RC-Gliding at Juan Cojo (II)

"Limping John" (= Juan Cojo) is the area where local pilots found a flying site on private land.

The slope is located above the town of Girardota about 15 miles northwest of Medellín. This site features a big pasture to land in, and it also has a DS spot where you can fly without interfering with front-side traffic. At only 6000 feet, this is low-elevation flying.





Juan Cojo
The chulos (vultures) kept flying despite our presence. I did have a few near-misses with my SRTL, but no mid-airs.
One of the great things of flying at 5 degrees north latitude is the fact that the sun rarely is in your face, even in "winter."
Jorge's younger son David perfecting his launch. The slope behind him works for DS.
Jorge's elder son Andrés flying RC up front, while the younger David chucks the glider Andrés built for him.
Paisas, the inhabitants of the state of Antioquia of which Medellín is the capital, are friendly and gregarious.
Double trouble: Carlos and Jorge. Carlos launches his Wayuu, another one of Jorge's designs named after a Colombian Indian tribe.
Jorge's Surprise-9-based glider. He calls it "Barbie" because this F5B fuselage is so fragile...
...but good enough for DS, apparently. These were Jorge's first ever DS flights, and while we were there, he did not break a single plane.
Indeed, this was the first DS for these guys. This is no record-breaking site, but it safely accommodates DS and front-side flying simultaneously.
Jorge's designs his planes, like this carbon-bagged Tayrona, to suit the local conditions; and they do!
Chicks in January... hoo woodof thunk it! Helped by the weather, slope'n in Colombia is a social and family activity.
And speaking of which: Alejandra and Rodolfo are enjoying a late-afternoon flight with the Stork.
Luis cruising his Dogan across the LZ. It's relaxing to fly in the green tranquil hills around Medellín.
Afternoon thunderstorms forming in the valley provide dramatic lighting for these 60" racers.
How would you like to enjoy a vacation at a spot like this? Let us know. Seriously...
A quick man-on-man race at Juan Cojo. The slope also allows spectacular "beach runs" to the pastures below.
Jorge uses airfoils with about 2% camber for his planes. They carry weight well and are fast in the thin air.
The chulos hated Jorge's incessant DS'n, because they like to rest in the trees and even on the ground on the back side.
The afternoon air gets buoyant as the ground releases a day's worth of heat...
...which is great time to sneak in a few more flights in these glass-off conditions.
One thing to get used to is the fact that this close to the equator, daylight ends soon after 6 PM... year round.
Lone pilots at the front and back sides making the most of the remaining day light.
Luis dots the I of a wonderful day on the slope. But the day is still young...
Proper etiquette demands we gather at the little taverna. Heck, the owner cooked lunch for us and delivered it to the slope...
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