High Hopes in the French Alps

Windy for Some… Harnessed for Others

John had called to arrange a day to fly in Chamonix, as that’s where he’ll be mostly flying. I really wanted to go to Chamonix  but didn’t have a harness as it was in Sallanches, Kortel factory having some adjustments made.

it's that familiar white Omega 8 again... (top left if you look closely)

Fluid Flag

It was looking like it might be quite good but I was going to miss it… needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too happy, but was more concerned with getting my harness sorted out, instead of trying to take off in what felt like a really narrow pencil skirt!

Anyway, there was going to be no flying for me today so I may as well get on with other stuff, that always needs doing.

Late morning, I checked my phone which displayed a ‘missed call’ from Dennis, so gave him a call to see how things were going. As it turned out it was ‘all over the place’ in Chamonix and no good at all for low airtime pilots. It turned out that Hervé another instructor decided to move his students to Plaine Joux as it was much to unpredictable in Chamonix.  As it turns out, I didn’t miss much and according to the French Distance league there wern’t any big flights in this area logged. However, further south in the Rhone valley it looked great!

Dennis spent the day working with John in Plaine Joux and doing some ground handling down at Batistock meanwhile I had a call from Loic at Kortel early afternoon, to say that my harness was ready, so I drove down to collect it… lovely job, as usual. Can’t wait to try it now..

Down in the lower valley the wind was piping through Sallanches with some gusto the flags looked fluid. On the way back I caught a glimpse of that ever so familiar white Omega 8 belonging to Mathieu!

April 15, 2011 - Posted by | Flying, Tuition

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