Jesse gave us so many tips, and in a few hours I already noticed myself getting better. That said, I still handle my glider like a one-year-old learning to walk. ;)
Things to improve: launch from higher up so I have more room, brake a bit with my right hand, brake a bit with both hands before turning to inspect wall.
I managed to kite from landing to the road, dodging a few people and gliders. :)
I launched from the 600, got a BUNCH of lift, and yelled at Jesse til he heard me. And then he took my photo! :D
Here's another day on the 600, my second flight recorded with XCSoar. A huge thank you to everyone who developed XCSoar and Doarama!
This is the first time I tried to use the speed bar. Good thing Harry politely reminded me to check the LZ, aka to notice that I'm about to fly into the trees! Clearly, I need to work on multitasking and always considering my flight pattern priority #1.
This was probably my most awesome day flying so far. When Jesse took a left up to the 600, I held my breath thinking he forgot I wasn't ready... But of course Jesse knows 100% what's up, and he was treating me to a day of "long" flights and lots of advice. Jesse, you'll never know how much I needed that day!
First air time
Going from the 50 to the 300 is like going from grape juice to wine - there's a difference! I'm sure that the 300 will soon seem small to me (1.5 minutes air time is never enough!). But for now, 1.5 minutes of air time for each of 6? 7? 8? flights is totally worth waking up early on the weekend!
This video is from one of my first paragliding lessons on the 50' hill in Milpitas. It may not look like much, but these "flights" will always be enormous in my memory. With just a little jogging (and a lot of oversight and preparation by Harry), I tasted freedom from the ground. And for someone who dislikes hiking, I sure ran around a lot.