“Sometimes the day smiles shows me its colour. No, then the blue harbour doesn’t look to be far, I feel like I got the wings to fly”. Shofi Ahmed
A few months before my lovely mother passed away we both had a very nice conversation about what I liked to buy from my part of the inheritage. Of course my mother knew that I love to fly with my hang glider and to skydive. She understood my desire to fly with my hang glider (started in 2006) ,but she found my skydiving (started in 1981) way to dangerous. I showed and explained her the possibility to fly with a hang glider and small engine without the need to take off from a mountain. This so called Mosquito powered hang glider is relatively easy to fly. Actually it’s the most basic way to fly above our beautiful planet as I use:
- My feet for my take off and landing
- My hands to steer the glider
- My teeth to control the throttle during the start
My mom was very happy that after her final day she would contribute to one of my biggest passions. We both cried from sadness about the time to come and this great idea we shared.
Early 2016 I bought my Mosquito and harness in Sweden and a new (little bigger for the extra weight of the engine) Relax hang glider in Italy. It took more than a year to make my first flight on the 26th of March 2017. With two skydive friends we figured out how this all should work together and how to fly. Please see a video of my first smiling flights here!
Since that moment I sometimes fly with my own wings above beautiful parts of the Netherlands. I made a dream come true!!
On the 8th of May 2020 (my Mom’s birthday) I flew 1,5 hours all around Loosdrecht and the lovely lakes. I lived in this village until I was 18 years old. What a beautiful emotional memory lane flight.
Below you will see a map where I flew with my Mosquito hang glider. If you click on an icon, you will find more information regarding a specific location.
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