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I thought the Crestline XC Classic was tremendously fun this year and I got the same feedback from nearly all of the competitors that I spoke to after the awards ceremony on Monday. The weather certainly was a challenge but that’s part of the fun. In competition flying you don’t get to wait for the best day, you have to figure out how to exploit the weather you get.
You can find the results on this link: Crestline XC Classic Results
Competitions are more than just a race. We had visiting pilots from across Southern California and from as far away as Colorado. This years competitors turned out to be both talented and a blast to get to know and hang out with (pun intended). Most of the out of town pilots came without securing a retrieve but that was not a problem as we all pitched in to help each other.
On top of that, we had two outstanding and eclectic bands. Saturday night at the pond featured a rocking instrumental group, ‘in the background‘, that really amped up the vibe and left everyone feeling excited. If that wasn’t enough CSS’ own Corey Gemme and his band mates gave us some laid back, old school jazz that I could listen to all afternoon. Did I say could? I did listen all afternoon.
The Crestline XC Classic was awesome and I can’t wait to do it again.
Hi Alan, Bruce Barmakian is one of those Swift pilots and the other two share a hanger with Bruce at Redlands Airport. Hope that helps.May 21, 2021 at 2:54 PM in reply to: Join us May 29th, 2021 for our CSS Member Appreciation Party! #12580
Ok, good to know. Sadly, I don’t know how to guess how many will show except that Andrea and I will be there.May 20, 2021 at 12:07 PM in reply to: Join us May 29th, 2021 for our CSS Member Appreciation Party! #12547
Can non-member family and friends attend and purchase food at the event?May 20, 2021 at 12:05 PM in reply to: Incident report – Hangglider unplanned landing Regionals #12546
The corrective action said that “Pilot flew behind the ridge due to lack of experience about ridge sites and potential for rotor and sink conditions.” then said the corrective action was to continue with instruction.
The pilot was a student and flying under radio instruction precisely because they lacked experience and might not recognize when they are in danger. Recognizing that kind of danger must be the instructors responsibility because the student pilot does not have adequate experience.
So, how does a student-pilot flying under instruction get into a rotor behind the mountain?
- Did the instructor see that the student pilot was behind the ridge?
- Did the instructor tell the student pilot that they were too deep and needed to fly towards the front of the mountain?
- Did the radio fail?
- Did the student pilot ignore the instructor?
- Was the student pilot so confused that they did not understand the instructors commands?
How and why did this actually happen?May 20, 2021 at 10:02 AM in reply to: Incident report – Hangglider unplanned landing Regionals #12540
“Hangglider unplanned landing behind Regionals” and the root cause is that the pilot decided to land there.
Is there something missing here?April 17, 2021 at 6:09 AM in reply to: Who’s in favor of having a launch and landing clinic? #11974
Having a launch and landing clinic is a great idea. I suggest that we add a new ‘lesson’ to the standard landing clinic: we should pick an out field, put up a flag and have pilots land out in a semi controlled environment.
I was out of town and unable to attend the general meeting but I am so so happy that you all were able to get together again. It sounded like you had robust and diverse discussion – well done!
I want to point out that the current CSS guidelines require all pets be on-leash and restricted to the parking area (not on the LZO. If we maintain the current, common practice that allows some pets to wander freely, some pets be on-leash and some pets banned entirely then we should change our guidelines to reflect that practice.
I also read in the minutes that our insurance restricts XC flying to H4/P4 pilots. I don’t think this is correct. You can get a USHPA XC skills rating sign off with an H3/P3 rating and you can fly in XC competitions as an H3/P3 with an XC sign off. I must confess that I have never read our insurance policy but restricting XC to advanced pilots directly contradicts USHPA ratings and guidelines.January 29, 2021 at 8:28 AM in reply to: Incident Report: PG vs Bushes Below Marshall Peak Launch, January 21, 2021 #11162
David, you’ve done an excellent job as safety director and creating a fantastic website. For those members who don’t know, David’s website improvements have dramatically improved our records and eliminated an overwhelming management burden on future directors.
Well done David Webb!
What if we lowered the shade structure and kitchen like a baseball dugout?
Maybe the baseball dugout is not the best idea but we should think bigger than just the “lowest cost” shade structure. Most of the labor will likely be volunteer work so why not!
I agree with the other pilots that turbulence needs to be the highest priority when designing the shade structure. We should also consider the impact of the kitchen shade on the North approach. As I remember, there was no risk assessment that considered turbulence or encroachment on the North approach when we built the kitchen and when we added the shade structure over the kitchen.
David, I really appreciate your efforts and I am sorry to hear that no one is speaking up.
This is pure speculation but maybe it will remind some of us how to avoid getting into desperate situations that cause mistakes and crashes. It is possible that this pilot’s approach was high from the very beginning. We should all have visual cues that tell us if we are coming in high or low and we should have worked out options for correcting altitude problems before we get to the final leg of an approach. If you use consistently use the training hill to truly assess approach altitude and glide it will not take long before you learn to recognize altitude issues really early in your approach. Early recognition changes a potential accident into a slightly modified approach pattern.