Nirvana Adventures is proud to announce that our very own Sunith Rao completed a hundred hours of flying on Wednesday the 1st of April 2015. School, exams and college attendance have taken their fair share of his time but this determined 18 year old’s passion for flying has been a driving force.
Sunith started ground handling at the age of 10 and did his first solo at the age of 14 as we couldn’t get a solo wing in his weight range before that . He now has more than 200++ solo flights and 100+ hours of airtime. Only last week he left the ridge on his own to fly back home from the Shelar site – a short but by no means simple 4 km XC surprising the staff at Native Place as he walked into the house with a triumphant grin.
In a couple of weeks Sunith leaves for Turkey to do an SIV course with Jocky Sanderson. Sunith has been watching Jocky’s videos since the tender age of 6, In fact we have an old joke that he could be in the Guinness book of world records for the umpteen number of times he has seen Jocky’s SIV video. One can only imagine how excited he is about this upcoming trip.
The Flynirvana family wishes him all the best for this trip. We hope that he learns and grows in this wonderful sport of paragliding and sets an example to other young people.
Astrid, Sanjay and the Flynirvana team
There was lots of excitement going around this weekend at Native Place as pilots gathered to make the most of the flying and celebrate Holi, the festival of colour which marks the seasonal change from winter to spring
The earlier week Dwane had flown 35 km from Tower hill towards Shinde on to Pawna to finally land at Govitri ( a couple of km away from Native Place) whetting everyone’s flying appetites
Bastien has been rocking the site with fun acro performances when pilots waited out the strong wind conditions and Emil’s posts like “A beautiful 3 hour 5 minute flight with some vultures yesterday, wingover practice mixed with French lessons by Bastien Langlois, a B-line stall, couple small collapses and one huge one, and then a rooftop BBQ dinne “ further added to the excitement
Don and Mayura came by too – Don has just acquired a new BGD Base and was eager to try out his new wing.
The flying conditions did not disappoint. Pilots enjoyed great conditions and flew back home to Native Place only to be splashed and drenched by Basti who had an arsenal of colour ready for them
Enjoy the pix at – Holi at Native Place
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Astrid & Sanjay Rao
Yippee I flew last weekend!
Had not been paragliding for far too long and it felt like a special treat to finally be gearing up and driving off to the flying site with the flynirvana team. that it was a while before i realised that all my nervous energy had vanished and i was grinning to myself. We were on our way to the Shelar site Tower hill is still working in the mornings but afternoons is Shelar time – Dont u just love the Shelar site
There weren’t too many pilots there and it simply added to the charm – just us – Old friends and pilots Dinesh and Rahel visiting with their lovely 9 year old daughter Lina from Switzerland and watching Rahel help spread Dinesh’s wing on takeoff made it felt like we had simply stepped back 12 years in time.
As Rahel and me sat on that huge rock right of takeoff in the shade of the mango tree catching up on lost time . We sat like we had done a hundred times before over the years surveying the takeoff to our left, the golden brown fields below, the students running down on the bottom slopes of the hill and the tandems pass us by . I could hear the falcons screaming blue murder, see a kite hovered and listen to that familiar rustling sound of tandem wings as they flew by.
Idyllac – is the word i would say!
So guys – Shelar is on once more – come enjoy this yet untouched site with its golden brown grasses glowing at sunset and no sign of civilization around, spunky kids and beautiful winds – a small piece of pg wonder in India
Astrid Rao and the flynirvana team
Our sincere thanks to the District Administration, Security Services , ATC Pune, ATC Mumbai & AFMLU Mumbai for their continued support and co-operation.
Our radius of operations has been increased this time to 10 Kms for our flying sites at kamshet , the ceilings have been modified due to increase in aerial activity such as Hot Air Baloons , Sea Planes and Helicopters
The plus side is we can now fly legally XC back to our base as long as we maintain the Altitude limitations
NOTAM – A0023/15 08:30 hrs – 15:00 hrs – Max Altitude 4000 Ft ASL (Min Safety Altitude 5000 Ft ASL for Helicopters)
NOTAM – A0024/15 15:01 hrs – 19:00 hrs – Max Altitude 5000 Ft ASL (Min Safety Altitude 6000 Ft ASL for Helicopters)
Area of Operation is to be restricted to 10Kms Radius of Takeoff of all our sites - so we now have a decent corridor and more airspace
The NOC granted requires the Operator who has been authorised at the location to take daily formal clearances from the ATC & Air Defence Clearances (ADC) from AFMLU – at commencement of operations and advise on close of session.
We request all pilots to make sure that the daily clearance for the appropriate sites are in place before they fly at Kamshet to avoid any issues.
- All Pilots who are soaring must have a Variometer so they can strictly observe the ceiling granted.
All Pilots must note that we will also be sharing our airspace with Hot Air Balloons & Sea Planes who we need to co ordinate with and will now be operating in the same flying area and similar altitudes. Apart from Helicopters who use VFR and will be flying regularly in the airspace above us with minimum safety altitude of 5000 Ft AMSL .
We must always remember we are legally flying in Restricted Airspace that belongs to the Indian Airforce (IAF). As responsible citizens and pilots we must adhere to all the restrictions imposed to fly safely. All Pilots must understand that we have to respect the limitations strictly as we are all responsible to keep the skies open for paragliders and violations could lead to us losing this privilege and are required to be reported to the respective authorities.
Check out the latest Nirvana Clips – 2014 mix
We wish you all a safe flying season :-)
Peace, Bliss & Happy Landings