Sylmar Spring Air 2014

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Saturday May 17th, 2014 Sylmar, CA.

This is a one day, fun competition to celebrate the return of spring (but in California, some would argue we are in a perpetual spring enviroment). No cost for the pilots. There is no rain date set. All pilots must have a current USHPA rating card on their person and must either be a SHGA club member in good standing (meaning your dues are paid and up to date), or have paid the SHGA day use fee.

Competition / Events Schedule

9:30 AM – 11 AM . Pilot Check-in / GPS registration/prep
10:45 AM . . Pilot’s Meeting for all competitors
12:00 PM . . Launch window opens for All Classes
1:00 PM . . Start window opens for Sport Class
1:30 PM . . Start window opens for Open Class
4:00 PM . . BBQ Starts!
5:30 PM . . Awards

Transportation to launch is the responsibility of the pilot. Kagel can accomodate about 20 – 30 pilots, another launch at towers can accomodate about 10 – 15 pilots, but is an H4 site only (no PG).

If you are a visiting pilot then it will be best to arrive early and get a site briefing if you have not been here before. There is a good overview on the SHGA web site. Rules and guidlines and Site Dangers and Paragliding info are posted.

Open Class – open to all hang glider pilots that hold a H3 or above. Rigid wing pilots will be handicapped.
Sport Class – open to all pilots flying a king posted glider or paraglider. Pilots must be a H3 or above.
Fun Class – open to all pilots flying single surface gliders and paragliders. H3 pilots or above, H2 pilots can fly but MUST HAVE an instructor sign off or prior permission to fly in the comp.

Required Equipment – Helmet, functioning radio, GPS, parachute, cell phone. If your GPS has a special adapter to connect to a computer, then you would be well advised to bring it with you. The score keeper will be equipped to handle USB connected devices and serial devices through a USB to serial adpater.

There is wifi connectivity at the LZ with OK bandwidth. You’ll need to see the scorekeeper to get the access code. If you are not a member of SHGA, you will need to prove that you have paid the day use fee to get the code.

Tasks
Open Class – Usually will fly a triangle or lap race consisting of an entry start at the far end of the course and navigate the task hitting all turnpoints in the order specified. Turnpoint radius will be assigned the day of the task and will either be 400m or 200m depending on task and course length. The task comittee can chose a regatta start (where all pilots start at the same time) or can elect to use start intervals (normally intervals are used). Intervals will normally be 10 to 20 minutes apart with 2 or 3 intervals depending on the time between intervals, unless there is low participation , then we’ll have one start time (regatta). Fastest elapsed time wins. You must complete the course to receive arrival points otherwise only distance points will be awarded.

Sport Class – Task will normally be run like the open class with the course being shorter. The start cylinder will usually be at the opposite end of the open class task. Open to most P3 and H3 pilots that choose to fly king posted gliders

Fun Class – Task normally consists of accumulation of turnpoints. All turnpoints are worth the same. Turnpoints may only be scored once. Getting the most turnpoints in the shortest time wins. Best suited for PG and HG that have limited experience navigating a course via their instrument.

Donate Used -OLD WINGS & OLD Reserves – KEEN Footware & Cloudbase Foundation team up

Attention Pilots..We need your help! 
Donate your Used Wings and Old Reserves to Help Communities where we Fly!!!!!
KEEN Footwear and the Cloudbase Foundation are teaming up to Repurpose with a Purpose. We are looking for used wing donations that will be sewn to make bags. These bags will be sold at KEEN Festivals nationwide with all monies collected going directly to the Cloudbase Foundation’s projects. So whatever the bag sells for, Cloudbase will be given!
The primary objectives of the Cloudbase Foundation are to improve the health, education and general living conditions in communities where hang gliding and paragliding activities take place.
We know it is often hard to part with old wings as they cost a lot to purchase and we generally think there will be some way to use them again. This opportunity is a win-win as you will get a write-off that will help you clear up storage space as well.
If you donate you will be taking part in a program that:
1. Helps Communities in Need
2. Keeps a Huge Amount of Nylon out of Landfills and Your Garage
3. Raises Awareness for Hang Gliding and Paragliding, and the Great Projects the Cloudbase Foundation is Actively Encouraging
4. Provides a Charitable Donation Receipt to the Donor for a Wing that is Collecting Dust
5. KEEN Will Cover the Cost of Shipping (packaging excluded) the Wing Via Fedex

Here is how you send it:
Contact Ryan Sofich at Cloudbase@keenfootwear.com. He will send you back the address where to ship and the Fedex account to use. When you are filling in the shipping information at Fedex please include CBFequipment@gmail.comso that a tax receipt can be sent. Please also email CBFequipment@gmail.com with a list of what you sent, what the value would be if sold on open market, and your address to send the tax receipt.
We are not using the risers or the lines so if you would like to keep either, please do. If you have a newer wing that would be a great beginner glider and still has life in it please email CBFequipment@gmail.com first.
If you need further assistance email Nick Greece at nicogotz@yahoo.com.
KEEN Project Center
att: Cloudbase Foundation
3449 N. Anchor St. Suite 400
Portland, OR 97217
971-200-4484
You should ship “THIRD PARTY BILLING” using the below address as the bill to address associated with the account:
KEEN INC
515 NW 13th AVE
PORTLAND, OR 97209

The Boy Who Flies screening

This Thursday, Dec 5th at our monthly club meeting.   Come join us.  Godfrey himself as well as the director will be present at the screening.   Get there early to get your food, beverages and seating.

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Windy Sunday at Wilcox

WarBirds over Wilcox

WarBirds over Wilcox

Winds 22 to 25 this weekend at Wilcox. Several folks went for it and skied out but tandems stayed put. Check out the warbirds in the air as they made one of a few passes that day warming up for Veteran’s day.

Slap Happy Saturday!

I saw a lot of grinning pilots after we landed at the beach today……..

We took a full Eagle van plus a truck up to EJ Bowl.  There were a lot of familiar faces, Ron, Bob, OJ, Cracka, Lee, Cort, Jackson, Neil, Chris, Peaches, Marge, Bart, another Neil, and a visiting pilot Greg.  Cycles were coming in from the South East 5-10 at launch.  It was on when we got there and most everybody got there gear going and into the air pretty quickly.  Some pilots went west toward Alternator others opted to beat it into the wind going East to R&R.   After boating around for a bit above launch I opted to head to R&R.   Several pilots were already established and climbing quickly there.  There was abundant lift with some spicy edges.  As Cracka would say “It’s on like donkey kong!”.   Managed about 4600ft at R&R and headed over to thermal factory.  Smooth glide over and then seemed to be some mixing winds over thermal factory.   Some strong climbs.  It was fun to gaggle up with friends and climb out.  Tried pushing East a few times but never committed to it.  Bounced around out front and kept fading back to the thermal factory and the back ridge (thermal drift was fast).  Several people made it West to Alternator and then went East down range.  A few made it back and landed at the beach.   I maxed out my altitude and decided to head for the beach.  I knew the AVP was in town at West Beach so headed toward the wharf.  A little too spicy for pic’s in the mountains so here are a few from the smooth buoyant glide out looking at the volleyball tournament and the cruise ship.

1 hour 15 minutes
Max up 820fpm
Max down 600fpm

Max alt 4852ft

It’s good to be alive!  Let’s do it again tomorrow.
-Jon

 

Heading out from the riviera

Heading out from the riviera

Cort out front

Cort out front

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heading over to AVP tournament

heading over to AVP tournament

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Cort heading out to check out the cruise ship

Cort heading out to check out the cruise ship

The AVP!

The AVP!

Looking back at the AVP and coastline

Looking back at the AVP and coastline

Looking towards Summerland/Carp

Looking towards Summerland/Carp

Bart coming in to East Beach

Bart coming in to East Beach

Cracka!

Cracka!

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unnnnhhhhh!

unnnnhhhhh!

Don't worry folks, I got this!

Don’t worry folks, I got this!

Well at least I didn't land in the ice plant.........

Well at least I didn’t land in the ice plant………

come on honey let's get away from this guy before he spills your wine again

come on honey let’s get away from this guy before he spills your wine again

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Grant

Grant

Grant coming in smooth as ice

Grant coming in smooth as ice

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Little John was so spec'd out we lost him for a while.  Here he is banking it up to get down to the beach.

Little John was so spec’d out we lost him for a while. Here he is banking it up to get down to the beach.

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LJ coming in hot!

LJ coming in hot!

Everybody likes to watch the hg's land

Everybody likes to watch the hg’s land

Spot on landing

Spot on landing