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October 30, 2005

Scott takes to the air in California

    Scott went out to Santa Barbara, California last week to participate in a three-day beginner class on powered paragliding.  The site was about two hours north of Los Angeles at a park called Elings Park, which is about a mile inland from the Pacific Ocean (which can be seen in the background of some of the photos below).  The first day was all paragliding (without the motor) and consisted of seven flights (one of which resulted in a failed attempt).  On the second day, the weather did not cooperate, and on the third day, work was concentrated on some advanced kiting techniques along with playing with different motors.  The first few pictures show a complete flight (by Scott - in the yellow shirt) from the top of the hill to the landing field below.  The rest of the photos are of the training hill and some of the beach.  The last few photos are from Los Angeles (La Brea Tar Pits) and the climb-out out of LAX on the Southwest Boeing 737.  See if you can spot the Hollywood sign in the last photo.  The video clips below the photos are self-explanatory.




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  Take-off from LAX Climb-out over the Pacific Ocean Sharp turn toward the mainland LAX fly-over  


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