Learning to Fly!
Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
113Trip End Jun 11, 2012
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I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:30am to have a shower and get down to the Sky Train where I caught a ride to the Pacific Central Bus Station for a mediochre McDonalds breakfast. It only took 2 hours on the Greyhound to get out to Chilliwack and I was picked up by Jim from FlyBC.org where I would be doing my 5 day intermediate paragliding course
Now was time for the big test which was going solo, luckily with some help on the radio. We drove back to the top of the mountain and I laid out my wing and got into my harness with my helmet and gloves on. I was given the order to run, so I lifted my wing up and started running, but before I gained enough speed I was at the end of the tarmac and onto the dirt and airborne! After a pre-mature seating I gained height and was soon flying higher than the tarmac which was cool. I was guided down to the landing field and after a few loops to drop some height, I lined up with an aircraft approach and landed successfully on my feet! What a rush!
I thought that these feats were pretty good for my first day, but because it was still light there was time for one more crack. I wasn't that excited given I had achieved a lot already, but I went along anyway. This time I had a better liftoff and flew straight towards the landing field. Despite a late flaring of the breaks (meaning I had to run the speed off), I was on the ground again! Fantastic stuff. The weather isn't supposed to be great tomorrow, but I've got 5 days here so we are going for a drive out of town to another launch site. Awesome!