HYNER VIEW STATE PARK
Flyable wind direction NW W SW
1900 ft (1300 AGL)
Glide to LZ 2:1
Location Hyner View State Park PA
FL grassy slope
conditions turbulent in winds above 10 mph
H2 P2 with observer
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It turned out to be a nice day. We flew at about 2:45. I'd say Steve was over 400+? I was over by 150ft. We both flew about 15-20 minutes. The wind shut off and we had to come down. There was a few thermals over the highway and lz field that kept us soaring a little longer. I bought all the bread, milk and toilet paper on the way home that I could possibly stuff in the car and tie on the glider rack in prep for the big storm ;) Anybody have a snowmobile with a glider rack? Paging Spoons...Spoons! Let's fly soon!
Unofficial report: We had a pretty nice day at Hyner today...not bad to have 7 in the air in December, T-Bone launched first at around 11 and got over an hour of airtime. I went 2nd and had say a 20 minute flight. Wind was getting lighter as the day went on making soaring more challenging, and causing some sledders.
Will H., Dennis, Sam and Chuck were next off. Steve launched later and the sun came out and blessed him with the flight of the day with 1:45!
I'm not sure but there may have been more HG attempts to try again after Steve was in the air...
Thanks to Will P., Pat and Julie for being the support crew!
Let's fly soon!
The wind went slack in the afternoon at Hyner. Found some lift at the point but couldn't find enough of it to stay up.
Great flying at Hyner today! Tom B led the charge. Dennis, Sam, Chuck B, and Will P all soared. And then in another league, pg Steve launched early and landed late.
It was a changeable day. It was blowing in, then not, then spritzing raindrops, then little teasing rays of sunshine. T-Bone was in the air early say 1:45PM when Julie and I were driving up to launch. The rest of the gang setup and launched after 4:15PM since it was flag snapping strong wind. I'm on launch at 4PM and the wind quits as the sun pokes out. At 4:15 it is launchable after doing a dance between W and NW launch areas back and forth...so I danced over and off the NW one without putting the glider down. I worked to get like 25 over. Will P. Was next off, then Sam P. then eventually Dennis P. once the wind turned back on. Will P. was up say 75 over working it over the spine and over toward the point. Next came the landings, mine was uneventful to the W into a 5mph headwind. Will came in next to the W and then the wind switched on him. Sam comes in with his Alpha to the W for the slowest most graceful "dune goon" style landing...it was blowing hard at his 40 ft height and he is moving forward just above parked speed, the gradient wasn't bad and he comes almost straight down like an elevator and had a soft 2 stepper. Dennis comes in last and it seems like not much wind...go figure. The max airtime was like 10 minutes at best. Probably Will P. could have done more but the air was punchy and not so much fun.
We broke no aluminum, didn't get too wet.
The birds soaring made us look like fools...there were 30 soaring around the cell tower after we all landed.
Thanks to Julie and Mike for helping us get setup and launch.
All in all it was still a good time at Hyner.
Tom, Sam, and I flew. Tom flew early and got 1K over in some very bouncy air. I launched at 6:30 into some really smooth air.
The Hyner launch and landing look great. The camping field has been cut. Looking forward to seeing everyone later this month.
From what I hear the Thursday flying didn't really happen until 6 pm, with earlier flights being slapped around, but then it went magic. Kudos to those who pulled it off. It must have been pretty good for they stuck through a rainy friday to greet the less hardy folks showing up after the rain.
Got up there saturday to find Jim, Bunk, Bob and Cookie, Eddie there. Was excited to finally meet Chris and Carey Boland, who perfectly fit into the Hyner gestalt. Dave Bodner and JB joined soon after. Overcast, and though the drizzles of Lock Haven rarely reached that far into the mountains there was a psychological feeling of dampness to the dry grass. Most of us ended up at Socky's for dinner. The fact that I even mention that shows how riveting the flying scene was at this point.
None of the pilots went up to launch, but Two-town was encamped at Hyner Run, and Emily went up with her boyfriend, and came down with a fiance'. Congratulations Emily!
Sunday I hear no reports of anyone bothering to go up to launch. Aron arrived, couldn't face camping next to the remains of his wall, which had been subject to legalized vandalism by someone who had taken out a permit to harvest stone. I could say more but don't like the cloud of rage that consumes me when I think about it. I have to feel that if Forestry had known the details they wouldn't have issued that permit. They've been informed it resulted in the destruction of a beautiful campsite. Okay, I'm backing out of that topic.
The Bolands were leaving sunday, and I returned to find folks ready for dinner and we headed down to Lock Haven for a mexican dinner with Rocco, who had surfaced as intended. Another reflecting on flying that I feel called upon to mention that. He was moving to another house, and had brought the contents of half his liquor cabinet that people had left after parties and he needed to dispose of. We spit most of it on the fire. It was fun making the rocks glow blue.
Everyone was looking forward to Monday. The sun came out, flowers bobbed in the breeze, everything had that glow that reminded us why we actually love the place. Headed up late morning to find it strong and crossing from the north, but it would die down with long launchable cycles between the two rocks. I was the first to launch a bit before 1 pm, and immediately felt like I was rotor surfing. Sharp edges and potholes. Got away from the ridge but still got kicked around enough that I couldn't hold a straight line on final approach.
Called up and relayed my experiences to Jim, who naturally decided to try his tandem falcon. He went out along the spine and caught a thermal that took him above launch, but didn't like being carried away from the LZ in that wind, so abandoned it to come land through the expanse of potholes and air cannon. Aron launched next and sort of enjoyed being roughhoused. As I broke down camp the flag was clearly cross and nobody launched. Looking forward to hearing what happened later in the day.
It was a weekend of contrasts. I don't regret at all making the trip to sit around a fire with friends under an overcast sky. Gave me time to explore the road that Joe Gorrie cut into the back 40, and that others have labored to improve. There's some nice campsites back there, and I see niches for more. So when great weather returns we'll have places to put visitors, as I foresee a packed July 4 weekend.
Hyner was flyable all day long. A bit rowdy early but then things mellowed. Bill and I both got three flights in. We found some friendly folks to drive our vehicles down.
Here's a link to the afternoon flight just boating around in the SW wind...
Let's fly soon!
It was sunny and hot...big puffy clouds. Bunkhouse and Julie launched me slightly after 12:00 noon. I was flying the Liberty 158.
The flight was about 11 minutes and say 50' over, not impressive stats but it sure was exciting.
There was lots of lift right after launching but also lots and lots of sink...more sink than I ever encountered before on the way to the lz...then about 15 minutes after I landed it began raining.
I left the ridge with 1000 ft. Pulled the VG on full and headed out. Over the house by the bridge I was at like 800 ft...then down down down all the way.
The sink made me pretty concerned that I wasn't going to make it over the tracks on my turn from base to final.
Then on final just before touching down was rocked by a thermal in the lz. I was kissing the ground! Glad to be down!
Amazing how quick conditions can change with extreme heat and moisture! Later in the day the t-storms were wild.
Big thanks to Bunkhouse and Julie.
After a needed break at Sockey's we went back uptop to try and help Bunkhouse fly...when we rode up it was looking flyable. Soon after arriving back uptop it was starting to look grim with thunderstorm activity coming from the SW, so Bunkhouse decided to pack up, Good thing because it stormed hard.
Then later in the day we sipped some wine under Bunk's awning in the rain, ate olives, met up with Bob and Cook after they rolled in...
What a great day at Hyner!
Weather was changeable with big cumulus clouds, some turning thunderous. Flag uptop was snapping around 2:30 then calming a bit by 3:30 but still blowing in. It seemed like localized weather with the big clouds influence on the wind speed and direction. Rumble of thunder to the NE and that cloud was blowing away over the back...so I got in the air at around 3:15 and had my best ever flight so far at Hyner with just about a half hour and say 800-1000? over...need to review on computer. The thermals were fat enough to turn 360s in over launch. Anyways there was smooth lift all over the place until it shut down. Then it was widespread sink so headed to the lz. I think what shut it down was another big dark beast cloud near the village of Hyner...and moving in on us...it was good to have gotten down before that beast came over the lz.
Following the beast cloud departure, Steve did a hike and fly over to the pipeline and made it to the Hyner lz with success! Way to go Steve!
Let's fly soon!
We flew, some conquered, others were slain by sink.
T-Bone must have launched soon after after 1pm. He was flying around as we drove up at around 1:45. He probably had around a 45 minute flight...don't know other stats.
Aron flew next with a 6 minute sledder around 4:15. Had a fairly good cycle and blew it...trouble zipping in harness got distracted and went too far out.
Will flew soon after Aron and scratched hard eeking out something like 75 over and 28 minutes! And boy did he work to get that!
When Aron landed the lz was pretty rowdy. The staging area N of the tracks had some abrupt sink pockets. On final an abrupt sink pocket rattled things. Trying for a better harder flare Aron climbed higher on the DTs, just about touching feet down got lifted off again, but then it settled in as the flare gently increased higher...no landing is ever the same as Will says! It worked ok. Nothing broken!
Not sure why we didn't get alot higher today. Here attached was the skew-t I looked at. As Bob B. says, the big H high pressure was sort of above us...maybe that was it. Just looking at it while there the big puffy clouds appeared to have a base of say 4000.
Let's fly soon!
It was NW uptop. We used the path over the rocks for a NW launch. There were times it was N cross, so we waited for a lull in the wind and some sun brought light thermals up that gave us enough NW direction to launch safely.
Flights were short. Aron went first and it was a true dogger.
Spinner flew and got a few passes and sniffed out a little lift making it an extendo.
The really neat thing about the day was to learn that Spinner was taken to Hyner as a kid by his father to see a HG competition way back when...and today he got to bring his father and his brother to see him fly there decades later!
Thanks to Julie for helping out and launching us!
Let's fly soon!
It was two sled rides for each of us. Very light wind and smooth air. Aron
We got 6 sled rides at Hyner this afternoon! Fun day but 5 minute flights!
6 sled rides were had. Dennis, G-man, Sam, Will, Mike with PG, Aron
I think I'm gonna have to get a PG for light days...and go to Hammondsport and fly till dark to get any airtime.
Monday morning I think it was Karen, Tim M., Brian V. And Dave B. Who flew and soared.
It was blown out from about 1:30 to 6PM.
Aron got one in after it settled a bit right about 6:00.
Somebody said "evening magic" but 6mph gusting to 15mph in front of the wall made me think of Black Magic Woman...Santana! And it was! Good thing to have the Liberty 158 today to penetrate the higher wind up there.
So the ride lasted 31 minutes and was work. Often was parked and still rising even out from launch past the tree line. One time I flew back over the outhouses uptop and slow penetration back out, I looked down at the flag and it was snapping and bowing, but then that gust fell off. Overall not terribly bumpy, but a few tosses here and there. Higest was 500 over. Flew my upwind along the mountain then over the Hyner 4 way intersection in the town, then back to the field with height to burn yet in a 360, then a DBF and west landing on the wheels in the wet dew covered grass...absolutely no wind down in the lz. Sun had set on the field.
Too tired to go home so we stayed another night and the campfire was nice and raucous.
Wanton disregard for proper fire tending from all around. Much poor form was displayed and "Precious 2" was found, a 6 ft stick used with lots of gibes from the audience of other would be fire tenders! Many took a turn with "Precious 2".
Let's fly soon!
On setting up it was sunny, then became overcast with little sun at 3pm.
Julie wire crewed today. Saw one other car up at launch but nobody was around.
Hardly any wind at 3pm, like 3 -4mph varying from SW to NW.
It was looking like a sledder day so I decided to fly without vario, since down was guaranteed :)
That was nice with no vario. JB had had advised to fly with no vario, so I gave it a try. In the air I felt some light uplift, then sink, then uplift and so on. Nothing enough to really turn in.
I liked flying without the crutch and the beeping noise. It was confidence inspiring to just totally look at the whole experience of flying visually with no glancing over at an altitude number.
For a January flight I'm totally happy with a 6 minute flight trying something new.
Yeah it is cold, but hell 6 minutes is bearable...a trip to the mailbox or out to get more firewood equates to that...
The reward was a Voodoo Ranger IPA and some 8.99 red wine...what a day at Hyner inspired!
Let's fly soon!
Overall lots of flying at Hyner the last 3 days.
This is no official report...lost track of it all with the activity going on in full swing!
Monday was pretty good. Light WSW and cooking hot out! We had several PG pilots flying and several HGs.
An early morning group flew, then more batches later on. Rocco, Brian, John?
A near noon or a bit after as a batch Steve, Leo, Rocco, Dave B. Tim, maybe others.
PG pilot Stacia got high and so did HG pilot Dave B. around the same time of 1:00?
A later group flew with Tim, Aron, Rocco, Will P., Sam, Dennis and Mike on PG. They soared a bit.
Will P. got a half hour flight. Rocco soared above the wall for the first time!
Probably missed some of it, but that gives you a sample of the day.
Let's fly soon!
Tuesday flight report:
Dave, B., Steve V., and Aron set out to fly.
We got uptop by 10:45 -11:30 timeframe and leisurely set up.
Wind was light NW at first, then thermals and stronger wind arrived around noon.
Aron was in the air right at noon, then Dave followed.
Good lift at times but it seemed thermals were broken up by the wind. There were some strong sink cycles that ended our fun.
lz was on and off for sink and turbulence. Approximately 15 minute flights with 150-200 over.
Steve made a wise decision to not fly the PG.
We flew olde Hyner lots this Memorial Day weekend. It was a string of 4 flyable days in a row with some days better than others.
Let's fly soon!
Four of us flew. Dennis, Will, Aron, Steve, in that order. Will P. had the flight of the day with 40 minutes and 900 over. Wind was NW to W and varying.
Flights ranged from short soaring flights to Will's 40 min.
Conditions were odd, with kind of lighter base wind say 7-8 mph then blasts of thermals that were quite strong but kind of broken up and there were turbulent patches.
Flights began around 4:15 to 5:30, with Steve flying PG as last to launch.
Dennis had worry about making the field. Aron had turbulent sink at lz on reconnaissance run and blasts of thermal out by cell tower, stayed too high based on the reconnaissance and went long into the overshoot grass. Will came in hot wagging his body all over to keep the glider straight down the lz. Steve had a bumpy flight and reported a partial wing collapse and stuff like that and decided to land.
Ok day, but we've had better conditions. It wasn't an evening magic type day even though it kind of looked like it might be.
Let's fly soon!
We had 4 pilots fly Monday.
When we first got there about 1PM the sky looked really strange, there were the short domed lens clouds everywhere that looked like flying saucers...they were up high.
Those clouds spead out eventually forming a high overcast with some sun holes.
It was about 3:30 when the fun began. It was pretty gusty and north cross before that. Still the north cross seemed to come back whenever the thermals were not actively coming up.
Aron waited through some cycles on launch eventually going in a light wind which was maybe the start of a thermal...sinking out but making passes below launch. Over by the bowl to the left and over to the point found some thermals and climbed back up above launch for a bit, then got flushed as the sun went away.
Will P. was next off, probably 45 minutes later and got into a cycle that was long and sunny. Will got a 30 minute flight and like 1200 over. Aron was in the lz observing Will and noticed that it was sunny and hot in the lz, all the wind was straight down the runway and on the hill all the trees looked "lit up" for like 25 minutes...then the sun went away, Will got flushed and on landing pattern it got very turbulent going completely cross in the lz for a bit and Will ended up making some unwanted turning becase conditions sent him into a turn at say 150-200 ft up.
Later say after 5pm, Joe flew around a bit and was going mostly down it looked like, but he decided to try scouting around over by the old lz and then went on to land in the big field east of the Lion's Den. Joe was really excited for ice cream so he carried his still set up glider along the edge of the road all the way to the Lion's Den! Someone stopped and yelled "you picked a hell of a spot to land a glider" as Joe was part way there. Once there he was greeted with lots of smiles and photo ops.
Dennis was next and flew his Gecko for the first time in quite a while. This was getting on 7pm. Dennis had a nice long smooth sled ride and was ecstatic about flying that glider again.
Thanks to Karen, Mike, Julie for assisting on launching and driving!
Dennis and Mike headed out for a Mexican meal and Joe, Karen, Aron and Julie went to "Good Neighbor" restaurant by the old lz. You can see launch from the right table!
Again Monday was pizza night there...and how appropriate we had a new spicy pizza called "Hell Bird". Porters, IPAs and wine was flowing. Karen bought a t-shirt and it has a hang glider on it. We noticed the restaurant displays Hyner Challenge t-shirts on the wall. Maybe somone has an old Hyner Club shirt or artwork to give them to display...just a thought.
Anybody take any pictures of the sky or the flying, etc? Please post 'em.
Let's fly soon!
Down at Hyner today it was lackluster. Although the sky looked pretty good at times, we had scratching and trying but nobody got high. 3 of us flew later afternoon with a T2c, Falcon, and NW Liberty...the tool didn't matter either way.
This weekend there is camping and flying from today on through the 4th if anyone wants to travel down.
Let's fly soon!
Da Ole Hyner Hag was her usual self.
Friday she kept the heat turned up sending us to hang wait on top in the South crossing breeze. With a repeat fcst for Sat a few of the guysfigured they would out fox da ole bitch and sneak away to the super bowl, out of her bony grasp. After a grueling hike to launch her cruel buddy, Thor, visited a mega Tstorm upon them with a drenching rain and hail storm. Never deterred they waited it out and still had fun in soaring air. Saturday was another cruel day with a cool but brisk NW cross. There were a couple of gnarly attempts at soaring but no real success. One determined pilot waited it out until most had broke down and was rewarded with a late day 2 hour ridge soaring flight. Reportedly he would have landed sooner but he over slept. Sunday opened with a NW cross fcst but with a STFI breeze. Several pilots took advantage it and had smooth soaring. By 1300 it had picked up and turned NW. Still launch-able but any attempts at flight were met with gnarly air, massive sink, and a cruel high pitched cackle. About 1515, tired of tormenting us, She took a nap. The flag, in her absence and in a thermal induced stupor, wafted in gently. By 1530 the first 4 were off and were rewarded with STFU (straight the fuck up) launches. The set up area soon cleared of gliders with flights ranging from doggers to near cloud base at 4000' above, and a nice eagle assisted lowish save back to 1800' above. At 1700 she arose and with a shriek turned on the sink machine. All safe launches, safe landings, and silly guffawing camp fires until 0100 every nite. It was a MAHVELOUS Hyner weekend...............B & C
Bob compresses his flowing prose, leaving an opening for individual reports. Sunday marked my best Hyner flight EVER, by a huge margin.
It started with everyone noticing that conditions weren't looking quite as sour as earlier, but JB was the first to act on it. I was his sole wire crew, so was the closest witness to his slow but steady climb in the firmament. I think it was the slowness of it that forstalled the general rush, but I suited up and bumped noses with Jim who was having the same idea. I suppose by traffic rules the vehicle to the right has right of way, but Jim generously gave way and I crabbed my way down.
I had noted that JB's success was due to not being satisfied with just the trees in front wiggling suggestively; he wanted the whole ridge lit up. I determined to follow the same course of action, and after a few false starts finally found a balanced cycle and cleared my wire crew.
I've heard that Wallaby used to have this gag where they sunk two posts in the ground, positioned a volunteer in between with a climbing harness, stretched bungees from the top of the pole down nearly to the ground, and attached them to the previously mentioned harness. Several burly fellows pull the hapless volunteer as far back as they can, and let him go. That must be what my launch felt like. I shot up perhaps a hundred feet, then just like the bungees running out of steam at the top of the trajectory, I went over the falls with a thunk. Circled around and went right back for more. Eventually I caught up with JB and repaid him for showing me the way by an unannounced (and unintended: I was fiddling with my harness) attempt to land on his wing, which he took with ill grace. I left him to fume and headed north so I could play in my own sandbox.
Then like switching a light everything turned to sink. It was widespread and uniform: no texture that I could see. I thought either my glider or my vario was busted and headed out to land so that I could fix them without interference from the quickly approaching ridges and trees. The others joined within the next 10 minutes.
3000 foot climb above launch, at least an hour airtime. I know others have routinely done more at Hyner, but Hyner typically only treats me right in the morning, then sours on me by mid day. But she's awfully sweet when the mood hits her.
In other news, Rocco had a choice between Hyner and Ellenville, and performed his calculations wisely. 1.5 hour flight in magic air, and climbed out above the bowl. Perhaps we can coax the full story out of him?
Aron went first about 1:40 and had an extended sledder with the Liberty 158. followed by Will P. about 30 minutes later Will had 30 minutes and about 300 over? It became really strong halfway into Will's flight. Flag snapping and steady 20mph wind after Will had landed. Steve backed off launch with the PG after he saw what Will was facing up there. Then say 5pm Steve flew and it was a little rowdy at first then calmed some and he got some good thermals and headed for Lock Haven xc. Landed out 6 miles? down the river. Aron flew again at 5:30 with the Sting 175 that James had set up but decided not to fly...a 9 minute scratching effort got above the wall for a bit then the sun shut down and so did the air. Maybe tomorrow we will do some more. If anyone is coming Thursday and has a spare pod harness, or knee hanger please bring it along...maybe James our visiting pilot could use it for the day. James was uncomfortable trying to use an old cocoon harness that I had brought so decided against flying.
Let's fly soon! Aron
Steve had an early flight before the rest showed up. I think we started getting in the air around 3:00. Aron the wind dummy got a sled ride even scouting out to the point searching in the Liberty 158. Dennis was off next off with the Gecko and found a thermal getting 2 turns and got a few hundred over. Sam was next and had a nice flight, not sure how long or high but he boated around for a bit. Steve and Aron went up for round 2 around 5:30-6pm. Both were up for a while in some smoother lifty air finding some broken thermals and ridge lift to try circling in. Bet Steve gained 900? Aron got in the air shortly after with the Sting 175 and maybe gained 300? Aron felt the lift giving out as shade came and the flag went north cross and headed out to the town of Hyner for some sun and a pop, nothing found so landed. Steve landed a little bit later. Thanks to Julie and James for assisting on launches and driving. Let's fly soon! I hear Steve and Leo are flying today if anyone has the itch for a Friday flight. Aron
The day ranged from Epic to nasty. T-Bone flew first and got a sledder. Steve went next. Steve flew PG to Lock Haven and landed at the Piper museum. Steve ended up running away from the rain that was closing in on him and kept on going to LH. I flew after I saw Steve getting up. There were some big over developing conditions happening to North it looked like, but at the time it seemed safe to launch and get a short flight.
I flew and was getting up above the wall...it was nice...till it wasn't! ...then headed out as conditions got worse. I saw rain up the valley that the road to launch goes up as I was going out to land.
My rushed landing approach was not so good, I ended up too high and had to circle again over the field to the north of the tracks. Ended up hitting heavy sink and had to end up landing in that field. Almost hit the little trees toward the road, scraped above them in a turn. Leveled up the wing and down...down...got trashed a bit and broke a dt. Not too bad. It could have been much worse. About 3 minutes after that the gusts became stronger and it began raining. T-Bone and Julie helped get all the stuff dragged over to the real lz. Then it got sunny and nice trying to lure use into flying. We went back up. I almost set up my undamaged Sting 175.
Dennis and Sam were ready to go...but then rumbles of thunder to the north. Oh no, more nasty clouds moving in. Soon enough...real thunder and lightening. We helped pack up Dennis and Sam in a real hurry! Avoided getting wet. It poured, raining cats and dogs as we all drove down the mountain.
I learned some lessons today as I about got in two tangles with mother hyner. One was enough and then some. Aron
On Sunday Bodner, Tom from Indiana and I got in pre-travel sledders at Hyner. Despite storms in the general region the flag was limp. After the morning rain we only got afternoon sprinkles so light we wondered if we were imaging it. But looking at the radar today I"m glad everyone (except Jonathon) left on Sunday. BVH
Winds were light ranging from zero to 6mph when one would blow in. Lots of limp flag time. Clint got a PG sled ride. And another. Then, Steve with PG had a 25 minute flight around 2:30? After that...Will P. and Aron each got pretty much a sled ride.Steve had an extended sled ride around 5pm.
And it was a nice day for being out. Not a great flying day though. Let's fly soon, Aron
We had two gliders in the air at once today at Hyner. Tom B. was off the hill around 2? He worked hard and got over the wall. I saw his shadow pass overhead as I was pre-flighting. Tom had a half hour flight scratching and scouring the valley for lift...nice! Aron followed around 2:25 ish. The wind was going away at that point. Then it was N. cross for a time.... had waited for a better cycle and had nothing. Aron saw Tom going down and said the hell with it, were gonna at least have a couple gliders flying at once today so launched when it was straight in. Thanks to Pat and Julie for helping us tank up today! Let's fly soon! Aron
Well holy cow, it turned out to be a wild day at Hyner! We almost had a holiday weekend meet. When we arrived somewhere around 11:45 there was one PG flying already (Ton) and Bill U. ready to fly HG. Bill was up and away and looked like a nice flight. That was perhaps noon. I think Bill and Ton were sharing the sky. Around 2:00 Sam flew, nice flight. Made a run for some thermals in the valley and got some. Around 3:15 Aron flew. Some thrashing around and a fight to get up solidly. Then a fat thermal came in and that helped out. Will P. Was next... assuming it was around 4pm then. Had a nice flight, first one this season. Lee M. was off next say 5pm? It looked nice from the lz like the air was perhaps smoothing out a bit. Clint was next with his PG and it seemed Lee and Clint were in the air together. Steve followed up with a nice glass off flight with PG and lit looked like Clint was up there yet with Steve. So there were some overlaps in flights but mostly spread out throughout the day. There was some wild lift and sink today! It was blue day with blasts of lift and sneak attacks of sink. Will P. said the mixing layer was to be 4500 ft...if I heard that right, and it seemed like that bounded our upper limits. Not used to 85 degrees yet! That feeling like somebody worked you over with a blowtorch till you sweat and burn then threw sand in your face... It was good to get out, no regrets on taking a chance on today! Thanks to all the support crew today! Let's fly soon... Aron
We had 4 pilots in the air, and 3 rattlesnakes trying to hitch a ride there on the path to launch. Tom B, Sam, Steve, Aron flew. We mostly had short soaring flights. Not much gains but a little above the wall. Sunny and big puffy clouds at first. Steve with PG was up the longest and had a great flight. He almost sunk out, then caught a big one and got high and was up quite a while, having trouble getting back down. The sky began overdeveloping at the point where Steve was getting sucked back up from his almost sink out. Then it was pretty much shut down after the clouds filled in with full cloud cover and shade. Thanks Julie for the help launching and driving. Lots of tourists and onlookers got the snake show and the flying show...a real 2 for one special. Aron
Mark D. was the spearhead of this flying escapade...and glad he stirred us out. The tourists were out in force today not sure of which weekend to pick, they came out today. The resident rattlesnakes were there too giving us fair warning on the path to launch. The heart rate is up and ready for launch once you get down there. We flew neither high nor far nor long but we did have fun. We eaked out some minutes just above launch then we took to the inevitable landings. Today it was Mark D., Will P. , Aron and Julie assisted. It wasn't really epic flying but it sure was fun and we certainly gave the tourists their money's worth trying to stay up. We launched a bit too soon. When we flew it was overcast with big beast clouds out there in the distance but possibly beginning to clear with just a little wind. It really got nice as we were breaking down our gliders about 3:30-4pm. But ya never know...we could have broken down on top. Aron
Hyner is not "Broken". 4 pilots out. One PG 3 HG. Will, Jeff, Clint, Aron. Longest was a 2+hr flight and highest was cloudbase. Sky was nice at 2pm and up up up! Big Cumulus. Tourists were out in force again and we saw one rattlesnake next to the path. Later launches were not as good as the first around 2pm. Some scratching but above the wall for a while. The icing on the cake was bass fishing in the river. Will and Aron waded out in the river and each caught small bass and they swam away after we got a look at their inches. Let's fly again soon! Aron
Well, there was quite a crowd of onlookers and pilots at Hyner Sat. I rode up with Leo H, Will P, Steve V and driver Doug. Tom B was on top when we got there. Joe and Kare G showed up as we completed setup. The wind came in gently most of the time. It also crossed mildly from the right a lot. I suspected the culprit was a thermal off to the left. Steve had the flight of the day, about 3k above while flying with an immature bald eagle. There was also a para pilot from Arizona whose name I missed. He flew at least twice, as did Leo, Steve and Myself. There was a great soarable west wind cycle that Joe got a piece of, but most of our flights were short. My only bragging rights are taking 3 minutes to lose 70 feet and having the energy to set up and tear down my U2 twice in one day. Markland Dunn.
Yes it worked at Hyner, Steve and I both had over an hour each, very nice air, launched after 5:30. Will P
We flew sledders today. Mike had a morning flight. In the afternoon It was Aron, Steve and Mike in that order between 3:30-4:30. It was light south wind with lulls. Aron went in a no wind lull off the W launch. Steve and Mike off the S launch. Jim C was there too and Bunkhouse gave us a ride back up to get cars. When we got back up there it was over the back but real light. Good Neighbor was an after flying idea. Aron
The flight report from yesterday ( Friday) was Leo, Will P. , Aron, Steve, Clint, Doug R. Pretty good turnout. There were some ups and downs. Some sledders and some flights over an hour, and some in between. Leo had 750 over in a thermal...nice flight. Leo and Will P. are probably going to show up on PSU TV. Nice! Thanks Natalie and Julie for assisting us yesterday. Aron
I found Allan there at the LZ and Sam came up today (Monday). We all flew and it was pretty good. There was straight in to NW winds it varied. Allan went first at around 1:30 and scratched and soared quite a while. Aron was next at around 3pm. Sam probably launched around 4:30? It seemed like we each got all we wanted with around an hour each. I don't know how high I got, but not really high, but got high enough to explore the near north ridge and the next ridge over to the NW which was a first ever for me, then went back to the main mountain and clawed back up. I glanced at the vario and about every spot of lift was 200-300 fmp climbs. It was really smooth boyant air compared to other days I've flown there lately. Really hot and muggy out in general. I don't know what became of that cold front, we never saw much happening here at Hyner. Even the NNW didn't do that as much as the forecast indicated. Another data point that the forecasts hardly ever are right for Hyner... Fun day! Aron
Yesterday Mike and Clint had nice PG flights, Aron had a 5:30 magic extendo. We had a pretty good day today. Bob Beck got in the air first today at maybe 1:15? Flew up to cloud base with over 1.5hrs. Awsome flight Bob! JB next had a great flight and 750 over. A low save and back up. Aron got a couple hundred over the wall and then got sunk out eventually with 10 min flight or so. It was bumpy. That was around 3pm.
Tom G. got an evening flight in that he reported as kind of trashy air. Today was SW with a bit of thermal mix. It did seem to get worse as the day went on, but we had a decent time. Campfires lit up at dusk and went...until snapping fairly early as everyone was beat. Looking forward to some west/northwest on Saturday...and the picnic. Hope to see you in the air! Aron
Me and Cook arrived, as planned, on Wednesday noonish to a gorgeous tee shirt WX day. The beautiful WX continued until Saturday. Even the SW cross didn't stop the flying every day. on Friday the Ole Hag must have been looking the other way when an old geezer of a pilot sneaked off launch and blundered his way to cloud base while thermalling with a bald eagle. The Early showers on Sat. gave way to clear skies and a full moon flanked by Jupiter in time for the food and fire. The food was way too plentiful and way too good . The crew was sparce but the time, flying and company was priceless. Wish ya'll could have been there ............. B & C
What a time it was! there was activity from Wednesday when Charlie flew and on thru Saturday...so 4 days of pilots in the air! I'm not sure who flew when overall. Think Bob had the overall best flight on Friday, high and long. Had a rain flight on Saturday...started raining soon after launch. Several pilots did and a film crew for a magazine tried to capture them. For my flight the glider was wet already, since it rained off and on Saturday afternoon. Didn't notice much difference in flight, but was being careful for wing weirdness. Saturday landed at the LZ and a bunch of pilots were already there getting in the spirit for the party! The picnic was festive and we all got our fill. I got home Sunday early morning in the rain, that part sucked. I'm beat from flying 3 days in a row even if they were relatively short ones...80% of the effort is still in the process of "doing" free flight. Didn't want to look at a glider for a few days...but today was the day to deal with the ol wet rags. This morning I took them off the truck, they were frosted when I was untying them. Then I set them up partially to dry out. Both were really wet and took a few hours to dry them. The Ox roast again didn't disappoint. It was amazing entertainment, flying, feasting, and and an overall blast! Great seeing you all and looking forward to the next time. Aron
We met around 11 at the lz, it was Will P, Jason L., Aron and Julie. Jason walked the lz then we went uptop. The sun we had gave in to solid cloud cover by the time we flew around 1:30-3:30. It ended up being NNW and we mostly launched from the far right N launch spot to the right of the rocks, farthest right we could be. Some friends Josh and Tarrin came up to check out flying and helped us out on launches and vehicle driving. Jason got 2 flights in, nice launches and landings, and some nice scratching passes trying to get up on the second flight. Will and Aron had scratching good times! staying aloft for a short while. It was nice to get out for some exercise and staying current on flying despite the cold weather. Thanks to Julie, Josh, and Tarrin for being the support crew. Aron