Steve Prairie’s reserve toss on YouTube
“Potty mouth pilots flying to Borrego Springs”
1) Buying Blossom - But First… Club Unity
Share the passion for free flight
The role of the club: Support Free Flight in San Diego
-site access & preservation
-maintaining reasonable insurance practices
What do you, as a member, want out of the club?
Before you answer that, remember that we’ve got 5-8 Board and key volunteers people supporting about 200. What would allow us to do more is for more members to step up and make a positive difference to help carry the torch.
Rather than purchasing and retaining Blossom ownership, we would likely work with the City, County, or other Agency to develop an Open-space Park with Recreational Access.
2) COVID19, Where do you stand and why?
Two sides are:
Elsinore Site Guide, Bill Soderquist
-About a dozen locals fly it
-Been landing over by O’Hara’s (terrible place to land if it starts to blow down)
-Mostly top land in cleared areas (via chop and controlled burns)
-The bank may own it, caretaker usually is the only one to come out and interact.
Sites we know are open:
- Palomar - watch out for drilling rigs, look for new parking lot area, walk Palomar before you fly the site.: via Bill H: well pipe, about a 1’ in diameter and 4’ high, requesting that we land to the NW side of the building where HG typically land. Need to update site guide regarding LZs
- Blossom - keep it Chill
- Laguna is open if flying the Cliff Launch, but we do not have an Active permit for the State Park and the Upper Launch being in the State Park is technically Closed due to COVID-19 . The ABSP haven’t cashed the check paying for our permit. The Earthquake Valley LZ is also closed (being in the State Park. All entrances to Anza-Borrego (Earthquake Valley) have been fenced off with tape. Nothing has been put on our gate at the upper launch. Rangers unlikely to be cool about us going to the upper launch.
- Otay is probably open
- Horse closed
- Little Black closed die to being in a City Park
- Big Black closed
Hey guys just wanted to reinforce to everyone that spring /early summer conditions are upon us.
We've had a handful incidences / accidents in the past week (I am sure everyone has seen Prairie's video) and this is indicative of the stronger conditions(in terms of turbulence and wind).
It is highly encouraged that only experienced mountain pilots fly midday this time of year. New and intermediate pilots should think about flying later in the afternoon. We have amazing glass-off conditions here in San Diego! Fly smart and stay safe!
- Chris Ottmar SDHGPA Safety Director
Next Month's Proposed Topics:
Sailplane pilot present to us on their lines.
Reserve aging (when should you replace it?)