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December 2nd: New homepage layout on its way.
I will soon replace this current layout with a new. This new layout is a publishing system that is easier to update compared to my old Front Page design. The new layout will be published on this address, but until I have the new layout implemented here visit this address to see the latest updates. 


November 30th - Tuesday: Frode Halse's 100km club 
Frode Halse's homepage has a address for his 100km club - The content is the same, and the page is in Norwegian. For those of you how do not know Frode Halse, he is the ultimate no. 1 fanatic and 100 % dedicated XC pg pilot, and current holder of the distance record for pg in Norway, and was the first to fly 100 km with pg in Norway. Hence his 100 km club. 

November 29th - Monday: HG-course at Flesberg 
I was about to cancel the course on Saturday when Øyvind Ellefsen persuaded me to give it a try. Based on local weather forecasts Øyvind wanted to try Flesberg, a NE launch 120 km East of Oslo. As our new Aeros Target has a bent leading edge I got to borrow a WW Falcon 2 195 from the Norwegian WW-dealer for the weekend. In addition, we used our own Falcon 2 170, so that we had one glider for each of the two students (Lars and Petter) this weekend. This means that we had two new  course-gliders with no more than 8 flights between them before today - this must be a national record. 
Saturday: Calm conditions and quite a lot of fog, but flyable. Both Petter and Lars got three flights each. For Lars, this was his first flights on a hang glider. 
Sunday: Even calmer conditions, but today is was sunny. While driving from Oslo to Flesberg we had fog all the way to Flesberg and SW winds. But at Flesberg we had 0-wind and sun, but it was cold. When we drove from Flesberg in the evening it was -11 C at the landing; it was a cold day. Today Petter got 3 flights, while Lars came later and got 2 flight. Since Lars was late, Øyvind used to opportunity to try the Falcon 2 195. He was very enthusiastic about the glider. Read more about this on his homepage. Today we were also joined by Lier HGK and their two students. 
Pictures from the day HERE

November 26th - Friday: Weekend plans, Airborne C2 
It seems like the usual late autumn early winter weather is making troubles for our hg-course this weekend as well. Saturday is not promising at all, but may be we will be able to fly on Sunday. 

Unconfirmed rumours: It seems like the "all Moyes Litespeed" national team is history. Two of Norway's national team members have ordered Airborne C2 instead of the "traditional" Litespeed. Hence, the Norwegian team will fly with two C2s and three Litespeeds in the coming Worlds in Hey. I do not know why the two pilots have changed from Moyes Litespeed to Airborne C2.  

November 23rd - Tuesday: More Helite Topless 5 pics 
Five more pictures of the Topless 5 has been added to the album. See HERE
Quite exclusive pictures :-) even the Helite homepage does not have any pictures of this glider.  

November 22nd - Monday: No flying, Helite Topless 5, more pics from Nordic Hang Glidng Open 2004  
No flying this weekend or even the weekend before, on me and the course that is. Last weekend it was too windy, and this weekend the wind direction and fog made me decide not trying. 

Olav Lien Olsen just received the first Topless 5, now made by Helite and not LaMouette, in Norway. Olav has previously flown a Litespeed 5, but before this he was flying a Topless 2. It is good that not everyone in Norway is buying Moyes Litespeed. Not that this is not a good glider, but it is very boring having only one brand of competition gliders. As Olav is within the top 10 comp pilot list here in Norway, it will be interesting to see how the Topless 5 will perform. 
Olav's initial comments after three sled rides: Weight about the same as a Litespeed (with carbon a-frame), the speedbar is a solid 2 kg piece of carbon. The Uprights are thin as knives, but has a "weak link" and is attached on the top to a rotating joint so that the uprights can be turned sideways. The hang loop is adjustable. Overall finish is good, but with about one metre of needle marks on the sail (removed stitches?). Batten tips is of the new lever type in addition to a spring system. The handling was a little stiffer than a Litespeed and a Topless 2, but the glider seems to be easy to land. 
Pictures of the glider HERE

Pictures from Nordic Hang Gliding Open 2004 HERE. On Hedemarken HGK's web. 

November 9th - Tuesday: Weekend report 
Øyvind Ellefsen and I had instructor duty this weekend. The students were ready for altitude flights, and we had high hopes for the weekend as the forecast was pretty good. Saturday we, and Lier HGK, tried to fly from the giant ski jump hill at Vikersund. But the weather demons provided cross- and tailwind. Sunday we drove to Brandbu in sunny and good conditions, but as we arrived at Brandbu we met the fog. In addition we had cross- and tailwind. I think this is the first time I have experienced two consecutive misses at a hg-course. As we drove home from Brandbu I thought I heard someone laugh; weather demons? 
Pictures from Brandbukampen on Sunday HERE

November 3rd - Wednesday: National record approved 
My 71 km flight June 12th, including a 56 km declared goal, is now approved as a new national record for speed over 50 km. I actually did not realise that this was a possible record while flying, and it was only while taken the bus back to Vågå that I realised that it could be a record. So it was pure luck that I meet the requirements of less than 1000 metres of altitude loss. It turned out that I only had 18 metres excess altitude when I took the last TP. 

Declared goal speed over 50km
Pilot: Bjørn Hammer
Dato: 2004/06/12
Takeoff: Blåhø, Vågå
Goal: Fåvang
Distanse: 50 km
Oppgavetype: Declared goal speed over 50km
Oppgavetid: 1:15:50
Gennomsnittshastighet: 44,34 km/t
Antall TP: 2

In addition, seven other record was approved after this season, including a new national record for open distance; Jon Gjerde - 206,5 km. See HERE for a complete list of the records (entry on Nov. 3rd). 

October 17th - Sunday: Some updates 
It has been a long time without updates. The main reason for is that I have been really sick and tired of hang gliding after this season. I was a lot of work preparing and being meet director at the Nordic Hang Gliding Open 2004 in addition to flying the comp myself. After that I have used some time and energy on KK-HG (admin of all comp flying in Norway and the national team), and on the "fagkomitee" (the part time management team supporting the head of the hg and pg section here in Norway). We have also started a new hg-course and this has also taken time and energy, although I have got very good support from Terje Brønstad and Erik Vermaas. Further, I have had 3 weeks where I have been ill. First food poisoning, then a long lasting cold. Still, here is a short update from the last months: 
Last weekend: Finally some flying. On Sunday I got one very good flight at Trøgstad airfield. I had two tows behind Åge and Robin's trike to about 500 metres. In the first flight I got to 1360 masl and stayed up for 1 1/2 hour, and probably got the last of the thermals this year. The second flight was a prolonged sled ride. 
The hg-course: After having had about 45 people at 3-4 intro days, we only ended up with 2 students. Still, as they are both enthusiastic and actually good pilots we are almost ready for the altitude flights. In addition, we have 3 students from an intensive course in Vågå to take care of. 
Some product news and gossip: 
=> New short tail 4-fight helmets from Icaro. Made for pg-pilots. I have flown with the ordinary 4-fight helmet the last year and is very pleased - I hope to publish a review of the helmet soon. 
=> Olav Lien Olsen has ordered and is soon to receive the first Topless 5 from Helite (ex. LaMouette) in Norway. Olav has previously flown a Topless 2 and has the last two years been flying a Moyes Litespeed 5. 
Nordic Hang Gliding Open 2004: Here is a short report from Ultrasport of the comp. (in Norwegain). I will publish a short report from this comp soon. 

August 4th - Wednesday: Soon some updates 
I am sorry for the lack of updates lately. I have had lots to do organising the Norwegain and Nordic hang gliding championship, and I have been flying a lot lately. Still, I will soon publish a summary of the summer, so pop in now and then. 

June 25th - Friday: Intro day, new course glider, weekend plans 
- The intro day before the hg-course was not a big success. It rained so I and Terje Solberg (student from last year) had to limited the intro to information to the three potential hg-students that turned up. Still, we will try again next Thursday. 
- Today I have ordered a new Wills Wing Falcon 2 170 for use at this years hg-course. We have already a one year old Aeros Target 160, and it will be interesting to see how these two compare. I initially wanted to buy a new Target, which I am very pleased with, to have a standardised glider park. But then the Norwegian Wills Wing dealer Alf Oppøyen thru a WW Condor in the deal. Alf is buying the Condor to have as a demo glider, which the club will rent for intro days and courses. This will be the first Condor in Norway and it will be very interesting to see and test this specialised training hill glider. In addition to this deal, we have an option to buy one or two used WW Falcons in the autumn. 
- No plans this weekend. The weather looks pretty unstable. Maybe I will fly on Sunday? 
- XC-seminar picture link below and in the album page is corrected. 

June 23rd - Wednesday: Tragic start of the European championship, intro. day before hg-course 
- The European Hang Glider Championship apparently had a tragic start as one Croatian pilot was involved in a fatal accident while landing during the first task. Manfred Ruhmer was the only pilot to complete the 87 km task. Read also Øyvind Ellefsen's reports from the comp - Due to the accident it was no task today, the day after the accident. More about the comp and results can be found here -
- Tomorrow Terje Birdman and I will have a free intro day at Årvoll before this autumn's hg-course. The weather is not the best and I have not heard from anyone yet so
I hope someone turn up. 

June 21st - Monday: No flying this weekend, Zoom a-frame, and pictures 
- It has been a totally useless weather the last week; rain and strong northern and eastern winds. According to the online log book it has been very few flights in south-east Norway this week. And I have not even considered flying. 
- Moyes Zoom a-frame. Monday 7th before my flight from Vole I noticed that one of the nuts attaching the right upright to the keel on my zoom a-frame was missing and the the bolt was almost falling out. Moyes has issued a technical alert on this, and the new zoom a-frames apparently have a new design to resolve this problem. My glider is a Litespeed 5 2002, purchased new in May 2003, and has flown something like 45 flights and hours. 
- Here are a few pictures from the last two weeks. First from the magic record weekend, then from the xc-seminar

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