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greblo



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Sad News Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Today we received the shocking news that Greg DeWolf passed away while sitting at his computer, overlooking his garden. We're told that the coroner reported that Greg suffered from an embolism and died peacefully.

Right now we're all very sad. We will be learning more soon. Many close to Greg have suggested a memorial at Dockweiler Beach, the place where Greg devoted so much time helping others fulfill their dreams, and a place where he loved to be.

Greg had no living family.
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Bob Kuczewski



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I am so sorry Joe.

Greg was an excellent instructor, and a good man.

This video shows his good sense of humor and his fine instruction with a first time student:

https://youtu.be/PNWtzzvwtac

Greg will be remembered and missed by those who treasure that site.
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kmk



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

This is sad news. I am happy to know he went peacefully. He was a vital part to many of us getting our wings to fly. Now it is his turn...

A memorial at the beach would be lovely.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Yes, sad news. A beach memorial sounds good to me, also.
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Joe Faust



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

As confirmed several times directly to Greg and here again: "Greg, you have been a flight father to many." He has thus a large family of flight children.


Thank you, Greg, for your decades of sharing yourself through your hang gliding adventures, mentoring, coaching, and instructing.

As Rick Masters noted last month on October 25, 2017:
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Just pointing out that if you are looking for the heart of hang gliding, you can find it at Dockweiler. Exclamation Exclamation

I remember when Greg and Ian and Cindy started out.
They towed up at Lancaster and made it to within sight of the south end of Owens Valley.
I was flabbergasted.




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mario



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Very sad news indeed. I will remember Greg for his passion and for patiently introducing tons of people to our sport.
I think the memorial at the beach would be a great idea. Maybe it’s time to do a “Fly America” again.....
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ephi



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I'm really sad to hear that Sad He really was a good man with a passion for hang gliding. He did a great job teaching me.

https://i.imgur.com/Wru8hwX.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/WCXjciH.jpg

He will be missed. I would like to, and will be able to, attend the memorial if it is held after the 24th of December.

Thanks again, Greg.
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NME



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Greg makes the 4th hang glider pilot I knew who died during the last two weeks starting with Tommy Austin, Ed Pollitt, Jim Braddock and now Greg. Everyone contributes to this sport in his/her own unique way. Greg taught me the value of always flying with a tie-down rope tucked away behind my nose-plate, inside the sail. Why? Because when you fly a lot of X/C there will be windy landings and being able to tie you nose to a tree, picnic table or sign-post can be invaluable for protecting your glider and breaking down safely. Greg was an early promoter of X/C flying with the FLY AMERICA project and wrote a good series of articles of landing technique ironically titled, "Returning to Earth".
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mrobin604



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Sad news. Greg helped me get back into the air after a 10 year layoff from the sport, and also fixed some bad habits that I had developed, so that I could be the pilot I am today. Thanks for everything, Greg.
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hcmom



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I can't imagine I'd be flying now if Greg hadn't been so very patient with me learning so slowly.

He was absolutely the best beginning instructor ever.
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Bob Kuczewski



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:30 pm    Post subject: From the web ... Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Frank Colver (USHGA #7) wrote:

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Bob called me with news of this tonight. This is so shocking and sad.

When I started flying again at Dockweiler three years ago I met Greg and quickly counted him among my friends. He was not only a great help, and wisdom, to me getting back into flying again after 38 years but I very much enjoyed his company. At the end of the flying day I always wanted to pack up soon enough so that I always had time to sit in front of the Windsports office and chat with him before we all left for home. I always brought a beverage to share with him on the porch, when the day was done.

When we got the permission from the county to fly on the days Windsports was closed, I started doing that. But I felt that the downside was that I didn't get to see Greg anymore. Recently, I was considering flying on a Sunday from time to time so I could also visit with Greg.

His presence at Dockweiler is going to be greatly missed and a big loss to the hang gliding community. Crying or Very sad I wonder how many people he helped "break the surly bounds of earth" in his time on earth?

For you, Greg (:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:) may you soar to great heights and your lift be never ending (:wave:)

Frank


Scott ("wingspan33") from New York wrote:

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This saddens me greatly.

In the late 1980s Greg came to Ellenville, NY to give a group of us a tandem tow clinic. We were using the ATOL truck tow system at the small airport in Ellenville. I'm not sure but after ground school I think I was the first to tow up with Greg.

Shortly after release at around 400 feet, a corn husk went by us - going up! Greg started circling and we gained out to about 3K AGL. Very Happy (:thumbup:) He showed me how to transition to allowing the student to take over control and a few other details. He was upbeat and smiling the whole time.

Then he said we should get back down to give equal time to the other clinic participants. To do so he took back control and started doing wing overs with the BIG Bennett Dream we were using. (:shock: :shock: :shock:) Together we weren't far from weighing 400 pounds so I was clutching Greg waiting for an LE to snap. Luckily the glider was stronger than I thought and we got down safely.

A couple minutes before final glide, Greg instructed me on how to go upright with the student. Have them move to behind you and "tell them to hug you like they love you." is how he put it. He tested me (now the pilot on final) by pushing me forward during landing approach. As instructed, I calmly repeated "Remember, hug me like you love me." and he stopped his "test". We had a good landing and the other guys went on to their turns as passengers AND pilots in control. It was a great and unforgettable day - because of the great person Greg DeWolf was.

Greg also liked and bought at least 3 of my PHOTO-PODs* to take with him during his Fly America event. He deserves tons of credit for that idea alone!

I was also happy to see Greg at Dockweiler both in 2015 and 2016 at the Lilienthal meet. That was about 25 years after I'd seen him last and he was still teaching people to fly hang gliders! (:thumbup: :clap: :thumbup: :clap: :thumbup: :clap: :thumbup: :clap: )

A memorial plaque should be made up and placed somewhere (Dockweiler?) that briefly describes who he was and what he did. What he did was to allow hundreds - if not thousands - of human beings to experience flight!

* For those that don't know, the PHOTO-POD was a simple, light weight 35mm remote camera system I created. It was radio triggered and could take pictures from various places on your glider. Typically it would be mounted to the defined tip with the camera pointing in toward the pilot as well as the scenery beyond and below him/her. This was in the late 1980s and early 1990s. No digital cameras yet. But I could argue that the PHOTO-POD was the forerunner of the GoPro concept.

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DrJeff



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:40 pm    Post subject: Remembering Greg Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

So sad to hear this but glad that he passed so peacefully. Greg was a great guy. He spent a lot of time with me on the training hill on various visits over the past few years while I was working on improving my landings, and he was always kind and very helpful. A truly class act. I will definitely miss him!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

When I showed up to the beach to learn how to hang glide, I was expecting more adrenaline and less theory. Well, I quickly realized that Greg wasn't going to allow me to get sidetracked by adrenaline. My ego flared up a lot in the beginning. "How can this sport be such a freakin' drag?" were some of my first reactions to the slow learning curve. "I thought by now I'd surely be doing loop-d-loops, pushing g-forces to wing-collapse and then a soft landing with the parachute, with the entire city of Los Angeles waving and cheering at me."

As the weeks went by ( I only trained on Saturdays ) I grew to appreciate that Greg was a scientist of hang gliding. He knew the sport so deeply---it became an honor to spend time with him, learn from him, and help him tidy up the beach after a long day of mini-adrenaline zaps. By the end of my training, as he RELUCTANTLY signed off on my H-2 rating to send me up to Kagel, part of me did not want to leave the beach and Greg.

Now THAT'S a good teacher.

Thanks for everything Greg.
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Cyndia



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:13 pm    Post subject: Greg - where you lookin? Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Kiana and I started a Facebook page for Greg - Remembering Greg DeWolf. If you want to share stories and pictures, that would be terrific.

I miss him terribly!
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