Dockweiler RHG Diary

Honoring the rich history and bright future of gliding at Dockweiler Beach

Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:45 pm

Wow!!
What a great day at Dockweiler today!!!

Joe,Frank, and I spent the day enjoying the Beach, the Breeze, and the Alpha 210. Frank brought his seated harness, and it was fun as usual. Joe and I both soared. Joe even hovered in place out in front of launch. :shock:

The west wind in the earlier forecast showed up a little later than predicted, but the direction and speed were just about perfect. I'll add some pictures after I take a little rest from such a fun day.

Thanks for the friendship of Joe and Frank. It's been no secret that Frank and I have disagreed on some "political" issues, but it was a joy that we were able to put them aside to share a day at the beach. Thanks to Joe and Frank for another great day of flying. I hope we have many more. :thumbup:
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:57 pm

https://youtu.be/qeGncyNZrcY
Significant soaring video of the day; camera holder: JoeF; camera owner: BobK.
Note the encounter with seagulls.
Super day.

Each of we three have been sole owners of that Alpha 210. Order of ownership: Wills Wing, Inc., Frank Colver, Joe, BobK. Who will be next for the wing?

I recall not long ago Michael Grisham flew the same wing at Dockweiler.

I bought a new downtube for the wing yesterday, the day after our super-fly day. One bend while I was owner; one bend by me while Bob is owner. The ship will soon be fitted with a bright new downtube.

It was fun flying two different pilot-holders. I had about 10 flights just with Frank's swing seat. More with my workers' fall-arrest harness.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby SamKellner » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:03 pm

Air hogs !
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:44 am

JoeF wrote:Each of we three have been sole owners of that Alpha 210. Order of ownership: Wills Wing, Inc., Frank Colver, Joe, BobK. Who will be next for the wing?


Who says I'm ever selling it?    :wave:

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby majiemae » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:14 am

Joe Faust at Dockweiler on Feb 18, 2019 (last Monday).





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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby majiemae » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:35 am

Frank Colver flies his Basic Trainer model at Dockweiler.

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:55 am

Yesterday (Sunday) was another fun day at Dockweiler.

I'll post pictures after I get some sleep!

Thanks to Ken M. for a special treat in one of the photos. :)
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:02 pm

Photos from yesterday's flying at Dockweiler ...

Bob flying Falcon 195:
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Ken flying Falcon 195:
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Ken showing off his 2015 Otto Meet sticker:
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Thanks Ken!!! It was fun flying with you again!!
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:38 pm

http://www.energykitesystems.net/HGpilo ... anatt.html
Ken !!!!
Ken Manatt
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:44 pm

JoeF wrote:http://www.energykitesystems.net/HGpilots/KenManatt.html
Ken !!!!
Ken Manatt


Wow!!    Look what you can read about Ken:

Ken Manatt
This file: http://www.energykitesystems.net/HGpilo ... anatt.html

  • H4 Hang Glider Pilot, USHGRS life rating
  • FL, HA, TUR
  • HG since 1978
  • Flies frequently at Sylmar.
  • Has flown in Russia, Colorado & Mexico
  • One of his later instructors: Andy Beem of Windsports.
  • Glider Glasnost : 8 Pilots Break New Ground in Summit With the Soviets
    June 29, 1990.
    "Also making the trip were Jim Ketchum of Marina del Rey; Ken Manatt of Los Angeles; Jim Junio of Anaheim; Bob Lafay of Tujunga; Greblo's wife, Kris; and the women's world record-holder in open-distance flying, Katherine Yardley of Sunland, who set the mark by flying 168 miles in just under 10 hours over the Owens Valley last summer." Rome Dodson (RIP) was also mentioned in the article quoted. ""We thought we would go there and show them a thing or two," said Rome Dodson, 61, of Sepulveda, one of eight self-proclaimed ambassadors of hang gliding who made the trip"


It was very cool for him to keep that Otto Meet / U.S. Hawks sticker on his helmet.

Thanks for a fun day Ken!!      :wave:
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