First Flight On my Talon 140

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First Flight On my Talon 140

Postby wingspan33 » Wed May 15, 2019 7:30 pm

Hello All,

Today I was able to get my first flight on my (new to me) Wills Wing Talon 140. The flying site was Mt. Washington here in Steuben County, NY. Takeoff time was 5:59 pm and landing was at 6:06 pm. Not a long flight but I did gain out about my take off point. That's always nice! The site is about 600 AGL.

It was an odd day with scattered showers moving through. But the wind direction was good for the hill (NNW) with some minor variations now and then. I had a 1 1/2 hour clear opening during which I launched. The sky at the time was overcast so thermal activity was minimal. But I do think I encountered some thermal lift. It wasn't sink city for sure.

Below you'll find a couple screen shots from Google Earth that show my flight track as taken from my Garmin hiking GPS. I video recorded the flight but I can't post that until I retrieve it from the camera and post it to YouTube. That might take a while.

The nice part of the day was that a fellow named John was mowing the lawn of the property just WSW of the LZ. Since I was flying solo, I had planned to walk back up the hill to get my car - which I've done 4-5 times before. John had just finished his mowing and was nice enough to give me a ride back up the hill! Thanks John! So that sped things up a nice bit. All in all a very nice day! I can't wait for a really great day when going UP is not an option. :D :thumbup:



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Re: First Flight On my Talon 140

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Wed May 15, 2019 11:52 pm

Very cool Scott!!!

Please post some pictures when you can!!


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Re: First Flight On my Talon 140

Postby SamKellner » Thu May 16, 2019 4:20 pm

Good job Scott !

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Re: First Flight On my Talon 140

Postby wingspan33 » Thu May 16, 2019 7:37 pm

Not really all that amazing. 8-) But good fun was had by all! :)

But I'll be posting later that I had another flight from the same site today. More or less a sledder, but still a second flight on a new glider. Yesterday I got above launch, but today I didn't. So 7 minutes yesterday and 6 minutes today. I felt some thermal bumps both days but it was also overcast on both days so the bumps were small and not very useful.
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Re: First Flight On my Talon 140

Postby wingspan33 » Sun May 19, 2019 1:09 pm

Here are some screen captures from a not-so-good video I took during this "first" flight with one of my Sony Cyber-shot that can take 1080 HD -

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Just before launch
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Launch is toward the upper left
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LZ in the distance
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Setting up approach
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On final
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After unhooking
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It's clear that in landscape mode the camera could not capture me flying and the wing. I had it pointing a bit too high. :eh:
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