Joined: 01 Sep 2004
|Posted: Sun May 15, 2005 3:51 pm Post subject: Marfa, TX - invitation to practice
|First, we hope you have a wonderful contest with Jayne & Frank.
After the Nationals at Bermuda High, bring your PW-5's to Marfa this summer (2005) to practice for the World Class Nationals to be held here June 19-29, 2006. Before making the trip, please email me in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are at Bermuda High, see Ann & John Byrd for packets I sent with maps & tourist info about Marfa, Fort Davis and the Big Bend area. Chat with John Byrd and Bill Snead about flying PW-5's at Marfa - both have been flying sailplanes here since the 1960's.
I have a "Pre-Marfa Projects" list to share with you via e-mail by your request. It contains suggestions on preparing your glider, trailer, and crew for flying a Marfa. Since MRF airport is almost 5,000' msl and cloudbases can exceed 14,000' msl, you will need oxygen (we use the Aerox brand.) We will be able to refill your O2 bottles with the common CGA 540 threaded fitting. Double your drinking water capacity in your cockpit. Bring spare parts including tire tubes for the occasional cactus thorn.
I strongly suggest that you bring a capable CREW. There are lots of landable off-airport areas, but few airports. Aerotow retrieves are unlikely.
So, grab an El Paso sectional (or WAC CH-23) and head to Marfa this summer. We'll show you a good time!
Kathie & Burt Compton
Marfa Gliders, west Texas