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  Topic: Hello / first post
waltspoint

Replies: 22
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PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:15 pm   Subject: Hello / first post
Welcome, come join the fun! You don't need to be smart to fly, just careful and thoughtful.

Your little bird lived to 17? That's great! My Cockatiel Spike flew off to Heaven when he was about ...
  Topic: A ghostly figure from the past ...
waltspoint

Replies: 15
Views: 883

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:05 pm   Subject: A ghostly figure from the past ...
Cool! Electraflyer put out the Olympos, right? I didn't own one, but I remember really liking that glider. I had two PacAir gliders, a K2 and a K5. Maybe you stitched those sails? If so, thanks ...
  Topic: Sub-Par Launches, Back to Training
waltspoint

Replies: 17
Views: 3586

PostForum: Q&A, Learning to hang glide   Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:10 pm   Subject: Sub-Par Launches, Back to Training
Good for you! I've been flying for decades, and I still make sure to go back to the training hill several days each season to practice basic skills. I always need the practice.

Where does one fly ...
  Topic: Down tube breaks
waltspoint

Replies: 17
Views: 1470

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:18 am   Subject: Down tube breaks
I don't know how you guys do it! I seem to blow a downtube every year. Always the Wills ones. Never the safe-edge kind like Northwing uses, which seem a lot more durable but heavier. /jd
  Topic: Quintessential HG spot
waltspoint

Replies: 19
Views: 1345

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:36 pm   Subject: Quintessential HG spot
>>Amenities? With the exception of the crapper at Walt's Point, almost none of the great HG sites I've flown have any amenities whatsoever.

Then clearly Walt's Point wins!
  Topic: Quintessential HG spot
waltspoint

Replies: 19
Views: 1345

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:51 am   Subject: Quintessential HG spot
You left out Funston, and everyone knows a hangglider needs a cliff to jump off of! Oh, and Yosemite, another nice cliff.
  Topic: Great article with Larry Tudor and Steve McKinney
waltspoint

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PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:40 pm   Subject: Great article with Larry Tudor and Steve McKinney
That is amazing. I didn't know people were doing this. /jd
  Topic: Upgrade from T2 to T2C? Help me spend my money...
waltspoint

Replies: 26
Views: 4195

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:01 pm   Subject: Upgrade from T2 to T2C? Help me spend my money...
Well here's what Steve said, I hope he doesn't mind me posting it. I think I'll stick with my order, with the one possibility of switching to a UVX leading edge for its whiteness/visibility if the sa ...
  Topic: Upgrade from T2 to T2C? Help me spend my money...
waltspoint

Replies: 26
Views: 4195

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:27 am   Subject: Upgrade from T2 to T2C? Help me spend my money...
Well I pulled the trigger. I paid ahead on the mortgage, added to the kid's college funds, put new sidewires on the Freedom, then finally ordered a T2C with all the options except carbon downtubes ...
  Topic: What is your favorite brand of hang glider?
waltspoint

Replies: 134
Views: 60085

PostForum: Polls   Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:01 am   Subject: What is your favorite brand of hang glider?
I voted Chandelle because they made my first hang glider. It tried to kill me a few times, but it did fly, sort of.

My second choice is Eiperformance, because they built my the first hang glider I ...
  Topic: Convert a T2 to T2C
waltspoint

Replies: 13
Views: 1412

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:58 pm   Subject: Convert a T2 to T2C
>>My latest T2C has carbon *FRONT* leading edges as well,

Are you happy with them? Do you notice any differences that you associate with them?
  Topic: Merry Xmas
waltspoint

Replies: 10
Views: 1033

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 5:40 pm   Subject: Merry Xmas
Happy Solstice (and all other timely holidays)!. The days are getting longer, the thermals are getting stronger, and the sea breeze will soon start to blow in. Wishes of big air and safe landings to ...
  Topic: Wheels for litestream control bar
waltspoint

Replies: 12
Views: 1437

PostForum: Q&A, Learning to hang glide   Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:51 pm   Subject: Wheels for litestream control bar
The Wills wheels have the nice feature that they are off the ground and don't roll in the wind when the glider is keel-down on the ground. They save one assembly step compared to the Whoosh Wheels. ...
  Topic: Video: When NOT To Launch From Walt's Point
waltspoint

Replies: 23
Views: 3732

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:27 pm   Subject: Video: When NOT To Launch From Walt's Point
Wow, he was going backwards pretty good on landing. Good trick!
  Topic: Introduction
waltspoint

Replies: 60
Views: 4631

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:24 pm   Subject: Introduction
Thank you for your service, Cpl. Barnhart. Your efforts are very appreciated.

At 5'10, you are tall enough to be comfortable with a full-sized control bar. I'm 5'8", and I'm just tall enoug ...
  Topic: Picking your LZ
waltspoint

Replies: 58
Views: 4885

PostForum: Hang gliding Videos   Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:51 pm   Subject: Picking your LZ
You landed in one piece, and no bent aluminum. Good job! How long was the flight?

Were you originally planning to land by the road, and something redirected you to that field on the other side of ...
  Topic: Cross Country Pilots Association Circa 1980s
waltspoint

Replies: 27
Views: 2989

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:35 pm   Subject: Cross Country Pilots Association Circa 1980s
>>Regarding the first post, where is that Cross Country Pilots Assoc building? It looks familiar, like along Hwy-395 in Lone Pine.

Yes, on 395. If my memory still works, it was in Big Pine, ...
  Topic: Cross Country Pilots Association Circa 1980s
waltspoint

Replies: 27
Views: 2989

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:38 pm   Subject: Cross Country Pilots Association Circa 1980s
>>a secret apres-flying swimming hole he knew about on the grounds of the old Manzanar camp. I've looked for it since and never found it again...


That reservoir? That was pretty excellent ...
  Topic: Thermalling Thoughts requested
waltspoint

Replies: 24
Views: 2806

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:52 pm   Subject: Thermalling Thoughts requested
>>bare thermalling

Either flying while wearing only your harness, helmet, and aftershave, or a typo. There's also 'bear thermalling', which is a spring-time phenomenon when the bears wake ...
  Topic: Thermalling Thoughts requested
waltspoint

Replies: 24
Views: 2806

PostForum: Hang gliding general   Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:14 pm   Subject: Thermalling Thoughts requested
It seems to me like unless you're in the mellowest of thermals, there's lots of bouncing around and being knocked about. Some sloppy flying is inevitable. Cross-controlling does reduce your authorit ...
 
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