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by stebbins
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Flytec 5030 Displaying GPS Altitude
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

I can't help you with the vario, but there is a misconception in your post. GPS altitude is not less accurate than barometric altitude. Sometimes it is better, sometimes worse. More to the point, it doesn't "drift" as the weather changes, you move into different air-masses, or they move by you. It d...
by stebbins
Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Failure to hook in
Replies: 14
Views: 7093

I'm glad you are ok Rob. Sorry about the glider. (But happy that it was the glider and not you that got trashed.)

Be carefull out there, and look out for your friends.
by stebbins
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 8174

Just FYI, the weekend of July 27/28 will also have a monitor - me. If you can go with the club, that's always nicer, but if anyone wants to come up the following weekend instead or in addition, I'll be there to monitor. Also, I plan on being available as monitor four full days: Friday 26th-Monday 29...
by stebbins
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIP Erwin - We had many good times!
Replies: 22
Views: 9515

We are all poorer for Irwin's passing. I know I will miss him.

Fly high, my old friend!
by stebbins
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cloud Types
Replies: 2
Views: 1285

Hey, I thought we didn't get clouds in Southern California! ;-)
by stebbins
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CG-1000 harness
Replies: 8
Views: 3810

For simplicity and comfort and less drag (but not race-worthy) the CG1000 is great. I still have my (2nd!) one from earlier in my flying career, and still use it occasionally. Last I checked (and it was admittedly quite a while ago) it was significantly cheaper too. Maybe it isn't any more - you'd h...
by stebbins
Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Avenue S on Saturday?
Replies: 14
Views: 3589

I tentatively plan on being there. (L if weather and access permit, S if not.) I think Jim Mercadante will be there also.
by stebbins
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grebloville 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 14441

Puppets? You've got to be kidding. The single underlying personality trait of the vast majority of hang glider pilots is the unalterable conviction that we are right and everyone else is wrong. Otherwise, we'd listen to our families, co-workers, friends, the public and the media and stop flying thos...
by stebbins
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Radio in the Gazebo?
Replies: 43
Views: 8706

The 3 USHGA frequencies are in the business band. As such, they are shared with other business users. The last time I tried to use them in Los Angeles, I heard all kinds of stuff about hotels, drivers, deliveries etc.. Of course, that may have been a busy day. Out in the boonies, it's useful. In LA,...
by stebbins
Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Events
Topic: King Mountain Hang Gliding Championships
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Yea, King can be real fun, and not too stressful in the evening. On the other hand, the weather can change dramatically in a few short minutes, so please keep an eye out. And remember that it takes a while to land from 12,000 feet, especially if you can't find any sink.... Oh, and the wind can often...
by stebbins
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BRACELET
Replies: 3
Views: 1579

Thanks to you too Vrezh. I only knew about Jim, as the place he called mentioned his name. I said "Hey, I know that guy...!"
by stebbins
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help me become a better pilot
Replies: 30
Views: 6398

A paraphrase of a quote from the Sailplane classic "Cross Country Soaring": Fly though good air as many times as possible. The corrolary to this, is to fly through bad air as few times as possible. It is amazing how many people ignore the second part of this... Or, when in sink, think of Monty Pytho...
by stebbins
Wed May 30, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BRACELET
Replies: 3
Views: 1579

It is mine. I will get it the next time I'm there, so please leave it there. It might be a while...

BTW, thanks to Jim Heaton. I only know it is mine because he called the number on the bracelet and had them track me down. Good job, and much appreciated.
by stebbins
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found: Black hat with red Wills Wing logo
Replies: 0
Views: 1058

Found: Black hat with red Wills Wing logo

This past weekend, a bunch of us flew Avenue S. Afterwards, some of us went to Chilis in Palmdale. Someone left a black Wills Wing baseball cap inside the restraunt. Next time you are out you can pick it up from me, or next time I'm down at Kagel, I'll drop it in the lost-and-found box. I don't get ...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Glide ratio beyond the curvature of the earth.
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

......Flying close to the ground (say 5 feet) would get real interesting because it is hard to imagine too much sink (or lift) when so close to the ground. Cheers, Chad But those irregularities will bite you big time, and instruments are blind... One time, coming back from the Owens Valley, I saw a...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Glide ratio beyond the curvature of the earth.
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Re: Glide ratio beyond the curvature of the earth.

I guess you would be in orbit at that point, right? I did the math first, then checked wikipedia. We had almost same answer: beyond a 3,750:1 glide. If a top notch 31m glider has a 70:1 glide. That is still 50x short. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Why? Because as one moves forward, the gravity ve...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parking Lot Paving Update
Replies: 10
Views: 2597

Thanks for the status report and all your hard work, Joe! Nothing says "Thank You" to a contracting company better than word-of-mouth advertising. I see their Yelp profile has no ratings or remarks. http://www.yelp.com/biz/loera-paving-company-inc-los-angeles I would NOT suggest telling the world h...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sarcastic quotes and sayings
Replies: 144
Views: 45033

Busto wrote:Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
-Helen Keller
But be sure to duck under the low tree branch! Maybe you should bend your head on occasion...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sarcastic quotes and sayings
Replies: 144
Views: 45033

Busto wrote:An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
-Sir Winston Churchill
You don't have to outrun the bear. You only have to outrun your companions...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Paraglider -> Van Collision
Replies: 9
Views: 1366

OP. What caused this wind turbine fire? I'd love to know what the problem was. (From the still, it appears to be a collision of some sort, but that could easily be incorrect.)