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Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
09-06-2013, 08:55 PM,
#1
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Sunday at the Cruzan airfield should be exceptional: 5-600 ft/min of lift, BS ration 9 to 10, cloud base 3000-4000 ft. Wind starting NE switching to E 8-9 mph. James and I are going and Kent should call us tomorrow. We will contact Bob Cruzan then. Worse case scenario, James and I will get Kent's scooters and find a spotter. It should be an exceptional day.
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09-07-2013, 12:07 AM,
#2
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Sure wish I could make it out with such an excellent forecast. If Patrick didn't share my story with the rest of the group, I will. I was out mowing the yard at my place on Thursday evening. Anyone who has been at my place knows how hilly it is in spots. As I was going up one of those hills,(as I have done hundreds, if not thousands of times) the riding lawn mower flipped over backwards on top of me. I mostly was able to keep it from landing on me. At first glance, most of the damage seemed to be to my right leg, a pretty severe scrape from my ankle up to mid calf, a softball sized lump immediately appeared on the side of my calf muscle and a baseball sized lump at the base of the scrape. Today I have more bumps and bruises than I even knew I had. My neck and shoulders feel like they took the brunt of the impact, I'm very lucky I didn't break my neck. My right wrist is banged up as well. All in all I feel pretty lucky that nothing appears to be broken and I still have all my original parts. That is why I don't think I will be able to make it out this weekend as much as I want too! Looks like two weekends in a row that I'll be missing. I'm headed to Gallatin, TN next Saturday for a wedding and won't be back until Sunday night. I sure hope we will have other forecasts this promising on a weekend that we can ALL make it out. Kim
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things. Antoine de St. Exupery
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09-07-2013, 01:29 AM,
#3
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Sorry to hear of your accident Kim and hope you mend quickly. I drove past the north south road by Windfall and the beans are starting to turn yellow. We will have lots of good flying in late September and October.
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09-07-2013, 07:22 AM,
#4
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Damn, Kim, glad you are alive! That could have been much worse!

My mom-in-law is visiting this weekend, and my wife is organizing some stupid baby shower for her best friend or whatnot, so I doubt I'll get the permission to go tomorrow, but I'll try to ask sometime today, from a reasonable distance when the timing seems good. I'll report later as to the answer. If you don't hear from me, well, yes, you can have my shit. :-)
"I saw on this nature show how male elk douses himself with urine to smell sweeter to the opposite sex. What a coincidence!!" ~Deep thought by Jack Handey
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09-07-2013, 08:20 AM,
#5
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Your middle name is not danger for nothing, Michal.
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09-07-2013, 09:21 PM,
#6
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
I plan to be there about 10ish. Yes I made it back home Saturday night.
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09-07-2013, 09:26 PM,
#7
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
I've got good news and I got good news. The first good news is, I'm still alive.

The second good news is I won't come flying tomorrow. How is that good news? Well, I'll try to explain it the way it was explained to me. Apparently I will enjoy running after the #@!!#@!@ kids all day long while my wife and her mother are lounging around much more than I would flying. I've been told I feel that way. For those who don't understand online sarcasm, the answer is I'm not going flying and I'm pissed off about it.

Looking at the bright side of it: with Kim and I both taking two for the team, you guys are gonna have a legendary day. Yes, I said it. Now you'll have to flip a coin who tows whom first, because the second guy up will have to wait a couple of hours for the first one to come down. :-)
"I saw on this nature show how male elk douses himself with urine to smell sweeter to the opposite sex. What a coincidence!!" ~Deep thought by Jack Handey
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09-08-2013, 06:54 PM,
#8
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Looking forward to some reports on todays flying. Early reports from the field say Patrick gained to 1350 ft. from a 700 ft. tow and James went to 2000 ft. for 30 minutes. I need details! I'm already suffering from HG withdrawal symptoms. How high, how long?
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things. Antoine de St. Exupery
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09-08-2013, 08:00 PM,
#9
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Michal said:
"Looking at the bright side of it: with Kim and I both taking two for the team, you guys are gonna have a legendary day. Yes, I said it. Now you'll have to flip a coin who tows whom first, because the second guy up will have to wait a couple of hours for the first one to come down. :-)"

It was a very good day! I towed Patrick and James a few times starting around 11:30 I think, and there were signs it was going to be a "lifty" day. Not much wind so tows were not getting very high, 700 to 800 feet. But early on flights were extended by weak thermals and zero sink. My first flight was to 700' with no gain but floated around for awhile at 350' and touched down a few feet from the orange cone landing spot. My second flight was the last one of the day and by about 2:30, over development had pretty much shut things down. I misjudged things a bit when I hit some sink on my downwind and base and ended up landing about 50' out in the beans. (First cross country from this site!) Things were much better for James and Patrick with a gain for Patrick to 1350' and James to over 2600'. They can fill in more details. A fun day and packed up by 3:00!
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09-08-2013, 09:34 PM,
#10
Flying at Cruzan on 9-8-13
Michal and Kim, I've got good news. The lift was supposed to be awesome and it was indeed, but for a short time window between 1 and 2:30 PM, so it would have been enough to get 2 maybe 3 pilots in the air. Nonetheless we broke records for Cruzan: James went to cloud base and Kent went cross country. I released at 800 ft. Was heading back towards take off when Kent's vario started beeping signaling the "house thermal" between the tree line and the run way. I think it was triggering because it was on the sunny side of the moving shadow of a cloud. I made a half dozen 360s then lost the core of it and zeroed for a while before loosing altitude and having to land. I found thermals during the other two flights but could not center it or was too low and had to land.
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