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| Steele Lipe, M.D.
I am a retired physician who specialized in Anesthesiology and practiced in Sacramento, California for almost 30 years, the final 15 years specializing in cardiac, cardiac transplant and the surgical care of the neonate.
|I have many flights above 18,000 feet (FAA positive control area) gaining valuable experience in high altitude oxygen physiology. In many of these flights I recorded my personal reactions to the harsh and dangerous environment using modern electronic monitors. The data was then used to develop my talk on Oxygen and an article of advice to glider pilots in "The Correct Use of Oxygen" both are available on this website. Another article is in preparation on conversion of Glaser-Dirks sailplanes equipped with the Tost drum brake to the Tost disk brake for much better breaking. As a founding member of Truckee-Tahoe Soaring, the FBO (fixed base operator) located at Truckee, California, I was instrumental in developing that airport for use in gliding. I was also active in High Country Soaring, a cooperative soaring venture about 37 miles north of Reno, Nevada, where I was particularly involved in the glider high altitude training camp (Wave Camp) and Cross-Country Camp giving talks and demonstrations on the correct use of oxygen.|
|Also held at High Country in early summer, was the Cross-Country Camp where glider pilots were instructed in the principles and hands on approach to the problems of cross country soaring. I (yellow shirt) was one of the instructors and lead pilots.|
After retirement, I left Northern California and moved back to La Jolla, California and married Patricia Daly who was, as she says, "one of my many previous girlfriends". We lived in La Jolla, our childhood home, for seven years writing La Jolla, A Celebration of Its Past and accomplishing the impossible, that of changing the name of a major thoroughfare from Ardath Road to La Jolla Parkway. Eventually, we both tired of the high cost of living and the major traffic of the San Diego area and moved to Prince William County, Virginia where we now live close to Patricia's three children and her 10 grandchildren.
Also read The Correct Usage of Oxygen, a copy of an article written for DG Flugzeugbau, GmbH the German manufacturer of Glaser-Dirks sailplanes.
Tost drum brake to disk brake conversion on DG sailplanes. This article is available as a pdf. Click here. A conversion that greatly improves the braking ability of these aircraft.