Rising Up Above The Crater

Trip Start Dec 03, 2007
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Trip End Apr 09, 2008


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Sunday, January 6, 2008

After being grounded for a few weeks due to relentless weather, we finally got a break from the whipping winds and torrential rains. Given the rather long break, all local and visitor pilots were in dire need of flying.
 
Considering the clear sky and the light wind from ESE (east south east), the call was for a mix of soaring and thermaling on the ESE ridge of the Koko Crater volcano. Getting to the launch area is just a short 10-15 minute hike up from the road. While a no-wind launch is possible, it would be quite an epic adventure. With the tall grass and twigs, one wants the shortest run and be airborne as quickly as possible. Hence, a bit of wind for a quick canopy inflation and immediate lift is certainly a must. Seeing other fellow pilots in the sky, I wasted no time and joined the flying party.
 
Although the XC possibilities are mostly nil due to the proximity of the city and the restricted airspace, the view of Honolulu is priceless if you can get high enough. The landing zone (LZ) is a big grassy park by Sandy Beach. This park is also a very nice site to kite your wing and improve your valuable ground handling skills.
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