. He did great! As it turns out, Sky and Gordon had some things in common. Sky goes to St. Andrew’s School in Delaware, the same boarding school that Gordon graduated from (some years back). We all got a kick out of looking through Gordon’s year book and seeing some photos of him from his high school, unicycling days!

Sky had his first mountain flights this past weekend. I believe he had four mountain flights by the end of the day on Sunday. Congratulations Sky!

Gordon and Sky Launch Sky and Gordon going over Sky’s Flight Plan, Sky Pre-Launch
Sky Sky’s First Launch

Riss and Jon take flight

Riss Estes and Jon Lehrer had their first flights yesterday. Two each in fact. Riss is the former Vice President of USHPA, a current USHPA Director At Large, a master-rated paraglider pilot, and a paragliding instructor from Texas. Now Riss is the biwingual Vice President of USHPA! Great flying Riss and Jon. Congratulations.
Riss and Jon Riss' Launch Left to right: John and Riss pre-launch, Riss’ first flight
jon jon Jon’s launch