SLP Sir Lowry’s pass, giving us a dream flight two days before lock down

March 25th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

   

 

Early birds get the flights, launching just after 9.20am good lift with about 9 pilots enjoying our last days of freedom, before lock down.

Wind steadily increased, and became more cloudy as time passed.

Very nice cumulus clouds forming, turning and climbing to base, then most of us headed to Gordon’s Bay Beach and landed at the beach, good celebration.

All keeping one and half meters apart to be safe….

#paragliding #advance #perfection #xalps3 #xcflying #birdmen #slp #cloudbase #thermic #thermalling #gordonsbay

Great flying in Hermanus and landing at the Hotel

March 25th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

 

Another exciting day with Birdmen, Hermanus produces an amazing day of flying.


Blue water and blue and white skies set the back drop of the red gliders.

Thermaling practice, top landings, flying east, west and finally landing at the Marine hotel, what a cool day.

   
#xalps3 #paragliding #advance #paradise #soaring #excitment #flying #Hermanus #capetown #birdmen #braai #fire

Flying from Kardoesie into the flats great day.

March 23rd, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

The country almost going into lock down, we isolating ourselves 1250m above ground flying from Kardoesie.

On our second flight, climbing then flying briefly on the mountain, before heading into the flats.

Really nice to fly some good 5.5m climbs and big sink in between.


One must be flying to get the reward, super good day.

Back home for quarentien SA boerwors braai.

#xalps3 #paragliding #advance #paradise #xcflying #poterville #kardoesie #eendekuil #braai #happy #sunset #beers #fire #boerewors #birdmen

New site new adventures for our group

March 22nd, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

     

Another adventure with a small hike to fly amazing place.

Not an epic xc day but still beautiful days flying.


Back home for a Ostrich braai, Gin and Tonics and good red wine.

#xalps3 #paragliding #advance #paradise #xcflying #sunny #hike #adventure #birdmen #braai #fire #Ostrich

Last group of the season flying from Kardoesie

March 22nd, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

    

How time has flown, haha, our last group of the season.

Kardoesie best place to fly, all pilots starting well and climbing after launch, but hitting the inversion, active flying necessary.
Not getting to high we headed down the ridge, some low saves with skillful flying back above the peaks.
Finally landing in Rhnosterhoek, very cool flight for the first day.
#xalps3 #paragliding #advance #paradise #xcflying #poterville #kardoesie #eendekuil #activeflying #capetown #birdmen #braai #fire

Special day flying at Signal Hill

March 21st, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

 

After a long wait we got the prize and were rewarded with a amazingly special flight.

Clouds behind, under and sometimes above, origraphic clouds on Lions head.

Special moments come to those who wait.

AWSOME
Then a T bone steak braai with good bottles of wine.

           
#xalps3 #paragliding #advance #paradise #xcflying #signalhill #cloudbase #birdmen #braai #fire #redwine

Small Birdmen group flies Hermanus all day

March 21st, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

Second day flying Hermanus was super cool and lasted all day, with many top landings and flying later to cloud base and enjoying the light thermic conditions.

Later some landed at the Marine hotel to end the day just perfect.


#xalps3 #paragliding #advance #paradise #xcflying #Hermanus #soaring #excitment #cloudbase #birdmen

Another dream day flying day at Franschhoek

March 16th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

mountain behind the clouds

The day before the holing strong SEerly sets in, flying Franschhoek, enjoying the coffee in town as clouds were low.

We started launching about 12 o clock, my oh my did have a good time, some top landings, but the best low wind launches and could start all day.

 


Flying high and doing a nice triangle flying to South peaks then North and flying out of the valley and back.


About 4.45pm the southerly pushed over takeoff creating a convergence, a few pilots using this to fly out again over town.


Super super good day.


Then to the Blowfish for dinner an amazing experience.

Dream flying day Signal Hill and Lions Head

March 16th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

Another perfect day with Birdmen, flying first at signal hill low start but then boom up we went, later wind turned sw making it very difficult to cross to Lions Head.


Next launching in light wind from Lions Head, up up and away flying around the head for a while before crossing to TM.


6 of our group made it, we flew to the end of the Appositles and back,what a treat.

The high light of the trip. Absolutely spectacular.

Slow but good day at SLP, Sir Lowry’s pass

March 16th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized |

Flying slp today, but a bit of a wait due to low clouds and a high back wind.

As the sun popped it worked nice thermals and good wind for launching.

At first group flying then heading towards Hanskop and back, the trying the beach, one was successful. Beautiful flying but viz bad.

Back home for a Rump steak braai, yum yum.