Ozone Wings shine locally!

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From: GRANGER BANKS
To: Terry Sharp
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2012 4:49 PM
Subject: great job

Terry,
Heard you flew from Lookout to Boulder and back yesterday—great job.
How you liking your Mantra?
GRANGER BANKS
USHPA advanced tandem instructor
parasoftparagliding.com
303-494-2820

heya Granger,

Thanks but it was actually to the first flatiron ( green mountain ) and back to top land at Lookout.  I did it mostly with Sam Crater, it was pretty cool.  I have never made that flight before !!!

I am really liking the M4 allot !! Three flights to Boulder, two flights to Lyons and the Flatirons out and back yesterday.  And the epic one on July 4th down south to Monument  so far this summer !

The Mantra is a very well balanced glider with what I call deceptive performance,  it is so sold with a very easy feeling.  Just wish that it did not have so much white on it !  The Lookout love dust is making it look old before its time !!!  lol……….

Terry Sharp <tsflyer79 [at] comcast [dot] net>

Prefrontal conditons on Thursday

Another cold front looks like it will pass by tonight.  Pressure gradient -.15″ and NBR showing westerly winds.  Today will get cloudy. Will up slope flow be able to over power negative pressure gradient? Come hang in a harness and do classroom activities and ground handling until. Will meet at 8:30.

NOAA weather radio calling for steady NE winds this afternoon.

Sunday as good?

Yesterday’s post frontal conditions provided ample lift for 2 Ozone Delta pilots to soar. First Ted Smith flying a Delta for the first time climbed well over launch saying that he felt quite comfortable flying a Class C wing the first time. Not to be outdone, I launched my Delta and climbed to 2,000′ above launch before heading towards Lyons.  Concerned I was fighting into a head wind, I turned back after a few miles and landed at in Foothills Park.

Today’s pressure gradient is -.05″ and NBR is already showing easterly flow.  Sunny this morning and partly cloud this PM. NOAA weather radio is calling for SE winds 10-15 this afternoon—flight to Lyons?

Starting with P1’s at 7AM but no extra wings.

Missing: medium blue Ozone Element

This morning I noticed that my medium blue Ozone Element—school wing— was missing from the back of my truck.  I checked in my calendar and talked with the student that used it last and he placed it in my truck after lessons on April 28.

If any one sees a medium blue Ozone Element—-there are very few of them out there—please let me know so that I can investigate.

Thanks,

Granger

Radio concerns in Boulder from USHPA

Radio Frequency Urgent Update
Hi Colorado folks,

I received a phone call this morning from the Parks Department in Boulder. They coordinate park operations using radios which operate in the business band, in the same general range of frequencies where we have assignments. They were subject to some extended interference on their licensed frequency from local pilots.

They have a license to operate on 154.800 Mhz. USHPA is authorized to operate business band radios on 158.400 MHz. It is probable that some local pilots have mis-programmed radios which are interfering with the park’s licensed operations.

This sort of thing is exactly why it’s a requirement that only type-accepted, business band radios may be used on the five authorized frequencies. A modified ham radio is NOT legal to operate on these frequencies, because of the risk that it can be mis-programmed, among other reasons. A business band radio cannot be reprogrammed in the field, and the assumption is that a radio technician will set it up properly before use, so it won’t cause interference through misuse.

Police, fire, ambulance, SAR, parks and many other users all have allocations in this band. Some users are life-safety critical, and interference with them is dealt with very seriously by FCC. Penalties for illegal operation can run to $10,000 per incident plus confiscation of equipment. You DO NOT want to attract the attention of FCC, and stepping on other people’s dedicated frequencies is a good way to do it.

The five frequencies that USHPA has authorization for are:

151.505
151.625
151.925
151.955
158.400

Pilots can also get their ham license and operate on any of the simplex frequencies in the 144.5-148.0 band. The test is easy, the exam questions are on-line, and once you’ve passed you’re good for life. Just follow the basic rules, ID regularly and don’t interfere with other users.

Please verify that you are using legal equipment which is correctly programmed. I assured the Parks Department that we would immediately take action to eliminate the interference, and that they should contact me if any further problems occur.

I’m asking the office to send this to all pilots in Colorado, and I’d like to have you post it to your local club forums as well in case the offenders are not current members but are still actively flying and engaged with the community. Thanks for your attention, and fly safely.

Thanks,
Mark G. Forbes
USHPA Radio Committee Chairman
radio [at] ushpa [dot] aero

Office Contact:
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