SB XC League? Interested?

Is this club interested in sponsoring a type of competition similar to the Nor.Cal XC League? or So Cal versions? Is it worth it or are these other two border states better for comps?

I would be interested if this has been talked about and if there are already decisions about it.  Bringing people together from the LA/VTA/SB county area for ‘beginner’ competitions would be great…

We have such huge knowledgebase in our local advanced pilots, it would be great to create a forum in which to benefit – the whole mentor thing, etc… Plus the visiting pilots are included.

Just thinking.

Help needed for this weekend’s Memorial Service for Ron Faoro

Hi Everyone,

Here is some updated information regarding this weekend’s Memorial Service for Ron.

The Memorial Service will be held this Sunday, March 22nd at Elings Park – Godrick Grove, 10:30 AM.

1. Parking may be an issue for the service. Please carpool as much as possible to help save parking spaces

2. The family has asked for a few volunteers to assist with cleanup after the event (approx 2:30 – 5pm). Elizabeth has asked that his close friends participate in the reception but would still like to have some help in the cleanup during the event.

3. The family does not have any pictures of Ron flying. If anyone has any pics of Ron flying or with his flying friends, to please forward them to her. Feel free to contact the Board for her email to send pictures (keeping any spam bots from pulling her address from our site).

 

Thank you everyone for your help!

Visiting Pilot, Looking to fly 3/5-3/7

Hello fellow SB pilots! I’m one of the advanced instructors up in the Bay Area, been flying for 16 years, but amazingly enough I’ve never flown any of the sites around here. Let me know if anyone is flying Thurs 3/5, since I’ll only be here through Sat.

I’m all paid up for your club dues as per your web site and I’m lookin forward to a site intro on one (or all) of the next three days! I’ve got my T2 and my big rig that can carry tons of gliders and people. If I don’t hear from anyone, I guess I’ll just search for one of the LZ’s and lurk around starting at 9am.

-Kurtis Carter

510-517-4965  (personal cell, T-Mobile)

707-331-2210 (work cell, Verizon)

Ham Radio: will monitor 146.460

 

New Member

Just want to say “Hi!”.  I finished up my H-2 training with Willy there at Elings.  In the process learned about your array of local sites and started checking out your website.  I’m in S.L.O. county (Atascadero) and a member of SLOSA. The hang gliding community is a bit sparse here so I figured I’d increase my options and join your club as well.  Looking forward to “hanging out” with y’all.

 

Eagle Paragliding field trip to Marshall

A fun afternoon flying Marshall Saturday, The Eagle van rolled out off the Mesa a little after 12:00 and arrived at Andy Jackson Flight Park right on time at 2:30. Our club President and Vice President, the awesome duo of Jon Blake and Dave Koski were already there along with the other Dave’s (Bader and Hogan), our students Bryan and Alex and our friend Stan. Bryan Rice pulled in shortly after and the group including Juho and I were ready to head up to launch. I ran into our friend Greg Hunter who had just landed in the LZ and was camping with his kids. He graciously offered to be our driver which would give him an opportunity to show his kids the launch area front he top. The Eagle Van left the LZ fully loaded.

It was great to see Enleau as we pulled up to launch. He had just top landed after, according to him, an awesome 2 hour flight. He gave us some of his local knowledge and we walked down to the hang glider launch area for our preflight. Conditions on launch were perfect. Rob Mckenzie had just arrived to fly a tandem and made us feel welcomed.

Jon, Bryan Rice, Stan and the 3 Dave’s got off pretty quickly and had no trouble climbing up in the house thermal. There seemed to be lift everywhere. Alex and Bryan got ready and both had nice launches and great flights. Bryan is a brand new P2 with very little air time. He did an amazing job. The air was a little turbulent in the beginning of his flight but as the sun got lower in the sky, the conditions really mellowed. Bryan began to feel the thermals and was building up his bump tolerance a bit. He had a great flight of over an hour and 20 minutes and landed perfectly in the beautiful grassy Marshall LZ. Juho and I got off a little late and conditions had changed a bit. Juho had to struggle a bit to get up but finally made it out, got high and played around for at least a couple hours. I was a bit luckier and got up right at launch. It seemed like you could go anywhere and stay up.

Everyone was thrilled with their flights but no one was more thrilled than David Hogan. David flew longer than any of us yesterday and had a great flight lasting over 2 and a half hours. Prior to his flight yesterday I believe his longest flight was 30 minutes.

After flying I ran into Owen and Len who had given up their day of flying to work on the deck at the swimming hole. If you haven’t been to Marshall or haven’t been there in a long time, it’s well worth the trip. Owen and Len have done an amazing job. Owen took Jon, Koski and I on the tour to show us around. The man made swimming hole is unbelievable. The running water is very refreshing. There are deck chairs in the water for chilling out on a hot day after flying. Beautiful koi spend their time swimming around. Len and Owen are in the process of finishing off a 2 story sunning deck overlooking the swimming hole. The campgrounds are incredible and they even have showers.

After we packed up, everyone headed back towards home. Juho and I stuck around for a while to visit. Owen taught me how to play a new game with wooden blocks and dowels. I think they call it Kings. Before we headed out, Enleau invited us to share some dinner. It was a really fun day. We are going to have to do that again soon. Thanks for getting everyone together Koski. That was good thinking.

-Marge