Dockweiler RHG Diary

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:21 pm

Much thanks, Bill McGinnis !

Videographer: Bill McGinnis
http://www.ushgrs.org/HGpilots/M.html
Bill put his camera on the Alpha 210 owned by Bob Kuczewski (aka Robert )
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It was in 1972 when I first had a camera on my HG (for a 60 Minutes TV show shoot).
Thanks, Bill.
Bill had his Dream 205 from the Bill Bennett company
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at the site that day; we all flew his Dream 205 that he bought from John Heiney
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:32 pm

A little fun from today ...
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:17 pm

Here's the Christmas day forecast:

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The period from 10 to noon looks pretty good.

Ho, Ho, Ho?

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Christmas 2017
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:06 am

Christmas didn't work out for a number of reasons, but we had a nice day of flying on the last day of 2019. Here was the forecast:

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We arrived a little after 2pm. The actual wind tended to be SW throughout the afternoon, and it dropped off in speed rather than holding at 12 as predicted.

All 3 of the pilots who flew were from San Diego. :thumbup:    They were John Heiney, Bryan Yute, and myself. John also brought a distinguished elderly gentleman named Jerry (or Gerry?). We all flew my Alpha 210 (formerly owned by Joe Faust and Frank Colver).

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:53 am

Here's one of Bryan's flights:

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Here's one of John's no-hands-on-bars "superman" flights:

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Here's one of my "Look Ma, No USHPA" flights:

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:37 am

So what are those two obstacles doing in the LZ? I can bring my chain saw for the pole.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:45 am

Bill Cummings wrote:I can bring my chain saw for the pole.

:srofl: :srofl: :srofl: :srofl: :srofl:

I think the poles are there to support utilities for the lifeguard towers that are sometimes there:

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So the chainsaw would be a bad idea. The poles are almost impossible to reach anyway, so it's not an issue. I think the trash cans are there to teach obstacle avoidance (and reduce littering).

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:57 pm

Monday looks GREAT!!

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:59 am

This morning's forecast isn't so optimistic:    :(

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:45 am

I advise that flying not occur today.
Heavy cross.
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