Yesterday, I was about to pull into the LZ at Sylmar with my Falcon 3 170 when a truck came towards me with two gliders on the racks like they were headed somewhere. So I stuck my thumb out my window in a mock hitchhiking gesture. They stopped and I quickly loaded my gear onto their truck and we picked up three more pilots on the way. They told me that I was in for a treat and they weren't kidding. We headed somewhere that has only been flown a few times: Mt Lukens over La Crescenta, CA. Luckily, I made a last minute decision to bring a couple of camera and Ultrapods although I left the voice recorder at home.
Here's my edit:.
Enjoy the high quality version by clicking the Link.
I hope you like it more than whoever downrated it this morning. Maybe, they just didn't like the soundtrack? Let me know if the soundtrack doesn't work and I'll find something else.
That was great Jonathan, I loved the two camera angles, it opens up so many more editing possibilities. I loved the music, it was very mesmerising and fitted the video perfectly in my opinion.
I don't know about landing in that area, I think I am way too spoilt by my nice flat beach. _________________ Sonic 165
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Nice video !
Why are you flying your falcon ?
Thanks, SP. I wanted to fly an easy glider yesterday. I get tired of muscling the T2 and Sport 2 around all the time. I don't like the control lag very much either, although I do like the better glides and sink rates. The Falcon can land just about anywhere so it's a good choice for exploring new sites. Later I can come back with the Sport or model T.
Thanks for sharing, that's some great footage, specially getting close to other gliders. I know how hard it is to get them in full view.
I can't believe you guys are flying out there, just like winter didn't exist. I might have to head out there for a reprieve.
The pilot who I flew straight towards was shaking his fist at me for doing that improper thermal entry. Later, I played on his vanity by giving him a full res copy of the edited video so he could see how studly and in command he looked coring that spotty lift. Normally, I wouldn't pull a stunt like that. Shooting video adds a lot of risks to the sport. One day I'll write an article about some of the many hazards.
We get a fair number of refugees from the East either at Crestline or Sylmar. Would love to have you visit. I fly both of these major SoCal site pretty regularly. This has been a decent fall/winter so far.
..........I loved the music, it was very mesmerising and fitted the video perfectly in my opinion.
I don't know about landing in that area, I think I am way too spoilt by my nice flat beach.
Robert - I'm glad you liked the tune. If you had seen the two bail-out LZs that we walked afterward, your stomach would have turned. That LZ was cake in comparison.