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by greblo
Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: All of you are Sylmar Stakeholders; please vote this Sat 3/8
Replies: 2
Views: 1359

Thanks

We had several trucks of pilots show up to vote, including a group of students headed out to the desert to fly. Richard Shaw drove a long distance just to vote in this election, as did J.Devorak, Ken Andrews, Frederick Wagner, Lynn, Cyndia, and others I've lost track of. Thank you to all who sacrifi...
by greblo
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Pilot fails to buckle into his harness. Great video
Replies: 6
Views: 3078

Some time ago, a young flight instructor from another school turned Windsports onto this Hang Check List called the 4 C's. After hooking in, lie down prone in the harness and check.......... Connections (All connections from the glider on down to the harness) Clearance (Height above the base tube) C...
by greblo
Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Flight Discussion
Topic: Landing at alternate LZ in Big T wash
Replies: 20
Views: 9575

Thanks for posting the video Richard. I think many pilots in the club may prefer this landing area over the one we've been using for years, but time will tell. I like the fact that his has ample parking, dirt instead of rocks, and further from horse property. I'm sure Jonesy will be glad that there'...
by greblo
Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Direc TV hang gliding commercial electrocution mass rioting
Replies: 5
Views: 1417

Ted Boyse and I did the flying from the 1500 and I flew into the prop power lines. The sparks were added in post production. Famous director, Tom Kuntz, was hired to make a whole series of comedy spots like this one, taking sparks of truth to absurdity. Many of them are shown on his website at kuntz...
by greblo
Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Blown Launch Oct 6th
Replies: 7
Views: 4069

I've been asked to contribute to this topic by providing my opinions on how to make safe landings in turbulent flying conditions. There are a half a dozen topics in hang gliding that rank very high in importance and this subject is one of them. I believe, every pilot will get his/her share of surpri...
by greblo
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Broken ankle
Replies: 8
Views: 4422

but they do reduce the risk of unintentional climbing during the flare. Jim's climbing flare was followed by his tail sliding back to earth with a 75 lb. glider above him. Drag chutes also reduce the amount of time spent in ground effect, waiting for the time to flare. And most importantly, they all...
by greblo
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: TFR's and NOTAMS
Topic: TFR - September 9th and 10th
Replies: 1
Views: 1917

Obama Cancels LA event - NO TFR Monday

President Obama has canceled his plans to come to LA this week.
Good news for those who wish to fly Mon and Tuesday.
by greblo
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gate to Launch
Replies: 3
Views: 1556

As of Saturday night, a brand new 8" diameter, upright steel locking post has been installed and cemented into place by the Forest Service. They still have a little work to do on it, namely finishing the openings for the locks and installing a new gate tongue. It seems to me that they are right on t...
by greblo
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gate to Launch
Replies: 3
Views: 1556

Gate to Launch

The District Ranger has rushed the launch gate repair and work begins this morning, lasting about 1 week. The gate needs to remain closed while the concrete dries so no one will be allowed in or out that gate. They've arranged temporary use for club members up the front side through private property...
by greblo
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Have you seen my Camelback?
Replies: 1
Views: 1487

Marcus,

Check the back of the Windsports Suburban.

joe
by greblo
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Launch area
Replies: 5
Views: 1791

launch area

two weeks ago we drove up to find the locked gate (locked open) and found the evidence of a big party with broken beer bottles and LOTS of cigarette butts.I don't think any hang glider pilots smoke on launch or leave trash(maybe a water bottle or two).So best thing is to try and clean up after the b...
by greblo
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Flying Related
Topic: Toaster helps with naval aviation research:
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

Toaster is a smart dog!!!
by greblo
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: LOST: pocket wind meter
Replies: 3
Views: 1776

I found your pocked wind meter in the wash just before the grassy strip and put it in the windsports office in front of Joe's desk.Any questions see Andy Beem
by greblo
Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Celebrities
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

Geez,
Let's not forget pilots, William Russ (Rusty), Granville Beals, Robb Derringer, and Fred Waugh (aka Spiderman). Just for fun, a few may even remember Mickey Dolenz (of the Monkee's) flying solo over Sylmar.
by greblo
Fri May 31, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: differences between a sport 150, mark 4 17, sonic 165
Replies: 3
Views: 1207

Mike, The Sport is significantly higher in performance and considered harder to fly and land than either the Sonic or Mark IV. The sport appropriately carried an H3 requirement while the Sonic and Mk4 carried a Novice rating requirement. If you choose the Mark IV, I expect you will have a very easy ...
by greblo
Fri May 17, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ramp Feedback wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 2813

Thanks guys for all the help. There has been some consistent feedback that has enabled us to make some changes we hope will make the ramp much better. The top has been rounded off a lot, the slope on the left was decreased and a lot of dirt was added to the low spot on bottom right. Please keep the ...
by greblo
Sun May 12, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help save point of the mountain!
Replies: 4
Views: 1987

Flying sites can't save themselves and most often there are too few hang glider enthusiasts in any one area to make the political process work for them. But together, with hang glider pilots, families and friends across the country, we can save and have saved flying sites like this one. I urge all p...
by greblo
Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New storage tubes available
Replies: 9
Views: 2923

What an incredible contribution from Smitty, Rob, Chris Armenta, Greg Jones, and whomever else I missed. They banged out the entire project in a day. Thanks also to Phil Bloom and his employee for the electrical fixes they made out there. I'm told that Chippy and Phil are very close to having WiFi i...
by greblo
Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ramp Feedback wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 2813

Ramp Feedback wanted

There are a number of pilots that have been contributing to the design of the new launch ramp and we feel we don't yet have it designed the way that most pilots will like it. After rounding the top last weekend, we received a lot of positive responses. Today in relatively windy and gusty conditions,...
by greblo
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Erwin's Personal Property
Replies: 0
Views: 723

Erwin's Personal Property

The county of Los Angeles has control over Erwin's belongings. If Erwin had something of yours when he passed away, there is a mechanism for getting it back. I've picked up the forms to be presented by anyone seeking a return of their personal property. The forms are available from me, or Jim Heaton...