- Oct 24th 2015 -
Fly till sunset under the harvest moon, socialize & have a great BBQ, then sit back & relax watching the USHPA 2015 Film Festival under the stars.
Where: Palomar Main LZ
(Pala Roberts Ranch - 15450 California 76 Pauma Valley, CA 92061) (map)
11:00 - Meeting in Main LZ around for BBQ set-up and dropping off supplies.
12:00 - 4pm Carpooling to launch: Many will be coming out later in the day. Please try to wait for others and carpool up to launch from the LZ to minimize number of cars on launch.
We expect it to be flyable until dusk. See forecast to be updated below.
2pm - Peak Heating
4:40 - Moon rise
BBQ will start as people start to land.
6:05 - Sunset
6:45 ~ Film Festival Start
- SDHGPA Membership is Required to fly Palomar.
- This event is Free to SDHGPA Annual Members, & SDHGPA Visiting Pilot Members
- + Potluck item & BYOB: so plan to bring an appetizer, side dish, salad, or dessert to share.
- Non Flying Guests: $5 Donation for the BBQ main course.
- Remember to bring a beach chair for the film
Pala Roberts Ranch, 15450 California 76 Pauma Valley, CA 92061 ( 33.323150, -116.99440000 )
Carpool to both launches from the Main LZ to minimize cars on launch. Max 4 vehicles may be at Upper Smiley Launch. Main Launch is preferred for both HG & PG pilots.
When parking at main launch, park in designated parking area and fill the most NW slots available. Try to keep top landing approach path free of cars.
Active Launch Windows: Use mountain etiquette and do not setup in the Active Launch Windows. Only enter the Launch Windows with your gear if and when you are ready and intending to launch. If in Launch Windows or Top landing Approach areas, be cautious and aware of flight activities in all directions.
Prime Launching times for Palomar recently have been from 1:30-4:30 with flights extending till dusk. Note that peak heating is at 2 pm. Those launching at 4:30 pm last week reported having great flights with abundant fat lift. Those flying early in the day around noon and at peak heating reported strong and turbulent conditions with small built thermals. (Please choose suitable launching times and conditions to your skill level) (Some P2 & H2s have been heading out and getting in early training flights and landing before 10 or 11 am when conditions ramp up. Then having great late afternoon into evening flights later in the day when it is easier to stay up in the fatter lift)
SDHGPA Site Guide: http://www.sdhgpa.com/sites-guide.html
Palomar Site guide: http://www.sdhgpa.com/palomar.html
Bill's Weekend Mountain Flying Forecast:
High pressure is moving across California and into Nevada. This will make for NorthEasterly wind in the mountains, but not at Palomar. It seems that if we want a decent flying day at Palomar all we have to do is schedule a fly-in and bbq. It looks like the wind will be West in the afternoon. It will be light, 5-7 mph. Lift could be spotty, but as strong as 600 fpm, and going to 6,000'.
Steve's Palomar Forecast: (day of update)
Palomar will provide blocking to the NE flow and will be in a local convergence zone. Per RAP, NAM & Global Models, expect surface winds to be light W and more of a pure thermal day. The day is fairly inverted but I am a bit more optimistic then Bill on max altitudes for those that can thermal well. Even with the inversion, I would expect top of lift to 6-7K with some maybe getting to 8K aided by the local convergence. Starting at 5K (above the upper ridge lines) & up, should expect the NE flow to be mixing in. So the trick to getting over 6k will be to track the thermal drifts with the winds (likely back out over the valley) vs just pushing back against the terrain.
Main Course will be provided by the club however it is primarily a potluck; so plan to bring an appetizer, side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Please also bring any drinks you might want. BYOB
The Social Committee volunteered to coordinate the BBQ but will need help from others with: set up, manning the grills, and break down. Also, if you have tables or a grill that you would be willing to bring, that would be great. Ideally, we would like these things coordinated by mid day on Friday so that everything runs as smooth as possible on Saturday.
Prior to the Main Festival Films, we will be screening a few shorts, our SDHGPA mini documentary about Little Black, and possibly some clips from the days Fly-in on the big outdoor screen. If you have a short film you would like to share, let us know!
The Free Flight Film Festival one-hour showing will be held on October 24th at the Palomar Main LZ starting at ~ 6:45. The amazing visuals and compelling stories are sure to appeal to all audiences – pilots and non-pilots alike.
So bring out your friends and beach chairs to enjoy the showing on a big outdoor screen under the stars!
Several manufacturers have also donated equipment as prizes for our Film Festival Sweepstakes. In conjunction with their sponsorship of the Preflight Safety for Paragliding app, Ozone has donated a paraglider and a harness. In support of the Film Festival and Sweepstakes, Flytec USA has donated a 6030 flight instrument. Other prizes will also be included. Our heartfelt thanks to all of our sponsors!
To enter the contest, go to http://www.ushpa.aero/sweepstakes.asp
You will receive additional entries if you attended the 2015 USHPA Film Festival, Just enter in SDHGPA on your entry form for the Film Fest!
Winners will be selected at random on December 31, 2015 and announced via Facebook and on the USHPA website. The winners will be contacted directly via the email address they provide when entering.