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by stebbins
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Saturday's incident
Replies: 10
Views: 370

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: 263

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: 470

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: 743

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: 743

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: 743

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: 1025

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: 1025

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 ...
by stebbins
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yosemite over Labor Day?
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: Yosemite over Labor Day?

I just monitored the last two weekends. The pilots had a heck of a time getting day passes for the appropriate days. The previous post says Arthur can get day passes for the flying days Sat/Sun. Is that something other monitors can do, or is that something Arthur as a connection to get? Nobody I tal...
by stebbins
Fri May 22, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1681

Re: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?

I hope everyone gets to fly somewhere. I do plan on going to the Owens soon. My wife offered to drive for me in about two weeks, and my kids are willing to come, so no childcare issues. :-)
by stebbins
Thu May 07, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1681

Re: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?

I'm thinking this isn't going to happen. :cry: I could be wrong, and I'm still holding out a bit of hope, but right now, I don't see how we can do this as a group. Individuals with family drivers, sure. But a group? I don't see how. (And I am unlikely to have such a driver at that time.) But we don'...
by stebbins
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1681

Re: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?

Excellent. We still need to find driver(s), I think. I don't currently have one. I do have a vehicle that can take 3-4 gliders and a similar number of pilots (myself included.) And it can go off road. Tight space for gear, but we can make it work.
by stebbins
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1681

Re: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?

I forgot to mention: Hang III or above. Strong launches. Usually, there is very little wind on launch, and it is almost a cliff. And as Mario says, weather permitting. Usually, the road is open by Memorial Day weekend, but not always. (It wasn't open that early last year, I think.) But 90%+ times it...
by stebbins
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1681

Memorial Day in the Owens anyone?

I am seriously considering going to the Owens Valley for Memorial Day weekend. As of now, I have no driver or other pilots, but if anyone wants to come, lets see what we can set up. (Weather and road conditions permitting, of course.) Early in the season the mountains are beautiful with all the snow...
by stebbins
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holiday party time?
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: Holiday party time?

bwa ha ha ha

Good one, Kevin
Actually, it starts when my wife, J gets there... ;-)

Thanks. 5pm it is.
by stebbins
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holiday party time?
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Holiday party time?

Maybe I missed it, but I see a date for the Christmas party, but no time. When is it?
by stebbins
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Kevin in Hospital
Replies: 7
Views: 2503

Re: Kevin in Hospital

Heal quickly, Kevin!
by stebbins
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Flyng the Owens in October
Replies: 21
Views: 2390

Re: Flyng the Owens in October

Yep, Sue kicked some serious booty, flying well in weak conditions. Thanks to all who went, and made the trip better by your presence.
by stebbins
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Katherine Yardley - Sad News
Replies: 16
Views: 3742

Re: Katherine Yardley - Sad News

I will miss Katherine greatly. She was a kind and helpful person, and a huge asset to the club. I cherish her memory.
by stebbins
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Flyng the Owens in October
Replies: 21
Views: 2390

Re: Flyng the Owens in October

I have a reservation at the Dow Villa, for Fri/Sat nights. It has 2 beds, so if anyone wants to share a room, I'm ok with that. Or not. Up to you all. $161.28 total for both nights. So, if we split it, that's $40.32 per night each. ($80.64 for both nights, each). Note: The Dow hotel is a very old bu...