Monthly Archives: January 2010

Japanese era airbase in Ilan

Interesting post about this Japanese WWII airbase in Ilan, used at the end of the war for kamikaze missions against Allied naval targets. Worth a read. While the north airfield was reserved almost exclusively for aircraft parking, the south airfield … Continue reading

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Local pilots

Most of those who paraglide here will at some point get to see soaring birds in the sky, and even share a thermal with one of them. Taiwan is home to some indigenous raptors and also a migration route for … Continue reading

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XC strategies of raptors.

Interesting study of migratory raptors using soar / glide techniques to cover distance… Species reacted differently to different climbing rates: Steppe Buzzards increased circling duration with increasing climbing rate (Spaar 1995), whereas Steppe Eagles only expanded circling duration up to … Continue reading

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Season opener – Liukuei

Finally a cross-country flight to Liukuei. A couple of weeks ago I made it to Tajin but for me, the season hasn’t started until I drank a beer in Liukuei. It’s also the first time in a long time since … Continue reading

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