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10,000 feet UP at Forbes

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Hang gliding video and report from the recent Forbes trip: 

Last week's flying was another chapter for the hang-gliding memory book.

I took eight guys out to Forbes, NSW to show them the "next-level" of hang gliding in Australia.

The students learned to tow (and release) their hang gliders behind the Moyes Dragonfly microlight.

What's going UP at Stanwell

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Spring Hang Gliding is here, and our Calendar is budding....

  • Tandem Hang Gliding Flights: Full-time from Stanwell Tops. We'll have another tandem instructor joining us for the Australian peak-season.
  • Canungra Hangliding Comp: Early October (I will now stay local at Stanwell)
  • Workshop (Sydney, NSW) on hang & paragliding competitions: Mid-October. - Our last workshop in Canberra had 24 hang & paraglider pilots!
  • Gulgong Hang Gliding Comp with free support and workshops: Mid November

And....

Icaro Helmets Australia

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Hang Gliding, Paragliding, and Extreme Sport Helmets

We are now Australian importers-dealers for the Icaro Helmet line from Italy.

For more information and ordering....

**UPDATED 27/01/12:  Visit our new Australian Hang Gliding & Paragliding Online Store

These helmets have been certified for airborne-sports by the rigid European Standard.

We currently recommend, fly, and stock these 8 Icaro helmet-models:

Paragliding Helmets Australia

Above: The JET-CUT Icaro 4fight helmet, perfect for both paragliding and hang gliding.

All JET models come with a removable visor of your colour-choice. My personal preference: only use the visor when I'm flying on the cold winter days, or at hypoxic altitudes.

 Also, all Icaro helmet models will come with a free helmet bag.

Adventure Gift for Father's Day

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Send Dad hang gliding at the world-class flying site of Stanwell Tops, and he'll be floating for days. The adventure is an easy day-trip from Sydney, as Stanwell Park is only one hour south of the Sydney CBD.

A Hang Gliding tandem flight, looking down on the beach of Stanwell Park, NSW

All gift vouchers are express posted (or emailed) and come with amazing in-flight photos.

Two happy guys at the controls of the hang glider

Everyone dreams of flying.  Here you can see that "David" has been given the opportunity to take the controls, and feel how easy it is...to be a bird!

The prime hang gliding season is approaching as winter now fades away.

More information about our gift vouchers and tandem flights can be found here.

Scooter Towing is ON

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I'm happy to blog that our hang gliding lessons have just stepped up level, with our purchase of our new "scooter" winch, from the towing experts at Cloudstreet Winch, in the USA.

As always, our lessons will also include both tandem hang gliding flights from Stanwell Tops and solo "bunny hill" flights.

Stanwell Tops is spectacular for Paragliding and Hang Gliding

(Above: A hang gliding lesson, south of Sydney, NSW, Australia)

The winch (pictured below) is has been tested, and proven by

Flying-season Kick-off BBQ

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Warren Windsports BBQ for the flying community.

Hang glding tandem above Stanwell Tops, NSW, Australia

Photo:  Flying tandem above Stanwell Tops

Kick-off Party to start the season and catch up with friends, and network with the local hang gliding and paragliding pilots.

Sausages and salad will be provided, but please RSVP.

Hang Gliding Worlds: Alex wins!

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Alex Ploner (33 yrs), of Italy, the new Hang Gliding World Champion:

Hang Gliding Competition

Task 8 was a 152 km task.

The day became one of the most technical and challenging days of the comp.

World Championships, a day off

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Today's hang gliding, Task 7

Here's what we do when it's too windy for a hang gliding task:

hang gliding free-flight picture


Above: World record holder Klaus Ohlmann and I, flying his spaceship through the local Alps

Below: Dustin and "owning" the airship, when Klaus wasn't looking.

 

The World Champs, Task 7

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We finally pulled off another task for the 2009 Hang Gliding World Championships.

The day was PUMPING, as it delivered incredibly dynamic lift and sink, all before the clouds OVERdeveloped into a major storm.

World Champs, Day 5 & 6

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Day 5:

Hang Gliding World Championships

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