(Updated February 17, 2021)
My first ever flying on floats in 1983. I flew my
weight shift Atlas made in
Winter flying on Snye, the most popular place for winter activities at that time
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.
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
Flying with 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). Yah, how far it was from the GoPro.
1974 beginning of quickly developing hang gliding sport
Beginning of hang gliding in
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.
I never flew anything in my life. I built a hang glider from home available materials, made all the cable connections from cooper tubing. Sew the sail from poly rain coat material. I never seen hang glider flying, just magazine pictures. 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 in jeopardy.
While visiting my son Petr in
Short clip of, for me, exciting event to see blimp in close up.
was flying in