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Looking for sink

Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:28 am

[  Mood: Happy ]

When I launched at 3:35 PM today it was blowing in nicely. I had to be on the other side of the Hudson Valley at 6:30 PM for a dinner reservation. So if I took 20 minutes to breakdown and stow my gear, an hour drive home, 20 minutes to change, and 20 minutes drive to the restaurant...

I could fly for an hour. MAX!

I got 2 steps with the bar pulled in before I hit the escalator. I went out front, I went up, I went north I went up, I came back in front of launch, ...still up. For a breezy winter day, it was relatively smooth, but strong. I have heard the stories of pilots who could not get down for hours at Ellenville. I started to worry I was going to be late.

I could NOT be late.

Dinner was for my son's birthday. This was the first flight that I was looking for sink. About a half mile north west of launch I found it and it was really good sink. I ended up on the ground in less than 15 minutes. The only other pilot to fly today was still in the air as I drove home. I don't think he went looking for sink.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject:    

Nice! Haven't had it happen to me yet... But maybe someday soon... Congrats on making it to the birthday dinner on time!

Love the pic. Also noticed what looks like a small solar powered weather station up there. Does that send data to a web site you guys can use? I've been thinking about how I could (cheaply) do something like that, and was curious if/how you guys found it useful.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject:    

The solar panel powers a cellphone and a windtalker: http://www.litek.com/wt.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:33 am    Post subject:    

That does it!!!

I'm going to have to make a serious attempt to make it to your side of the state this year. Just keep hearing too many good things about E-ville and think I need to find out for myself if it's all true. thumbsup
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