… tomorrow night, January 11 at 6PM, I will be giving a presentation to The Sedona Westerners Hiking Club at the Methodist Church on SR179 … if you are a member or a person interested in hiking and joining the group, I hope you will come out for it.
The title of the presentation is “Uncharted Trails.” For the first time in any of my presentations I will be talking about the machines I have flown … silent flight!
There are about 476,000 pilots in the USA of all ratings plus another 280,000 student pilots … there are less than 25,000 who hold glider pilot ratings and of those holding it, it is estimated that fewer than 2,000 of them fly over 50 hours a year … these are the glider guiders who are serious about cross country flying in a glider/sailplane. I had never flown and learned to fly in gliders in the fall of 1996 and for the next 11 years and 1800 +/- hours of flying time, this is all I knew, and cross-country flying is what I lived for … this continued when I switched to a motorglider in July of 2007 and many more hours over the next 13 years..
I did my first cross-country flight in1997 … it was relatively short, 50+ KM. About a quarter of the way to my destination I lost final glide to where I took off from and did not have final glide to my destination … it was an absolute rush! The only way I would make it to the destination was to use the skills I was learning to find and work the lift I needed to get there! I was absolutely hooked on glider xc flying … and still am even though I got out of active xc soaring three years ago.
If you have an interest in becoming a glider guider, check out the Soaring Society of America website … it is a fantastic sport, and you will find a great bunch of people who will go out of their way to help you. More information on local sailports in another email.
I purchased a new hosting package for my websites and life should be good, however, something happened on the way to the web and both of my websites are now in bit heaven … I have a one page marker page up and will complete building new sites over the next week. Sorry!
Have a beautiful day and keep breathing, smile and seek joy.
The joy of dawn, and peace abides with me;
And though I know that I again shall see
Dark fear with withered hand approach my sleep,
More sure am I when lonely night shall flee,
At dawn the sun will bring good cheer to me.
excerpt from The Dawn by Max Ehrmann
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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