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Moments Like These – Some of What Makes Gliding Awesome

by on Nov.16, 2010, under Articles, Aviation, Video of the day

Image of Black Mountains Gliding Club with snow on the mountains

Soaring really catches the essence of what aviation and flying is all about. I personally started flying gliders back in Sweden in the late 1970’s and some of my most memorable experiences in aviation have been from the years I was soaring from a small flying club in Trollhattan, Sweden.

A video was produced, which is a great display of what soaring is all about by an airline captain/soaring pilot from the UK, Matt, at a flight from Talgarth airfield in Wales.

Talgarth airfield is home to a small but active gliding club, set 970 feet above sea level in the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains halfway between Hay on Wye to the east and Brecon to the west.

With soarable conditions on most days, they have longer average flight times than any other soaring clubs in the UK. Regardless of wind directions, the area offers conditions where you almost always can fly off the mountain ridges or fly mountain waves. This is great for a glider pilot or for anyone who wish to get trained in this type of flying.

Click here or on the photo above to see this great video of his flight with a Cirrus sailplane, which shows ridge flying at the end of the day in late October.

The video shows a flight from Talgarth (Black Mountains Gliding Club) in Wales and captures some of the essence of what makes gliding such an awesome sport. Soaring in the late afternoon as the sun sets, in wave or on a ridge is truly magical, and low level, high speed runs along a ridge are pure main line adrenaline.

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First Looping Accomplished for Jetman!

by on Nov.06, 2010, under Articles, Aviation, Aviation News, Video of the day

Yves Rossy performs a loop over Lake Geneva in Switzerland today. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/Reuters

News item from www.jetman.com. Friends of Aviation kindly thanks Yves Rossy for being able to repost his news article on our website. Click on the photo to the left to watch a video of this very unique and spectacular flight.

“Yves Rossy, alias Jetman, successfully realized today at 10:03 am (Swiss time) his first looping in front of a hot-air balloon piloted by Brian Jones above Bercher.

The Swiss Yves Rossy took off from Bercher at 9:45 am (Swiss time) this morning on board of the hot-air balloon “Esprit Breitling Orbiter”, piloted by Brian Jones, to reach an altitude of 2.400 meters in 18 minutes. His wing on his back, the 4 jet-engines turned on, he jumped out of the balloon’s basket.

He flew a few minutes to stabilize his wing and find the optimal angle to begin two loopings. Jetman executed a rotation in front of the balloon. Then, he deployed his parachute to land in Denezy (VD).

This flight has been achieved with Yves Rossy’s new wing, smaller (2 meters instead of 2.5 meters) and without unfoldable parts. This new prototype, designed by Yves and the RUAG Company, possesses a better aerodynamic profile and more stability. Two years after crossing the Channel, these technological evolutions allowed Jetman to perform his first acrobatics in the air.

The hot-air balloon in front of which the flying man accomplished his achievement is named “Esprit Breitling Orbiter”. On its board, the British balloonist Brian Jones, winner of the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight in 1999, manoeuvred with precision the balloon in order to make Yves Rossy’s looping possible.

This first stunt permits more and more freedom to the flying man whom uses only his body’s movements to steer himself in the air. Yves Rossy’s words after his landing: “It was fantastic! The flight went well, despite a little problem when starting my engines. I was able to do my two loopings and I am very happy!”

More articles about the modern “aviation pioneer” Yves Rossy and news items and videos are available on his website www.jetman.com. A worthwhile website to bookmark! We are looking forward to his next project, which is to cross the Grand Canyon with his jetwing.

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