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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:32 am
by RobinHastings
A few pictures that Jim Gibson took from the air. What a lovely place - especially in the light of a setting sun.

This poppy field was out below the launch, just east of where we landed.
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A view of the Little Floridas, looking north.
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A tiny image of Robin's glider, well above the cliffs. So guess who was the high man today?
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Jim Gibson, high above launch, looking south at the Big Florida Mountains. March 28, 2020.
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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:59 pm
by RobinHastings
Here is a link to a flight made in March by our former member Juan Mira. He's been flying in New York somewhere - does anyone know where "Altamount" is?
-Robin ...

Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:48 pm
by RobinHastings
Sunday, June 21, 2020:
I went to the Little Floridas today with visiting pilot Greg Kendall. He's from Southern California, and has flown in competitions. There was no competition today! I took off at 1:45 MDT with light winds, cloudless skies, and quite a lot of haze from fires near Tucson and Silver City. I worked a tiny thermal near Rockhound State Park, but mostly found nothing but buoyant air. I had a perfect landing, though, after 7 minutes in the air. I watched from the shade of my glider in the LZ as Greg took off at 2:20 and seemed to sink, then maintain, and then finally catch a big one and sky out. When our driver, Brian Ho, got down, we packed up my glider as fast as we could, and went in chase. It took us a while, cruising along I-10 and checking the land and sky. (No communications today, due to several technical issues with the radios.) We finally got an email as we approached Las Cruces - Greg was down, right by Mayfield High School! The last person who flew that far from the Little Floridas was Bill Cummings - he landed near his house and rolled the glider down the street to his driveway. Well! It was great to see someone enjoy our New Mexico skies so thoroughly. We may want to try it again next weekend - and the weekend after that, and the weekend after that... Brian & I picked up Greg about 6:00 pm and rolled on up to my driveway just minutes later, in time for my daughter to take me & Nancy out to dinner. Greg & Brian headed out to get the driver equally well rewarded - Brian did an exemplary job driving off-road for the first time. As Fathers Days go, this was one of the best.

Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:41 pm
by RobinHastings
Here's a few photos from our June 21 expedition to the Little Floridas. Ace driver and photographer Brian Ho gets the credit!

Robin (left) and Greg on setup. Hot and getting windy!
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Robin Hastings in Sport2-155 lifting off the ramp.
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Robin in flight, with the Dragon's Back and Big Floridas in the background.
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Greg Kendall in his Moyes Xtralite, beginning a 50-mile flight to Las Cruces. Go, Greg!
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Re: Little Florida Mountain, Deming NM (USA)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:18 am
by Bob Kuczewski
That looked like a good aggressive launch run Robin!

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