Spring is definitely a great time to get some cross country flying happening. If you haven't been active flying over winter you're probably chomping at the bit to get some air time. On the weekend I had the good fortune of flying with Illawarra and all round hang gliding legend Franko at Tongarra.

For those of you who don't know about Tongarra it's a cliff launch to the south of the Macquarie pass (the road you drive up from Albion Park to Moss Vale). While it is a very tricky and advanced site to launch from the views are amazing and the flying can be superb.

This weekend saw Franko and myself do some maintenance on the site (removing some trees that were crowding the launch) and then followed it up with a magic XC flight scooting from cloud to cloud.

If you want to know more about Tongarra - check out the page on the Illawarra sites. This site works best in Spring and Autumn as in summer it usually gets an inversion that keeps you very low. Tongarra is a morning site (otherwise the seabreeze can come in a ruin it) and it's not uncommon to launch around 10:30am.

Cheers,

Nils

 Franko - all round hanggliding legend and local pilot

Franko - all round hanggliding legend and local pilot

 View from Tonagarra launch with Cu's forming above launch

View from Tonagarra launch with Cu's forming above launch