I need to find a place to fly like this here in Idaho. I hear that it exists, but I have a feeling it is hiding from me. I sure as hell don’t want to go to Brazil to find it.


Flying Swan Falls

Made it out to Swan Falls to do some flying. The wind felt a little strong when we got there, and some pilots talked about going over to Pickle. Mark and Bruce had just come from there and reported that it was cycling through weak.

With this info Mark launched and flew for a while. After he landed he said it was pretty rough. I already had me gear out so I tried kiting for a little bit. After pulling up my wing a few times, I didn’t think the conditions where that strong so I launched.

I flew the bowl in front of launch a few times, and not getting hit by any gusts or overly strong lift, I headed east down the ridge. The wind had a different feel than Swan usually does, but the lift was there so I cruised down and back a couple of times.

I ran into some bumps, but nothing extreme. The thermals rolling through launch were turbulent, but the ridge lift was laminar. After I made a couple passes everyone else saddled up and flew as well. I tried to work one of the thermals in front of launch but it was over my head and really turbulent. Mark said later that it was extremely rough and he though that me turning out of the lift was a smart decision. Otherwise he said after a certain altitude that the lift was abundant, but really rough. We speculated it had something to do with the inversion layer, but who would really know?

I flew for about 25 minutes before I miss timed a cycle and got flushed out. I scratched but couldn’t make it back up to ridge level. I felt vindicated a few minutes after I landed when I spied Greg, Rob, and Bruce on the same flight path I was on. See the video below, Greg (yellow and white wing) flew almost the same pattern I did. It helped him as much as me.


Overall I thought it was a good day of flying. Swan is always a great place to fly when it is working.

Flying on Sunday

Got out flying on Sunday, and had a good time. The wind was strong, but smooth with a good amount of lift. I followed Mark down the hill to launch.

My first attempt really showed the rust from lack of flying in the winter. So much for kiting in the part on Saturday. The second attempt was better and I got off the hill and climbed out. I flew for about 45 minutes and landed behind main launch.

I took off again after getting some water and a snack. That launch was much better, and I flew again for 45 minutes. Could of flown much longer, but the sun was going down and I had places to be. So I top landed just about where I took off. Overall a great day.

Pleanty of people out. Bruce, Greg, Chris, Mark, Blaine and me. We could use some new blood, or even old blood that doesn’t get circulated much.

Brad, a new HG pilot, was out for his first soaring flight. I got video of him taking off and landing.



I was also able to get my camera replaced. I picked up the same model that I had before, only this time it cost about 80% less.  So there are pictures too.

Goofing off on Sunday

Made it out to Skyview High school in Nampa on Sunday to do a little flying with Greg and Matt. I was also practically forced to get a new phone over the weekend, so I have some images to share as well.

There is an informal competition going on at the Indoor flying club. A bunch of people are building up a ‘Jack’s Plane’ to compete with. Greg and I got in on it. We got the kit 2 weeks ago,  and had our planes out tuning them. With these small planes, tiny adjustments make big differences.

Mine flew much better than I would have thought, I just hope it doesn’t decide to fly differently in two weeks.

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Here is Greg flying his canard. Pretty sweet machine that got a lot of complements.

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Wow… Almost forgot I had a website

I broke my camera last fall, and really haven’t had a good reason to post anything. So, without further ado, something I did find worth posting.


I was really impressed by the concept of ikigai.