I am still recovering from my
motorcycle accident in May 15, 2018. I ended up with new, Titanium and
CrMo steel left shoulder joint in August and have load restriction what
I can do. I did not fly since July 26 so I got idea to show my flying
beginning which started in 1974. I never took any flying lessons. What
ever I know I had to figure it by myself.
I feel that my life is slowly getting
into some normality again. The surgery went well and I healed quickly.
When the surgeon verified that everything was OK, my wife finally
allowed me to go motorhoming. So we went for nice holiday. Meanwhile my
injured motorcycle arrived after 4 months in Moto Hospital. $11,600.
later for repairs and $835 to "tow" it to Kamloops I could ride again.
Just 20 km was enough for me, because I feel any bump in my shoulder. I
will start flying again in October, 2018
How I Started to Fly in 1974
I never flew anything in my life. I
built a hang glider from home available materials, made all the cable
connections from cooper tubing. Saw the sail from poly rain coat
material.This film sequence show how I learned to fly and learned to fly
it in just couple of hours. Never stopped flying since except for 2
years in 1980 after my serious hang glider accident when my marriage was
194. Rana Hang
Gliding Beginnings in Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia, CSSR) 1974
Beginning of hang gliding in
Czechoslovakia in very popular and ideal learning place, Rana near Louny.
This was one of my best time in my life to be surrounded by people
similarly crazy and in love of this quickly developing sport. This movie
shows the first accident on that hill.
195. Hang Gliding
Pioneers in Rana, Czech Republic 1974
1974 beginning of quickly developing
hang gliding sport
196. First in Flight
Selfie Movie, Rana Hang Gliding 1974
my improved Dacron type cover material, which was significant
improvement from the previous poly, rain coat, stretchable sail.
This shows my first selfie from mechanical (spring winding) movie
camera. The movie film camera took just 3 min movie before if had to be
rewound. I built camera remote control from the bicycle break leaver and
cable. The trigger worked on the ground, but not in the air. Fortunately
it stacked in ON position, so camera took just full film movie (~3 min).
Yeh, how far it was from the GoPro.
Rogallo in Italy 1977
This was an excellent concept of hang
glider replacing aeroplane wing. I flew very well. I wish someone
developed and modernized this concept. I saw it in Italy during our time
waiting for immigration to Canada.
198. Fort McMurray,
AB, Flying Weight Shift Atlas 1982
The weight shift Atlas was the best
concept and easiest flying
machine. Easily transportable, but very poorly designed. I had several
close calls with this machine: broken prop shaft, stripped prop dive
belt, broken cable tong, flipped upside down on the lake with pontoons
and many engine quits.
199. Fort McMurray,
AB, Flying Weight Shift Atlas in Winter 1983
Winter flying on Snye,
the most popular place for winter activities at that time
200. My First Float
Flying, Fort McMurray 1983
My first ever flying on floats in 1983.
I flew my weight shift Atlas made in Edmonton AB by Birdman. It was
exceptionally easy to fly, but poorly design machine. I never took any
lesson and I flew it perfectly the first time. The same on floats. I was
very apprehensive after reading so many horror stories about float
flying. I expected to die, but it was much easier that anything else.