Mike, Arrow and her dad Robert were at the airfield Wednesday evening to do some flying. I jumped up first to check the conditions as per usual. Then it was Robert’s turn. He is looking more and more comfortable with every flight.
Then it was Mike’s turn. A few practice launches to get his confidence up then it was time to give it a serious try. He did great. The wing came up clean and he used an appropriate amount of throttle when needed. As soon as he committed to fully squeezing the gas he was airborne. This was shortly before sunset so the sky was calm and scenic. Since this was just his 2nd flight I let him explore the area a bit longer than usual to become more experienced with the controls. He did great and was super excited after landing. Way to go Mike!
Thursday morning my schedule was surprisingly empty for a change so I stent a text to my father, Bob, and invited him to come out and give it a go. He plans to wheel launch so we started with a little bit of wing handling then hooked him into the trike. The wind was less than ideal and we spent much of our time resetting the wing for whatever little breeze was blowing at the moment. Light and variable, that’s what it was. Never over 4 mph and constantly shifting directions. Learning to kite a wing can be frustrating at first. Couple that with variable winds and the frustration and be compounded. Considering the conditions he did just fine and will have it mastered soon I’m sure.
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