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Jeremy Lezin
Jul 24, 2021
In Fly Outs n' Fly Ins
We fly Carbon Cubs, which are ideally suited to off airport operations. We love this type of flying, which opens up the world in between airports and provides a direct connection to the landscape and wildlife in California. Flying low and slow, it isn’t unusual to see whales, sharks, hawks, deer and wild boar, As we often tell non-pilots, or cross country pilots, most flying is measured by how quickly you can get from one airport to another. We’re more interested in seeing what’s in between airports, as slowly as possible. There are many grass or dirt airstrips in our area that allow for quick breaks, in between flying. We love Frasier Lake, Mercey Hot Springs, Panoche and Monterey Bay Academy. Our large diameter bush wheels make these landing possible and safe. In September of 2020, a friend and I were exploring BLM (public) land southeast of Hollister, CA, when we discovered an open valley that provided a much needed break (and pit stop). We had no cell coverage at this low altitude, so we couldn’t confirm that we were still over the BLM land. In our haste to land, we had inadvertently landed on private property and now faced the consequences of landing on one of the largest private land holdings in the western U.S. (see below) Public BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land can be explored through apps like OnX Hunt, but require connectivity to be useful. Throughout the U.S., public land is interspersed with private property. In our haste to take a break, we had crossed the line. We don’t want you to make the same mistake that we did. If you aren’t sure of your location, don’t land, especially on private property (unless, of course, it’s an emergency). The Las Aguilas ranch and Quien Sabe Valley are definitely off limits. This ranch has been been negatively impacted by countless low flying airplanes and helicopters in the past. In one egregious example, a pilot incited a full scale stampede that destroyed over a mile of expensive fencing and left organized pastures in shambles. Other pilots have dropped off illegal passengers, to hunt. The owners have every good reason to be upset and are deadly serious about illegal entry on their land. As a fellow pilot who loves wide open spaces, we implore you to avoid landing on private land in general, and this one in particular. It covers 60,000 acres, between Hollister and Mercey Hot Springs (see below). Don’t even think about landing there, or flying down low on to the deck. In fact, our advice is to avoid all private property, unless you’ve made prior arrangements with the owner. Safe Flying.
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Jeremy Lezin
Jan 26, 2021
In Hangar Talk
A couple video clips of none other than Ryan Ramirez, zipping by in his slick LSA. My cub appears to be standing still. (It is).
WPA President drives rocket ship (compared to a cub) content media
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Jeremy Lezin
Jan 25, 2020
In Hangar Talk
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Jeremy Lezin
Oct 09, 2019
Recent Aerials of Capitola & Santa Cruz content media
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Jeremy Lezin
Oct 09, 2019
In Hangar Talk
Charlie at work content media
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Jeremy Lezin
Sep 14, 2019
In Hangar Talk
Some additional aerial photos that I've taken in the area recently. Thanks to Barry Porter, who skillfully maneuvered his plane in these photos.
Local Aerial Photographs content media
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Jeremy Lezin
Sep 11, 2019
In Hangar Talk
For the past two weeks I've spotted numerous whales off Moss Landing. They work together with the sea lions to corral fish. I'm not sure how this works, but if there are any marine biologists out there, I'm keen to learn. I'll include some recent photos.
WHALES GALORE! content media
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