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  • in reply to: Soboba is OPEN #13762
    Jerome Daoust
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    Today (Wed Sept 15) I completed my goal of “3 for 3“… 3-hour flights each day, for 3 days in a row. Today I got 1 min over 3 hours and up to 5.6 k. Thanks to Cory who captured my launch on video (mp4 file). Cory launched later and had a good flight.

    in reply to: Soboba, Tuesday Sept 14 2021 #13759
    Jerome Daoust
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    Hi Cameron, I do have a higher res picture. Send me an Email and I will provide the original.

    in reply to: Soboba is OPEN #13749
    Jerome Daoust
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    Monday, Sept 13… A good group of PG pilots today. Wind direction was good but on the strong side. I launched 3 hours before sunset and landed at sunset, reaching 6k in flight. A mostly smooth flight, with views matching the one in the picture above.

    Tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept 14) is predicted to be even better: Ideal (not as strong) wind, and higher altitudes predicted. Good time to arrive is 2:45pm if you are new to the place (paperwork) otherwise 3:15 pm to catch the next shuttle up. But check the forecast before heading out. See you there. Update: PiRep for Sept 14.

    in reply to: Soboba is OPEN #13748
    Jerome Daoust
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    It is a fun tease to read a “you missed it” flight report, but much better if you are told beforehand…

    At this moment, conditions look favorable for late afternoon flying at Soboba for the next 2 days (Sept 13+14).

    Yes, I know… You have one of those “job things” to go to.

    in reply to: TFR South Fire, Fontana #13691
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Friday 11:25am: TFR (same size) still in effect West of Devil Canyon, but no obvious smoke at this time, when looking from Little Mountain.

    in reply to: TFR South Fire, Fontana #13686
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor
    in reply to: Everything SOLD: Big Sale of Paragliding Equipment #13550
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    All items have been sold.

    Thanks to all who purchased and those who helped share the inventory.

    in reply to: Everything SOLD: Big Sale of Paragliding Equipment #13379
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    That was fast: Sold everything, minus 1 wing…

    Element 3 Large 95-125 kg (209-276 lb). So, for pilot weight of 167-234 lb (76-106 kg) considering 42 lb gear. It is NEW. Ideal for a new pilot or student, similar performance to a Mojo 5, but with more robust materials.

    in reply to: Everything SOLD: Big Sale of Paragliding Equipment #13358
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Thanks for the kind words Bille.

    I am gradually reducing the services I offer, starting Oct 18 will still offer: Equipment sales at a discount, reserve repacking, theory lessons, kiting lessons, mentoring. More info here.

    This is a good thing for me, and I will get more time to fly.

    in reply to: Everything SOLD: Big Sale of Paragliding Equipment #13313
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    About half the items have sold, I have updated the list of remaining items, follow same link above.

    in reply to: Shade Structure Voting Reults are In! #13292
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Thanks for the info Mark and Jai Pal. I’m more used to paraglider specs than HVAC, but gather that each of the unit’s outdoor compressor will consume 9.3 A at startup (LRA: Locked Rotor Amps) and 7.2 A after during use (RLA: Rated Load Amps), with a fan adding 0.5 A. If operating with 115 V, we are looking at about 886 W (= 115 V x 7.2+0.5 A) continuous for each outdoor unit. Not sure how much the indoor unit fan consumes, but guessing we are around 1000 W for each unit (outdoor+indoor). So around 2000 W total for 2 A/C units.

    Must learn to “go with the flow” and worry less. Knowing we have experts in each field helps trusting this project is in good hands.

    in reply to: Shade Structure Voting Reults are In! #13280
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Hi Jai Pal, you wrote… “run 2 -12,000 A/C-heat units for about 2/3 of the year.  12 amps startup and 1+ amps running amps.”

    Maybe there is a much higher voltage these A/C units will run on, but if it  is on 120 V, each would consume 120 W,  which is about 2 old fashioned 60 W lightbulbs. 240 W if the 1 Amp is on a 220-240 V circuit. Hard to imagine A/C units being so efficient as not consuming more than a few incandescent light bulbs. This reference indicates that a single 12,000 BTU A/C on 115 V consumes 13 Amps, or 1495  Watts, which is more believable , about the same as a small hairdryer.

    Since solar panels is part of your profession, I feel bad for asking but… Are you sure the power consumption of those A/C units is not at least an order of magnitude more? Maybe you just made a typo when writing “1+ amps running amps” and meant to write “10 amps running amps”.

    Please tell me I worry for nothing and all will be fine.  🙂  Thank you for being a big part of this project.

    in reply to: Shade Structure Voting Reults are In! #13275
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Thank you Jai Pal, for answering my question about solar panel quantity/surface. Info like this is helpful.

    You also bring up a good point that options 3 & 4 are near identical, which increases the percentage of voters who chose a similar design.

    This conversation and sharing of details is good.

    An idea for more people to help financially… Add the possibility to pre-pay 5-10 years of membership to temporarily boost club funds?

    in reply to: Shade Structure Voting Reults are In! #13272
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Option 3 won with 28% of  the votes, which also means that 72% of voters preferred doing something else.

    Before we commit funds to a given path and permanently alter existing work (like the kitchen), can we have a quick consolidation vote in proceeding with this specific path, simply asking CSS members…

    Do you want to proceed with option 3, or return to considering all options (including what should be on the LZ like shade alone and/or storage) ?

    Thank you for considering this. From what I heard in the LZ yesterday, this would help appease many. The only downside of this extra vote is a short pause, but we could afterwards proceed with greater unity.

     

    in reply to: Shade Structure Voting Reults are In! #13250
    Jerome Daoust
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    CSS Instructor

    Hi Jai Pal, today Tim shed light on the master plan… That the inside of the building could be air conditioned and that power be drawn from solar panels you are donating. Sounds like a possible solution and thank you for your generous donation to the club !

    What is your calculation for how much solar panel surface is needed to cool the enclosed volume on a 100+ °F day? Are we trying to cool the air for people staying inside (why stay inside?), or just equipment not to overheat?