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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Chris McKeon » Sat Feb 10, 2024 11:58 am

Just waiting for My Friend John.


This Video that I hope that I have been able to Post is so very appropriate regarding how I feel regarding My aspirations to return to the Sky. For as the Day such as this Saturday the tenth of February is looking like it is going to be a pretty nice Day today. I imagine that "If John was here Today". He and I might very well be heading out so that I could have Ny First Flight in fourteen Years. But "One nice Day", is not enough. NO I must wait for Springtime to arrive. That way the Weather will warm up on a consistent basis. I mean John will drive all the way up here from Southern California. By The way John. I want to say how much that I am appreciating Your being willing to help Me return to The Sky.


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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Craig Muhonen » Sat Feb 10, 2024 12:10 pm

Sometimes you gotta' push the stick forward while you're lookn' at the ground
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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Chris McKeon » Sat Feb 10, 2024 12:55 pm

ALL PREDATOR, ALL THE TIME!


You know what Craig? I do not believe that You and I have ever Met, either on the Ground. O when say You and I were sharing the Same Airspace. But then again, I did have a Brain injury. So, there is a chance that I knew you, but now My Brain being that it went Awol after When I bashed it to smithereens Fourteen Years ago.

Yes We might have been Flying, sharing the same Air. Please take note: What I am about to type is a "SMACK THOUGHT". I really am trying to convey some Humor in My Post. Anyways Maybe You were in a Thermal. when I came into the same Thermal that You were working for Lift. Well maybe I was below You, Another thing here is My being below You in a thermal was or might very well be the case in the Future. For this Six Foot Three-and-a-half-inch tall Predator Pilot has lost a hundred pounds and still counting Albeit I am experiencing a {Stalling} regarding My efforts to drop Body Weight. Body weight.

OK Craig and other Pilots. WI want to be totally honest here. Please do not get Me Wrong here. I am not in any way some kind of a "SUPER PILOT". I have, and i WILL ONCE AGAIN TO HAVE BEEN fortunate ENOUGH TO fly my predator one fifty-eight Predator.

It really is a case of the Designer of My Predator, "John" had designed a better; "Mouse Trap" than designers of other Gliders. Again, It really is not about Me at all. The only credit that I can take for the great climbs that I have enjoyed, and the climbs that I will enjoy is that I, when I made the Decision to Buty My second Glider, I Made the Choice to buy a Predator.
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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Chris McKeon » Thu May 09, 2024 12:44 pm

OK: What I am about to ask is really not something that I should need to ask. For I have been involved in with Flying A HG since the begging of My Flying off the Cliff launch down in New Zealand. What I ask is: I Again I really should be able to answer this Question My Self. But has there ever been a situation that a HG Pilot caused an Incident were a Third Party was injured, or there was Property Damage done Due to a Hang Glider Pilot Who had a case of: {PILOT ERROR} where Said Pilot had to present the fact that She or He Due to Poor Piloting of a Hang Glider, had caused a Collision to take Place. I am looking at Flying a Hang Glider Like when We Drive a Car.

So, I hope 1hat I have Been able to convey My Question in Thoughtful, well thought out Manner. Are We insured by USPA?
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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Chris McKeon » Tue May 28, 2024 9:45 am

So here I am this morning once again to do something that has to do with Hang Gliding. That is I get to type, yes Type while using Two Hands. I know that my just saying that I am using two Hands is a Petty, and trivial thing to say but believe it or not, for Me his; Using both My Right Hand, and My Left Hand to Type is an Accomplishment. Using both Hands, really is a Step forward for Me in My Post {Pound Life.

TYPING: MY TYPING SPEED:

So, I have My checked My Typing Speed. But suffice to say it is under Sixty words a Minute. I am currently these Days Going after improving My Penmanship. My Penmanship. See I am Left-Handed. Spasticity runs up and down the Left Side of My Body. I am using improving My Penmanship as a way to help overcome this Spasticity.
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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue May 28, 2024 10:47 am

Chris McKeon wrote:So here I am this morning once again to do something ...


Chris, I admire your willingness to push yourself to improve every day.

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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue May 28, 2024 5:33 pm

Chris McKeon wrote:So here I am this morning ... I get to type ...

TYPING: MY TYPING SPEED:

So, I have My checked My Typing Speed. But suffice to say it is under Sixty words a Minute.


The U.S. Hawks has a typing program that will help you to improve your speed and accuracy. Here's the link:

       https://ushawks.org/typing/

It will look something like this:

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The program has a lot of buttons, but don't let them scare you. The easiest thing is to just start typing by pressing the key (on your physical keyboard) corresponding to the key that's highlighted (with a yellow border). That will also be the key highlighted in white along the top.

As you type each key, that key will light up in yellow on the screen. If the key is correct, then the white highlight (at the top) will advance to the next letter to type. If the key is not correct, it will show you the incorrect key (in red) and refuse to advance until you type the proper key (and in the proper upper or lower case). As you type, the statistics will be updated as shown in green just below the space bar. It shows how many correct out of how many attempts and gives a percentage correct. It also shows the elapsed time (in seconds) and shows how many keys you have typed per second. The timer starts when you press the first key after pressing the pink "Load" button.

The default text to type is the classic:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

That sentence contains all of the alphabetic keys, and you can type it over and over as long as you like. The program keeps track of your accuracy and speed (as mentioned above).

I just ran through "The quick brown fox ..." one time and my results are:

44/44 = 100 % over 9.217 sec ... 4.77 keys/sec

That means I typed all 44 letters with no mistakes (44/44) which is 100% accuracy. It took me a total of 9.217 seconds to type that sentence, and my average speed was 4.77 keystrokes per second. According to Wikipedia:

Since words vary in length, for the purpose of measurement of text entry the definition of each "word" is often standardized to be five characters or keystrokes long in English, including spaces and punctuation.


By that definition my "words per minute" would be about 57 words per minute:

      4.77 (letters per second) x 60 (second per minute) / 5 (letters per word)

Of course, that's a sentence that I've typed many times, so my "normal" typing isn't anywhere near that speed. And that brings me to some of the other features of the program.

You'll notice a white box at the bottom of the page that starts off with "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.". That is the text that the program will want you to type. When you press the pink "Load" button, whatever is in that white box will be loaded into the program for you to type. You can easily load a few other texts to practice by clicking the blue buttons to the right of the pink "Load" button. For example, if you click the "Declaration of Independence" button, that text will appear in the white box. Then when you click the pink "Load" button, the program will begin prompting you to type the Declaration of Independence. The same is true for the other blue buttons (Constitution/Bill of Rights and Gettysburg Address). Note that some of these are shortened versions of the full documents.

So, if you want to practice by typing the Gettysburg Address, just click the "Gettysburg Address" button, then click the "Load" button, and start typing.

The really nice thing about this is that you can also copy and paste other text into that white box and load it for typing. So if you wanted to read something (maybe a newspaper article or a post on U.S. Hawks), you can copy and paste that text (any text) into the white box, press the "Load" button, and you'll be reading as you type. This makes practicing your typing at least a little more interesting.

There is also a row of green buttons (below the pink and blue buttons) that contain some more specific practice texts. The "Quick Brown Fox" button, of course, loads that text. The "Home Keys" button loads the home keys for each hand. There are also green buttons for random alphabet characters, random numbers, and random characters of any kind.

The last row of gray buttons (below the green buttons) will load sequences for exercising one finger at a time. They will show you the "standard" key assignments for each finger and help you practice typing the keys for each finger.

It's not a perfect typing program, but it's pretty easy to use and you can practice by typing any text that you can copy and paste into the white box. If you give it a try, please let us know how you're doing.
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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Wed May 29, 2024 6:43 pm

Hi Again Chris,

If you need a challenge to inspire you, here's my result for typing the quick brown fox:

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Give it a try and post your results. Then you can practice and measure your progress. :wave:
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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Chris McKeon » Thu May 30, 2024 8:28 pm

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Re: PHOENIX FOLLIES.

Postby Chris McKeon » Thu May 30, 2024 9:04 pm

How these Days, being that AC/DC is the Largest Rock Band in the World. I draw a Conclusion regarding Hang Glider Design. For I look at My Predator One Fifty-Eight Predator. Just as "If Bon Scott Had lived on" instead of having Died back in 1980. It makes Me Wonder Just How Big a Rock and Roll Band AC/DC would be Today if Bon Scott had not Died. I mean where do You go from being the Biggest Band in the World? Well, we all know that it did not happen. But if John had Designed another Flex Wing, just how good a Glider would it be. I am not so sure just How long I flew My Predator. But I think? That I got my first Predator, {See, I have owned Two Predator !58's. By anyone's Measure the Predator Is-Was an Awesome Design. I have experienced Flying My 158 While Hooking in a low as @50 Lbs. I have experimented by using Camel Backs Filled with water as Ballast. I HAVE hooked IN AT 344 pounds. I REALLY DID NOTICE THE great handling. I flew THAT heavy three times UP AT Lake McClure. I enjoyed Three No step Landings. Looking back on that Weekend. It probably is a good thing that I "Stuck My Landings". For I was incombered by carrying Those Camel Backs Full of Water. When I launched, I waited for a Firm Cycle to launch into. Regarding My Launch, I did not need to run very Much. John told Me once regarding My experimenting with Launching and Flying While Hooking in so heavy. John told Me that I probably Flew My 158 Heavier than Anyone He knew of.

I believe that My Posts here on the "Hawks Website". I have Conveyed just How much I think of the Predator.
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