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Old Sep 09, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Fun soaring day at Los Banos, 9-22-12

Los Banos Fun Day, September 22, 2012
Slope Flying on September 22, 2012.

It is time once again for a fun outing to Los Banos. This is a completely informal, fly any airplane you bring, get together on the slope.

Bring a range of airplanes from floaters, to scale planes, to whatever, arrive any time during the day, fly as much as you want, put away all the flying hardware, and go into town for dinner just after sunset.

Bring drinking water, food, sunscreen, sunglasses, chairs. . . . anything to be self sufficient for the day. Be sure to pay the day use fee for the park. I think it's $10.00, and you get it down in front of the dam, either self-serve or with the help of a ranger.

I will watch the weather forecast in the days prior to Saturday, September 22. I will make the final decision whether I will go or not by noon Friday, September 21, and I will post here.

Even with the prevalence of 2.4 Ghz radios, there are lots of 72 Mhz radios in use, so PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO FREQUENCY CONTROL.

See Ya On The Slope,
Eric
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 10:10 AM
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I'm in!
I've been scoping out Los Banos wind for the last few weeks - Looking to
maiden a 6 meter K8B if the wind is right.

-Bruce
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 10:38 AM
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What's the story Eric. Are you hoping for slope conditions good enough for big heavy planes, such as my fleet of lead sleds....

72 mhz, ch. 56

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Old Sep 10, 2012, 12:10 PM
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maiden a 6 meter K8B if the wind is right.
-Bruce
Bruce,
Make sure to perform a visual spar inspection. Inconsistent workmanship is causing a lot of buz online. Starting on post #249 and on
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1680781

sean
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Bruce,
Make sure to perform a visual spar inspection. Inconsistent workmanship is causing a lot of buz online. Starting on post #249 and on
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1680781

sean
Will Do!
Going to do a thorough pre-flight check.
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 07:32 PM
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Bring ALL your gliders!

Hey Kent and everyone:

As you know, there is really no way to call the conditions this far in advance. But, bring a floater, a sled, and everything in between.

I will post here whether or not I will go, and a little note about the forecast, by noon on the 21st.

Eric
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 02:51 PM
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We may not know the wind conditions yet, but one thing is for sure....it'll be in the mid 90s. Yikes

Living on the coast, as I do, temps in the mid 70s is a heatwave. Late October looks better to me or even November for that matter.

Kent
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 01:53 PM
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Who is planning on coming out Saturday?

Hi guys,

Been a while since I have flown and I would like to go to LB to have some fun with everyone on Saturday. I moved from Castro Valley to San Martin but just have a small rental place for now and no place to build. So I purchased a few RTF's.

I have a Phase 3 Phoenix II nearly ready to go, may have a DG-1000 also.

So who is going and what time are people getting out there? Carpool anyone?

Donn Schifano
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 02:02 PM
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If the winds are great, I'll be out with the Horten Alpine Sled.

Kent
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Weather forecast at Los Banos Reservoir Station for this saturday:

Partly cloudy. High of 90F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSW in the afternoon.
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Old Sep 19, 2012, 08:42 PM
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I am definitely in if conditions are right! I have mainly slope planes. An Alula, Weasel, Speedo, a zip 22 and even a Coyote. I can even bring my light Huron DLG if it gets really light. LOL. Oh yeah, I also have an old Talon. Talon is in the process of being repaired though.

Jeremy

P.S. Which way is the optimal wind direction for LB? And what direction is not flyable?
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Old Sep 19, 2012, 09:09 PM
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I've always wanted to give Los Banos a try... will stay tuned to predicted weather and will see if I can make it. It would be great to go with the "experts" in the crowd!

Cheers,

Rob
72Mhz. Ch.11
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Old Sep 20, 2012, 07:45 AM
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If this Saturday is no good, do we just move it to the following Saturday? I am ok with either Saturday.
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Old Sep 20, 2012, 12:24 PM
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Whatever planes you bring, make sure to include floaters or light air slopers as well. I personally do not see it getting very windy for this time of the year, but it looks like will be flyable for sure.

Final word will come from Eric as to the go/no go decision, so stay tuned.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 01:26 PM
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It's a go!

The forecast for tomorrow at Los Banos is for the wind to be WNW at 5 to 10, and it'll get to about 90 F.

See Ya Tomorrow On The Slope,
Eric
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