Today I finally flew a real hang-glider after some days flying trainers. It was an aircraft with a 18-square-meters wing. The first impression is fantastic, at least I am in the middle of recommended weight limits! In Russia I flew only training hang-gliders manufactured by Aeros with a 16-square-meters wing, I am a little bit heavy for them. As I understand, Icaro makes hang-gliders with a 1-meter step wings. It is so cool to fly a hang-glider that perfectly fits!
After using training models with 21-square-meters wings I had to run much faster during takeoff, and act more aggressively during landing. However even with this wing I can takeoff with a nil wind.
The second new factor is a new harness. This one is used for flying, while previously I wore the one that is more suitable for running. To be honest, I did not see any real difference during takeoff and landing, but it is amazing in the air. The only drawback is that I have to take it off to carry the hang-glider back to the hill, and put it back on before takeoff.
I have to leave today, but I’d like to come back. There are a few places in the whole world with those incredible mountains, and where it is possible to fly in all seasons. I associate this place with a spirit of freedom. I think that later, when I will be older and calmer, I will have a strong desire to live in a such place. Therefore I just have to become older and calmer, find a pretty mountain and master my flying without an engine. However, it will be later. Now I have a lot of things to do, for example, finish my PPL 🙂