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by stebbins
Fri Jun 10, 2022 11:23 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Blade vario for sale - Virtually new
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Blade vario for sale - Virtually new

Hey all, I bought a new Blade vario, which is awesome. But, I cannot see it properly, as my eyes have gotten too old. :-( I worked out a deal to swap it for a 6030, but the owner of the 6030 would rather I find a buyer for the blade. I don't know the price, I'm just the middleman. BUT, he's certainl...
by stebbins
Sun May 15, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about Towers
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: A question about Towers

Thanks Rob. Front or back: I was asking if our lock was on the road from the park - I didn't think so, that road is not really for cars any more... I've gone up the front (past the park) on my bike, and the ranger said that the gate by Bear Divide closed early, so I wasn't sure we still had a lock o...
by stebbins
Sat May 14, 2022 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A question about Towers
Replies: 4
Views: 166

A question about Towers

Do we still have access through the gate at towers?
Is the code the same as before? (The one on the members only section of the website.)
Which road is our lock on? The front or the back? (I assume the one that comes from Bear Divide, but just want to be sure.)

Thank you!
by stebbins
Wed May 04, 2022 1:41 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Spring Air Festival - I will miss you all
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Spring Air Festival - I will miss you all

I had planned on coming out and joining my friends at the Spring Air Festival this weekend. Sadly, I have to miss it. My aunt is ill, and I need to go visit her in San Diego while it is still possible. And I'll get to see my sisters as well, since they will be there doing the same thing. I hope all ...
by stebbins
Tue Jan 04, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 51st Anniversary of Otto Meet - May 23, 2022
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: 51st Anniversary of Otto Meet - May 23, 2022

So what time window are we presuming this will be? I live quite a distance away, and my kids might be in school, so it matters to me the hours of the event. Clearly, I can come and go as I please, but it would be nice to know when others will be there.

Thanks,
by stebbins
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soaring to New Heights - Rose Parade Float
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: Soaring to New Heights - Rose Parade Float

rsherwoo wrote:
Mon Jan 03, 2022 5:49 pm
You can see it here at 01:18:40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmJyjcEqunU
Hey Rob! Long time no see! I hope you are doing well.

George
by stebbins
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:43 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Near midair-collision over Kagel ridge on Sunday 12/19/2021
Replies: 9
Views: 901

Re: Near midair-collision over Kagel ridge on Sunday 12/19/2021

Lessons learned: 1. Don't assume that because you are alone, you will remain alone. I was concentrating on thermalling efficiently, and while I was looking in the correct direction while turning (i.e. towards my direction of travel) I was focused more on the position of my wingtip relative to the h...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 30, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Near midair-collision over Kagel ridge on Sunday 12/19/2021
Replies: 9
Views: 901

Re: Near midair-collision over Kagel ridge on Sunday 12/19/2021

I also look at shadows on the ground when appropriate. This doesn't work all that often, but when it does, it makes a huge difference.
by stebbins
Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forest closed, but Ave S open
Replies: 0
Views: 550

Forest closed, but Ave S open

Avenue S is outside of the forest(s). Monday, 9/20/21 looks to be soarable there. Sadly, I cannot go despite living nearby, but I thought I'd remind people that it was available and outside of the forest closure area.

Enjoy!
by stebbins
Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Saturday's incident
Replies: 14
Views: 1888

Re: Saturday's incident

I am very happy for you, my friend. For surviving. For persisting. For being careful while persisting. Well done. I hope to see you in the skies!
by stebbins
Sat Jun 26, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: TFR's and NOTAMS
Topic: Walts Point Launch issues
Replies: 0
Views: 873

Walts Point Launch issues

TFR near Mount Whitney right now. (As of 6/26/2021) Fire fighting. Also, many helicopters flying in and out of Lone Pine Airport. Walts launch is outside of the restricted area, but please note the image of the no-fly zone attached (The largest red circle.) I decided not to fly yesterday, as I didn'...
by stebbins
Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: Over the Back
Replies: 9
Views: 1289

Re: Over the Back

Way to go, Greg. I am impressed. Great flying, great forecasting. Well done.

Kagel to Baker. Just wow.
by stebbins
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Saturday's incident
Replies: 14
Views: 1888

Re: Saturday's incident

I'm glad you are OK, Vrezh!. Good luck on figuring out what's going on so you might be back in the air. If you cannot, then I wish you the best after your flying career. I'm rooting for you!
by stebbins
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sad news
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Sad news

Our friend, Jim Mercadante passed away on Sunday of Covid-19, as did his uncle (within 2 hours of each other). Jim was a good friend to me, and we spent many days riding bikes, flying and such. I couldn't have done some of my best flights without him as my driver - He gave up flying time so that I c...
by stebbins
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: Walts Point 10/9/2020
Replies: 0
Views: 927

Walts Point 10/9/2020

I had a surprisingly fun flight from Walt’s Point in the Owens Valley Friday the 9th of October. I had no driver, and Covid rules applied, so I dropped my eBike at the bottom and drove to launch. I launched just after noon, and got to 12,600 feet several times. I could have gotten higher, but I was ...
by stebbins
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Avenue S seems to be outside of Angeles National Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 1844

Re: Avenue S seems to be outside of Angeles National Forest

The Lake Fire was near there. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/6953/ Yes it was. And there is (at least as of Thursday) a TFR. But, the area around and between Launch and LZ are outside the forest and outside the TFR. The border of the TFR for the Bobcat fire also doesn't affect Avenue S. Bot...
by stebbins
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Avenue S seems to be outside of Angeles National Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 1844

Re: Avenue S seems to be outside of Angeles National Forest

By the way, according to the Crestline forum, all national parks in California are closed now.

But Ave S is outside of them.
by stebbins
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Avenue S seems to be outside of Angeles National Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 1844

Avenue S seems to be outside of Angeles National Forest

Therefore, it should be open. With both Kagel and Crestline closed, and Santa Anas here, I thought I'd mention the fact that Avenue S appears to be outside the closure. The air is (somewhat) better too, at least during the Santa Ana. When the wind switches back, it'll be worse there, but you won't c...
by stebbins
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yosemite over Labor Day?
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Yosemite over Labor Day?

George, the packet that we got from Chris on July 6 has Day passes that need to be attached to the Flight confirmation email for each participant. At least that is Chris and my understanding. Huh. I never got those, or I missed them. It all worked out (mostly) though. Thanks for the info. If I deci...
by stebbins
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yosemite over Labor Day?
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Yosemite over Labor Day?

Snow play was fine. More people than I would have liked, but nowhere near enough to be an issue. Maybe 4-5 groups in the actual snow play area. There are also some spots in the woods right next to it that you can camp in. Many of those were taken. The meadow next to the snow play area might work as ...