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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 04, 2014 @ 11:30 AM | 3,048 Views
We reached Hood River 2:30 on Tuesday. We promptly checked into our house over the cliff, Lucy's Overlook. Tom clocked winds of 57mph from the balcony of the house. Only 5 of us headed up to Lumber for afternoon/evening of sloping. Larry and Bill were still driving up from Northern CA.
On the way up to Lumber, we had some excitement, we passed a small Black bear. First bear I've seen in the NW.
After the required long upward trek up the backside of Lumber, we were greeted with 35mph winds. More than enough, thank you.
Amadeo, one of our two slope "noobs" on the trip, experienced his first slope flights and was smitten. There is no going back now Amadeo!
We finally called it a day at 6:30. The whole crew gathered at Double Mountain (Bill and Larry had arrived) to close out the day with pizza and brews.
As I wrote this Blog, we're heading to breakfast and then out to Lumber to meet Winchdoc and Tshires this afternoon.

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Posted by mfwilliams | May 26, 2014 @ 09:32 PM | 2,968 Views
Saturday was brutal. The summer has arrived. Temps were in the 90's, the wind was very light and seemed to circle all points of the compass.
Obviously it was electrics or winching. I myself, stayed under the popup tent and took pictures, never pulled my TD plane out of the car.

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Posted by mfwilliams | May 22, 2014 @ 08:58 PM | 3,599 Views
Saturday was truly great. 20-30mph into the NE Bowl. We brought out plenty of "heavy iron". Truly a good day!
Since we're heading to the NW in about 2 weeks. The guys were using the great conditions to trim out their planes before packing them up.

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Posted by mfwilliams | May 15, 2014 @ 09:01 PM | 3,581 Views
Was a rockin Saturday, with a steady 18-20 mph East wind with gusts to 30 mph (verified with a wind gauge) Sloping was great, but it was pretty turbulent anywhere near the slope face. Obviously we had a good sized crowd (whenever there’s good winds) and there were lots of smiling faces.
As an added treat, one of our old-timers showed up, Amos C. He’s been on “sick leave” for several months . He’s good to see that he’s doing better and will be showing up more often. What made it sweeter, is that I finished the Destiny that I picked up off him several years ago and this was it’s maiden.

Mike
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Posted by mfwilliams | May 15, 2014 @ 06:53 PM | 3,320 Views
No blog from today. I was at the Florida Soaring Society TD/ALES contest in Ocala for Saturday and Sunday. I did make a report, with plenty of pictures on the contest forum. Here's the link to the pictures and report:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...2132491&page=8

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | May 01, 2014 @ 10:47 PM | 4,309 Views
Another calm Saturday. Worse, the wind shifted from West to East over of the course of the day. We flew the NE bowl and from noon to 2pm it was probably the best place to fly from. We did get a few strong thermals rolling through, but unless you had a motor, flights were very brief.
Mike

PS This weekend we're having our TD contest, FSS#2, in Ocala at the Owls field. If you are in the area, drop by....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 23, 2014 @ 09:01 PM | 3,345 Views
Saturday gave us a bad start. Lots of early morning rain. It quickly cleared and gave us a great day. The flying was just so-so, but the weather was as nice as you could get, not too hot with plenty of sun. The weather man had given us a forecast of 10-15mph out of the SW. But we ended up with 7-10mph out of the West.
Most of it was thermal or slermal wind. So the lift was spotty, but at times we had some great "boomers" roar through and made it worth the trip up.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 17, 2014 @ 10:16 PM | 3,324 Views
Saturday was great!!!!! We had almost 20mph winds on the East side, only veering to the NE a few times. There was a good sized crowd, temps were not that hot, no rain. And to cap it off, the landfill was open to 5pm, due to Earth Day festivities running on the property.
Enjoy the pics ......

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 06, 2014 @ 09:47 PM | 3,797 Views
I was out of town Saturday. Luckily Larry L emailed me a "report".
Thanks Larry.

"Saturday started out with light SE breezes and scattered clouds with temps in the low 80s'. For us flying the SE bowl it was mostly a 'Radian' day. Several good thermals came through with good altitude gains for all players. Including 'new guy' Russell, we often had 4 Radians flying at the same time.
We also noticed a few of the north slope winch launched gliders doing very well in the thermals to our SW.
As the light sea breeze front moved through from the east we started to see the SE wind increase to the point where even an occasional Sunbird and Raven could slope fly for 3-5 minutes.
Later the wind turned more easterly making sustained flights difficult.
We had a good turn out and when the winch launchers joined us about halfway through the period had a fairly big gallery.
All in all a very nice relaxing day on the "Hill" with no major crunches or mid-airs.

Larry L."
Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 01, 2014 @ 08:13 PM | 3,329 Views
We had several of the guys at the thermal duration contest in Christmas, FL. See RC Groups thread at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...2105260&page=3
Because of that, and threatening clouds, we had a very light crowd, only 6 flyers.
Weather was forecast at about 12-15mph. It was more like 15-25mph out of the South to SE. We were ripping! You will find very few pics in this week's blog. Your intrepid blogger spent most of his times behind the sticks. I flew the crap out of my Triffic sloper and my Spider 2M. Also messed up my beloved Shrike by launching with the wrong model memory (duh!). I can stand losing a plane or two if we could keep the wind like this. I had forgotten what good sloping was like!

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 24, 2014 @ 09:31 PM | 3,409 Views
Because of a storm front coming through, we had some great wind, albeit mixed with rain. About 11am they guys were "rained off" the top and went down for lunch. Luckily, it cleared in about an hour and it didn't return. Unfortunately, the wind was little light after the rain, but it gradually picked back up to end the day on a high note.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 18, 2014 @ 08:44 PM | 3,274 Views
Saturday was an East wind. A little better than last week. We actually had a decent wind (again,compared to last week). Maybe 7-10mph wind out of the East to ESE.
We had a good crowd, only a few mid-airs (foamies only) and no "real crashes". I finally got my old Jerry Hotliner (warmliner now) back together and had a great time.


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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 12, 2014 @ 09:48 PM | 4,681 Views
What can I say nice about this weekend? Perfect temps, beautiful sky and that's about it. There was nary a drop of wind (which changed directions often) and the thermals were few and far between. In other words, I should have stayed home. At least the winching and electric guys had some decent flying. I know I walked a LOT with my Art Hobby Falco.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:51 PM | 3,471 Views
Appears we are back to "meh" Saturdays. Wind was fairly light out of the N to NE. We flew the NE Bowl, but had to rely on thermals for any decent flying. The highlight of the day was Larry S returning after an extended medical stay.
Larry was looking great and put in quite a few flight hours.
We finally ended the day by heading down to the Peachtree and making plans for our club June trip to the North West.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 27, 2014 @ 08:54 PM | 3,227 Views
Saturday was one of those days, where you look at the weather (5-7mph) and say is it really worth flying today? Luckily, I was wrong, it was surprisingly flyable. Despite a light wind, there were great thermals roaring through that you could park your slope rocket in and ride it up. Then just make some speed runs and half-pipes and pick up another thermal as you get low. Great fun!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 19, 2014 @ 09:29 PM | 3,883 Views
Saturday was great. We had 15-20mph straight on from the West. Lift was strong, but it was pretty bouncy close to the slope. Outside of a few rough landings it was a great, most of us left with smiles on our faces.

Mike
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:52 PM | 3,611 Views
After missing last weekend with a bad cold, I was glad to some flying under my belt this weekend. Unfortunately, I was not rewarded It was about 5-10 mph out of the South. Lots of looking for thermals and praying for slope lift. On the positive side, no rain, no snow, no ice it was high 70's and no planes were destroyed.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:10 PM | 3,826 Views
Saturday was very much a "meh" day. If you weren't flying winch or electric, you weren't flying. Very little wind and it switched from the NW to the South and then the East. A handful of us stayed at the winch on the Westside. While a couple of the guys chased the wind on the slope as it switched from corner to corner.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 22, 2014 @ 09:06 PM | 4,077 Views
Saturday brought the end of a cold snap. It was still a bit chilly on top. It barely reached 65 by day end (that’s cold in South Florida for you folks up North). Conditions were just OK. We had an intermittent 10mph wind out of the NW to North. Lift seemed to be more thermal generated, with heat waves coming off the methane plant below the North side.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 16, 2014 @ 08:58 PM | 4,095 Views
Last week we were rained off the hill. This weekend though was worth the trip, with 15-20mph winds out of the South. We had a small crowd on the SE bowl that flew until the landfill closed. It was so good, wait for it.....wait for it....., I flew every plane I had with me!

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