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by stebbins
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: XC landings
Replies: 13
Views: 2027

I'm glad you both are ok. RE: green vs brown. When given a choice, I prefer greenish brown. Usually, that's what pasture looks like. Pasture won't have pipes and equipment as the owners are protecting their cash cows. Greener means less turbulence/lift. Browner means less chance of swam, high crops,...
by stebbins
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Owens Valley Sept. 21-23? Pilots, Driver, Vehicle wanted!
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

After having a fun flight from Garlock to Trona Airport last Monday, I went home and broke my toe in my own house on Tuesday in a Tragic Pantry Accident. (Pantry, not panty...)

Crap.

So, I cannot go flying in the Owens. Anyone hoping to go with my, my apologies.
by stebbins
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Owens Valley Sept. 21-23? Pilots, Driver, Vehicle wanted!
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Owens Valley Sept. 21-23? Pilots, Driver, Vehicle wanted!

Hi all, Since I am unable to go to the Labor Day Owens trip, I'm hoping to go September 21-23. Steve M. had planned on running a trip then, but he has to be out of town. I have no driver (yet) and only a 2-glider car, but am willing to pay a driver, and be a guide for those who are less than familia...
by stebbins
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This weekend/ Owens
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Weekend of September 21st in the Owens?

Hi all, Since I am unable to go to the Labor Day Owens trip, I'm hoping to go September 21st. Steve had planned on running it, but he has to be out of town. I have no driver and only a 2-glider car, but am willing to pay a driver, and be a guide for those who are less than familiar with the Owens Va...
by stebbins
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Labor Day WE in the Owens
Replies: 5
Views: 1070

I'm interested in the weekend of the 21st. Probably can't go Labor Day weekend. I'll call.
by stebbins
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This weekend/ Owens
Replies: 3
Views: 927

There have been big storms in the later part of the day. Nicer earlier, though. Keep an eye out. (Drove through a few days ago. A friend was there yesterday.)
by stebbins
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite July 28th and 29th with Andy Beem as monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 884

For those who cannot make the scheduled weekends, July 21/22 will are also available. I'll be the Site Monitor that weekend. There is a chance I could launch people that Friday(20th) and Monday(23rd) as well. You'd need to coordinate with me in advance if you want to do that. 661-965-0493. I won't b...
by stebbins
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creek Fire, Kagel evacuation, and an invitation
Replies: 6
Views: 1579

We have a lot of room.
by stebbins
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sad News
Replies: 16
Views: 3762

Yes, sad news. A beach memorial sounds good to me, also.
by stebbins
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creek Fire, Kagel evacuation, and an invitation
Replies: 6
Views: 1579

Creek Fire, Kagel evacuation, and an invitation

The Creek Fire is currently causing mandadory evacuation of the LZ area (Little T Road to Sayre, N of the 210), and voluntary evacuation of surrounding areas (to 5/14 Jct). J and I offer our home to any Sylmartians who are affected. Also, I can help take gliders out if that's necessary. George Stebb...
by stebbins
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone know how to reserve rides with Windsports?
Replies: 1
Views: 938

Go to their web page Click on the "Purchase Tandem Lesson" link (Lower right) (Or just use this link "http://windsports.com/reservations-tandem.html") Then select "Advanced Mtn Lessons and Pilot Rides" (lowerish left) Select "Book" and follow the prompts. It's not the most obvious interface, but onc...
by stebbins
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fox Field open house & aircraft display (Antelope Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 1000

Fox Field open house & aircraft display (Antelope Valley)

SFTE/AIAA members: We are having an Open House, Pancake Breakfast, and Aircraft Static Display at the William J Fox Airport (KWJF) in Lancaster this Saturday, Sept 10. The Pancake Breakfast is from 8-10, and the Open House/Display from 8 to 2. This is a low-key Open House (as opposed to the big airs...
by stebbins
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone know these sites?
Replies: 4
Views: 2298

Bear Mountain is inside a locked gate of a private development. You have to either live there, or have permission from someone who does. There is a (very small) local group who fly there. Also, the LZ in front is not the best. It is better to get up and go over the back. BTW, over the back is also i...
by stebbins
Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Carabiner Recall on Moyes and Woody Valley Harnesses
Replies: 21
Views: 10637

George's incident had nothing to do with the caribiner. The slider rod on the back plate of his harness was torn out during an accidental 6G pull-up. The story is on the forum somewhere and here: http://ozreport.com/pub/rotorfailure.shtml Adam Parer: http://adam-parer.blogspot.com/2009/11/cheating-...
by stebbins
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Carabiner Recall on Moyes and Woody Valley Harnesses
Replies: 21
Views: 10637

There can be issues with two biners. They can get in each other's way, and impede unhooking when you need it. (Water, wind, etc..) What I was talking about was making sure that if the biner failed my harness (and I) were still attached to the chute. I have the D-Ring going down (not up) and held tha...
by stebbins
Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Carabiner Recall on Moyes and Woody Valley Harnesses
Replies: 21
Views: 10637

I have one of those "quicklink" carabiners that need a tool to tighten or untighten between my harness and my chute. (Not one of the little ones, but a big beefy one.) This is in addition to my main carabiner. The idea is that on the off chance my biner breaks, then I'm still hooked to my chute... T...
by stebbins
Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Launch incidents
Replies: 16
Views: 6646

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. I've seen measurements done on ramps back east. (Streamers moved around to test the flow.) If the ramp i...
by stebbins
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Launch incidents
Replies: 16
Views: 6646

A comment relating to Lisa's post about ramp suck, and the earlier post about making the top flat: Flat tops with sloping ramps are often what makes ramp suck. Suck is frequently caused by the push from the rotor generated by the sudden change of ramp slope. The smoother the change in slope, the les...
by stebbins
Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Blown Launch Oct 6th
Replies: 7
Views: 4052

I'm not going to jump in to this in general, not having been there, and not being all that current myself. But I do have an observation: "Go" and "No" sound too much alike. Perhaps "Stop" is a better word? One of the previous postings notes too much input: noise, helmet, radio, heat etc. Yep. And us...
by stebbins
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Formula for staying a safe distance from clouds
Replies: 1
Views: 2119

For faster gliders: In step 1, just replace "Maximum descent rate" with "Descent rate just below Vne" or whatever speed is your maximum comfortable speed.

Use the rest of the rules as listed.