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by Ken Andrews
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Labor Day WE in the Owens
Replies: 5
Views: 886

Owens Valley trip report

Last weekend, the Owens delivered perfect weather and a couple fantastic days of flying. The Sylmar contingent consisted of Greg Angsten, Steve Murillo and his wife Pat, Arthur Simoneau and his significant other Lisa, Jim Delear, Marshall Robin, and myself. We all drove up Friday afternoon, and vari...
by Ken Andrews
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: New and Improved Winds of a Hurricane
Replies: 7
Views: 1981

Hurricane report

The trip was excellent, even though the flying weather was capricious, and we got less air time than in previous years. That’s the short version of the story; the long version follows. Will Ramsey, Marshall Robin, and I left Altadena promptly on Wednesday morning, July 4, and pointed the car directl...
by Ken Andrews
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: Congratulations Erika!
Replies: 21
Views: 2732

Cool it

Cool it, Bob. Erika is the USHPA Communications Manager, and her business is communication for USHPA. If you want publicity for non-USHPA things, take it elsewhere, such as the US Hawks. This forum has survived so far without a formal behavior policy, but you're pushing the limits here. The informal...
by Ken Andrews
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Cub scout movie night
Replies: 0
Views: 799

Cub scout movie night

The cub scout movie night last Saturday, September 30, was a great success. There was a large turnout among the scouting families, some SHGA folks, and it was clear that their fund raising went well. Here's a photo from Tony Desantis.

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by Ken Andrews
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Comp Discussion
Topic: 2017 Dahlsten Cup Results Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

Dahlsten 2017 track logs

Cool; thanks! It's a challenge to distinguish each of those colors, but I'll study it; I bet there's lots to learn here.
by Ken Andrews
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: dhmartens banned?
Replies: 11
Views: 3190

Bob not banned

No Bob, you have not been banned. Like Doug did, you might check to see if you got caught in a spam filter, and do some self searching. The forum administrators must wage a constant battle against spam, and once or twice, we've cast too wide a net and unintentionally caught a non-spammer. I don't be...
by Ken Andrews
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: Calling USHPA's Bluff
Replies: 142
Views: 24291

BK, again

Bob, To summarize, perhaps this whole discussion depends on whether your priority is to fly, or that elusive thing called justice. If it were to fly, then maybe I could help. But it’s evident that the fight for justice is even more important to you, and so I’ll have leave that to you, Doug Martens, ...
by Ken Andrews
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: Calling USHPA's Bluff
Replies: 142
Views: 24291

BK, redux

In the possibility that there might be a new reader here who hasn’t made up his mind long ago, maybe it’s time to tell another side of this saga. As we all know, USHPA made its decision to expel Bob in March of 2015. That fall, when Bob saw my name on the USHPA ballot, he pleaded his case to me, and...
by Ken Andrews
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Solar Eclipse Totality or as OP would say, it�s science ~
Replies: 30
Views: 6430

Another King Mountain eclipse photo

Here's a photo that Cindy Benti sent me long ago to post to the pilot forum, and I've been slow about it; sorry. While very similar to the one above, this photo proves that Lisa Wendt doesn't appear in color. Go figure.

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by Ken Andrews
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Solar Eclipse Totality or as OP would say, it�s science ~
Replies: 30
Views: 6430

Uber from King Mountain

Greg,

Thanks for the offer of a ride from the airport; certainly $179 is an attractive price. The only catch is that it’s beginning to sound like nobody is heading back to LA from King Mountain. Like the X-Alps, my only way home would be by hiking and hang gliding. Well, I guess there’s also Uber.
by Ken Andrews
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Solar Eclipse Totality or as OP would say, it�s science ~
Replies: 30
Views: 6430

Possible eclipse schedule

I’m still wrestling with alternatives. Basically, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s about 2000 miles, round trip, from Sylmar to King Mountain and back. That’s four days on the road, or a $1000 airplane flight with the associated logistical challenges of rental cars and glider transport. ...
by Ken Andrews
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Return of the forum
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Return of the forum

Our pilot forum is back! Here’s what happened. This is too geeky for civilized conversation, but it’s my excuse to test the forum. Our Internet Service Provider (ISP) is ReadyHosting.com. Our website lives on their computers, which they keep running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without fail, more o...
by Ken Andrews
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: First aid kits in the LZ
Replies: 3
Views: 1168

First aid kits in the LZ

Janyce asked me to post the following (and thank you for doing this job!): Janyce has informed me that she has gone through the numerous first aid collections and condensed them. They are in clearly labeled drawers in the storage cabinet facing the tractor. It is not locked during the day. It is imp...
by Ken Andrews
Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sad News of OP's passing
Replies: 13
Views: 4240

Orian

This is tragic news. I don’t yet know how to come to terms with it. Always entertaining, occasionally maddening, Orian found more creative ways to interact with the world than anyone I’ve ever known. Whether he was discussing the traditional ethnic food of his people (Cheetos and Mountain Dew, a...
by Ken Andrews
Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: USHPA Refusing to Renew Torrey Hawks ...
Replies: 31
Views: 7125

Merry Christmas

It’s become clear over the past year that there are many things that you and I disagree on. But this is the season to forgive each other our idiosyncrasies. Merry Christmas, Bob.
by Ken Andrews
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost hiking boots
Replies: 0
Views: 836

Lost hiking boots

I left a pair of hiking boots in the SW corner of the pavilion last weekend (November 5), when I thought I'd have to hike my own turn-around. Nancy magically appeared on launch and kindly drove my truck down, so then I inevitably forgot about the hiking boots. I thought I'd retrieve them today from ...
by Ken Andrews
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: USHPA Refusing to Renew Torrey Hawks ...
Replies: 31
Views: 7125

Torrey Hawks as a USHPA chapter

Bob, and voting members of the Torrey Hawks, and the world, Let me begin with a couple general comments. I think that solutions to most of your problems require both reasoned discussion and compromise. Online discussion forums are rather bad at both: discussions are notoriously prone to erupt into f...
by Ken Andrews
Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Comp Discussion
Topic: 2016 Dahlsten Cup
Replies: 7
Views: 2278

Dahlsten Cup 2016

Hey; now I want a few more points! I believe that my track log will show that I took the first start gate at 1:30, sank like a stone, and so hung around and restarted after the second start gate at 1:45. That is legitimate, isn't it? Hence, I think my flight time should be 15 minutes shorter than sc...
by Ken Andrews
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: dhmartens banned?
Replies: 11
Views: 3190

Doug has not been banned

Doug has not been banned.

The forum administrators must wage a constant battle against spam, and once or twice, we've cast too wide a net and unintentionally caught a non-spammer. I don't believe we've done so here. If Doug has any trouble with the forum, we're here to help.
by Ken Andrews
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: Calling USHPA's Bluff
Replies: 142
Views: 24291

Not bluffing

I had hoped that Bob and I could settle our differences without broadcasting them to the entire world, and that this nonconstructive thread would quietly fade away as it so justly deserves, but I seem to be out of luck on both counts. Given that, maybe it’s time to set the record straight, since B...