Hang gliding 2018


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Hang gliding 2018

Camera: Fuji FinePix HS 50 EXR

The absence of wing-mounted camera photos on this page is because I am not flying at the moment (a psychological problem).


A light wind day in mid-May at Bell Hill, north Dorset, England, saw height gains to cloud base by some, while others struggled to avoid going down to the bottom landing fields. Meanwhile, paragliding training was carried out at the west end of the launch slope.

Paraglider pilots undergoing training at Bell Hill

New paraglider pilots undergoing training at Bell Hill

Paragliding at Bell Hill, north Dorset, England, in mid-May

Paragliding at Bell Hill, north Dorset, England, in mid-May


Mark of the Devon & Somerset Condors in his high performance rigid hang glider at Bell Hill

Mark of the Devon & Somerset Condors in his high performance rigid hang glider at Bell Hill

The foreshortening effect of distance causes these situations to appear more dire than they are.

Mark of the Devon & Somerset Condors in his high performance rigid hang glider at Bell Hill

Prayer time

Mark of the Devon & Somerset Condors in his high performance rigid hang glider at Bell Hill

Mark checks out some gardens

Mark of the Devon & Somerset Condors in his high performance rigid hang glider at Bell Hill

Getting ready to land


Here, Jason B in a vintage Airwave Klassic flex-wing hang glider, after struggling to find lift, struggles to find space to land in.

Visiting pilot in a vintage Airwave Klassic flexwing hang glider

Klassic approach


Ringstead in July

After many weeks of intense heat followed by two days of storms, a mid-week day in late July provided great soaring conditions at Ringstead on the coast of Dorset, England.

Hang glider struggling to find lift at Ringstead in Dorset, England

Voytek struggling to find lift in his Icaro Laminar

Icaro Laminar hang glider launching

Voytek launches in his Icaro Laminar

Hang glider soaring close to ridge height

Voytek above ridge height

Voytek launched at the wrong time and, as a result, he did not gain much height.

Icaro Laminar hang glider in flight with a farm vehicle in the distance

Voytek in the Laminar with a farm vehicle in the distance

Hang glider in flight on the coast of England

Voytek in the Laminar

Vintage radio-control glider at Ringstead, Dorset, England

Vintage radio-control glider

Hang glider pilots discussing their flights at Ringstead in Dorset, England

Détente at Ringstead

Here, Rob, Voytek from Russia, and Rob discuss their flights.

Carrying a hang glider to the launch area at Ringstead in Dorset, England

Rob D and Rob S carrying a hang glider to the launch area

This was a Royal Navy day in the sense that, in addition to Ringstead facing the old navy helicopter base on Portland, which closed some years ago, Rob D and Rob S are former navy pilots (Lynx helicopter and Sea Harrier, respectively).


Avian Rio hang glider  in flight

Tony W (not the instructor) in an Avian Rio

Avian Rio 2 hang glider  in flight

Simon M in his Avian Rio 2

Hang glider seconds after launching at Ringstead, Dorset, England

Rob S seconds after launching

Hang glider pilot clipped in to his wing prior to launch

Simon clipped in to the Avian Rio 2

Avian Rio hang glider  being carried by its pilot

Tony carries his glider, an older Avian Rio, across the hill top

The streamer on the king post, the red ribbon, indicates a pilot with less than 10 hours air time. Tony has more than that, but he recently returned to hang gliding after several years out.

Avian Rio 2 hang glider  in flight

Another view of the Rio 2

Avian Rio 2 hang glider  launching

Simon launches the Avian Rio 2


Getting a hang glider through the gate of the top landing field at Ringstead

Rob S, at this time chief pilot with Virgin Atlantic Airways, assists Tony getting his wing through the gate

It is possible to maneuver a hang glider through the gate from the top landing field to the hill-top car parking area on your own, but a helper reduces the risk of damaging the glider. Notice from the streamer on the king post that the wind is across the wing. If the wind gets under the wing and lifts it, it could cause much damage.

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