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CODY MITTANCK MIT DEM Z-ALPS IN NEVADA

May 21, 2018

Unser Ozone Team Pilot Cody Mittanck hat uns einen Bericht von seinem jüngsten Trip nach Nevada zukommen lassen, wo er die Gelegenheit genutzt hat, seinen Z-Alps und sein Ozium 2 zu testen.

Cody berichtet Folgendes:

“Nevadastan.  The name should conjure images of a dry, desolate desert with no roads and no cell service, with small dusty mining towns barely surviving and locals speaking a foreign tongue.  It’s not quite this.  The locals speak some form of incomprehensible english and I found 4G in the middle of a dry lake bed that is better than I get at my house in Salt Lake City.  But regardless its an adventure and for me one that can be found without getting on a plane.  It was spring time flying in the desert, lapse rates that had my vario doubled over showing 14 mps climbs, leaving climbs nearly a 1000 meters below base and still getting sucked into the cloud, getting snowed on, and moving 90 degrees off course to avoid massive thunderstorms.  I had never heard of a pee tube freezing, but apparently it happens.  My hands are still a bit numb in the fingertips.  I have to say that even in those conditions it was insane how comfortable I felt under the Z-alps.  It never even had the slightest tip collapse, but still had the feedback (and performance) of a 2-liner.  I’ve flown the Enzo for the past 4 years in both competition and XC, because I feel its important to stay current on the wing your competing on.  It goes without saying that it is a bit of work to fly the Enzo on long XC flights and I’m worried that if I only fly the Zalps I’ll loose the focus required for the Enzo…but I have to be honest, I’ve never had so much fun flying in booming spring time conditions as I did flying the Z-alps in Nevada.”