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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:06 pm

Here are some photos from Jim (in the air) and Marzena (on the ground) Gibson, from our flight on March 22, 2020.
-Robin

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Icarus and Daedelus - Jim Gibson (upper left) and Robin Hastings above Dry Canyon.
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Jim Gibson looking west over White Sands and Alamogordo. March 22, 2020.
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Snow-capped Sierra Blanca to the north, from Jim Gibson's glider above Dry Canyon.
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Robin Hastings with his Sport2-155 in the Cox Field LZ, Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Fri May 29, 2020 9:51 pm

Friday, May 29, 2020:
A pretty good time at Dry Canyon today. Rick Warner, a pilot visiting our area for the next 4 months, was up for some airtime today. He had a driver, too, his co-worker Oliver Chang. We set out from the Cox Field LZ about 12:45 pm. The road to Dry Canyon launch is still in lousy shape, but my Tacoma made it up again. This was Oliver's first time trying anything like this, and he did a great job getting us up there - and, later, launching me. Rick took off first, in conditions that were clear westward but with darkening clouds to the east (they never did anything, though). He quickly reached 8000 ft MSL (a thousand feet over launch) in his Sport 2, and I was able to join him in the air not long afterwards. We shared some thermals by the Bowl and at the West Face, then I made a leisurely glide toward the LZ from my highest point, 8000 ft. I got popped up as I was setting up my last turn into final approach, but had enough of the overshoot area to make a very creditable landing, using the wheels. I had about 25 minutes in the air. Rick did much better, about 10 minutes later, with a perfect touchdown in the field after a 40-minute flight. He reached 9600' MSL over the West Face, then lost 3000 of that coming to the LZ - it was famine or feast today. When Oliver arrived and we had the gliders packed, we had a nice takeout meal from Margot's, devoured at nearby Washington Park (though dine-ins might resume this Monday, June 1). No epic XC flights today, unlike 5 days ago, but a very satisfying first Dry Canyon flight for Rick Warner. (And Oliver learned a LOT about off-the-pavement driving.)
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sat May 30, 2020 6:14 pm

A picture showing the pilot and the conditions on Friday. The clouds looked promising but never delivered rain.
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Rick in the LZ after a very successful first flight.
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:22 am

Sunday, June 28, 2020:
Do we have some good days, or what? Greg Kendall, Rick Warner and I all launched Dry Canyon today, with Brian Ho as our ace driver. Conditions were ideal, with southwest winds at launch, not too strong, and storybook cumies springing up all around the clear skies. We did some excellent roadwork on the way up - 4 guys can fill in some pretty big craters, it turns out. Greg launched first at 12:25 pm MDT, followed by Rick at 12:30 and myself, with Brian on the nose wires, at 12:50. We all got up - I was at 8500 ft MSL within 5 minutes, and hit 11,500 (4500 over launch) in my hour-long flight. I landed on the wheels in the LZ. Rick and Brian did much, much better. They spent the majority of their hours-long flights at 12,000+, and sometimes at 15 and 16 thousand. Both Greg and Rick went XC. Greg landed on the road to White Oaks, north of Carrizozo, where Brian & I picked him up about 4:30 pm. Greg almost broke the Dry Canyon record set a month earlier, by making his personal best, longest flight: 165 miles in his Wills Wing T2C [Moderator's note: Post author corrected this to be a Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 in a subsequent post] (Rick & I fly Sport 2's) and a landing 10 miles east of Santa Rosa, NM, just north of I-40. Wow! Of course, it took a while to chase him down, and I didn't get home until 1:00 am, but it was worth it to see the smiles. I have some pictures enclosed. What a day...
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Left to right, Greg, Brian and Rick - just one of the craters they filled. Hooo-ah!
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Brian Ho, ace 4-wheel driver, testing out our work. (No problem...)
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Ten miles east of Santa Rosa, where Greg landed after 6 1/2 hours, in limitless LZ country. Sunset at 8:00 pm.
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:39 pm

Greg landed in two places, White Oaks and Sant Rosa so where did Rick land?
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:48 pm

Yeah, that's what happens when you fly, chase 400 miles, get in at 1:00 am and don't proofread the morning's missives. Rick Warner landed north of Carrizozo for a 55-mile flight, while Greg Kendall (who flew from the Little Floridas to Las Cruces one week before) went 165 miles to Santa Rosa and beyond. Good pilots, no?
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:16 am

And yet another correction (sheesh, where's my mind these days?). As Greg pointed out, his glider is NOT a T2C, but a Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 (I knew that...) As he said, "Wouldn't want the boys from Moyes to think I'd jumped ship." It's a topless, as you'd expect, and it sure did perform for him. Rick and I were flying Wills Wing Sport2 155's. Here are a few more photos, courtesy of Brian Ho.
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Greg just after launch - from 0 miles, to 165. "The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step." Or a launch.
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Rick Warner taking that first step to a 55-mile XC flight. He didn't take long to sky out!
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Robin just after launch. No XC, but a fine flight anyway. Thank you, Brian Ho!
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:19 pm

Monday, July 13, 2020:
Greg Kendall and Rick Warner had to work on Saturday, so flying on Monday seemed to be a just reward. They borrowed my truck (and I borrowed Greg's Outback) and sped off to Dry Canyon with Oliver Chang as driver. The day worked out well. Instead of going as far as they could (which is pretty darned far, they've demonstrated) they did an out-and-back to Coyote Peak, about 18 miles north. Rick got there first, and headed back, and landed, according to Greg, south of Tularosa. Greg flew all the way back to the Cox Field LZ, in some amazing area-wide lift, then went back to look for Rick. Greg found him, by the road, and so did Oliver, so Greg returned to Cox Field and put it down where there's a windsock. They got back to Las Cruces about 8:00 pm, which is quite an improvement over midnight, the return from our last time flying Dry. We traded vehicles that evening and all's well that ends well. It's great to see (or at least hear about) what great pilots can do!
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