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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:58 pm

Nice flight Robin!!!    :thumbup:

Nice video editing Bill!!!    :clap:

It makes me want to make my next flying trip to Las Cruces!!    :idea:

By the way, I'm not sure if it was the video angle and lens playing tricks on me, but there might have been a few moments of cross controlling there (head on one side and feet on the other). Take a look, and take my comment with a grain of salt ... since you were there in real life.

Keep looking up, RGSA!!!    :salute:
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:29 pm

Thanks for your comments, Bob - and thank you, Bill, for the video and the flying day. It was a sled run, again, but a pleasant one, and it's hard to complain with a landing like that one. Your turn next, Bill...
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:48 pm

Wednesday, October 10, 2018:
A good day at Magdalena Rim! We've been having (well, I've been having) a lot of sled runs there over the summer. With autumn conditions now making an appearance, Bill Cummings had a good flight. We left Las Cruces at noon, and Bill launched right at 3:31 pm MDT. Winds were southwest, coming in as light as 12 mph and as strong as 28. Conditions were clear, with some cumies in the far distance over Deming. Balmy temperatures, too. Bill took a 15-20 mph cycle, and just ascended - if he got three steps in, I'd be surprised. He soared around in his Sport 2 145, gaining several hundred feet as I packed up the gear and the cart and headed back down to the truck. Back down at the LZ I watched as he alternately came down to 5600 ft MSL (100 over launch height) and thermalled back up to 6500. He hung out for an hour, in sometimes bumpy, sometimes pleasant air (he said it was glass smooth between 6250 and 6300) and then came over the Arroyo LZ where I waited with a camera and the truck. Whoa! Turbulent as hell! He abruptly fled to the older, Rectangle LZ, clearing the power lines at the road and bringing it in to a perfect touchdown there. We were just packing up when Hadley came by, with a student, heading for an evening flight at the Rim. We wished them well and gave them all the local intelligence we had to offer, then they went one way and we drove the other. We took some dirt roads while getting out there and the same ones going home (recent rainstorms left some puddles in the dips) but still arrived well before 7:00 pm. Clear skies, a 70-degree day, good airtime - why, this surely beats a Cat 4 Florida hurricane, doesn't it? Welcome to the Land of Enchantment...
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:51 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Wednesday, October 10, 2018:
A good day at Magdalena Rim! We've been having (well, I've been having) a lot of sled runs there over the summer. With autumn conditions now making an appearance, Bill Cummings had a good flight. We left Las Cruces at noon, and Bill launched right at 3:31 pm MDT. Winds were southwest, coming in as light as 12 mph and as strong as 28. Conditions were clear, with some cumies in the far distance over Deming. Balmy temperatures, too. Bill took a 15-20 mph cycle, and just ascended - if he got three steps in, I'd be surprised. He soared around in his Sport 2 145, gaining several hundred feet as I packed up the gear and the cart and headed back down to the truck. Back down at the LZ I watched as he alternately came down to 5600 ft MSL (100 over launch height) and thermalled back up to 6500. He hung out for an hour, in sometimes bumpy, sometimes pleasant air (he said it was glass smooth between 6250 and 6300) and then came over the Arroyo LZ where I waited with a camera and the truck. Whoa! Turbulent as hell! He abruptly fled to the older, Rectangle LZ, clearing the power lines at the road and bringing it in to a perfect touchdown there. We were just packing up when Hadley came by, with a student, heading for an evening flight at the Rim. We wished them well and gave them all the local intelligence we had to offer, then they went one way and we drove the other. We took some dirt roads while getting out there and the same ones going home (recent rainstorms left some puddles in the dips) but still arrived well before 7:00 pm. Clear skies, a 70-degree day, good airtime - why, this surely beats a Cat 4 Florida hurricane, doesn't it? Welcome to the Land of Enchantment...
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:15 am

Holy Cow Bill !!!
Nice Flight !!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:23 am

Good decision making, Bill. That turbulence over the Arroyo LZ was pretty awful. The flag kept shifting directions while I was standing there with the camera. And what a plummet you had! You made a real nice landing at the end.
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