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

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:59 pm

RobinHastings wrote: ... if you can limp, you can launch!


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I don't know if that quote is a "Robin Hastings" original, but it's the first time I ever heard it!!

Thanks Robin!! I needed a good cheering up!!
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:24 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Tuesday, December 11, 2018:
Bill Cummings and I were at the Mag Rim launch by noon today. Conditions were mostly cloudy, with winds light to moderate out of the southwest. I launched at 1:45 pm MST into 10-15 mph, in my Wills Wing U2. I made one pass across the ridge, and (probably from being too far out) was just below launch. Heading back along the ridge I was still too low, though there were patches of lift, and I headed to the LZ. All was well as I set up a perfect approach down the arroyo. The last few seconds, though, right after I deproned, I could not keep the glider tracking - it kept leaning to the right. I avoided cartwheeling the glider, but the landing wasn't pretty. I wound up under the wires and the nose in the dirt. After I extricated myself I was pleased to discover no significant damage, to me or the glider. (Well, I'm hobbling a bit, with a bruise on my calf muscle - but is that significant? No - if you can limp, you can launch!) Bill picked me up and helped me get the glider in the bag, and then off we went to see what the GoPro had to say about such a landing. Unfortunately, the GoPro had nothing to contribute - somehow it didn't get turned on before I flew. So I will have to treasure this 3-minute flight in my memory alone. Or maybe just delete it - and keep up more airspeed the next time I come skimming in for the flag. It was certainly an educational expedition!
-Robin

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

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:21 pm

Thanks for sharing this video, Bill. Yes - I was too far out from the hill on that first pass. (DIdn't seem that far...) It was a decent flight, until the last few seconds. So I had a launch, and a flight, and... Well, two of three isn't bad!
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:42 pm

December 17, 2018.
Here is a repost of Robin's report on when he took on the job as a guide for visiting PG pilot on the way through our area.
We had a nice time at Mag Rim today.
(Monday Edit by BC)
I took John Gallagher there and we
arrived about 1:00 pm at launch along with Andrew McKinlay of
Saskatchewan. (Andrew and his wife Shelley flew with us all about 2 years
ago.) Andrew and John had very pleasant PG flights in light SW winds and
overcast conditions. John got 900 feet above launch, and landed after
about 30 minutes, then hiked on back to the truck where I was relaxing. We
stopped at Loves for sandwiches, then met up with his wife Ellen in their
RV at the Hacienda RV Park in Las Cruces. Really nice people! Andrew may
hang around for a week or so and do some more flying; John and Ellen plan
to drive on to Arizona tomorrow. I got to see some airtime today, as well
as golden eagles, pronghorn antelope, and what we think was a ferruginous
hawk. Along with good people and pleasant weather - what more could we ask
for in life?
-Robin
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Re: Magdalena Rim NW of Las Cruces NM (USA)

Postby JoeF » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:00 pm

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

Postby Bill Cummings » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:10 pm

Well, Robin will have to compare what hawk he saw to what Joe posted.
We did see a hawk today while on our trip to Mag Rim and no Robin and I were not looking at each other.
We saw a real feathered hawk. But it flew from my side of the truck to Robin's side of the truck so Robin had a better view of the hawk.
(This is not to say that I own the passenger side of Robin's truck. I don't mean to create any confusion.)
I checked eight different weather models this morning and things looked weak and switching directions during the heat of the day.
I had a rough night (up in the middle.) last night so I decided to be the driver for this trip.
Things did look weak everywhere until we parked the truck at the fence, short of launch, then we could see the wind ripping through the bushes and
feel the rocking of the truck. Right near the truck it was gusting to 25 mph. Robin made the decision right there to return to town.
We got close to exit 132, near the Love's Truck Stop, and the flags as is usually the case were hardly moving. Back home in the valley
it looked calm.
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