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by stebbins
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: {wanted} Tricks and tips when thermaling with Jellyfish
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

One tip: You need to stay opposite each other. That means that the paraglider will be making smaller circles, and you will be making larger ones. But the time it takes to make one circle will be the same for both of you. (You fly faster at thermalling speed than he does.) Of course, this only works ...
by stebbins
Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First flight to West Towers
Replies: 6
Views: 1464

Cool. I just remember a long-time pilot flying a Falcon back there and ending up getting stuck. And he didn't even have the excuse of being a newbie... Didn't know you had a Sport 2. I remember I was back there once long ago (in an Aeros topless, I think). It was surprisingly difficult to get out. O...
by stebbins
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First flight to West Towers
Replies: 6
Views: 1464

Also, if it is windy (especially in a SS glider), you can get stuck back there.
by stebbins
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A life well planned video
Replies: 0
Views: 686

A life well planned video

by stebbins
Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Got slapped again...
Replies: 8
Views: 3270

Yep. That does make it easier. "When it doubt, pull in!" Of course, there are exceptions, but this should be your default setting. One exception: The ground is 2 feet away! ;-) All joking aside, it is really the case that the default option should be to pull in. Unfortunately, that's not what our un...
by stebbins
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Got slapped again...
Replies: 8
Views: 3270

I generally stay away from Cajon Mtn unless I'm high. Not only can it be turbulent, but the venturi through the pass can trap pilots easily. Of course, there are some days when the wind is very light and it is just fine. But whatever it's doing over by Pine or Devore, it's generally windier/bumpier ...
by stebbins
Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dues restructuring
Replies: 10
Views: 3286

Keep mine too, and apply to the Gazebo (or whatever.) 501c is a good idea. This is a good compromise. Old timers often objected to removing the initiation fee as unfair to them. This answers it quite nicely. And I suspect that the percentage of us who'll just donate it will be quite high. It was the...
by stebbins
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One way to lose a flying site...
Replies: 4
Views: 1425

One way to lose a flying site...

I found this on the OZ Report. It shows how one might go about annoying the locals over a seemingly small thing. Of course, it isn't a small thing, especially to the locals...

http://ozreport.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22571
by stebbins
Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MARY DAHLSTON
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Mary and Karl were not only long-time friends of hang gliding in Sylmar, but were important players in the fight to keep us flying there. And they were truly nice people too.

Fly High, Mother Bird. We'll miss you.
by stebbins
Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: parachute safety
Replies: 2
Views: 966

There's a chute under that sweatshirt, right? :o

I notice, though that there is a wrist strap from the harness to his arm.
by stebbins
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Cloudsuck" by Davis Straub--Book Review
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Re: "Cloudsuck" by Davis Straub--Book Review

.... However, he has little interest in the inner life of hang gliders , which may be just as well, since he is possibly the least diplomatic personality in the sport, which is saying something..... No way is he the least diplomatic personality in the sport. He's certainly in that direction, I've s...
by stebbins
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Deukmejian Park and other emergency LZs
Replies: 3
Views: 2164

For what it's worth, I used to drive that way to work, and the area Johathan is indicating is more sloped than it looks from the photos and from the air. Probably doable, but there is what appears to be a better alternative just across the street. I've walked this field, but never landed there. http...
by stebbins
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: Big Sur 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 2850

I like the picture of the Falcon Garden. :-)
by stebbins
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Owens anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 6056

Looks like it was light. Good.

I'm glad you all had fun. Except for the road(s) to launch, I really like Gunter and Paiute.
by stebbins
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: Crestline to Apple valley airport on Saturday, Sept 4.
Replies: 4
Views: 2056

Good flight Greg.

I note that Greblo hasn't posted though. (Or I missed it.) I heard they went from Blackhawk to Vegas. Is that right?
by stebbins
Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mitch mcaleer looping 13 year-old glider
Replies: 2
Views: 1298

I have an old glider he is welcome to. An AEROS topless. Large size. It is old, but in better shape than the one it sounds like he is flying. Someone would need to pick it up and get it to him. I'm hugely oversubscribed. If not, I'll keep it as my backup glider. OH, and he'd need to inspect it and r...
by stebbins
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Owens anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 6056

This is probably late, but .... I'm not in favor of it. In theory it shoudn't be a problem but there's this: How do you actually know it is a light over-the-back, and not strong? The mountains are big enough you could launch and find yourself slammed. That's why the Westerlies are so bad in the Sier...
by stebbins
Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Owens anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 6056

I wish I could go. Sick children. :-( I plan on going the following weekend if the weather cooperates. (Oct 1/2/3) I was going last weekend, but the westerlies picked up and I bailed on it. Note that Horseshoe CAN be flown in a Falcon. Don't do it without an experienced guide, though - Unless YOU ar...
by stebbins
Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Blackhawk on Labor Day!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

So how did it go? I heard you guys on the radio (From Crestline) talking about N Las Vegas! Let's hear it! (Clearly I should have flown earlier and stayed East!)
by stebbins
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Almost...
Replies: 5
Views: 2900

Jim,

I'm glad you are ok, my friend.