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Dauin / Panglao New Year 2017

Great break in the Philippines with Mike Botti, diving in Dauin / Apo Island and around Panglao.

Pilot death at Saichia

A 47 year old visiting Japanese pilot has died after an accident at Saichia according to Apple News. He’d traveled to Taiwan from Hokkaido in a group of eight. The article says he fell from 20m above the LZ in a spiral that may have resulted from a glider malfunction, namely broken lines. He was […]

Taiwan blocked from ICAO summit

China has the (rotating) presidency of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has used this position to pursue it’s political agenda of isolating Taiwan from the international community. China has been intent on preventing Taiwan participating in world bodies such as the WHO for years now. Aviation safety is one of those areas of […]

Diving the north coast’s ‘Secret Garden’

Pilot death at Puli

From local news reports a 52 year old Taichung pilot died on August 27th at Puli’s larger launch area. Apparently he had encountered turbulence shortly after take-off, had a collapse and not been able to recover before hitting the ground. The reserve parachute was not deployed. He died on the spot from head injuries. Local […]

Saipan diving 2015

Back to Saipan for another round of drink and dive shenanigans…

More tandem accidents in Taidong

A tandem operator ended up in tree with his passenger on May 5th after launching into very strong and gusty winds. Those with a sharper eye may recognize the glider as a competition model which is not rated for tandem operation at all and definitely requires expert skills in handling, even in the best of […]

Wanli site closed

AKA Feitsuiwan and Green Bay, this long-established site has been blockaded by the land owner. This site was founded by a group of ex-ROCAF pilots who had traveled to Europe to learn the then-new sport of hang-gliding. They were lucky enough to have a spot of land on a hill near Wanli and even had […]