Pilot is Paul Voight taking a winter-wonderland flight in Ellenville, NY
Finished the video edit from last Monday (2/17/14) flying off the Rt 52 road-ramp… it was a short flight with one good thermal, a glide down to the doctor’s house and back to the LZ with enough altitude for one maneuver- barely. Snow in the LZ was knee-deep and all landings had to be no-steppers. Enjoy!
With all the snow we’ve had lately, the road up to the Ellenville launch is impassible. Not a problem, though, because there is a lower “road ramp” right off of a scenic overlook on Rt 52 that was built for just such occasions.
People have been launching off of Rt 52 long before the current Ellenville launch even existed, and there have been a number of ramps built and re-built over the many years of rich flying history in Ellenville, NY. But I had never launched from the road ramp!
I’ve never been much of a winter flier. Hang gliding is a much better summer activity, and as an avid skier any time I bundle up to brave the cold and snow I usually find myself headed up a chairlift with two planks on my feet. But after six years in Utah working full-time winters at a ski resort, I’m a little skied out. Plastic boots day in and day out are rough on the feet! But with the gap in my life created by not doing much skiing, I’ve fallen back to flying when I have time for recreation.
It was a great flight with Kenny, Steve B, and John and Gary came down from Albany. Great day in the sky!