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By laminac
#215901
when the wife gives the green light on a new glider :thumbsup:
By day dreamer
#215903
laminac wrote:when the wife gives the green light on a new glider :thumbsup:
Hell yes!
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By flybop
#215907
The day that I picked up the phone and called a hang gliding instructort after being out of aviation for almost 15 years.

Hopefully this will happen soon, but I am so looking forward to my first non-sledder flight.
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By bisleybob
#215908
there have been so many really. first solo aerotow, first crash. getting rid of ribbon and traning wheels, each following rating. first mountain holiday. new DS glider.

but think i can say the best thing of all was when i turned up at the hill and felt confidance instead of fear.

i made the choice to fly on my own and didnt need the coach to persuade me, i trusted my own judgement and was confidant the conditions were within my ability and was excited to fly. even when another pilot didnt want to fly, i knew it was fine and was right.
this was the first time i felt like a pilot and not a student after 2 years of flying.
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By Eteamjack
#215909
My training was a long drawn out experience. Considered quitting
multiple times. Training was much different back then and if you completed it
safely it was a milestone. First high altitude flight had it's own milestone as
all of the training only considered takeoff and landing. No turns.
When I got to the LZ I had two decisions keep flying straight and land in the
lake, or start doing 360's of which I had no clue whether I would die or not.
The first one was successful, so just kept them up until I lost the altitude.
Didn't bother to check the windsock just landed. Fortunately decided right.
Really have had a great experience over the 31 yr's.
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By remmoore
#215916
16 years ago - getting my shiny new H4 card in the mail, and heading straight for Diablo! I sold my soul to the Devil on the very first day. :twisted:

RM
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By UnTuckable
#215917
My first altitude gain greater than 5280 feet. :thumbsup:
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By klh
#215919
The biggest milestone for me would be when, in the early 90s, I flew 7 days in a row. I took my week vacation and didn't go anywhere - I just flew Crestline/Marshall Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat. On Sunday I went to El Mirage with High Adventure and did my first platform tows; got my first time over 10k MSL to boot.

That week was huge for me because my skills and confidence grew by at least an order of magnitude. I don't think going on a trip and flying 7 days at 3 or 4 different/unfamiliar sites would have had the same effect. By flying my home site every day the focus was on the flying and I didn't have all kinds of new peripheral inputs to integrate.

The second place milestone would be my first top landing at Marshall Peak - pulling that off meant I had a much much wider variety of terrain I could feel comfortable flying over and opened the door for easily getting multiple flights in a day, for landing and dealing with minor issues then continuing flying, and eliminating many time-consuming trips back up the hill to get my truck after flying.
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By jjcote
#215923
I've had a number of milestones, maybe I'll think about some of the more interesting ones later on. The most recent one was this past weekend, which was (I'm pretty sure) the first time I ever flew with no other HG pilots around.
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By OSCAR
#215924
I'd have to say my very first training hill flight , first mountain solo , Getting that H4 & Flying Torrey Pines , First XC flight Garlock to Trona Airport (40 miles), first Tandem launch as pilot in command.
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By W89rnr
#215925
First time to cloudbase (on my 4th mountain flight for over 3 hours!!), first solo aerotow, new rating, first mountain launch, first multiple hour flight, first time flying my own glider (F3170), soaring Jockey's Ridge, any lesson instructing at Kitty Hawk Kites
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By laminac
#215926
UnTuckable wrote:My first altitude gain greater than 5280 feet. :thumbsup:
hmm I thought the mile high club was a little different :crazy:
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By Spitfire
#215929
First solo (of course)

And my most recent (third) solo, where I had so much less fear in taking off that I spent way less time ground controlling and launched much quicker.
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By skyshaddo
#215930
My first 100 mile flight! :mosh:

Still waiting to get into the "Century" club :(

I dream of it almost every night.

Blue Skies,

Shaddo
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By bisleybob
#215935
klh wrote:The second place milestone would be my first top landing at Marshall Peak - pulling that off meant I had a much much wider variety of terrain I could feel comfortable flying over and opened the door for easily getting multiple flights in a day, for landing and dealing with minor issues then continuing flying, and eliminating many time-consuming trips back up the hill to get my truck after flying.
this is the place i am at now. i have top landed at many friendly sites but i really want to nail a site called Corton. the reason is it is right next to where i live it is my local site i love flying there.

it is a very tricky top landing which has and still does eat aluminum for breakast. if i could nail it then i could have multiple flights and no carry up.

even experienced pilots sometime mess up here.

this is my next mile stone
By day dreamer
#215940
bisleybob wrote:there have been so many really. first solo aerotow, first crash. getting rid of ribbon and traning wheels, each following rating. first mountain holiday. new DS glider.

but think i can say the best thing of all was when i turned up at the hill and felt confidance instead of fear.

i made the choice to fly on my own and didnt need the coach to persuade me, i trusted my own judgement and was confidant the conditions were within my ability and was excited to fly. even when another pilot didnt want to fly, i knew it was fine and was right.
this was the first time i felt like a pilot and not a student after 2 years of flying.
You nailed it for me on your comment Bob. Feeling confidence instead of fear, trusting my own judgment to fly. Especially if your buddies aren't feeling it. I remember Will telling me that I have to start being my own pilot. I had then realized what had happened at that moment. I reached a milestone. I remember one day leaving work due to pre-frontal conditions, and heading up in a hurry. Everyone was supposedly going to go up to fly, but I guess I never got the memo. I get up to launch, and I see no one but this shady lookin van over by south point launch with someone sitting in it. Conditions could not be better. I had to decide, set up by myself or head home. Just at that moment, K.M. cruises over my head on his Sport 2 and says" Well, what are you waiting for?" as he passes right over my head from behind. I see him and felt so stoked! The guy in the van turned out to be Birdman who came over and did a hang check for me. I set up and followed K.M. around the sky. That day I will never forget.
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By flybop
#215945
You guys are an inspiration!!!

bisleybob, you made a great point. For me I will always remember getting to the point that I had confidence in being able to exercise proper judgement, feeling the confidence begin to replace the uncertainty and launching from the Hog Back with no hesitation, even with my (slightly) worried wife there.
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By ChattaroyMan
#215946
The #1 will have to be getting back at it after 29 years and of the flights I've made since a 30 minute ridge soaring flight @ sunset from Steptoe Butte qualifies. Every minute of that flight my grin just got wider. It was soooo nice getting a feel for the air again - and dang hard to fly out of the lift and head to the LZ! :drool: Drooling for the next time I'm at a launch and the conditions favor staying up awhile! Life is good! :)
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By relate2
#215951
1. My first personal glory....you can imagine my shock seeing this circular rainbow as I didn't even know such a thing existed.

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2. My first flight in orographic cloud.

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This is me at 1,000 feet above Stanwell not 10,000 feet inland.
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3. My first climb inland to over 8,500 feet. :drool:

4. The privilege of flying with the Stanwell Sea Eagles.

5. First day with my new Sonic. :)

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and many many more...... :mosh: :mosh: :mosh:

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