Dear SDHGPA member,
This update is provided to alert you about upcoming events in the flying community.
Laguna Camp-N-Fly - August 28-30
The annual Laguna Camp-N-Fly flyin will be held Saturday August 29th. The SDHGPA has reserved a group campsite at the Whitethorn Group Campground for Friday and Saturday nights, (28th and 29th). Check in time is 2pm on Friday and check-out time is 2pm on Sunday (30th). Rumor has it that Danielle Kinch has offered to shuttle drive/shuttle pilots. Thanks Danielle!!!
For more more information about the Whitehorn campsite, please visit:
Special Note: Laguna is listed as a "sensitive site." All flyers must land only in the club LZ if an XC opportunity is not available. SDHGPA membership is required for this site. Temporary membership forms are available on the web site or at launch. PG pilots, please make sure weather conditions are suitable for your experience level and piloting skill.
If you have any questions contact Bill Helliwell.
2009 Kick Gas Festival- October 24th
The SDHGPA and the Torrey Pines Gliderport have joined forces to promote the Sports of Hang Gliding and Paragliding with a booth at the 2009 Kick Gas Festival at Qualcomm Stadium. (http://www.kickgasfestival.com/) We encourage all So Cal instructors to provide information about their services for the event as I am sure many people will be interested in learning more about the sports.
We need volunteers to work the booth. If you are interested, please contact Danielle Kinch for more information.
Santa Cruz Flats Race - September 20-26th
I would like to invite San Diego area pilots to come out to the Santa Cruz Flats Race in Casa Grande, Arizona, September 20-26th. This is a USHPA and CIVL sanctioned race to goal format competition. It is a great competition and we've had a wonderful time there the past two years staying at the hotel, sitting by the pool, getting pulled up next to the golf course, and flying in smooth air conditions over the Arizona flatlands.
If you would be so kind as you keep this in mind and encourage any local pilots that you know who would enjoy coming to this competition.
If you have any questions, please contact me. I'm producing articles on the upcoming competition in the Oz Report and there are many article about our previous experiences there here:
On the road, USA
This summer Palomar has provided consistent XC opportunities. Many PG flights have resulted in 10+ mile XC flights. If you find your self 800-1000 over launch, give the XC route a try. You can view some of these XC flights on Leonardo.
This site also had a recent injury accident. Please be careful on approach to the "primary" LZ below launch. This is a cramped, thermic LZ subject to rotor. With a mere 1000 feet over launch, the large and inviting fields near the 76 (above Harrah's casino) are within unassisted glide.
One of the LZs along the Laguna XC route is near the conservation camp (low-security prison). It is on Vista water district property leased by the Navy. This LZ is approximately 3.5 NW of Warner Springs. They have said it is OK if we land there, but ask that we do NOT fly over the prison grounds or over the trees in the area. Please set up to land over open fields.
Last month we had a work party to clear the LZ. Special thanks to the 11 pilots and guests showed up to help clear brush and maintain the Launch and LZ. The forrest service is in the process of adding a new combination lock to the upper gate. I will alert everyone when it has been installed.
Summer, with high pressure days, yield very turbulent conditions. There was a recent injury accident at this site, but it has gone unreported. If you know any details about this incident please contact Roger Marsh, SDHGPA safety director, or another member of the board.
Suggestions and comments appreciated. Thank you for your continued support.
2009 SDHGPA President