I'm not sure how civilized the discussion would be if the people you're criticizing were here to defend themselves. =)
Warren Narron - 2009/02/16 16:18
Davis, the Censure Bully, Straub, Strikes Again
Now Davis suppresses tow release information from Tad Eareckson on the Oz Report forum.
I call foul on Davis for being such a controlling jerk 'moderator' bully that just can't stand any free and open thought.
For whatever reason, Davis has a mental limitation that can't tolerate free thought. His actions are an impediment to the ongoing innovation and safety considerations of hang gliding.
This is a serious offense, in my opinion.
Davis effectively killed that thread by again being the bully.
Tad, answers the censure threat from Davis, here:
Yeah, I get thrown out of better bars than this all the time. Having learned, retained, and applied a bit of fifth grade science and math tends to put one at a real social disadvantage in this society.
That said, I do hope to see more people considering your ideas and progress within hang gliding as a whole, and this forum has potential to help there.
One thing that could help with rankings is if you put a link to the forum on your site.
Don't expect the site to ever compete with HangGliding.org, though.
I could always post a new topic on HangGliding.org and/or the Oz Report forum advertising Kite Strings...that would probably bring the largest volume of people in, but I'm not sure if that's the approach you want to take (might bring people you don't want).
Who's Mike Bomstad?
Tad Eareckson wrote:A picture! Cool. Didn't think we could do that.
bobk wrote:...I'd like to know if you would mind me linking to this forum.
bobk wrote:My hat is off to you and your respect of free speech.
Zack C wrote:Hi Bob,bobk wrote:...I'd like to know if you would mind me linking to this forum.
Not at all.
Zack C wrote:I respect your tireless commitment to positive change (as I do Tad's) and will be keeping an eye on USHawks.org going forward.
It's very cool that you would do this for a friend who had been banned.
My hat is off to you and your respect of free speech.
Sam Kellner - 2010/03/28 00:12:14
Do you think that release in your avatar is fail safe?
Tad Eareckson - 2010/03/28 14:53:57
If you can grab the barrel of the similar release with which I fly and pull it back it will - INFALLIBLY - dump you off tow with any towline tension between between 26 ounces and over 750 pounds.
Since my weak link blows at around 468 pounds that's a lot of overkill.
And since the Dragonfly drivers don't really give a rat's ass about the weak link on their end of the line that tends to be a HUGE amount of overkill.
If the towline tension were below that minimum I'd need to use two hands.
The release in my avatar, by the way, is under a direct load of 400 pounds (i.e. 800 pounds towline tension) and can be actuated with a pull of just under 20 pounds.
There are occasional situations in towing - and, more to the point, OFF TOWING - in which you WILL die if you take your hand off the basetube, so - practically speaking - no freakin' way is it fail safe.
If you take the trouble to rig that release so's that you can fire it with both hands on the basetube - which I have done a couple of different ways - then yeah, it IS absolutely fail safe. And if you mount it on the keel you can get the slack line performance down to zero.
Sam Kellner - 2010/03/28 21:21:18
I can see how that "release" would not release at all, especially with 400lb of load.
Jason Dyer - 2010/03/28 21:27:31
Jeez sam, don't get him started or this thread will be 30 pages in no time.
Sam Kellner - 2010/03/28 21:41:19
Yeah, I don't even read all of those long winded "explanations".
Tad Eareckson - 2010/03/29 00:55:43
Yeah, Sam, I'm absolutely one hundred percent positive you've never read an explanation about anything.
(...and it annoys the pig.)
Jim Gaar - 2010/04/01 14:53:14
Saving the HG industry, one dipshit at a time.
It's a safe as the pilot using it. Therefore I would recommend you not try it Tad...
Jason Dyer - 2010/04/02 02:11:38
I couldn't care less if you don't like the way I or anyone tows.
Tad Eareckson - 2010/04/02 09:49:36
I've NEVER said I don't like the way YOU tow. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Most of this kinda lunatic bullshit happens at altitude where we can get away with it and pretend that we don't have a problem. We need to kill a lot more people in the short run to knock us out of denial mode, get us to clean up our freakin' act, and get some sane standards encoded and enforced.
So you just keep pretending that you can handle the situation better than Eric Aasletten did and I'll be more than happy to add you to my ever growing collection of data. Same goes for anyone else who's got more time for smartass remarks than for doing anything positive towards preventing the next Rob Richardson, Holly Korzilius, John Woiwode, or Steve Elliot.
Sam Kellner - 2010/04/02 12:56:29
Would/could not release at all. No better than any others.
Tad Eareckson - 2010/04/02 16:32:15
Based on what? Your totally useless say-so?
Please describe how.
Butch Pritchett - 2010/04/02 23:21:11
Tad that turd is getting back in the punch bowl.
Tad Eareckson - 2010/04/02 23:23:44
Butch Pritchett - 2010/04/02 23:40:24
There are some people out there that you can't talk to like that with having a bad day sometime later in your life.
Tad Eareckson - 2010/04/03 05:23:45
Yeah, but if you don't constantly stand up to stupid Nazi scum - even if you hafta do it all by yourself while good men stand by and do nothing - then the stupid Nazi scum is gonna win every time.
Sam Kellner - 2010/04/03 02:33:48
When you pull your release and nothing happens , and you shit your pants, then you will know how!
Tad Eareckson - 2010/04/03 05:23:45
And still no description. So we're agreed then. Nothing more than your dime a dozen stupid useless opinion. Super!
Releases do not fail because of complexity.
Ya notice that - as much as most of these folk would LOVE to embarrass and humiliate me - not one single individual has cited one single relevant incident?
Steve Forslund - 2010/04/03 08:48:48
Tad you don't need the help, you do a great job by yourself.
Davis Straub - 2010/04/03 12:46:26
Tad is gone.
Jason Dyer - 2010/04/03 13:45:05
awww, I'm going to miss him.
I think in principal he has a good thing going, but his bedside manor needs a little work Anyone that goes against his grain is misquoted and bullied somewhere in a full page of opinion and strife.
Thanks Davis, it will be a better place without him.
As for Sam, I think you may have him wrong (or I may have misinterpreted your statement). I think Sam is a good and conscientious man, and I would respectfully ask you to reconsider your judgement of him.
I agree with a lot of what you've suggested about Tad's blunt way of presenting information.
Also, in case you're interested, I'm hoping that the US Hawks Hang Gliding Association will eventually become what the USHGA started out to be ... an association of pilots and for pilots.
The Basic Handbook of Tow Launched Hang Gliding
Daniel F. Poynter
KITING IN THE FUTURE
The future of manned kiting is limited only by the imagination. Hang gliding captured the imagination of millions and exploded in popularity it the early seventies. The capability of the hang glider is extended with each passing day. As more flyers take it up and more is learned, the sport picks up more and more momentum. Now these foot launch glider pilots and many others are looking to towing as an alternative launch method and this activity is picking up speed. Joe Faust, Editor of Low and Slow Magazine envisions cross country gliding trips without any power other than the wind. A glider with its tow line fastened to the ground so that it rises like a kite to altitude. Then it releases the line at ground attachment point and reels it back in to begin its gliding tour. When it runs out of altitude and lands, the process is repeated, again and again. Dan Schmitz has been making bungee cord launches in Iowa.
Kiting is introducing millions to aviation who never would have looked to the air otherwise.
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