Dockweiler RHG Diary

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:09 am

Frank and I had a fun day of flying at Dockweiler yesterday.

Frank brought his Condor 225 and his brand new Alpha 235:.
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We both paid our parking fees to support Beaches and Harbors. :thumbup:
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We set up Frank's new Wills Wing Alpha 235 first:
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We took a picture of Frank with his new glider:
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And then there was lots of flying of both gliders:
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Unfortunately I didn't get any photos or video of flying Frank's swing seat.

We "sealed the deal" on Frank's gift of the Condor with a fist bump:
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Thanks Frank!!
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Frank Colver » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:14 pm

Here's screen shot from the video when we had re-trimmed all the way back to where it began - the factory trim.

Here is my Dropbox of the final video of the re-trimming process. Funny!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2r1kn8l3avcl ... d0z1a?dl=0

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby SamKellner » Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:39 pm

Wow! You Boys Lookin' Good !

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bill Cummings » Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:59 pm

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:56 am

The wind for Monday (today) looks pretty good from 1pm onward:

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The direction looks a little bit southwest, but part of the ridge faces that direction.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon May 10, 2021 11:07 pm

Another fun day for the Dockweiler Recreational Hang Gliding Diary.

Joe Faust, Dave Beardslee, and I all spent the day flying at Dockweiler under the waivers that the County of Los Angeles implemented almost 4 years ago.

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Thanks to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. :salute:

Special thanks to Dave Beardslee for "saving the day" with his Airwave "Double Vision" tandem glider!!! :thumbup:
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Wed May 12, 2021 9:00 pm

Thank you, Dave Beardslee
your launch tips and wing for the day! Generous.

Historic note: This was the first time Bob Kuczewski flew the Airwave 215 tandem; it was the first time Joe Faust flew the Airwave 215 tandem. This was the first time that the three pilots flew Dave's wing at Dockweiler together. Super. The 70+ lb wing was a beastly workout for the returns. Flight counts: BobK at 14, JoeF at 10 or 9; Dave at 2.
A note: have one's gut settled and not bloated when carrying back that wing.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Wed May 12, 2021 9:07 pm

Thank you, Dave Beardslee
for your launch tips and wing for the day! Generous. And for you .... for the day.

Historic note: This was the first time Bob Kuczewski flew the Airwave 215 tandem; it was the first time Joe Faust flew the Airwave 215 tandem. This was the first time that the three pilots flew Dave's wing at Dockweiler together. Super. The 70+ lb wing was a beastly workout for the returns. Flight counts: BobK at 14, JoeF at 10 or 9; Dave at 2.
A note: have one's gut settled and not bloated when carrying back that wing.

Our activity attracted conversations with many beach visitors.

Thank you, Bob, for the lift, day, and the meal for the four of us.

We visited Beaches and Harbors office and entered a waiver form for one our group today. We met the new worker in charge of "concessions."

This flight session was part of my annual Otto Lilienthal birthday celebrating ... month of May. Some of us will also be at Dockweiler on May 23rd, Sunday.

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The most important habit to develop at this early stage is smoothness. When I was first learning to fly fifteen years ago I happened to choose the home site of some excellent early pilots whose behavior I observed. I learned much of what I know about hang gliding from David Beardslee. The most outstanding quality of David's flying is his smoothness. He launches smoothly, soars smoothly and lands smoothly. He flies like a soaring bird, with maximum efficiency. If you have occasion to watch him fly, notice his technique. From the moment he starts his launch run, through his landing flare, every move he makes is smooth
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Frank Colver » Thu May 13, 2021 12:28 pm

Wish I could have joined you guys at Dockweiler. When Bob called me to say he was going to Dockweiler on Monday I was at Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell.

I had just been into "Cathedral in the Desert" for only the third time in my life to experience again the fantastic huge grotto there with its beautiful high waterfall and to record my Native American style flute in the amazing acoustics. Most of the years this beautiful gift of nature is buried under the water of the reservoir and no one can experience it like I did last Saturday.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat May 15, 2021 2:22 am

Frank Colver wrote:Wish I could have joined you guys at Dockweiler. When Bob called me to say he was going to Dockweiler on Monday I was at Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell.


We missed you, but there will be more flying days ahead. The COVID panic is finally subsiding just in time for the 50th anniversary on May 23, 2021.

Thanks for spreading the word. :)
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