Paragliding 2017 - 2015

9/3/2017 - milk run and gold hill am, some thermal seeking with mk. 282 flights since 2013, 611 total, 26th mentor 4 flight.
8/27/2017: 10am east gold hill, 35 minutes down to pearl, a few turns, reserve riser not correctly attached to the carabiner so went down to land. Jc went somewhere, do, dm quick flights, bumpy, strong which I felt, 2 wingtip closures when thermaling. Mild lift mitigated by forward facing mild wingovers to get down. 280 flights since 2013, 609 total, 24th mentor 4 flight.

8/20/2017 : 9:20 am east gold hill 50 min+ flight, nice launch, a riser twisted. See forever thermals, strong, easy pearl landing before wind went north, jc, do, dm also flew.

7/18/2017: 7:30 am milk run to pearl, to Gold Hill with DO, MR, Rob driving, east launch, bumpy & speedbar unhooked so pretty much sled ride down, spirals to not go up, 278 flights since 2013, 607 total flights 22nd mentor 4 flights
7/17/2017: 7:30 am milk run, down to pearl, 276 flights since 2013, 605 total flights, 20th mentor 4 flights
7/09/2017: 7:30 am milk run, down to pearl, 275 flights since 2013, 604 total flights, 19th mentor 4 flights
7/08/2017: 7:30 am milk run, down to pearl, 274 flights since 2013, 603 total flights, 18th mentor 4 flights
7/05/2017: 7:30 am milk run, down to pearl, 273 flights since 2013, 602 total flights, 17th mentor 4 flights
7/02/2017: 7:45 am milk run, down to pearl, 272 flights since 2013, 601 total flights, 16th mentor 4 flights
6/30/2017: no wind, did not launch
6/29/2017  8:45 am milk run down to pearl with nick a visiting pilot. Blowing over the back so turbulent after launch and until clear air over the valley. 271 flights since 2013, 600 total flights, 15th mentor 4 light flights
6/25/2017: 8am milk run then gold hill fly. Stayed up an hour, visiting pilot Kerr landed out of bounds. 
6/24/2017: 8am milk run the west am launch gold hill. Fun thermals with mickey. 
6/22/2017, 8:00 am Milk run down to pearl. 266 flights since 2013, 595 total, 10th mentor 4 light flights.
6/20/2017, 8:00 am Milk run down to pearl. 265 flights since 2013, 594 total, 9th mentor 4 light flights.
6/17/2017, 8:00 am l west launch, west wind so launched across the slope. Little bit of rotor around san sofia. down to pearl. 264 flights since 2013, 593 total, 8th mentor 4 light flights. 
5/29/2017, 8:30 am l west launch, thermic or wind, did not chase, just spiraled down to a pearl landing. 263 flights since 2013, 592 total, 7 mentor 4 light flights
3/3/2017, 1pm launch with KS, 2-10 mph west, a few strong thermals, about 50 minutes, 262 flights since 2013, 591 total flights, six mentor 4 light flights
3/2/2017, 2:15 pm gold hill lauch, easy light west wind launch, small thermals, not high, about an hour.  261 flights since 2013, 590 total flights, five mentor 4 light flights
2/20/2017 noon gold hill launch, light west, easy launch, was thermic  but spooked by broken high clouds so did not linger, probably 3/4 hour flight, 260 flights since 2013, 589 total flights, four mentor 4 light l flights
2/10ish/2017 neal helped with launch, a cravatte removed with the stabilo, but stayed low, buncha spirals over chair 9 and below but no elevation gain, easy landing. 259 flights since 2013, 588 total flights, 3 mentor 4 light flights.
2/5ish/2017 strange flight, jeff helped launch, all good, but think had rotor sink above alpino  vino, requiring pushing on a risers to get out of vertical/some backwards flying.
1/30/2017, gold hill 1pm launch after 45 min set up. low wind, ok, but still need practice controlling new wing mentor 4 at launch. Sky fly great, short, 50 min. 
good landing. much higher above see forever ridge with little effort, relative to ion 3 and bright 4 wings. 
12/30, 2016, humbling gold hill no launch.  had problems sorting out lines 2x and 2x at lauch pulled off ground and bailed. Skied down. 
12/29, 2016, gold hill noon launch, 5-10 west wind. First Mentor 4 light flight, which was very nice. Great brake feel, very good climbing in light conditions, good glide on trim, nice spirals, flew for an hour in blue skies. 256 flights since 2013, 585 total flights.
11/15/2016 gold hill 2:15 launch, nice conditions, pretty strong thermals, my ears popped once going up. Flew 1:40 hours. up to 14k next to Palmyra Peak. Large group flew, probably last drive up this fall. 118 Ion 3 flights, last Ion 3 flight before sale, 255 total flights since 2013 on Mentor 4, Ion 3, Bright 4 wings. 54 flights in 2016, 584 total flights since 1988. 
11/9/2016 gold hill 1:45 pm launch, very light conditions, launched a bit early and could not climb up much, but stayed for a while above lift 9. About 1 hour. 117 Ion 3 flights, 254 since 2013, 53 flights in 2016, 583 total flights. 
10/21/2016 gold hill 1 pm launch, low ceiling, nice mild mostly wind lift. 1 hour, with KS, Ann, Paul drove 116 Ion 3 flights, 253 since 2013, 52 flights in 2016, 582 total flights

10/13/2016  gold hill pm, hike to fly, met JKW, Micky, visiting tandem. late pm fly, light conditions, after waiting for clouds to dissipate. about 50 minutes flying. 115 Ion 3 flights, 252 since 2013, 51 flights in 2016, 581  total

10/8/2016 am gold hill 1.5 hours, to 14.5k, all good, mild. 114  Ion 3 flights, 251 since 2013, 50 flights in 2016, 580 total

10/7/2016 pm hike n fly gold hill. hour, to 13k
9/25/2016 nice pm fly gold hill, mellow, about 50 minutes, flew over a wedding 112 Ion 3 flights, 249 since 2013, 578 total flights
9/18/2016 - 2x today yesterday gold hill but no fly. Other big, but iffy conditions, dano big ears not going down, nice hawk soaring no effort. Rock climbed so no energy to go back gold hill this perfect evening
9/10/2016, 1 hour pm gold hill, 4 paragliders, 3 hangliders, stronger 10-18 mph gusts. all nice, 111 Ion 3 flights, 248 since 2013, 577 total flights. 
9/8/2016, 1 hour pm gold hill flight, up to 14.5 k, with 4 hg and 3 pg, nice up, two tip fold, one in spiral over pearl, wind layer or shift, same time wind went 180. all very nic. 110 Ion 3 flights, 247 since 2013, 577 total flights. One flight per every 5 days so far in 2016.
August 21, 2016 50 minute gold hill am flight, up at launch then needle rock, plenty of up, had enough so spiraled down, do to ridgway. 109th ion 3, 246 flights since 2013, 576 total flights.
August 20, 2016, nice 1.5 hour gold hill am flight, thermal spirals with Kevin M over lift 9. 108th, 245 flights since 2013, 575 total flights.
August 14, 19, 2016 107th Ion 3 flight, gold hill am. Each flight about an hour. Lift everywhere today, went up over lift 9, then fly around clouds over mountain village. Valley floor landing, NM higher.
August 1, 2016, 105th Ion 3 flight, milkrun, early am, 243 flights since 2013, 573 flights total. 
July 24, 25, 27 - 104th Ion 3 flight, 242 since 2013, 572 total. MR/LO to pearl and town park, 1 visiting pilot. 
July 23. 22, 21 - 100th Ion 3 flight, 238 since 2013, 568 total. Today MR then GH east for an hour, 10 am nice launch, good lift chair 9, landed as conditions building up. 
July 16, 2016, 96th Ion 3 flight, 234 since 2013, 564 total. LO, a tiny bit of lift...
July 12, 2016, 95th Ion 3 flight 233 since 2013, 563 total. MR to town park then pearl, all good, no lift, south wind. 
July 9, 2016, 93rd Ion 3 flight, 231 since 2013, 561 total, see forever morning launch
June 26, 2016, 92nd Ion 3 flights, 230 since 2013, 560 total flights. Today am 2 milk run flights some up. 

June 25, 2016 90th ion 3 flight, 228 since 2013, 558 total. Today 8am See Forever launch, then was able to thermal above Milk Run, gentle broad thermals. Flew an hour to about 12,000 feet then nice landing. Evening gold hill 6pm take off, waited for gusty wind to die down. Launch good and thermic but rough, slow to penetrate, stayed west of see forever ridge and went low over san sofia to a rough valley floor flying and good landing with south wind

June 24, 2016, 88th ion 3 flight, 226 since 2013, 556 total. Today milkrun to town park to pick up mail. Kinda thermic after launch. 

June 3, 4, 5, 17, 18-19 x 2, 2016  87th Ion 3 flight, 225 since 2013, 555 total flights, MR-LO sledrides. Good steep launch, good landing after flying above hot air balloon(s), bluegrass etc. 

May 30, 2016, 79th Ion 3 flight, 217 since 2013, 547 total flights, today hike and fly with Mic Key and 2 visiting pilots. Sled ride, nothing thermic. 
May 29, 2016 78th Ion 3 flight, 216 since 2013, 546 total flights, today hike and fly with visiting pilot and Mic Key. 
May 28, 2016 77th Ion 3 flight, 215 since 2013, 545 total flights. Today hike and fly with 3 visiting pilots, surprising lift over milkrun. Launch on snow.
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May 14, 2016, 76th Ion 3 flight, 214 since 2013, 544 total flights. Today hike and fly, town park landing, used the nova montis+ harness/pack, very nice!

April 3, 2016, 75th Ion 3 flight, 213 since 2013, 86 gold hill, 543 total flights. Today launched noon GH, good up, went to 13,900 ft., felt the thermals were getting strong so decided to land after an hour. Did a dozen spirals over the valley floor without losing much altitude, due to north wind. Easy landing, flew between trees at the round about, nice landing. NM flew afterwards, big. 

April 2, 2016, 74th Ion 3 flight, 212 since 2013, 85 gold hill, 542 total flights. Today launched 11:30 GH, good thermals in front and above launch. About an hour fly. Pearl 5 w easy landing. Later in the day NM and DO flew. DO high.

March 20, 2016, 73rd Ion 3 flight, 211 since 2013, 84 Gold Hill, 541 total flights. Today 11am take off GH, flew an hour, smooth, though lots of sink over the ski area and valley floor. Easy landing.

March 10, 2016, 72nd Ion 3 flight, 210 since 2013, 83 Gold Hill, 540 total flights. Today with JC, waited an hour for wind direction, light lift, mellow, about 50 minutes due to appointment.

Feb 28, 2016, 71st Ion 3 flight, 209 since 2013, 82 Gold Hill, 539 total flights. 2/26 with RT, JC, Glider Bob in a thermal. Today a GH to pearl cruise, a few turns. The wind was variable direction, including NE. Smooth w 5 pearl landing. Flew with a 360 degree video camera, boot mounted.

Feb 25, 2016, 69th Ion 3 flight, 207 flights since May 2013. 80 Gold Hill. 1 flight today. Waited 11:30 to 12:45 for wind to turn from north to west. Very buoyant air, rising and bumpy over the valley floor due to north wind component.  good landing.

Feb 21, 2016, 68th Ion 3 flight, 206 since May 2013, 79 Gold Hill. 1 flight today. gentle conditions, but clouds showed high upper winds so stayed lowish for about 50 minutes, spirals above the ski area. Easy west wind landing. 

Feb 12, 2016, 67 Ion 3 flight, 205/may 2013, 535 total, 78 gold hill. 2 flights today.

Feb 10, 2016, 65 Ion 3 flights, 203 flights since May 2013, 533 total, 76 gold hill. 4 pilots inc me did not fly gh today due to gust speeds. 3 flights since dec 18.15. All 50+ min. Small thermals on the way down. Easy pearl landings. 3 or 4 no flys due to higher alt. or north winds. not great videos:

Dec 18, 2015, 63rd Ion 3 flight, 201 flights since May 2013, 531 total, 74 gold hill. Flew Gold Hill today noon launch, 5mph west wind, easy launch, not much lift, landed on Pearl. 

Oct 14, 2015, 62nd Ion 3 flight, 200 flights since May 2013, 530 total flights, 73 gold hill flights. Flew milk run Oct 10/11/14 & gold hill 10/10 am, Nice GH fly, launched 1st out of 7, up for an hour, up to 13.5k landed after small increase in turbulence. No prob. Felt great.  

Oct 8, 2015, 59th Ion 3 flight, 197 flights since May 2013, 527 total flights. Today a sled run from Gold Hill east morning launch. Snow at launch, weak lift, got un-motivated to try to fly long due to nay-say pilots, north wind component and late take off. Jeff C and Neal flew somewhere, maybe Lizard Head...

Sept 29, 58th Ion 3 flight, 196 f since may 2013, 526 ttl - Lookout autumn am flight. 

Sept 26, 57th Ion 3 flight, 195 flights since May 2013, 70 Gold hill flights, 525 total flights, 1 lookout, 2 gold hill, am/pm, 2 hour pm, over see forever and mountain village core, bumpy pearl air 1000-200 feet, due north component of wind 5-12mph. 

Sept 20, 54th Ion 3 flight, 192 flights since May 2013, 68 Gold Hill flights, 522 total flights. 1 today each milkrun and Gold Hill morning flights. Gold Hill video

Sept 13, 2015, 52nd Ion 3 flight, 190 flights since May 2013, 520 flights total... 3 Lookout am, 1 Milkrun am, two pm Gold hill flights, 1 GH am flight, kinda bumpy, cautious and all went fine, gusty at Pearl landing several evenings, folks struggled a bit, I stayed south side and no turbulence, all good. and and and 

Sept 7, 2015 45th Ion 3 flight, 183 flights since May 2013, 513 flights total...Milk Run am sled ride, all good, no flights since Sept 2 due to rain. video...

September 2, 2015, 44th Ion 3 flight, both am sled rides, from Lookout and Milk Run. Rainy weather has prevented Gold Hill flights for the last week. The Milk Run flight had a cravate at take off, could not clear, did not cause flight problems, video documented 

August 24, 2015, 42nd Ion 3 flight. Two flights yesterday/today from GH bear creek am and 1 today GH pm. Today pm bumpy, big sink over the valley floor. I stayed away from clouds and all was good. Recent am sled rides 2 MR, 2 from Lookout.  65 total Gold Hill flights, 182 flights since mid May 2013, 510 flights total. Replaced my 14 year old Perche harness with a Skywalk Cult 3 foam harness. Passed the P4 exam so I can guide pilot in Telluride for the Telluride Airforce members and visiting pilots.

August 15, 2015 update, 36th Ion 3 flight, 62 Gold Hill flights, 504 flights total. 2 GH am fly on 14 & 15 August, thermaled up both days on a launch thermal, bumpy higher up, small wingtip collapses 2x and 1 20%+- collapse, no directional change. 1 hour each flight. 1 GH pm fly on 14 August about an hour in weak conditions. All good Pearl landings.

August 9, 2015 update, 33rd Ion 3 flight 59 Gold Hill flights, 501 total. Bear Creek am, 1:20 fly, GH West pm, 50 minutes, good fly. 5 pilots am, 3 pm, JC to Ridgway...

July 29, 2015 update, 31st Ion 3 flight, 57 Gold Hill flights, 499 total flights. Bear Creek Launch GH am. Launched first, a bit early, thermaled up between lift 9 and needle rock. 50 minutes, nice landing video. Jeff C flew to silverton. video:

July 25, 2015 update, 30th Ion 3 flight, 170 flights since May, 2013, 498 total flights. 2 Lookout launches, town park and pearl landings. Today's flight from Gold Hill PM flight, 1 step reverse launch after JC, good thermals, flew to Ballard & Lena Basin, smooth pearl landing. 1 hour+ flight. video:

July 17, 2015 update, 27th Ion 3 flight, 167 flights since May, 2013, 495 total flights. Completed the 3 precision landings for my p4/guide pilot rating. My usual landings are full speed, straight, no turns and deep brakes as the glider stops. For precision landings I keep enough energy to overshoot the landing and dissipate it with turns and at the very last few feet some flapping of the wing using the brakes. This lets me reliably land in a 10 foot area. The landings are video documented
town park precision landing photo...

July 15, 2015 update, 24th Ion 3 flight from Lookout, Telluride, the first of 3 video documented precise landing my p4/Telluride Guide Pilot rating (within 10 feet, 3 different landing sites...). Fun 20 minute uphill hike, fly, precise land...

July 13 2015 update, 23rd Ion 3 flight, 3rd recently from milk run. Great set up, launch, precise landing... 164 flights since May 2013, 55 Gold Hill flights. About 491 flights since 1988.

July 4, 2015 update 22nd Ion 3 flight, 2 recently from milk run, Telluride. 163 flights since May 2013. 55 Gold Hill Telluride flights. About 490 flights since 1988. 

May 17, 2015, 20th Ion 3 flight, 13 in Chamonix, France, Aguile Du Midi & mid station, now sent wing for NTT tuning and Beemer 3 reserve repack at Parafreddo Canada. All nice flights. Some Chamonix thermal/wind soaring, even above landing. Used the Red Line harness with a backpack, after checking with Red Line maker about strength over time and use. One asymmetric collapse, felt but no directional turning, popped out before could see it.  161 flights since May 2013. About 480 flights since 1988.
Chamonix flying, May 9, 2015

April 03, 2015 update 55 GH flights, 7th Ion 3 flight. Waited 1pm to 3pm before launching, waiting for winds to move from NW to W. 5-11 mph. Nice reverse take off, 13,500 ft above Gold Hill, some strong thermals, some bumpy air, landed Pearl in 5-10mph NW wind, very nice, landed exactly where wanted. About 1 hour flight. 

March 22, 2015 update, 54 GH flights, 6th Ion 3 Pinky flight. Pre-frontal odd high altitude clouds. KS at launch when I arrived. I took off first, reverse, good thermals, but did not fly above 14k. It was bumpy, some wing tip closures, no direction change. Wing moving a bit overhead. Flew about an hour, landed valley floor, mostly since KS had landed there. Used big ears, speedbar over valley floor, impressive stable quick descent. Photo is of KS at Gold Hill launch.

March 21, 2015 update, 53 flights Gold Hill, latest today. Again changing wind. Launched great reverse west 5mph shortly after Jeff Cristol. Flew above Palmyra Peak and Lena Basin to 16,000. about 1.5 hours. Valley floor easy landing since above the floor it was bumpy so avoided Pearl and town park. JC flew to Ridgway! Photo below about 14k ft., above Palymyra, looking at photo left at San Joaquin Coulior 

March 18, 2015 update. 52 flights Gold Hill, 146 total since May 2013, 4th Ion 3 flight. Last flight 3/16/15 from Gold Hill. Very changing wind, waited 2 hours to reverse launch at 2:30pm. Kinda bumpy, some north winds so avoided possible Pearl landing rotors by landing on the valley floor.

March 11, 2015 update. 51 flights from Gold Hill, 145 flights total since May 2013. Flights on 2/15, 2/19, 3/6,7,8/2015, take off noon-2pm. The last 3 flights on my new Nova Ion 3 retro pinky color. Great flights on the Ion 3, about 1:20 each, up to 15k over See Forever. I like the 3 line risers as it is easier to check. A faster and more responsive wing than the Bright 4, it seems to climb better also and the increased glide is very noticeable above landing. A 1kg heavier wing than the Bright 4, making me strong and considering using the light weight thin red line harness for hike-to-fly and travel...

February 10, 2015 update. 47 flights from Gold hill since spring 2013. 141 flights total since May 2013. Last flight on Feb 8, very nice and thermic. 

January 8, 2015 update. 40 flights from Gold Hill, most recent today 134 flights total since May 2013. Nice winter ski area flight today, not so far above skiers on See Forever ridge and ski run. 

 Keith & Nova Ion 3, Gold Hill, 3/6/2015 Telluride,  photos by Mic Key, click to enlarge
Nova Ion Retro Pinky Photos from the Nova website, click to enlarge

 I purchased a Nova Ion 3, Pinky Retro color, size 28 in March, 2015. 

 Click here for the Nova Ion 3 website

 Click here for Ziad Bassil's review of the Ion 3
Pink is back! 
25 years ago NOVA was launched with its bright pink, yellow tipped home sewn CXC. A quarter of a century later, we want to celebrate our birthday in the spirit of these wild bygone days and we are releasing the Pinky - a homage to its famous forefathers with a pink sail and the legendary yellow NOVA stabilos, (1989 CXC photo below)
but which includes all our acquired knowledge of 25 years of glider design. A limited edition of 25 MENTOR 3 and ION 3 can now be ordered from your NOVA dealer. But you have to be quick! Orders must be received by April 17th (delivery date: mid to end of May) and the series is strictly limited. The early bird gets the worm! 
cheers Mik 
NOVA | Performance Paragliders since 1989 
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