GV Flying 2007
Your ability to fly far from GV is related to your ability to see and follow the Urubu.
There is gold at the end of the rainbow in the form of gentle thermals.
Raul inflates for flight.
Raul takes flight.
Bobby just off of launch.
Pilots head straight out from launch to the distant birds. You can see them if you look closely in front of the red glider.
The peanut gallery looks on to see if the pilot gets up.
A pilot climbs up over launch.
And climbs higher.
Other pilots start launching.
Sitting on a cloud.
This is the cliff. It heats up and throws off strong thermals - look out!
I generally keep my distance.
Looking down on launch you can see a hang glider ramp on either side.
The Ibituruna Peak is always working.
A view of Governadar Valadares. Just to the right of the island on the city you can see a large green landing field.
Here's a closer view of the landing zone.
A pilot crosses the Rio Doce river. During this rainy part of the year it is always brown.
The landing zone is huge.
We're not headed for the main LZ, we're going XC flying!
Once your over the peak it's time to decide. There is a mine on the left and a big hill on the right side of the road called "Salvation".
Both work, but Salvation seemed to work better on this trip. You can see the road goes straight down the general wind direction.
Bobby getting up.
Bobby climbing higher.
Up near cloudbase, pilots start to go down wind away from launch.
JJR at cloudbase.
JR stretching it out.
JR and the Rio Doce River.
One day I got a few sprinkles and ran away from this small isolated shower.
Bustin on down the line.
The longer you stay at cloudbase the easier it is to go distance.
Chris over "Salvation".
AA view from cloudbase.
An urubu leads the way.
Christine from France.
Christine high over Brazil.
Life is good! The tunnel of love.
Beautiful terrain to fly near.
How can we be landing? The sky looks so good!
Afternoon flight into the blue.
One day I borrowed Kevin's tandem to take Lorena flying.
I think everyone loves flying!
Critter out on course.
Critter loving it.
Kevin down range.
Kevin just past Engenheiro Caldas.
Tony from Norway, topped out and moving on.
Here is a map of the area. Generally the course line goes south from GV following the road. Caratinga is 100 km out and is generally the goal,
but this year the thermals were light and we were launching later in the day. My farthest flight was 71 km to Iapu, circled in yellow.
This is Era Nova, the first town, about 9 km out.
The second town is Alpacarta, about 13 km out.
This is the second part of that town. The antenna works as a thermal trigger pretty well.
This is the next hurdle, Gas Station 1, called Turmalina II. It's about 19 km from launch.
The next feature is Gas Station 2, about 25 km from launch. Seen here as the gray triangle in the lower right.
Here a good cloud has formed ahead of me on my way to connect with the row of small mountains.
Following that row of mountains lead me to the next town of Engenheiro Caldas, about 38 km from launch.
Engenheiro Caldas is visually dominated by its green church.
The next town is Taruacu, about 50 km from launch and just beyond "the pass".
The next town is Dom Cavati, about 55 km from launch.
This town is called Iapu and is off the beaten path. There is a roundabout about 65 km from launch
that I would normally have gone straight, but the wind was pushing me and the sunlight was pulling
me to the west on a different route. I ended up landing 71 km from launch on my longest flight this trip.
You can just make out the peak I launched from in the center of the picture on the horizon.
In 12 days of XC flying, I was able to make 14 XC flights for a total of 379 km, averaging 27 km per flight.
My shortest flight was 9 km and the longest 71 km. The thermal strength was light except on the cliff.