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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:39 am

Wednesday, November 13, 2019:
We had yet another beautiful day in the Southwest today. Temperatures in the 60's, clear skies, light winds. Maybe lighter than we wanted. When Tony Conger and I launched at the Little Floridas, with Bill Cummings our driver, we did not blast upward as we have in recent times. Tony took off in his Wills Wing U2-160 at 4:05 pm MST, about an hour before sunset. He went straight from the ramp, turned left, and cruised into the Bowl, all at just about ramp height. With winds coming in around 10 mph, his flight was an extended sled run - fortunately with no anxiety, as the LZ is only a 4-to-1 glide from the launch. I took off at 4:30 pm in my Sport 2, and hit little puffs of lift, which I worked in one pass after another, gaining about 10 to 20 feet each time. I worked my way up to about 200 ft over the launch, and eked out about 30 minutes of airtime, before heading straight out into the setting sun and a reasonably good landing (for me) where Tony was taking down his glider. Bill arrived in my truck just as we were finally zipping my glider into the bag. With plenty of good stories and advice along the way, we were all back in Las Cruces by 6:30, in time for supper and a pleasant evening all around. A lot of the country is in a deep freeze right now - how can we keep on being so lucky? We'll have to ponder that one for a while. Thanks to Bill for making it all happen!
-Robin Hastings
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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:41 pm

Tony Conger is more than willing to pay for his flying - and, one assumes, his other debts to society. "Hard labor" on the road to launch...

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A little road work on the way to launch, November 13th.
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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:11 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Wednesday, November 13, 2019:
We had yet another beautiful day in the Southwest today. Temperatures in the 60's, clear skies, light winds. Maybe lighter than we wanted. When Tony Conger and I launched at the Little Floridas, with Bill Cummings our driver, we did not blast upward as we have in recent times. Tony took off in his Wills Wing U2-160 at 4:05 pm MST, about an hour before sunset. He went straight from the ramp, turned left, and cruised into the Bowl, all at just about ramp height. With winds coming in around 10 mph, his flight was an extended sled run - fortunately with no anxiety, as the LZ is only a 4-to-1 glide from the launch. I took off at 4:30 pm in my Sport 2, and hit little puffs of lift, which I worked in one pass after another, gaining about 10 to 20 feet each time. I worked my way up to about 200 ft over the launch, and eked out about 30 minutes of airtime, before heading straight out into the setting sun and a reasonably good landing (for me) where Tony was taking down his glider. Bill arrived in my truck just as we were finally zipping my glider into the bag. With plenty of good stories and advice along the way, we were all back in Las Cruces by 6:30, in time for supper and a pleasant evening all around. A lot of the country is in a deep freeze right now - how can we keep on being so lucky? We'll have to ponder that one for a while. Thanks to Bill for making it all happen!
-Robin Hastings

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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:48 am

Beautiful, Bill! And what a lovely, clear day it was. I hope Tony enjoys this viedo as I did. You really edited it well.
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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

Postby Nate » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:17 pm

Nice to see Robin, Tony, and Bill even if only on video looks like fun. U2? Moving on up!! Fingers crossed already for good Guads wx come February!!
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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:01 pm

November 19, 2019:
This was Bill Cummings' day to take to the air. If we could beat out the approaching rain front (which is almost as welcome as airtime out here) then Bill could get a pretty good flight at the Little Floridas. So there we were, after some roadwork engineering, at the launch ramp at 12:45 pm MST. It was a pleasant 65 degrees. There were still some blue skies around us, but more and more dark gray coming from the west. Winds were 10-15 mph from the southwest - just about ideal for a launch right there, though maybe light for soaring. No matter - Bill took off perfectly, at 12:52, and started rising as he headed south on his first pass. He was well above launch when he came overhead a minute later. I got some pictures, then returned to the truck and started down the road. Bill soared for an hour and a quarter in smooth ridge lift and a few light thermals, as the sky got darker (but never threatening). Really, if you're going to have a day of peaceful soaring, this was the one. I made it down in an hour (it used to take 45 minutes) and was there in the LZ in time to plant a flag for Bill and maybe get some video as he came in for a really smooth approach - right to the truck! He landed about a wingspan away from it. (See enclosed photos...) We had the glider packed and were soon on our way back home, looking forward to some blessed moisture to cap off an exemplary day. Man, it was good to see Bill Cummings do some soaring!
-Robin

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Soaring the Little Floridas, about a minute after his launch. Nov. 19, 2019
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Bill Cummings and the Big Florida Mountains to the south.
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Bill Cummings in Sport2-155, at his landing spot. (Whew - that was a close one!)
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