So much going on I don't know where to begin so I'll just rattle off some of the highlights.
Saturday Greg and Sean were out after the weather settled down and did a bunch of flights. Both are getting much better at their in flight skills and landings. We are still perfecting their take offs.
Sunday morning I met Mariyan at the Reedsburg Fly-In. The simulators were a big hit with the kids. There were lots of interested adults as well. Kevin was there too and he helped man the booth and answer questions to those interested in learning more about the sport.
After that it was off too Oconomowoc to meet up with Preston, Ken, Matt, Brent and Dane and hopefully do some flying. Upon arrival everything looked great. We kited a bit then I prepared to jump up and check the conditions before the rest of the crew took to the skies. In hindsight I should have payed more attention to the 180 degree wind shift and the dramatic drop in temperature as I was laying out my wing. Unfortunately, I didn't and took off into some wild winds which quickly turned into the wildest ride I've ever been on. Fortunately I was able to set it down safely just a few minutes later. Obviously no one else would be flying for a while so we kited for another hour. Once again, things felt good on the ground so I went back up to confirm. Conditions were only marginally better than before so we decided to call it a day.
Monday Mariyan and I decided to go to Rushford Minnesota to check out a potential PG sight. We found a YouTube video of a guy flying the bluff there and wanted see for ourselves. The ridge showed promise and it would probably soar fine with the right winds. However, what was not shown in the video we saw was the fact that the landing area was on the other side of bands of trees and houses on a field surrounded by wires. We were confident we could take off and soar but we were only about 30% sure we could make the LZ (landing zone). Besides that we would be forced to fly over a congested area which is illegal. Both Mariyan and I preach to our students about being legal and safe when flying and we decided we should lead by example and so we packed up and head home having driven 3 hours and not flown. The search continues for more free flying sights.
On the way back to Madison I met Kevin in Sauk City. There we practiced with the new trike setup getting ever closer to flight for Kevin. Mariyan and Nia were there too. Mariyan took Joe on a tandem paramotor flight around the beautiful drift-less hills and valleys. After that Dave and I went on a lovely sunset flight to the Wisconsin River and the surrounding hills.
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