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Ben Stembridge

Postby SamKellner » Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:44 pm

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Re: Ben Stembridge

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Aug 13, 2022 12:04 am

SamKellner wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ducnHgcruYw


Nice video. The air looked very smooth. I couldn't tell if it was an early morning sunrise or an evening sunset. The biggest surprise was how quickly he spiraled down after cutting the power. After all that climbing, I expected him to cruise around for a while.

Thanks for posting the video!    :wave:

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Re: Ben Stembridge

Postby SamKellner » Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:22 pm

Hello Bob,

Hope you are doing well out there. :salute:

Ben was visiting from Huntsville, Ala. This video is the first and shortest flight. Longest flight 1hr-6min. Low cloud base but mostly calm. We flew every morning launching at sunrise.
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Re: Ben Stembridge

Postby Chris McKeon » Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:53 pm

Is that a Mosquito Harness? i have a couple of Questions for you; So how is it Flying with that weight when the Mosquito is engine off, compared to when You fly with an HG Harness? What is the' "Learning Curve like? As how does the Harness affect Engine off handling of the Glider. Also how does it affect handling of Your Glider, if it does under Power? I quasi interested in one of those power assist units. Iknow, I know, I will be cheating using one of those to Fly My Predator. But they sure do look like Fun! What is the {Learning Curve Like?
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Re: Ben Stembridge

Postby SamKellner » Mon Aug 15, 2022 7:30 am

Chris,

You're better off talking to one of the power harness instructors.

Ben went to Blue Sky and was instructed by Steve Wendt.
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Re: Ben Stembridge

Postby SamKellner » Wed Aug 24, 2022 4:28 pm

Hi Bob,

I'm in there at 2:10. In the background under the nose of Ben's glider.

This morning, 8-24, was calm conditions. I got 1:05 and about 40miles.
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Re: Ben Stembridge

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Fri Aug 26, 2022 11:41 pm

SamKellner wrote:Hi Bob,

I'm in there at 2:10. In the background under the nose of Ben's glider.


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There you are!!      :thumbup:   :clap:

Is that what's known as "speaking out"?      :shock:   :salute:
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