Monday, February 1, 2016

slope flying

We went to Tapanappa last weekend. It was my first time there but Ziggy has flown there some 26 years ago. The place has changed since then and the landing area is now a fully developed bush full of kangaroos so landing options are very limited.

There were lots of people and lots of nice unusual flying structures.

It is a spectacular place to fly overlooking the southern ocean. The winds were southerly and very strong. It was really cold there, barely 20 degrees while there was 30+ in the city. We did fly our Radian Pro and it was fun.

I wasn't confident landing it though in the limited area full of people in these gusty winds so Ziggy did all that. I just enjoyed flying back and forth along the slope.

oops ... landed on the side of the slope

the pilot resting his bones after a tough landing

The home made flying wing did go up too. I honestly didn't think it would make it considering it's extraordinary aerodynamics. It did fly though and did it well.

priceless view even on a hazy and cloudy day

Tapanappa is a fair driving distance away (ca. 2 hours) and we have so many hills so close to home (ca. 5-10 minutes away). There was that one hill with a lonely tree on top of it that we kept looking at for a while. Yesterday was the day to go there and hike it up.

It is an intense hike for about 30 minutes but once you're up there it's all worth it.

there is much more to climb passed this hill
Adelaide airport and the ocean

We figured if we do the hike few more times we should be fit enough to carry some flying stuff up there. You can only drive to a parking area and there are a few hiking tracks from there. The hill is great for little light foam models and it's only 5 minutes drive (+30 min hike) away from our house.

We'll get some practice and do it.

this is where Ziggy wants to launch from
the city

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