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Day 1 B-line stalls - Saturday 20th May 2006 - View the entire paragliding news archive

Jason`s First Day of SIV with Jocky Sanderson
Lucky Git!
Jason, my identical twin brother lives in UK. I live in Canada. We are both paraglider pilots. Lucky git is in Turkey right now. He arrived in the early morning and managed to grab 3 hours sleep. He has promised to supply a daily update of all the fun he is having..

Latest from Jason:
`Hi Mark,

I have found an Internet cafe. The one I used last year is gone so that`s why I called you thinking that I couldn`t email you. I think I will be able to send you photos tomorrow but no promises as I am not sure what speed this link is on... seems very slow so maybe 1-2 pics a day to you. Got into Olu Deniz at 4:45am local time. Hit the matress and then got up at around 9 am; breakfast then briefing at 11 am. I flew from Babadag about 3pm. There are thirteen of us in
the group. Ten are British and three are from Iceland, a bit too many maybe, but we`ll see how it goes. I made a note of the pilots names and wings etc and will e-mail you photos of all if possible or a group photo. Worried I might lose this email so will send another one shortly . This is just so I don`t lose what I`ve typed. Sorry for any typos this is a Turkish layout keyboard.`

Here are some pictures taken with the digital camera you sent me

Beach - Looking West

Cloud 9 Bar

The Flying Dutchman

Internet Cafe (where I e-mailed you from today)

Bar after first day of SIV

Beach briefing

Beach - Looking East

I will send more news and updates tomorrow.

Pilots taking part in the course:
Alex BulterOzone Rush130
Ben GatesAirwave Wave100
AlastairEpsilon 5100
Hans ChristianGin Zoom150
Ray Heyan Gradient Aspen100
Morgan NicholasNova Tycoon40
RobertGradient Bright70
Christian ArtmanGradient Oasis100
Jim Ozone Mojo16
Roger DavisAirwave Sport365
CarlAirwave Sport250
Ian SmithOzone Voice93
A few facts:
Olu Deniz is the beach resort next to Babadag mountain. The drive up takes around 50 minutess. It costs 10 Lira for transport, 15 Lira for access to mountain. The exchange rates is 2.65 Lira per Pound.

After introducing Chris White and Scary Mary, Jocky first gives a summary of worst case scenarious:-

Break the dive...
Course correction...
Prevent twisted risers...
Don,t land in the waves...
Reserve deployment etc. etc.

A few people seemed to look worried, but then Jocky explained `we`re only doing one flight today (day 1) and it`s just b-line stalls. Grab b-lines and pull slowly down. Release but don`t damp with the breaks.`
This allows pilot access to how their wing recovers. Most are very benign. Then same again with more b-line pulled in. Release it let go quickly, and don`t damp it, fine no problems for anyone. Then same a gain with slow release to try to enter parachutal stall. No one could do it. Jocky explained that this was because they were all on modern wings. Then big ears, bigger ears and biggest ears! with weight shift turns. Then wingovers. Varying degrees of success but all happy and safe.. Only complaints were that some could not hear so well over the radio. Points to note... get radio ear piece it helps a lot.
Tired now bro have to go get some sleep only had 3 hours a night for last two nights. Will try to get photos to you tomorrowo maybe.
Take care Mark. Tomorrow we will be trying some SATs. This place is magic!!

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