Headed up to the rim around 5pm, intending for a 6:30ish launch in the glass off (smooth rising air everywhere). Lo & behold, there sits Dave with his tandem wing, whom I'd not seen in a few years. That's one cool thing about hang gliding: you'll randomly run into people on mountain tops you haven't seen in a long time.
Before long there were perhaps 15 pilots setting up their gliders and lots of spectators, including my family. Well, it was decided that my niece, Anna, would take a tandem flight—and her first flight in a hang glider—with Dave. Not only have I seen Dave safely complete lots of tandem instructional fights but he's done somewhere around 10,000 of them without a single mishap. For instructional and introductory purposes, Dave wanted for the air to smooth out and lighten up a bit, so a later launch was called for. They launched and then I, right behind, just after 7pm. They flew about 30 minutes and I put in 40.
So here's a bunch of photos of the festivities. You can click on them for the high resolution versions.
Colorful undersides though
Rigging my Will's Wing Sport 2 in the background
The smile says it all, doesn't it?
Tonight I'll strap my GoPro to the keel and shoot some onboard video for tomorrow's update on all the fun.