CALLING ALL PILOTS: the future of free flight in the US is at stake!
This issue affects every hang glider and paraglider pilot flying in the US, and requires all of us to contribute what we can. The insurance landscape has changed dramatically, forcing USHPA to pursue self-insurance. We are launching an unprecedented campaign – Free Flight Forever – in order to create a self-insurance group and protect our sites, schools, and members.
Over the years a number of experienced pilots have accumulated a wealth of cross country flying knowledge either on hang gliders, on paragliders, or both. We are going to give them a chance to educate us on the finer points of X/C flying. I will host an evening of exchanging cross-country flying knowledge and skills from seasoned, experienced pilots to up-and-coming X/C pilots. All of the meet's competing pilots can come and learn. It will be a non-mandatory, informal gathering and its free (for the competing pilots). Here are the specifics of the event:
Cross Country Information Exchange (X/C Info Exchange).
Chelan Airport Pilot's Lounge
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday, June 29th.
Pizza, water and soda provided by the Classic. Please BYOB.
I've already lined up three presenters:
Glider Performance, Lift-to-Drag Optimization – Paul Dees
X/C Flying Weather for Dummies – Owen Shoemaker
Quotable Information – accumulated quotes from great pilots – Lenny Baron
Here's my plan for the evening: Each presenter will have up to 10 minutes. I'll ask the audience to refrain from questions until after the presentations, then we'll allow a short Q&A period ~5 minutes. We ought to be able to get in four presentations, then take a 15-minute break, then do four more, and finally allow the audience to intermingle and get good one-on-one exchanges for the remainder of the evening. Paper copies of the presentations will be available.
The primary goal is to bring out the juicy information to the novice X/C pilots, but I'm pretty certain even the most seasoned X/C pilot will find a new morsel of valuable information…even an old dog like myself can still learn new tricks.
I'm looking for experienced pilots who are eager to contribute a presentation…please contact me via E-mail.
It’s now early June, the flying season is here and the Chelan dust devils are taunting us to come out and play! Due to the dryer than normal winter and hotter than normal spring, I predict the X/C conditions for the meet, June 28 to July 3 are going to be epic.
We’ve received so far 12 preregistered pilots which include 5 paraglider pilots from Nepal – maybe after they launch at the Butte they will choose to fly west into the mountains rather than east onto the flats. Preregistration will save you $10 ($110 now vs. $120 later) and it runs through June 15th…Ah heck, let’s keep it open a bit longer – OK, June 21 is the new cutoff for preregistered pilots.
Information sources for the 2015 Classic/US Open Distance Championships are popping up all over on the interwebs. You can always find stuff on the CBCC website. We now also have a dedicated Chelan X/C website, “chelanclassic.com”, courtesy of Jim Steel. We are planning on using the new site for daily scores postings. Davis Straub has posted meet info on the OZ Report. We currently have two active Facebook locations, search for one at: “2015 Chelan Cross Country Classic & Open Distance Championships”, also check out “Chelan XC Classic Pilots and Drivers” if you would like to find ride and retrieval coordination information. How about Twitter???
Here are some additional planned side events for this year’s meets: 1) Cross Country Skills Workshop – the weekend before the meet, Sat./Sun. June 20, 21 and Sat., June 27. Paul Dees and Owen Shoemaker are facilitating this informal orientation and flying. This is a great opportunity to learn your new or dust off your old X/C skills – come be a student or a mentor. Meet at the Chelan Falls Soccer Field at 9:00 am – and the price…Free! It should be a lot of fun. 2) Sat. June 27, 5:00 pm registration at the Chelan Falls pavilion (LZ) then 7:00 orientation and tips for the meet provided by the Meet Director (me). 3) Battle Above the Butte – The Rematch – informal grudge match between the paragliders and hang gliders with beer money and bragging rights on the line! 4) An X/C Information Exchange evening, beginning at 6:00 pm, Monday June 29th at the Chelan Airport pilot lounge. Experienced, wise pilots can volunteer and prepare a 10-minute talk about tips and tricks of X/C flying. They’ll also bring along paper summaries for handouts. Pizzas provided but please BYOB 5) USHPA film festival is planned for Wednesday, July 1 time and location TBD 6) We’ll have daily raffle prizes which can be measured in tonnage this year. 7) The always popular BBQ and the awards ceremony on the last day of the meet, Friday July 3.
Chelan accommodations should be much easier this year since we are running the meet before the busy 4th of July weekend. Here are some options:
The High School football stadium is good for tent camping and RVs – outhouse available, but no water or showers (use the lake or the showers at Chelan Falls)
Camping at the Beebe Bridge Park (first come first served) or Chelan City Park (check for reservations).
Motels and hotels in town – contact the Chelan Chamber of Commerce
Hey everybody make your plan and come fly Chelan!
For more information E-mail at:
Lenny Baron, 2015 Chelan Cross Country Classic and US Nationals Open Distance Championships Meet Director
New venue for this year’s Frostbite due to the early rise of Riffe Lake (Dog Patch LZ). Our usual LZ will be under water, so lucky for us the Auman’s invited us to move the party on over to their place! (Area 151 is located just 13 minutes West of Morton).
They have a small 300’ foot hill and training hill on the property, and their property is also the LZ for Bremmer! I think this might be one of the best bite’s ever. (address and directions below)
Same date: April 18th and 19th.
Please show your support by joining in the fun!
Tina and Larry
Dave & Diana Auman 360-496-6655
118-A Dodge Road
Morton, WA 98356
From Morton, via State Rte 508 W/Main Ave. (intersection with trafic light) heading West – 13 min, / 7.3 miles
Turn Left on Dodge Road. 2nd Driveway on Right, follow to end of Gravel Road.
The campground will start filling up on Friday night, but we have a lot of room on our property whether you have a pup tent or a big ass RV. We are waving our regular $20/day use fee so that all of the proceeds can go to The CBCC. Their fee is $30.00/person for a weekend of camping and dinner and drinks on Saturday night. CBCC will be supplying the meat for the meal and kegs of beer, and everyone is encouraged to bring their best potluck dish. Conrad who owns our favorite local watering hole (The Bucksnort Pub)wants to show his appreciation for all the pilot patronage by bringing his portable bar that will be stocked with some popular mixed drinks. Pilots are welcome to add to this stock with their own favorites if they want a "Pro" mixing for them. Diana and I are considering paying for a band to play on our 30 foot Military Tractor Trailer Stage, like we did for our charity Fly-in that we hosted here last August and would welcome your input on that decision. If we get a positive response on this matter, we will make sure that we allow a slot later in the evening for our always very entertaining pilot musicians. Let us know what you think. The dinner and the party and the music are always a great time, but we should also remember that this is the The Frostbite Festival that raises money for a great cause and allows all of us pilots to get together, share all of our stories and kick off this years great flying season. Hope to see you all here, Dave.
Hey everyone! It’s almost April, your hoops bracket is busted and your tax returns are done – right? It’s time get back in the air and begin to make plans for the 34th Annual Chelan Cross Country Classic and US National Open Distance Championships, June 28th to July 3rd.
First, a little background last fall I went to the CBCC annual meeting. There, we talked about ways to increase attendance for the upcoming 2015 Classic – our 2014 numbers were down. We decided to either make the meet better suited for fledgling X/C pilots by holding seminars and mentorship opportunities or we could make the meet better suited for the seasoned X/C veteran who wants to compete against the best pilots around. I’m elated to report that for this year we have decided to do BOTH!!!!
So here’s the lineup. Very awesome hang glider pilot, Paul Dees and equally awesome Paraglider pilot, Matty Senior have volunteered to organize events before the Classic (warm up weekend) and during the Classic (evenings and breakfast seminars) to get the juicy X/C information to all of the pilots who seek to improve their game – more details forthcoming. Meanwhile, totally awesome, Lori Lawson (meet organizer), and self-declared awesome, Lenny Baron (meet director) have been successful at getting this year’s meet to be not only USHPA sanctioned but also, because it was the only open distance meet in the US this year, we declared it to be the US Open Distance Championships. Points awarded at the meet will go towards national ranking points. So if that doesn’t draw in the top dogs in both paragliding and hang gliding, I don’t know what will. Lori has also been working to secure seminar venues and low cost camping/RV sites in town. She is also working to set up an organized way to coordinate rides up the hill and retrievals. In-town motels and Beebe Bridge camping ought to be easier this year, since we are the week before the 4th of July and not the week of the 4th.
Rules are more or less the same as last year but we’ve added the scoring required for the sanctioned Championships. Awesome score keeper, Aaron Rinn is coding up the scoring Al Gore Rhythms right now! We’ve had to eliminate some really bogus triangles (better described as slivers). Pilots will still chose their own tasks to get the most out of each day. Multiple glider classes available for both paras and hangs. The last day of the meet and the Friday night BBQ are on the 3rd of July. We’ll tally the scores and award trophies on that evening…then commence to party.
The preregistration window is OPEN!!!! Sorry, we had to jack up the entry fee a bit this year to cover the added sanctioning expenses/insurance. $110 until June 15, $120 regular registration thereafter. That includes: T-shirt, BBQ ticket, seminars, daily outhouse use, accurate scoring of your flights, camaraderie, and much, much more. Pilot early registration is available on the CBCC Website under Calendar of Events. More updates coming soon on the CBCC website, Facebook, Wall Street Journal (kidding), USHPA website and magazine.
I’m seeking volunteers:
launch directors, web site developer, scoring helper, safety focal, site preparation, BBQ organizers, Paragliding coordinator, registration, T-shirt design, etc.
– let me know if you’re willing to join in on the fun. E-mail at: