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Old February 24th 20, 06:07 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Good news for Ely soaring fans.
First, great thanks to Keith for providing his Cessna and arranging tow pilot.
Towing service in Ely will be available from June 29 until July 18 for 10 pilots.
Reservation fee is 150 $ per week. Weekly increments only.
Towing cost will be based per tach time, hook-up to hook-up, expected 8 $/min.
Interested pilots please e-mail me and I will send back "pilot info form",
to get basic personal and glider information.
Marek Malolepszy
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Old February 24th 20, 06:52 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Additional info, got some questions.
Reservation fee is not going towards towing, non refundable.
Besides tow cost there is no additional ferry fees.
Ely Jet Center (FBO) at Ely Airport imposes tie-down fee as every year.
Marek

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Old February 26th 20, 04:38 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Ely has been ruined by their airport manager and ridiculous prices. Now soaring there is only for the rich. Such a shame, used to be real fun back with the Stowers brothers. Tonopah is a better way to go. Or head up to Utah.
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Old February 27th 20, 04:28 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:38:56 AM UTC-6, wrote:
Ely has been ruined by their airport manager and ridiculous prices. Now soaring there is only for the rich. Such a shame, used to be real fun back with the Stowers brothers. Tonopah is a better way to go. Or head up to Utah.



How much do they charge now at Ely?

Salutem,
Kimobear
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Old February 27th 20, 04:59 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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How about ground launching?* Bring your own.

On 2/27/2020 9:28 AM, kimobear wrote:
On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:38:56 AM UTC-6, wrote:
Ely has been ruined by their airport manager and ridiculous prices. Now soaring there is only for the rich. Such a shame, used to be real fun back with the Stowers brothers. Tonopah is a better way to go. Or head up to Utah.


How much do they charge now at Ely?

Salutem,
Kimobear


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Old February 27th 20, 07:49 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10:07:26 AM UTC-8, wrote:
Good news for Ely soaring fans.
First, great thanks to Keith for providing his Cessna and arranging tow pilot.
Towing service in Ely will be available from June 29 until July 18 for 10 pilots.
Reservation fee is 150 $ per week. Weekly increments only.
Towing cost will be based per tach time, hook-up to hook-up, expected 8 $/min.
Interested pilots please e-mail me and I will send back "pilot info form",
to get basic personal and glider information.
Marek Malolepszy


Send me pilot info form to and let me know what is tie down fee there.
Richard
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Old February 28th 20, 04:10 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Just a reminder that Ely is a very unforgiving soaring site. Off field lands in the desert can result in major glider damage. There are few safe landing choices. If you are new to Ely, please contact someone that has spent some time there and discuss the site before deciding to come fly.
Craig
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Old March 1st 20, 07:23 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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I was talking to a tow pilot about the fact that Ely is mostly un-landable for 100 miles all around the place and there seems to be a thunderstorm over the airport every afternoon in June and July! His reply was, “just land on the silver sage and I’ll come get you”! ...........OK, I ask, what’s Silver Sage? He explained that it’s a very light colored (silver) sage brush that grows on most dry lakes and level ground in the summer and only gets about 8” high. Best to have this all arranged ahead of time with the duty tow pilot, each day, because you may be able to safely land on most silver sage areas, but there’s no roads whatsoever in the places where silver sage grows and the buffalo roam!
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Old March 2nd 20, 03:52 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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True about the silver sage but there are plenty of dirt strips and dirt roads to land in Ely area. The databases we use have landable places every 20-30 miles. Landouts are actually rare as the conditions are strong enough that you fly near 18K under strong cloud streets the whole day. We rest on the weaker days. Also thunderstorms are more common later in July when the monsoon hits. All that said, Ely (and most of the Great Basin) is a great place to fly for those who are comfortable flying in the middle of nowhere...

Ramy
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Old March 2nd 20, 04:35 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:52:27 AM UTC-8, Ramy wrote:
True about the silver sage but there are plenty of dirt strips and dirt roads to land in Ely area. The databases we use have landable places every 20-30 miles. Landouts are actually rare as the conditions are strong enough that you fly near 18K under strong cloud streets the whole day. We rest on the weaker days. Also thunderstorms are more common later in July when the monsoon hits. All that said, Ely (and most of the Great Basin) is a great place to fly for those who are comfortable flying in the middle of nowhere....

Ramy


Ramy, The turnpoint databases are quite out of date. I reviewed on Google Earth the strips you are mentioning trying to update the Ely turnpoint file. Almost all were overgrown and would probably have torn up a glider if they landed there. After reviewing every airport and outlanding options on Truckee, Minden, Air Sailing, Montague, Bend, The Great Basin, and Ely files, to create a Lakeview TP file and potentially revamp a couple of other TP files, no one should use any turnpoint database for landing. Some are semi OK (Lakeview & Montague are best). Some were downright dangerous (Minden, TGB).. In addition, major airport changes were not listed such as width reductions, lengths, airport frequencies, etc. For Ely, I use a personally created TP file, but with caution because it is a now 1.5 years old.
For private airstrips, sectionals are woefully out of date as well. There are private strips on sectionals that haven't been there for decades. I'd only rely on public use airports and a few of those with skepticism on Sectionals.
Craig Reinholt
 




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