Ok, I'm sold. I just created a new site called over at www.FreeFlightAdvice.com, and wanted something quick and easy to customize. I've used blogger for years and been pretty happy over there... but I wanted a little more freedom to customize. I hear nothing but good things about Wordpress, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Basically, it rocks. So I converted my blog over to Wordpress as well. I still wish there was more/easier customizablity, but at the same time it sure beats coding! I made www.WingsOverWasatch.com using Adobe Dreamweaver, which offers more customizablity... but I don't know enough about web design to make something clean without starting with a basic template... and then I'm limited on customization by the template. If I'm going to be locked into a template, … [Read more...]
I warn you now... this will be a thorough vent-session. If you don't want to hear my ramblings, well no one's making you read on.I have been an actively contributing member of www.HangGliding.org since I joined in August of 2007. Since then, I have made 6169 posts. I make no claim that every one of them were positive contributions to the sport... but I will insist that many were (and still are, if people read the old threads).But all good things must come to an end... and for me, that time has come regarding contributing to that forum. I will say Jack, the founder of the site, has done and continues to do a very good job creating an online forum to join hang glider pilots. There are good people there, many I consider friends. They are the minority, unfortunately.Now I would like to … [Read more...]
As another winter lays to rest, spring rolls in along the Wasatch. And with it, comes some fantastic flying conditions! Cool nights with warm days and lots of solar heating, mean strong thermals and high altitudes. With the valley drying out and plenty of snow still on the mountain peaks, the lapse rate along the range is quite nice.But Spring also brings with it many challenges. For example, many of the roads to our mountain flying sites are still gates and/or snowed in. And for many of us, we don't accumulate much airtime over the winter months... so we are far from current in our skills.What this usually means is that this is the most dangerous time of the year... we are not the sharp pilots we remember being at the end of the summer.... and conditions are more volatile than ever. … [Read more...]
Willard with Smokes from Ryan Voight on Vimeo. Probably the last day I'll get to fly the mountains before the snow flies and the gated roads close. Figured I'd go out with a bang, doing an aerobatic run with smokes. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, so planned on a sunset launch, and being such a photogenic site I mounted up the cams. This was one of my most memorable flights... this one will stick with me for a long time to come...
Silver/grey with a red stripe. Dual parachute containers. Used one season.Should fit someone 5'7"-5'10" and 160-175 lbs. More info on the Covert here: http://willswing.com/prod2.asp?theClass=hgharn&theModel=Covert $1700 FIRM.
Well... it's been a whirlwind summer! So much so, that I haven't posted since Nov. of last year... nearly a year ago?! Let's see what's new since then...Last winter was the lowest snow year in like EVER... so let's skip right to summer. D and I bought a new house, on the North Side bench in Draper. Love the house, the community, and being so close to friends and flying.I registered for my first hang gliding competition- the Santa Cruz Flats Race down in AZ mid-September. In preparation for that, I picked up a new harness- A Wills Wing Covert. Check out the September issue of USHPA magazine for a full review and photos. I've also started flying XC, with mixed results... here's my XC experience to date:-Camels to Yuba Lake. Yes, Camels is a South-facing site. And yes, I headed … [Read more...]
Well, it was nice while it lasted... but another summer has come to a close. As usual, I have mixed feelings about it. We sure had an action packed summer, with lots of flying, a honeymoon to Italy, and more flying ;-)Catching an epic day at the Crawfords in Randolph, UT. Photo by Kristjan MorganOn the topic of hang gliding... I've begun a new project and business venture! I have been pursuing becoming a harness maker- specifically Cocoon hang gliding harnesses. Things are still in the early stages, but I have a new heavy-duty machine and have been plugging away at some prototype harnesses. I do NOT have any for sale at this time, so don't ask... you can be sure I'll be vocal when we're ready for orders!Testing a cocoon prototype on the beach in Kitty Hawk, NC. Photo by Paul … [Read more...]
A sneak peek at team Wills Wing hard at work making the world's best hang gliders!
If you haven't already noticed- I've had a new electronic appendage by my side the last week or so... a new digital camera. It's a Panasonic GH2, which is best described as a mirror-less DSLR. Picture a DSLR operating in 'live view' mode, all the time. By removing the mirror, the camera is considerably smaller and lighter than a traditional SLR or DSLR.It's a small and light package, but it's feature-rich. It takes 16 MP photos (15MP when set to 3:2 aspect ratio, the standard for DSLRs)... but the big upgrade over my previous camera is the video capabilities! This little camera records beautiful full 1080 HD video at 24 frames/sec... or 720 HD at 60p- perfect for slow motion effects. The other really nice thing is that this camera allows full-manual control over video recording- … [Read more...]
Too much? ;-)Compilation of a few aerobatic flights. Pilot is Ryan Voight, flying a Wills Wing T2C 144 ("Sundancer")