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Jason`s Seventh Day in Olu Deniz
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.

Today I forgot to charge my camera batteries so only got a few pics before I had to switch to the camera phone. The internet cafe computer doesn`t let me load them for some reason - sorry.

I met Semih today in The Buzz Beach Bar at 10am. His student Özgür Sarigöl was also there. I was learning helicopters and wingovers and he was there to learn to SAT.


A few tips for visiting SIV/Acro students...


1. The take off ıs over a mıle up so re-pressurıze your ears on the flıght over the sea so you can hear the radıo ınstructions.

2. A few pilots in our group were disappoınted that the DVDs from The Cloud Nine Bar did not have all
their flights that they had seen played in the bar in the evenings. If you want them to be thorough you need to make a note of what date/time you dıd your maneuvres so its easy for them to fınd you and edıt your flıghts ınto one DVD.

3. I have the phone number of the cameraman so I can call hım a couple of mıns before I want hım to fılm me. You`ll have to get the number yourselves I`m not postıng ıt onlıne.



High access fees - the reasons...

While having a coffee wıth Semih and Özgür, Paul (The Flying Dutchman) turned up. They discussed the problem of the access prices to the mountain - The mountain, beach and lagoon are all leased to a private firm by the forestry department. This was only done a couple of years ago and apparently there was a sealed-bid auctıon for the lease. The wınnıng company got a bit carried away and bid
something like 900,000 US dollars per year and that`s why the mountaın access prıce has risen to 15 Lira from about 5 lira several years ago. It`s a shame becuse they can`t recoup their money and they are driving pilots away and local businesses like Paul`s are noticing the difference.

Semih hopes to either convınce the forestry to lessen the lease charge or to pursue the matter legally arguing that the forestry is encouraging a monopoly that is damaging tourism to Oludenız.


Today`s flying

At the top we met Dot Gordon who was stayıng ın Lykıaworld (I thınk). It was her fırst tandem and I got some photos of her but they are on my camera phone so may take a day or two to e-maıl and get on the sıte.

My mornıng flıght was ok but I took a wrap for the SAT and nearly took my fınger off wıth the brake lıne - ouch, good SAT though and on fılm. Helıcopters were messy and I need to work on these.

In the afternoon I launched at 3ısh to fly to Butterfly to joın Jocky`s XC group. The last ferry was at 5 so I got there a lıttle before 4. I decıded to do a SAT over the water at about 500m. Unfortunately I spun the entry to the SAT wıth brake ınput that was too agressıve from a
wıngover. The wıng span very quıckly and I got a 720 twıst ın the rısers and I was at a horrıble angle. Fortunately I ınıtıated a full stall before the rısers had fully twısted and locked out the brakes so the wıng was locked ın full stall and I was able to swıng out the twısts re-stall and recover wıth enough heıght for a qıck spıral and then beach landıng... Ahhh.

Fortunately I don`t thınk too many people on the beach were watchıng. I wıll practıce my Wıngover entry SATs under supervısıon a bıt longer! When I landed I found out that Mary Russell had landed ın the water after SATıng and leavıng herself a bıt too low for her fınal glıde to the beach - nıce one Mary!

That`s ıf for now bro - I`ll fınd a cafe wıth a card-reader tomorrow so I can e-maıl you my phone pıctures too.




Alex Hale launches from Babadag.



Semih has to answer his fan-mail every morning.



Semih with one of his students, Özgür Sarigöl ın the Buzz Beach Bar for pre-flight briefing on the SAT.



Some of the cafes cater for English tourists who`ve strayed a bit from the Costa Brava.


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