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Re: Columbus Day Weekend is this coming weekend

Postby RobinHastings » Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:55 pm

Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day):
Today worked out really well. After last night's storm, the road up to launch was surprisingly dry. Two HG pilots (Bo Frazier and Dave Cameron) launched about 12:30 and had reasonable flights. Four PG pilots (Ryan, Steve, Greg and, of course, Patrick) followed, and they worked the light lift beyond the possible. Steve had two hours in the air, Patrick at least one and a half. Good flying! Dave took a second HG flight, launching about 3:00 pm, with some pleasant soaring (cumies were all around, though not over launch) and a really nice, two-step landing. Everyone was packed up by then and the last I saw of the Cox Field LZ was of David zipping up his bag, getting ready for the drive home to Albuquerque. Despite the weather forecasts, this turned out to be a real fine gathering, and I'll be looking forward to the next chance to get together with everybody. Fly safe!
-Robin
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Re: Columbus Day Weekend is this coming weekend

Postby Bill Cummings » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:40 pm

Postby RobinHastings » Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:55 pm
Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day):
Today worked out really well. After last night's storm, the road up to launch was surprisingly dry. Two HG pilots (Bo Frazier and Dave Cameron) launched about 12:30 and had reasonable flights. Four PG pilots (Ryan, Steve, Greg and, of course, Patrick) followed, and they worked the light lift beyond the possible. Steve had two hours in the air, Patrick at least one and a half. Good flying! Dave took a second HG flight, launching about 3:00 pm, with some pleasant soaring (cumies were all around, though not over launch) and a really nice, two-step landing. Everyone was packed up by then and the last I saw of the Cox Field LZ was of David zipping up his bag, getting ready for the drive home to Albuquerque. Despite the weather forecasts, this turned out to be a real fine gathering, and I'll be looking forward to the next chance to get together with everybody. Fly safe!
-Robin

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend is this coming weekend

Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:52 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Sunday, October 9, 2016:
We had another flyable day today. Not that we didn't have to exercise some patience, though. When I got to the Dry Canyon launch with Dave Coleman, Lee Boone and Taro Nihonyanagi we ran to the ramp (where the wind was blowing in nicely) to see... The Void. Featureless overcast stretched from the end of the ramp to the ends of the earth. Several PG pilots were already over at their launch, to the east of the hang gliding ramp, and eventually Lee, Taro and Dave went to see how that was going. I hung around the main launch area with Greg Clark. Eventually, though, the fog and clouds lifted enough to reveal Alamogordo, and then some blue sky and a lot of cumulus clouds, breaking up. Patrick was first among PG pilots, and Jan was probably second; soon we had 8 sky buoys cruising the ridge, getting a few hundred over launch and occasionally five or six hundred below it. We finally had Dave and Taro launch, about 12:30 pm when the finally burned off enough to reveal what looked like a pretty fun day. Taro and Dave both had extended sled runs, but by the time I'd driven Dave's Tacoma down to Cox Field, all of the PG's were heading from the mountain to the LZ. No XC records today, alas... Everyone had a wonderful time, however, and most of the PG pilots were up for 90 minutes or more. Dave convinced me to accompany him, with Mike Ellsworth as driver, up to the launch for a second flight (and my first of the day). We launched our hang gliders about 5:00 pm and found smooth, gentle lift all over the mountainside - if not an epic glassoff, it was a reasonable facsimile. The paragliding pilots were all down by then, kiting in the landing zone; Dave and I soared the mountain, and watched a distant thunderhead grow across the Tularosa Basin. We both finally decided, about 5:40, to put our feet back on the ground before the big storm had anything to say about it. We both had excellent landings, thanks to a 5 mph, steady breeze at Cox Field. We were so glad to have gone up to fly! We enjoyed a club barbecue after packing up, with hamburgers, bratwurst and hot dogs. A good visiting session was going on from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and then the invading thunderstorm really got out of hand. Lightning flashes and gust fronts all over town, and then a wind gust whipped our tarp off the hooks, at the top of the shade structure, and we scrambled to protect everything from the rain. That's about the time when I demonstrated leadership, and bugged out for home in Las Cruces. After all, I have to teach in the morning... There was flooding in parts of Alamogordo. It's been an interesting fly-in, and we have more of it to go; tomorrow (Columbus Day) may be the best of the weekend. Despite a lousy forecast, every day has been flyable so far. You shoulda been there... Keep that in mind when the Dry Canyon Memorial Day Fly-In comes around in May!
-Robin

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Columbus Day Weekend 2016 Greg Clark going for the spot..JPG
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Re: Columbus Day Weekend is this coming weekend

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:23 pm

Here's a few more photos to add to the collection. It was a mighty nice fly-in, despite the weather (and the forecasts!)
-Robin

Steve Schmidt at Dry Canyon PG launch.JPG
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Jan Zschenderlein at Dry Canyon 10-08-16.JPG
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Taro launching on Saturday, Oct. 8.JPG
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Taro Nihonyanagi and PG's 10-08-2016.JPG
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PG's at Dry Canyon 10-09-16.JPG
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Re: Columbus Day Weekend is this coming weekend

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:30 am

I didn't get too many good pictures on Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day) but it was another day for aviation. Conditions were a little light, so the paragliders ruled the sky that day at Dry Canyon. Steve Schmidt had two hours in the air, Patrick Harvey-Collard was up for one and a half. Greg Clark had a good flight, too, and so did Ryan from Utah. Dave Coleman flew his Moyes hang glider twice, and Bo Frazier got a soaring flight in his bowsprit Bautek. Nice weather, and amazingly, the road up to launch was pretty dry. (Where does all that water go to?) Mike, Bill and I packed up all the chairs, tables and coolers, then I drove for Dave so that he could get in that second flight (and Greg could recover his truck up at launch). It was a pleasant end to a pleasant gathering. I'll hope to see everyone again at the next one!
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