Thermal Crossings Blog update #2:

Published March 19, 2016

Rhys Fisher
Aug 17, 2018 · 9 min read

“Summit” to coast: How I flew 98.6 km, powered only by the elements

IMAGE: Arriving over Conil de la Frontera, literally running out of land to fly over…

Have a plan A

The night before my first flight from Montellano, I wanted to know the site’s potential. Thanks to modern technology, this type of research can now be done online. I visited (global flight log database) and used their worldwide flight search feature to find all the recorded flights made from the site. I then segmented the track logs by distance and opened up a few of the biggies.

1st Flight (what makes you think I enjoyed getting lost…)

Pivot from plan A to the plan that works

A new personal best retold

  1. Stay high as long as possible

Yeah, I got wet

There was an extremely strong west wind at the coast, which had me creeping forward at 6 km/h while trying to land… on full speed bar! There were two beaches, separated by a 100 m strip of sea. I obviously wanted to land on the right side which was closer to the city, but with such a low ground speed I was worried I would end up in the water between both beaches, so I ended up flying downwind to land on the left side further away from the town.

Flight Stats:

Start time: 13:44 (UTC+1)

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