This weekend I got to the site in time to capture my son Sunith take off from the training site. He is easy to recognise with his maroon XXS wing and red helmet. Reminded me of the days when he was a toddler and I was learning to fly. I had to keep scanning the hillsides in between training to spot where my son had wandered off to. I took to the the habit of dressing him in the birghtest colors so that he stood out and saved me moments of panic.
Jan came to the site on Saturday morning along with her husband and daughter. She had earlier finished her EP course and was here to do some practice flights. While she toiled on the slopes her husband Achal took care of little Kavya who entertained herself by collecting pebbles. At the end of the session daughter helps mother pack her wing before leaving for Native Place for another idyllic weekend of flying and relaxing in nature.
Vrinda too has come to log some flights. she got to native place the night before and left with the new batch for the flying site while her husband and daughter had a lazy morning at Native Place, relaxing in the hammock and watching the sunbirds in the Jade Vine. The hammock is Saumya’s favorite spot at Native Place
The weekend was surely women’s pg weekend . Besides Jan and Vrinda we had 7 new female students join the Elementary Pilot course. The largest we have had in Nirvana Adventures 13 years of training. Do we see a new and welcome trend beginning here
We are pleased to announce that our new website flynirvana.com is now up and running
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Astrid & Sanjay Rao
After turning around last weekend, the weather remained stable through the week and Ravi, Sandeep, Bond, Vinay and Arun made the most of it. According to Arun nice thermals and benevolent winds had them gaining height at Tower Hill and heading back home to Native Place each day. Bond held the record of the week as he reached Native Place 3 days out of 4. They were all excited and happy to have the thermals and the Kamshet skies to themselves.
On Saturday we got to the site early to find it very hazy and the wind strong but lessening. By the afternoon everyone was airborne. The winds were switching on and off and gliders were consequently spreading out and flocking back to the ridge to gain lift once more or landing out and driving up again. I landed after an hour or so and hung out in the landing field with Chicco.
It was the last flying day for the Swede pilot group. In the span of a week they have bonded with the friendly local kids who pack your wings. It was entertaining to watch many paraglides come in to land and kids running excitedly towards them to secure packing or simply having fun interacting with the pilots. A festive mood prevailed and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Sunday saw us ( Sanjay & I) head out to the training hill enroute to Mumbai, to pick up our son Sunith who had just completed his 30th solo flight and was pretty pleased with himself.
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings