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Old 02-25-2012, 02:48 PM
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I received this email today:

I am seeking flyer/s for two a day exhibition flights at a Community Festival, Sept. 8 & 9, 2012 in Hamilton, Ohio. Prefer water takeoff behind boat and a water landing. We do have experienced and capable boat and driver. Will consider land based flights, but the name of the event is River Days.
Please respond with interest or not and estimated price for weekend.
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Michal, can you send me any contact info you might have. I'll see what the deal is.
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primavera here. I am SOOOO in! We need to contact Ben Gleich. He and his buddies, Mark Luky, Kirkpatrick brothers and others had the operation on the Ohio river back in '97 or so.

Who'll want to be on the pit or dock crew....or pilots to join in? A water landing *IS* a total experience!!!! Wearing Ben's Lawn Chair Webbing harness was the highlight of the episode. Shed the water very quickly between launches.

Just don't participate believing it will be the last experience.
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Tom, can you contact Ben? I think I met him once or twice when I first started flying, but other than that I wouldn't know where to start.
I'm game for participating in anyway possible. If I can get the contact info I'll see what they have, what they want, and what we need.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:59 PM
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Michal, can you send me any contact info you might have. I'll see what the deal is.
I sent you a PM with the contact info.

If my work schedule and family schedule cooperates I'd be happy to come and participate in role needed.

We also have a guy (Jeff Ater) in the Kentuckiana group who has a boat and tow system that he utilizes often during the summer somewhere on a lake in Kentucky. I don't know how easy it would be to transfer the system to a different boat etc. Just a back-up plan should you not be able to get your Ohio friends involved.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:19 PM
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Also got more info:

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Thank you for the acknowledgement. After sending my post yesterday, I realized that a water takeoff would not be absolutely necessary, since there is a blacktopped walking / biking path right along the river bank that could be utilized as a "runway" for the flyer/s that would use a "skate" of some type to ride until airborne. The reason water takeoff and landings are somewhat important is because the entire event is centered on the River and the many uses it can be put to.
Also, thank you for the suggestion of the Kentuckiana group. I had reviewed their website but wanted to stay in Ohio, if possible. I will await contacts from your group, prior to making any decisions.
Regards,

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Old 02-27-2012, 12:36 AM
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While Jeff does have a boat on a Kentucky lake, his tow system is yet to be operational. He has not as of yet done any towing off of his boat. Not even sure when it will be ready. I thought I'd point this out before anyone got too far into the planning stages!
Also, Mark Lukey moved to Georgia 2 or 3 years back. Just a heads up!
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I was looking at the satellite images of the Great Miami running through Hamilton. There doesn't appear to be more than a 1/2 mile between any bridge, dam, or power line crossing the river. So a whole payout rig is probably overkill here. At best I can see a static line tow to a couple hundred feet.
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Maybe that's all they want? Just tow a glider around behind a boat like parasailing?
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Back in the early 80's when I was boat towing with the Indy hang gliding club, the boat could make wide turns with the glider following, paying out line the whole time as they headed back closer to the launch area. This takes good comunication between the winch opperator and boat driver to keep the pilot safe. It looks like the river is about 500' wide. Not sure if that is wide enough but, the team would need to practice this before putting on a demonstration in front of a crowd.
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