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  • in reply to: All National Forests closed again. #13710
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I know it doesn’t look all that good today, but the forest doesn’t close until tonight…..  One last chance?  Sadly, I’ve got stuff that has to be done today, so no flying for me, either.

    in reply to: Did someone land near the 215/15 Junction May 31? #12900
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    Ah.  Zac.  Makes sense.  I didn’t get a very good look, there was traffic, I was towing a trailer, etc.  But I’m glad it all worked out ok.  I was curious, however.  Thanks for the info.  Glad it wasn’t Bart Simpson…

    in reply to: Did someone land near the 215/15 Junction May 31? #12896
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I didn’t get a good look at the bottom of the sail, so I wasn’t sure, but I did wonder if it was you for a brief moment, Jonathan.  I never thought it it might be Bart Simpson.  Damn!  I guess I should pay more attention.  😉

    in reply to: New Shade Structure Member Input (Wishlist) #10842
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    If I understand it correctly, I like option 2.

    in reply to: Thanks Alan Crouse & Ken Andrews #10655
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I agree also.  Thanks to you both.

    in reply to: New Shade Structure Member Input (Wishlist) #10630
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    I third Marc’s point about the turbulence.  I’ve seen and felt the issue when it gets west in the afternoon, especially if it is stronger.

    Related to that:  As much as I’d like to connect the kitchen area to the shade structure, I’d be hesitant to do that roof-wise.  The farther North we take the roof, the worse we’ll make the turbulence in the approach pattern, I suspect.  Although, I’ve had more issues when exiting the wind-shadow just at time to flare than with direct turbulence.  Your mileage may differ.

    If we are building it from (almost) scratch, I’d suggest wiring it during the build, if possible.  Outlets available would be nice.  A minor thing, but a nice touch.

    in reply to: AJX Shade Structure #10629
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    Even though I was the one who suggested the concrete roof, I suspect it might not be a good idea.

    If we have an architect or better still, a structural engineer available, that’s the ticket.

    The comment above  “I’ll trust calculation over “that looks about right.”” is spot on.  Even (especially?) if it is my “that looks about right.”  😉

    in reply to: AJX Shade Structure #10549
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    Hey, I remember that original shade structure!

    Of course, I remember the original AJ LZ…  I landed at the original on my very first out-of-lessons flight with Joe Greblo.  Final check-off flight in the morning.  First without instructor flight in the afternoon!

    Damn, I’m getting old.  😉

    in reply to: AJX Shade Structure #10547
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    It’s been quite a year.  Sigh.

    A few thoughts:

    1. I am no expert in this area, so take this with a grain of salt
    2. Deliberately detachable roof seems like a bad idea due to safety and liability
    3. Criag’s idea of a flap seems interesting, but I suspect we’d have a hard time getting that for a decent price
    4. As a landlord, I can say that wooden posts often do rot near the bottom, especially when they get wet (sprinklers, anyone?) – and you cannot always tell at a glance
    5. Maybe a rebar-concrete roof so it won’t blow away?  Maybe that’s too much money, maybe that’s overkill, maybe it would be too heavy – It is just a thought.

    Thanks to all who are contributing – I’ll be doing so myself shortly after I discuss amount with my wife

    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?!?