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SHPF League 2017
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Ozone Zeno
5th July 2017
2hrs 28mins
Creag Meagaidh
56.95625, -4.53335
56.95143, -4.53570
56.97585, -4.52182
57.04765, -4.25133
57.03375, -4.19700
57.23437, -3.80873
57.23322, -3.81047
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Height: metres
Climb: m/sec
Speed: km/h
Distance: km

Climb and Speed averaged over 4 second intervals.

These values may be lower than those shown by a flight instrument, which has access to continuous raw data.

Red values indicate suspect data, because the tracklog contains invalid points.

Metric units are used for all chart data, except for Height which is shown in feet.

Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
5312 ft
Lowest Save
2031 ft
Takeoff Height
2087 ft
Landing Height
866 ft
Total Ascent 14196 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 3225 ft
Maximum 3235 ft
Low Point
2077 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
5312 ft
Climb   -   Pressure data
Maximum Climb
3.5 m/s
Minimum Climb
-4.3 m/s
Maximum Speed
75.6 km/h
Average Speed
around course
21.8 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
35.8 km/h
Flight Duration 2hrs 34mins
Track Points 5970
Recording Interval 2 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 92.3 km
Invalid Positions
[< 1%]
Flight instrument
Type Flyskyhy
Model 6.3
Firmware 6.3

Climb and Speed averaged over 4 second intervals.

These values may be lower than those shown by a flight instrument, which has access to continuous raw data.

Red values indicate suspect data, because the tracklog contains invalid points.

Average Speed around course is measured from Start to Finish points.

Track Length is the cumulative distance between track points from Takeoff to Landing.

You can change the default units displayed - see the Options page.

Is it the same game we play?

It is a 5* Rasp day both in the Scottish Highlands and in the deep south of Englanshire.

Graham crushes out a mammoth 8 hour flight and closes a new declared FAI triangle of 108k from a tow launch. Well done sir! Inspiring stuff!

Meanwhile up in another world of 5* conditions, Bob, Stephen and I toil up 350m (1,148 feet for Bob) of steep Scottish hillside. Bob and I make the task even more difficult than necessary by precariously crossing two rivers before trudging across five hundred metres of bog and hideously energy sapping tussocks.

It is hot sweaty work and half way up Bob enquires, "does jiggered cover it? " "Well nearly" I reply, to which Bob more accurately says "fu**ed then! "

We eventually arrive at a 'suitable' place to take off after an hour or so, drenched in sweat, legs like jelly and dehydrated. Our chosen place is a slight easing in angle of hillside, slightly more grass than heather for avoidance of too many line snags and moderately flat. With care we can roughly lay out our wings and sort out the paraphernalia of our kit, careful not to let helmets roll off down the hillside.

The sky had looked very promising on the 'walk' up, with plenty of sunshine and encouraging thermic cycles. By the time we are ready to take off it had become full cloud cover, with a low base and wind well off to the west. Far from ideal.

I can imagine the contrast with Graham's arrival at launch - drive to flat grassy field, sunglasses on, refreshing drink to top up an already well hydrated body in preparation for a long flight, meticulously lay out glider, ground crew sorting out paraphernalia of kit, hook in and get towed up into first thermal. Bingo game on! Graham's highest point was very similar to mine but flying over ground barely over 200m he had plenty of height to work with. Of course Graham had to battle hard and showed fantastic determination to close out his task after a magnificent eight hours, landing by his vehicle and a nice welcome committee. Sunglasses off and a cool beer I imagine!

Meanwhile in the other world, the three of us launch into very unpleasant air and quickly decide to head across a nearby valley onto a more into wind hillside. What followed was two and a half hours for me, three hours fifteen for Bob and three hours forty five for Stephen, of painfully slow downwind flying under a dark full cover sky. Miraculously there seems to be plenty of lift, albeit, hard won, but there never the less. My highest point of the flight was 1619m (5312 feet for Bob) and most of the flight was over ground above 500m. There were tempting clouds but with a relatively low base and drift to the north pulling me towards very remote ground. I am not convinced enough to head north. I landed in a nice field right in between the A9 and A95 hoping to get a quick retrieve back into Aviemore. It is a busy road and I am optimistic. A hour and a half later and several hundred cars later a friend pulls up seeing me still their forty-five minutes after he passed me going in the other direction. I eventually get home five hours later, after getting back to Bob's car, picking him up, then Stephen and driving all the way back to my car below the hill we started from. Sunglasses had been off for sometime, but a couple of glasses of wine and some food gave me time to reflect on a surprisingly good day considering the effort involved and the conditions.

It had actually been a great day made all the better by a very pleasant evening with Bob and Stephen, the day before, with good food, wine and banter.

We play a great game but it does seem sometimes that there are some very different versions!

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