Gliding has really hit some new peeks recently:
That. Is. Insane. This man, Luca Bertossio, is absolutely incredible. If you listen to him talking at a younger age about what it all means to him, you get a sense of his appreciation for the poetry of what it is he does and the poetry of gliding in general. By being powered only by your own momentum and how you use the energy around you you become part of the movement of reality itself. You are in complete control. Everything is your responsibility, it requires that you have a deep and understanding relationship with the world.
“My passion started at about 11 years old after I realized that airplanes had a particular fascination on me. The truth is that my father works in Russia so every 4 months he was coming back to me. He would stay for a few days and then I had to go with him to the airport because he had to go back so when I was about this tall I realized I wanted to be on those airplanes (to have more time with him). I started with the idea of becoming an airline pilot. Then, as I was working as a tow pilot, that is the pilot who tows the gliders up, I wondered how it would feel to change roles in the sky.
I tried the glider and I understood that I would not desire to be anywhere else than there! On the glider everything depends on the pilot, there are no filters or systems between you and this flying machine, everything is in direct contact, part of your skin. You just got two sharps wings engaged with your shoulders and if you go well or not, it’s just up to you. Glider was born to fly in a perfect way, it can ideally do it but it is up to the pilot to elevate it to that point!
The glider is a flying machine that transmits you the speed just from the sound it makes. It makes you understand that you got Energy in you through it. It makes you understand that there are energies and freedoms which are ruled by you, from your movements, from your eyes, from your hands, through a pure flying machine. This is glider aerobatics, the elements becoming a part of you and you being a part of them…”
Yeah, he knows the poetry. I personally have been struggling to figure out how to get my glider to the championships this year, there a long way away! Then I saw this:
This is the work of the folks at www.timberpackingcases.com who it transpires are only around the bloody corner from me! Those guys can package almost anything in these timber packing shipping containers they make in their workshops. The work they do with timber is quite amazing and their packing cases are great. I drive past them almost every day but never really new what they did. Turns out, it was this! So they can get old Gladys packed up and ready to go in no time.
So there’s that! Easy peasy! Sometimes the thing your looking for was right under your noise all along.