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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Wed May 30, 2018 7:50 pm

May 30, 2018: I had a good flight at Dry Canyon today. Fred Ballard, a Hang 5 from the Sylmar hang gliding club, was in Alamogordo with his wife Nancy. (She has done a whole lot of tandems with Fred, who often does two or three a day at Kagel Mountain in California.) Fred didn't want to fly a strange site on unfamiliar equipment, but he was quite happy to drive for me, so I took my U2-160 to Dry and launched about 11:00 am. It was a beautiful, typical Dry Canyon day, with clear skies, abundant thermals, and not too much wind. I had a very nice 45-minute flight there, getting up to 8000 feet MSL, and had an excellent landing in the Cox Field LZ. Fred, Nancy and I all had lunch at the Empire Buffet in Alamogordo. They're staying with her sister Irma in Gordo, but will catch the Amtrak back to LA in Deming on Thursday (tomorrow). Good folks, and it would sure be fun to fly with Fred when I next get out to Los Angeles. (fredsclassics@hotmail.com)
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:21 pm

JUNE 8, 2018:
Hi, everybody. I just had a nice talk with Veronica Ortega, with the Alamogordo Community Services Department. Alamogordo is going to fence off the Cox Field LZ that we use, from June 18 until July 16. They want to use the LZ for an Independence Day celebration and also try to keep the ATV's and trucks from doing donuts in the field, I guess long enough for the grass to recover. The fence might even stay there permanently. (With gates, I assume.) If that happens, it would still be our field to use, but we'd have to adjust our landing approaches to account for it - not a big deal, it's still an enormous field. (By the way, she told me that the trenches around the field were put in to counter those very ATV's. The riders keep filling in the trenches with gravel so they can run all over the field. If you see any fill-in, please use a shovel or something to remove it.) (The bridges that Mike put in across the trenches are not a problem.) Veronica's phone number is 575-439-4324, and she's quite a nice lady to speak with. I may ask if they would fill in the ruts around the runway near the shade structure.
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