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Well, that is it! The first glider just arrived at the Fane Parish airport in Papua New Guinea… Before it is officially offered as a tourist attraction for the region, some attempts at taking-off and landing must be done. The first trial attracts a few people! The descent along the twelve degree sloped runway is a bit rough for the glider’s low wings, as there are some bushes that will have to be trimmed! The weather is nice and very warm. The only potential problem is the mountain ahead. Finally, the pilot cuts the link. He is free to go! The glider flies silently over the lush area of Papua New Guinea. Using the rising warm air currents, the glider gains altitude. Why not a pass over Fane? Here is another isolated village alongside a mountain. A last steep turn in order to realign for the approach at Fane Parish. The airbrakes are out and the speed reasonable. The sloped runway is just ahead, on top of the mountain to the right. Keeping just enough altitude on the approach to be safe. Now that the landing is a sure thing, it is time to use the airbrakes again to slow down as much as possible. Keeping in mind that this mountain airfield as a good slope, it is better to have a bit of extra speed. Nobody likes to stall a few feet over a runway! What an experience it was! But I’ll need some help to pull the glider up the slope! The flight was great, the view was worth every penny, and I think that this could become a new touristic attraction for the region and the more wealthy visitors… Cheers!
Tapini again, actually "playing around" Fane. Flight within the -3 to + 6 Gs of the SF260. I like to get disorientated a little bit. Landing with slight crosswinds at 4 o'clock. Look at the top left for flight values. Unedited video: "what you see is what actually did happen", but with music I was listening to when flying...