ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Blind Man's Bluff and Ramping
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Thread: Blind Man's Bluff and Ramping
Message: Blind Man's Bluff and Ramping
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From: Don Peterson <autotech at flash.net>
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 04:02:40 UTC
A more detailed and hopefully entertaining report will follow, but I was prompted by the "Orange" comments to note that our Fed at the Bluff also ramped everyone. In truth, he was not intrusive nor difficult, although his overall pedantic attitude matched his admitted time with the FAA (less than 1 year). We assigned our chapter master of military diplomacy (translate that how you will), who did a first rate job of mesmerizing the fed with an ultra-cooperative attitude and effort to include him in all the processes. He even drug the fed out to the judges line for a full category flight, showing him what that experience is like in a central Texas sun at 88 degrees and 90 percent humidity. There were no negative repercussions, and contrary to the reg cited in the Orange post, my objections to 100 percent ramping only goaded him into explaining how he was "required to do it by his job". We ran an OK show, I guess, because after two days of looking everything over, he skipped showing up Sunday. Sadly, his possible attendance was cited by many as one of their reason for not wanting to fly under a 2,500 ft overcast. There were other better reasons certainly, but it was the first time I have heard people seriously express concern about being busted for sneaking slightly closer than 500 feet to the bottom of a scattered layer. No endorsement either pro or con should be read in my comments on this point. The shocking complete story of the Bluff will be reported as soon as the witnesses can be deposed and moved into the federal protection program. Blame is being attached to unsuspecting innocents as this is written. Demerits are being assigned based upon the amount of whining inflicted upon fellow competitors (you know who you are!) And was it a pea or a pee that the princess was forced to endure under her matress? Film at eleven. Don Peterson Midlothian, Tx.