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by Greg Kendall
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: hook in faliure (almost)
Replies: 19
Views: 6538

It’s been mentioned that my hook-in verification technique is to establish a line that cannot be crossed without checking everything. It’s also been mentioned that it’s doing repeated checks on launch. Actually, it’s both of those things, plus hooking in at the setup location. The idea is ma...
by Greg Kendall
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Blown Launch at Kagel
Replies: 6
Views: 3128

I like the running on flat ground idea. For that, I think I want to replace my carbon base tube with something more expendable (and maybe with wheels).
by Greg Kendall
Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Blown Launch at Kagel
Replies: 6
Views: 3128

Blown Launch at Kagel

My name is Greg and I’m a launch blower. That’s twice now. The first time was 25 years ago on the training hill. The second time was Saturday at Kagel. I attempted to launch from the paraglider launch in moderately gusty afternoon conditions. I waited a while until the wind was straight in and a...
by Greg Kendall
Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: USHPA's Rate Increase
Replies: 26
Views: 6458

The only assurance I have that USHPA won't “continue their practice of failing to address problems reported by members� is that they can’t. The reason for contributing directly to the RRG is that it shows commitment. Saying “we have this money that we might contribute, but there are strings ...
by Greg Kendall
Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: USHPA's Rate Increase
Replies: 26
Views: 6458

I’d rather fly than engage in discussion over the politics of flying, but given the lack of great flying conditions this time of year, I’ll make an exception. I think Bob has a point. The root of this insurance crisis is safety. Clearly, our recent record is not good enough. All of us, including...
by Greg Kendall
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: FTHI
Replies: 21
Views: 14119

I thought I’d share what I do for hook-in verification just in case it might be useful to someone. My system has been working for me for about 20 years now. If you’re a new pilot, talk to your instructor before following any advice that I might give. The theme here is redundancy through doing mu...
by Greg Kendall
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Flying Related
Topic: How does Janyce appear from another glider?
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

Nice video and nice flight. I'm not crazy about the mushed approach. Even a T2C (or a Litespeed) can get a crap L/D if you rock upright and pull in to about 40 mph.
by Greg Kendall
Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Big Spring and Santa Cruz Flats comps
Replies: 2
Views: 1706

I'm going to miss Big Spring this year, but I'm going to Santa Cruz Flats for sure.

Greg
by Greg Kendall
Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: How were Sunday and Monday?
Replies: 9
Views: 4819

Great photo and great flight(s) (to all of the M to S crew), especially given that bit of a headwind component.
by Greg Kendall
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: How were Sunday and Monday?
Replies: 9
Views: 4819

That is cool!
by Greg Kendall
Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: How were Sunday and Monday?
Replies: 9
Views: 4819

Here's my book report. On Saturday, the GFS weather model (as viewed in XC Skies) said it would be good and high all day along the San Gabrials, while the NAM model said high clouds from the West would shut down the lift. Once in the air, it looked like the GFS was more accurate. I climbed to 10K be...
by Greg Kendall
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: How were Sunday and Monday?
Replies: 9
Views: 4819

How were Sunday and Monday?

by Greg Kendall
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: RLF Clinic - Sat March 7 & Sun March 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4432

No flying on Pi day? Why? I think it will turn and blow in on Saturday.
by Greg Kendall
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Let's go to Elsinore!
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

I'm thinking Kagel on Sunday.
by Greg Kendall
Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Launch incidents
Replies: 16
Views: 6658

The rotor push vs tilted lift vector question can easily be answered with some flow visualization, like streamers, soap bubbles, or just kicking some dirt.
by Greg Kendall
Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Launch incidents
Replies: 16
Views: 6658

George is almost always right, but I've got to disagree with him this time. I think that the "ramp suck" is just the forward tilting of the wing's lift vector that results from the upslope flow.
by Greg Kendall
Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Flying Related
Topic: By Request.....
Replies: 7
Views: 2278

I like the last two, getting to the same bitchin area from two completely different starting points.
by Greg Kendall
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wing loading
Replies: 14
Views: 5134

I'm at 2.0 lbs/ft^2 (Litespeed RX 3.5). It seems about optimum on average.

Greg
by Greg Kendall
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: Appologies
Replies: 10
Views: 4728

Yea, that's the place. I was kind of joking about San Dimas golf course. I've landed there a couple of times.