Flying over Newcastle & its sites. Hill height max 88 meters asl.
Most of whats going on is way below hill height. Dixon Park landing area is 25 meters ASL, no room for error. Have to get it right & yes, I ,we, are enjoying what we do,immensely!. Some say these manoeuvres are performed way too low. Its all we have to work with, we don't have the luxury of thousands of feet to spare.( & we have been doing this for a very long time.) The low level aspect makes it more crucial when performing manoeuvres, knowing how much height you will use, where you will be at the end of the routine & where everyone else in the air are. Safety first at all times. I enjoy all aspects of hang gliding, as do my friends. From coastal to xc. At 52 years old & flying now for over 30 years, I can't see any reason to stop doing what I do. Myself & my friends, the people I fly with, well , we don't regard ourselves as special because we fly. Rather what we do is very special, & we are very lucky to be able to experience what some people can only dream of doing,the freedom of flying like a bird. No better way to enjoy life, than from a great height.
Quote form a great mate & legend of hang gliding,
" Every day above ground , is a good day."
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Team Need 4 Speed are back in this extended length video documentary.
The first in a series of videos to be produced in 2012 featuring the members of the BASE proximity flying team - Need 4 Speed - this video focusses on Robert Pecnik, wingsuit designer and owner of Phoenix Fly.
Skimming close to the ground at speeds of over 100MPH, this video shows some new lines, as well as exploring the team dynamic.
Crossing an austrian mountain lake in one meter ground effect, total distance 550 m or 27 seconds!
Nil wind and clear autumn light copied the perfect optical reflection on the set filmed by eight cams. Good for filming but hard to value for the pilot racing just inches above water level with 120 km/h speed.
Conclusion: giving a 'high five' for a pinpoint hit needs some more practise...
Glider model: Litespeed RS 3.5, Moyes Delta Gliders
Harness: Moyes Matrix Race
Cams: gopro hero2
Special thanks to cameraman Werner Luidolt, photographer Johannes Mentasti and editor Friedl Swoboda!