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Ring of Fire: Brasilia SuperRace Task 4

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Altitude 8000ft and gliding into Brasilia

Can you tell what song (Anita Carter< & Jonny Cash<)  I had in my head today?  Not the best one maybe ("I went down, down, down....") but I like the irony of it.  

For many of us, our 137km task went from 1000 ft/min climbs all day, to a screeching halt (almost no lift) at the last turnpoint:

I like Dirt: Brasilia SuperRace Task 3

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Flying over Lagoa Formosa

Task 3 (of 7) was a 110km course, zig-zagging up on the plateau back to Brasilia.  Again today, our course took us through and area renowned as The Dust Devil? Factory (English version).  And it was here (again), I had a chance to sample the “local product” and was... quite impressed!

I was actually getting a good dose of dirt in the mouth and eyes, while climbing from 1000ft and higher.  From then, on I couldn’t get the song “I like Dirt”, by the Chilli Peppers, out of my head.  The next two climbs were also gritty.

Runaway Harvesters: Brasilia SuperRace DAY 2

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Jonas and I heading to Sobradinho, not far out of Brasilia

Just as the name above implies, we RACED a 118 km task.

And below the dust devils marched along on course stopping for nothing, like a runaway harvesters, tearing up the ground as they plowed along.  There were little dusties, big ones, and then...there was the MotherShip that docked herself between Turnpoints 1 & 2.  Periodically, she became hollow and calm in the middle, as the thin-walled sides rotated the topsoil mechanically.

Brasilia Super Race 2012 Day 1

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1) Landing in the Brazilan "White House" Lawn!

Brasilia, Brazil is my favorite place to race hang gliders in the world!

  • Consistent Dry Weather and Winds<
  • Strong Thermals sometimes marked top & bottom (CLOUDS & Dust devils)<
  • Driving out of town in the morning to fly back and land in the center of the City...at a party in the park near our hotel<
  • Brazil...the pilots, people, culture, and fun<

I am very fortunate to be able to return to the Brasilia Super Race, after nine years away, since the World Champs in 2003.

Hang gliding big sites in the USA

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1) Hang Gliding Adventure Begins!

Want to learn to hang glide and then travel the world at epic flying sites?  -Our hang gliding fledgling of 2009 tells us how!

Daniel Heckenberg has just returned back to Stanwell Park from his "business" trip in the USA where he also managed to pack in loads of hang gliding at some classic flying sites.  He writes about his adventures, as well as organising his glider, car, and contacts to fly with.

Daniel's story:

Hang Gliding the Blue Mountains Australia

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Screen Capture from Justin's Blue Mountain Hang Gliding Video

Justin Gimour, our recent hang gliding student, is going places!  He has quickly gone on to fly new sites around Australia.  Below, you'll see his HD GoPRO footage of his recent hang gliding from Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

Justin writes: 

Parachute Deployment and Safety Review

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Brendan after his Safe Arrival

Canberra hang gliding pilot, Brendan's harrowing review of his near miss and recovery while flying out at Gulgong. The message provides pilots a chance to learn from his mistakes and prevent their own future predicament or accident.

Time Lapse Extremes at Stanwell Park

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Screen capture of from the Stanny Cam Time Lapse video

Last Tuesday, Australia's South Coast weather BLEW our minds, with over 50 knot, 100 km/hr, winds (measured on the water)!  While most of us were tucked away snug inside, our Stanny Cam had its neck out taking snap shots every minute, and capturing the morphing sky with two burning sunrises that radiate, right out of the screen.  Day 3 of the video shows how quickly the weather and flying came good, as well as the loads of Sydney pilots who can find a way escape the rat race, and get airborne on a Thursday.

Hang Gliding Pioneers

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Left to right: Bill Moyes, me, &  John Dickenson

It's May 22nd 2012, and I'm hanging out with Hang Gliding legends John Dickenson< and Bill Moyes< in Melbourne, Australia at a national hang gliding conference.  We're all here to exchange ideas and knowledge with other instructors, as well as CASA.<

Dalby Day 4 & 5: Racing Kicks In

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Adam Stevens back at the Dalby Airstrip

The weather turns it ON for Task 4 and 5 at Dalby.  Most of the hang gliding pilots attending the competition realise we'd better soak up all of these strong-lift days before returning home (NSW, VIC, ACT, SA) where we won't be finding strong conditions like this for months!

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