Flyable wind direction NW (315)
1650 ft (750 AGL)
Glide to LZ 4:1
Location Elmira, NY
FL moderate slope grassy slot
H2 P2 with observer
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Dec 29, 2020, 8:13:47 PM
Landing flag planted in the lz, no snow there, nice frozen green turf.
The road up was ok at first, welcoming us up. Well that turned sour at about where that metal culvert crosses the road. Treacherous! I thought if I kept the speed up I could make it...no way! It was basically a sheet of ice on the first uphill. Truck stopped and slid sideways with front end sliding sideways, then backing up it turned into a J-turn with the front end sliding downhill, aha, that was actually good. Parked and unloaded glider and the fixings. Julie and I carried the glider and all the gear up at once taking a few breaks on the way.
The tower was called. The flight began about 3:30 and ended about 4:15. At 2:30 it was still blowing hard...freight trains in the trees. So just waited a bit and things calmed down. Julie launched me and it was about a 3 or 4 stepper.
It was partly sunny and some thermal activity, but mostly ridge lift. I was really happy to get a chance to experiment more with my NW Liberty 158. I'm getting more comfortable with it after this 3rd flight ever...it handles so much differently than my Sting 175. Love the Liberty! The day today was much like the last time we flew Harris like 3 weeks ago...at first you questioned why you came, but then it turned nice!
Ended up with 45 minutes and about 725 over launch...still soarable on deciding to land...I was cold and didn't want the FAA after me. Safe launch and landing.
A friend from Hyner, Steve VanEerden hiked up to Hyner launch the other day with his PG in like 30 inches of snow, that was a big encouragement to push on to do today's little hike to launch with the HG (of course I had a great crew with Julie assisting!).
Tower was called upon landing.
As we were packing up the full moon started creeping up above the mountain.
Let's fly soon!