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La Luz, New Mexico (USA) 1,100'/1,140' @ 6/1

Postby Bill Cummings » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:11 pm

La Luz New Mexico (USA)
Vertical is 1,100' from the NW launch. (5,870' MSL)
Vertical is 1,140' from the upper launch (SW facing) (5,910 MSL)
LZ MSL Average is 4,770'
Glide is 6/1 to the LZ

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:14 pm
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017:
Ann Dunlap and Bill Cummings came by my house about 8:15 this morning. By 9:30 we were meeting up with Mike Ellsworth in the La Luz landing zone. Everything went smoothly from there: drive up, set up, get ready to launch - except that the La Luz launch winds did not cooperate. We were at the Northwest Launch for hours, without a good lull to launch in while winds roared from 20 to 35 miles per hour. Finally, we carried the gliders for all three pilots (I was driving, today) up to the Southwest Launch. Winds still were not good, but both Bill and Ann made launches there after some long waits. Bill shot up 500 feet above the launch - then plummeted as he began searching for thermals. His flight was about 8 minutes in duration. Ann had similar problems - she waited quite a while, then finally had a good takeoff. However she, too, had only a short flight. She worked some small thermals, but couldn't get much altitude in them. Finally she ended her first flight at the site by landing perfectly in a clear area on the east side of the power lines (Bill landed past them, to the west, right by the flag he had planted). She had a 6 minute flight. Mike wisely decided to pack up his T2C and ride back down with me. All's well that ends well; we had all the gliders tied down to the vehicles by 5:30, and went off in different directions - Mike to Ruidoso, the rest of us to dinner at Margo's Mexican Restaurant, and then Las Cruces. Better luck next time, eh?

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Ann and Bill Setting up at La Luz.JPG
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After Robin carried all three gliders up the 40 ft. hill.JPG
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Re: La Luz, New Mexico (USA) 1,100'/1,140' @ 6/1

Postby RobinHastings » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:47 am

Man, that was quite a flight, Bill! I was gripping the base tube (well, keyboard) just watching it. "Smart is way over rated - lucky is where it's at!" Considering the conditions that day - you were smart.
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Re: La Luz, New Mexico (USA) 1,100'/1,140' @ 6/1

Postby RobinHastings » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:51 pm

Saturday, September 29, 2018:
Things went very well today! Bill and I got to Cox Field exactly at 10:00 am, and in a couple of minutes Juan Mira showed up with his friends Leslie (who lives in Alamogordo) and Maritsa (sp?) who also goes to University of the Southwest in Hobbs. (She and Juan are on the tennis team there, Leslie used to be before graduation.) We went to the La Luz landing zone, pointed out the power lines to Juan, and headed up to launch. I took off about 12:35 pm MDT into perfect conditions - southwest winds, right up the slope, 12-15 mph. I went up a bit, got bumped a bit but nothing bad, and headed out to the LZ so that I could be there to radio Juan on in. Bill stayed on launch to make sure Juan had a perfect takeoff, at 12:43, and within the first minute I could see that Juan was going to be just fine. Like me, he had a 3-minute sled run (my estimate) and a perfect landing. Great first flight in New Mexico! He loved it, and everyone back on launch was well impressed. We'll see what we can do tomorrow, too. It looks like we have an excellent new Hang 2 in our region!
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Re: La Luz, New Mexico (USA) 1,100'/1,140' @ 6/1

Postby Bill Cummings » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:43 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Saturday, September 29, 2018:
Things went very well today! Bill and I got to Cox Field exactly at 10:00 am, and in a couple of minutes Juan Mira showed up with his friends Leslie (who lives in Alamogordo) and Maritsa (sp?) who also goes to University of the Southwest in Hobbs. (She and Juan are on the tennis team there, Leslie used to be before graduation.) We went to the La Luz landing zone, pointed out the power lines to Juan, and headed up to launch. I took off about 12:35 pm MDT into perfect conditions - southwest winds, right up the slope, 12-15 mph. I went up a bit, got bumped a bit but nothing bad, and headed out to the LZ so that I could be there to radio Juan on in. Bill stayed on launch to make sure Juan had a perfect takeoff, at 12:43, and within the first minute I could see that Juan was going to be just fine. Like me, he had a 3-minute sled run (my estimate) and a perfect landing. Great first flight in New Mexico! He loved it, and everyone back on launch was well impressed. We'll see what we can do tomorrow, too. It looks like we have an excellent new Hang 2 in our region!
-Robin

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Re: La Luz, New Mexico (USA) 1,100'/1,140' @ 6/1

Postby RobinHastings » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:41 pm

Juan Mira had a nice, 5-minute flight at La Luz today, launching at 12:10 pm MST. He soared briefly, then the wind died out and he headed out to a very fine landing in the LZ. Steve Crye laid out his PG, but finally decided that the terrain at the La Luz NW launch is just not suited to paragliders. He and I drove on down and picked up Juan, then Steve headed back to El Paso in hopes of airtime at Nelson's Launch. Beautiful weather today, and Juan is having a really good break from academics for a week.
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