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  • in reply to: Kenny Westfall R.I.P. #10368
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I am saddened by the loss of Kenny.  Sigh.

    It’s good to see from the pictures that he seemed to be enjoying life before the end.

    in reply to: COVID-19: AJX Status #10366
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    David Webb:  This is the worst thread ever.

    Me:  But it needed to be said.  Having said it, I leave.

    in reply to: COVID-19: AJX Status #10365
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    And another 13,000 dead.  I keep hearing internet trolls claim that the deaths totals are exaggerated.  Actually, they are under-reported.  If you look at year-over-year respiratory deaths there is a significant excess this year that interestingly, tracks with the locations of heavy Covid-19 infections.  And the current administration has taken the counting away from the CDC (You know, doctors and scientists) and given it to the Department of Homeland Security (You know, spies and police.)  That makes so much sense.

    Mitch is an excellent hang glider pilot.  Not so much a scientist or doctor.  I’ll listen to the scientists and doctors, thank you very much.  Remember, there’s a saying:  “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”  Or making up stuff, or …  For medical information I never, ever, trust the internet except specific, scientifically validated web-sites.  CDC, WebMD, etc.  Not a random comedian or web troll.

    Oh, and by the way, arguing that you have a right to expose others to a deadly disease by not wearing a mask in public?  What does that say about your values?  My right to be unencumbered by a mask overrides your right to live.  How selfish is that?  Even if the numbers were lower than reported (which they aren’t.)

    I’m out of this thread.

    Fly High, Fly Far, Fly Safe

    in reply to: COVID-19: AJX Status #10335
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    In the last 9 months, over 200,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.  That’s between 4 and 6 times more than typically die from the flu in a given year.  And it clearly isn’t over.

    There haven’t been this many deaths from an infectious disease in a single year in the US in over 100 years.

    As for if it is “more deadly” than the flu or not, consider this:  The vast majority of the populace has some immunity to the flu.  We’ve been exposed year after year, and a significant percentage of people get the flu vaccine.  And there is some carry over immunity from strain to strain.  That is not true for Covid-19.  It is different enough from other corona viruses that there is very little, if any, cross immunity.  Thus, many more people will get it without precautions.  The evidence shows that also, not just reasoning.  So even if Covid-19 was only as deadly as the flu, assuming no precautions, there still would be far more deaths from it just because a higher percentage of people would get it.

    Even with precautions, we’ve seen the results:   200,000+ dead in the US alone, in just 9 months.  And it isn’t over yet.

    When it comes to infectious diseases, I’ll listen to the scientists, epidemiologists etc., not hang glider pilots or politicians.

    “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”– Neil deGrasse Tyson

    in reply to: Sadness and Gratefulness #10309
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I am saddened to hear of Juanita’s passing.  I remember her and Andy with great fondness.  Without them, we’d have no flying site here.

    Clear skies and thermals to both of them!

    in reply to: National Forest Closure – Cancelled! #10243
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I’d guess that the way this works out is they will close the Forests for a week or so at a whack until something does change for the better.  If you are going to close the Forests, this seems the reasonable way to do it instead of a months-long closure, or a 1-day-at-a-time closure.

    But my opinion (for whatever it is worth, possibly not much) is that given the sizes of the existing fires, and the shortage of resources, I’d not hold my breath that we will be up and flying soon.  But I really hope that I’m wrong.  Rain anyone?  😉  A long light soaking rain.

    Yoda:  Patience, young Padawan.

    Padawan:  Patience, yea, yea, how long will that take?!?

    in reply to: National Forest Closure – Cancelled! #10217
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    OK.  That picture/caption is funny!!!

    in reply to: Radio Frequencies #10216
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    According to SHGA’s web site, their frequency is 147.580.  This does not, as far as I can tell, conform to the band plan.  We/they used to use 147.555, which also didn’t conform.  They switched when a repeater got in their way, I think.  I have been flying Marshall for a while due to covid (long story*), so I’m not sure if what their web site says is what they are actually using.

     

    *Short(ish) version of long story:  I’m unwilling to ride up with others, or hike.  I ride my eBike up after flying.  Marshall takes much less time and effort to ride up than Kagel.  (Although, the Towers launch at Kagel might be even easier.  It does however become unsafe in my opinion if there’s any West component at all to the wind, and it was overgrown until a recent cleaning by the SHGA.  Yay!)  In any case, I’ve been flying both sites for years, so no reason not to spend more time at one than the other when needed.  🙂

    in reply to: Don’t Let it be You #8342
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    Gary Anderson is right.  Flying isn’t safe.  But he’s also right that you have a lot of control over how safe.  Not just when to fly (that’s true too!), but how to fly, where to fly, how close to things/others to fly, etc..  Decision making matters:  More so in aviation than most other things.

    I’ve done some serious distance.  But I’m also teased about not going some places/altitudes that other pilots routinely go.  I just don’t like the odds, so I don’t do it.  And I’m ok with that.

    The mountain will still be there tomorrow.  Make sure you are too.

    Fly High – Fly Far – Fly Safe

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