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rec.aviation.hang-gliding, email@example.com says...
> Hey, Ive got an old Trekking Esprit, 60 to 80 kg, which is very old - the
> coating is coming off the fabric on the center section. I havent flown it
> for years, its just gathering dust in the storage space. What should I do
> with it? After seeing the pic of the black guys in Cross Country flying
> home-made miniature parachutes, I feel like I should send it off somewhere
> to some under-privaledged guy to learn on. I learned to fly on it - a bad
> idea, as its a performance model, and old, but I survived somehow. Maybe
> someone could use it for ground handling?
A couple of years ago I passed my old UP Kendo on to a guy who runs a
school or club near Bombay, India.
Considering that it was an older performance model with lots of hours I
made the condition that the lines were changed before it was flown, and
that his most experienced pilot should test fly it first and that he
should use discretion about who else should fly it. I stipulated a
minimum of 20 hours, as I didnt want to be too restrictive for fear my
recommendations might be ignored. I would be inclined to discourage you
from passing on your wing if you think it is only suitable for ground-
handling, because I would fear the risk of it getting flown in
glider if it is any sort of flyable condition, however. He asked me not
to ship it to him, as even a 2nd hand glider would attract prohibitive
customs duties, however he was able to arrange for a friend of his who
lived near me in London to take it back there on a holiday. I would
imagine he might ask you to post it somewhere within the US if you were
to contact him.
Stroller stroller at bigfoot dot com
"To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night
and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." (e.e.
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