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Old Jun 03, 2008, 10:13 AM
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DLG flying at the Chandler Bowl

Lee Wolfe (RotorCycle here on RCGroups) has been busy getting a lot of us hooked into flying DLGs at Thude Park (a.k.a. Chandler Bowl) in Chandler, AZ. Here's a little video I posted out on Vimeo for your viewing pleasure!

DLG Evening (5 min 6 sec)


Note: to see this video in a larger format, with HD turned on, hover over the embedded video then click on the word “Vimeo”! I do not recommend watching full-screen as it wasn't rendered for that (unless your monitor is pretty tiny)!
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Old Jun 03, 2008, 11:27 AM
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That looks like the perfect way to spend an afternoon! I watched that video and sang along with Pink Floyd 4 times! I gotta get my chores done so I can do some flying!! Thanks for a great way to start the day. That vid goes well with coffee!

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Old Jun 03, 2008, 02:03 PM
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Great song and great video!
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Old Jun 03, 2008, 02:15 PM
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I guess I'm going to have to bring my Arrow out there more often. I've found some crazy thermals out of that field.
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Old Jun 03, 2008, 07:41 PM
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great vid,

all of us in phx area should get together to fly . On june 29th there is a contest in tucson . if you all are interested. lets get together and fly
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Old Jun 03, 2008, 09:17 PM
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Proppy Jon....Bring those guys down to Tucson!!
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Old Jun 03, 2008, 10:08 PM
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Throwdown,

Will that plane turn to the right?

I noticed that every turn in the 5 minute video was to the left.

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Old Jun 03, 2008, 10:55 PM
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That seems to be the only way to thermal at that field. Every right turn you are in sink, but left you are in the thermal. And it doesn't matter which side of the field.
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Old Jun 04, 2008, 12:23 AM
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Throwdown,

Will that plane turn to the right?

I noticed that every turn in the 5 minute video was to the left.

Buddy
That's funny cuz I tend to turn to the left when I fly too. Lee was at the east end of the field... maybe the thermals spiral different there and left is the "right" way to go!

I had a 25 minute flight last weekend with my full-house Photon II. That was my personal best. I've only had it for a couple of weeks now and I'm loving every minute of it.

The bowl is drawing more and more DLG flyers. Charlie and George are our resident DLG gurus and it's always a blast watching them launch side by side at the same time!

Cecil
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Old Jun 04, 2008, 11:33 PM
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so where is this chandler bowl

i heard that in china the rotation of thermals are backwards but here in the states they all go the same direction maybe in china lift is on the out side and ithe sink is in the center?? is this true beleve it or not!
back to the original question where is the chandler bowl and when do you guys fly ?? maybe ill make it your way this weekend i will be at the ihlgf in poway john
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Old Jun 05, 2008, 01:21 AM
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I'll probably be out there on Friday.

But to get to the Chandler Bowl, I take the 101 to Ray road. Get off and head east. First light, turn right (going south). Go till it dead ends to a park. You'll find the bowl in the bowl. The ramada is the pits, the runway is pretty easy to spot.
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Old Jun 05, 2008, 06:39 AM
Thermals the path to elevation
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Quote:
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Throwdown,

Will that plane turn to the right?

I noticed that every turn in the 5 minute video was to the left.

Buddy
Sorry to end the mystery on the earth's rotation, swirling thermals, or unseen power vortexes causing left turns

Actually any right turns would have put us right into the main flight path and over the runway. So when flying from the left side of the field where we were, it was safest to turn left and fly over the adjacent field.

When no fast movers are up, we take up the whole field by turning right

On the weekends we've been flying mostly on the west side where there's more room, and hogging the whole field. Of course, it's not long before we're HIGHER than all the planes and helis
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Old Jun 05, 2008, 10:06 PM
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is it that small of an area

youve all heard it before is it that small ?? of an area doesnt the circle end the same place it starts ? right or left ?? thanks but i guess its a long way to travel for a small fliing area maybe you all could make it to tucson on the 29th thanks jon
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Old Jun 05, 2008, 11:44 PM
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The field is plenty large enough, we were just in one corner off the end of the runway. A right turn would have been in the flight path of some planes and jets flying at the time. The other end of the field was wide open, not to mention there is a southern quadrant that no one uses. You'll see a DLG or two out there sometimes.
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Old Jun 06, 2008, 12:57 AM
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John, the Bowl is bigger than Coyote Basin. But unlike the Coyote Basin, the bowl can get packed with electrics (it is their only field after all). And almost all the lift generally heads towards the freeway and the apartments (which are technically outside the boundaries of the flying area).
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