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Old Jun 25, 2004, 01:30 AM
Del Schier, K1UHF
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[RCSE] Looking for a slope soaring site in the Caribbean

Hello all,

Has anyone vacationed in the Caribbean and seen or flown at a good slope
site that is good in the Summer prevailing winds. I will get real bored
sitting on the beach for a week with the family. I wanted to bring a glider
along for something to do. The island we pick is still up for grabs.

Del Schier
K1UHF


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Old Jun 25, 2004, 01:30 AM
Winchdoc
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Re: [RCSE] Looking for a slope soaring site in the Caribbean

RE: [RCSE] Looking for a slope soaring site in the CaribbeanGO DIVING!

Pretty flat down there. Best diving I've ever done. Do a "Resort Dive" with
an instructor if you are not certified.

Soaring related content:
It's a lot like flying yourself... over coral slopes, in really thick air!!

WinchDoc

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Old Jun 25, 2004, 02:16 AM
Keith
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Re: [RCSE] Looking for a slope soaring site in the Caribbean

Del,

I grew up in the Caribbean, on the east end of Puerto Rico, and traveled
extensively by boat and by air all over the entire Caribbean, and have
continued to do so as an adult, especially lately! I'm a corporate pilot
and often fly to various islands throughout the Caribbean. I can tell you
from first hand experience that there are many places to fly at least a
smalll glider. If I were you, I'd just pick an island for reasons other
than flying, and then just be sure to bring along a foamie wing or maybe one
of Tom Copp's 60" moldies. I'm particularly fond of the Nemesis 60" slope
racer! I've taken it and a Mini-Acacia along on some of my travels and had
a ball! I've sloped breakwaters, sand dunes, coastal hills and cliffs, the
sides of hotel and office buildings, you name it. If the seagulls can do
it, you can do it with one of these molded 60" slopers!! It's a blast to
stand on your balcony several floors up and launch your glider and fly off
the face of the building, looking out over the ocean and enjoying the view
while chasing seagulls all over the place! With a big enough hotel, you get
a pressure wave that builds upwind and higher up, and it's easy to penetrate
forward and climb out in the wave... so cool!! However, I'd only do this if
you have mastered flying in close quarters and hand catching your glider in
strong conditions. I've been doing it for years and am comfortable doing
it, and having your glider set up right and programmed properly with
spoileron or with seperate flaps is a must and will make hand-catching on
your balcony or that rocky little ledge or cliff a lot easier!!

I've seen several posts here that imply that most of the islands are pretty
flat and have no slopable areas, but that is just not true. Pick an island,
any island, for the scenery and the amenities, and then bring along your
glider and see what you find. I'll bet you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Keith McLellan
ATP, B-737, CL-601, Gulfstream III

----- Original Message -----
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Subject: [RCSE] Looking for a slope soaring site in the Caribbean


> Hello all,
>
> Has anyone vacationed in the Caribbean and seen or flown at a good slope
> site that is good in the Summer prevailing winds. I will get real bored
> sitting on the beach for a week with the family. I wanted to bring a

glider
> along for something to do. The island we pick is still up for grabs.
>
> Del Schier
> K1UHF
>
>
> http://www.qsl.net/k1uhf
> http://www.csflyers.org
>
>
> RCSE-List facilities provided by Model Airplane News. Send "subscribe"

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