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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Frank Colver » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:00 pm

I only did one flight and my flight pre planning was to fly out beyond the lift zone and land at the bottom so as to having completely clear airspace. I was surprised at how far out the lift zone extended. If I tried I may have been able to soar in an area beyond the PG's.

Notice me rocking the wing on the way out to the first turn. I had never turned this glider and I was getting a feel for how responsive it would be in roll control. It turns out to have beautiful roll characteristics - fast response and not difficult to hold it where you want it. A couple of days before my flight John Heiney flew it several times both seated and prone and didn't get any negitive feelings about the glider.

From what I have heard, this Condor 225 is exactly like the Falcon Tandem 225 but with lighter construction, for training schools. I got Mike M's blessing to fly it in early morning conditions at the Point, before i took it to Utah (the C 330 stays home).

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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby SamKellner » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:48 pm

Congratulations Frank.... :salute: :salute: :salute:

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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Frank Colver » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:49 pm

Here is the link to BobK's wing mount camera view. This has been shortened to not include most of the ground handling time.

https://vimeo.com/286965017

Notice I'm tending to fly fast (speed is your friend) but I let it out a little more as I get more comfortable in flight.

Also notice how much different the wind speed in in the LZ compared to Launch. High elevation density and light wind probably contributors to my tripping on landing. I was pushed out but that glider was still moving pretty fast over the ground.

Great memories of my flight,
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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Frank Colver » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:18 am

I posted this on HG.org:

I got an email from my son Matt who flew bamboo and plastic at the first Otto meet, May 23, 1971 and continued to hang glide for several years after that and was USHGA #6. here's a quote from his email after he saw the POTM flight:

"Dockweiler is a gateway drug. Now you've gone from beer to weed. Next it will be Crestline".

No comment from me,
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BTW - I understand Crestline is very mellow in the early morning - hmm..... :wink:

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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:57 am

"Dockweiler is a gateway drug."    That's good Matt!!    :srofl: :srofl: :srofl:

By the way, last night I recovered a bunch of photos and videos from the Utah trip that had been accidentally deleted.    8-)
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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:56 am

Frank Colver wrote:Here is the link to BobK's wing mount camera view. This has been shortened to not include most of the ground handling time.

https://vimeo.com/286965017
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In celebration of our new "vimeo" tag, I thought it would be nice to enjoy Frank's flight again:





Congratulations Frank!! Another year and you're still with us.   :clap:
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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Frank Colver » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:00 am

Thanks Bob!

I'm enjoying Utah again but no hang glider this time. Good river rowing and e-bike riding, however.

GOING TO MEET UP WITH LEGENDARY DAVE CRONK THIS AFTERNOON!

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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:04 am

Have fun Frank.

We'll miss you at Dockweiler today.

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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Frank Colver » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:12 am

looks good, have a great day.

I was in the middle of the San Juan river when your cell call came through on Saturday. My phone was ringing inside my drybag and I heard it announce your number. :) I didn't call back that evening because the service is spotty and conversation is "painful". I thought it might be to see if I could go to Dockweiler today. It's a bit far from the Four Corners area. ;)

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Re: Frank Colver Flies High In Utah

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:35 am

Frank Colver wrote:looks good, have a great day.

Thanks. We did our best!!

Frank Colver wrote:I was in the middle of the San Juan river when your cell call came through on Saturday. My phone was ringing inside my drybag and I heard it announce your number. :) I didn't call back that evening because the service is spotty and conversation is "painful". I thought it might be to see if I could go to Dockweiler today. It's a bit far from the Four Corners area. ;)


You read my mind.   :lol:

The good news is that we're starting to grow a nice collection of Dockweiler waiver flyers, so it's getting easier and easier to find folks to fly with when our Founding Members are out of town.
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