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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:00 PM | 6,973 Views
Saturday was Great! We had a straight on 15mph West wind. It never seemed to drop off nor vary off true West. Needless to say, we threw out all our slope “heavies”. There were plenty of foamies up with a little combat thrown in. No major crashes I can remember. On another positive note, Dan can be “struck off” the sick list. He was back up enjoying the weather and flying. He assisted Larry S and made sure Larry kept both eyes on his airplane. I made the “mistake” of letting Larry L shoot pictures while I flew. I say a mistake, because Larry shoots a lot more pics than I do. The end result is that I had way too many good pictures to edit, sort and post. So this week, I’m going to post the pictures without captions.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 02, 2014 @ 10:14 PM | 8,255 Views
More fall weather has started to appear(for South Florida). We had a pleasant steady 12- 15mph breeze on the East slope. Of course, with these conditions we had a good sized crowd and lots of smiles. Thankfully, we had no rain and, because of the breeze, the heat and humidity were lower than previous weeks.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 25, 2014 @ 08:23 PM | 6,847 Views
Saturday’s weather predictions showed a SW wind. Probably the worst direction it could come from. Luckily for us, it turned out to be more Westerly and stronger than expected (10mph). As typical the past 3 weekends, we had threatening clouds and rain around. No rain while we flew . The hill did receive lots of rain this week. Enough, so that driving could be a challenge. I have a large SUV and it got stuck in the mud just getting to the Westside of the hill.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 17, 2014 @ 09:44 PM | 6,925 Views
The weekends are looking up. A little bit of the fall winds showed up giving us a nice stiff breeze out of the East. Of course we had a larger crowd. Seemed everyone knew the wind was “up” and showed up. All was not rosy. More people means more planes in the air. So we had lots of near misses (as you can see in the photos) and at least one mid-air (sorry Gulp and Kunai).
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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 12, 2014 @ 10:17 PM | 6,843 Views
I'd like to say we had an exciting Saturday. It was just "OK". We had decent wind from an encroaching storm, about 10mph. The breeze was out of the East, feeding storms just West of us. Rain squalls were missing the hill and passing by on either side.. There were only seven of us they showed up.
We left early, had lunch at the Peachtree and then swung by Maniacs Hobby before calling it a day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 04, 2014 @ 08:03 PM | 7,228 Views
We got a little taste of the fall this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, it was still hot. We just had a nice steady breeze out of the East. It gave us a chance to drag out our heavier stuff and get some real sloping in. Also, this weekend FSS #4 was going on in Kenny World (Morriston-Ocala). Only two of our club members were able to attend. And good thing, since we sponsored this contest. Thank you Paul and Jamie! Here’s a link to the thread:

Until next week
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 29, 2014 @ 08:50 PM | 6,522 Views
Had a great crowd on this last Saturday. However the wind was weak and out of the East. We all hugged under the popup tents and swapped RC stories. Ray Alonzo came over from the West coast (Tampa) and joined us for some slope flying. Because of the heat and poor conditions we left early, about 1:15PM. On the way down the hill, we found a storm cell South of the hill was “pulling” a Northerly breeze over the hill. DJ and Jose had already discovered it and were having a great time. We all stopped, found a 10-12mph wind, joined up and flew until 1:50PM. We congratulated ourselves on our good luck and then headed down to the Peachtree for lunch.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 20, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 5,953 Views
I hate to be repetitive, but another "meh" Saturday. We ended up in the SE Bowl. Had a slight breeze, but it was quite hot and humid. We had two new members join us. They had a good time, despite the conditions.
Afterwards, we headed down to Amos's house to assist his daughter with sorting and accessing his planes (which looks like a month long project).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 15, 2014 @ 06:41 PM | 5,869 Views
Our Dear friend and fellow flier, Amos Chirappa passed away this week. Amos had been with the club since the beginning. He was one of those responsible for making the club what it is today. His love for the hobby was evident in the way he was always eager to provide assistance or encouragement to new fliers. Amos was full of knowledge, always had great tips and suggestions for his fellow RC pilots. He will be sorely missed, our "hill" won't be the same without him.

Semper Fi,
Amos Nicholas Chiarappa
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 14, 2014 @ 08:52 PM | 5,413 Views
Saturday had predicted winds of 5-7mph out of the South to SE. Larry L, Buck and I tried to fly the SE corner and the South side. The lift was all thermal based and poor at best. We slid over to the West side where Paul and Larry S were winching.
Paul was already breaking down the winch and his thermal bird when we arrived.
We pulled a few slope passes on the West side. There was actually a light breeze on the West side. Again, it was all thermal based and very weak.
Not an exciting Saturday.

Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 07, 2014 @ 08:11 PM | 5,081 Views
Another brutally hot weekend. Thankfully we had a 5-10mph breeze on the east side, along with some strong thermals. This gave us some great flying up till about 1:15pm. At that point, we had a 180 deg wind switch. Unless we wanted to run to the Westside (about ˝ mile distance) we were out of luck. So we packed up our chairs and popups a few minutes earlier than usual and headed down the hill.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 31, 2014 @ 06:55 PM | 4,760 Views
We were almost rained out this weekend. It rained in the morning until after Noon. Eventually it cleared and we crawled up through the mud and rain puddles up to the top. We had a few minutes of a North breeze and then no wind. Basically it was another electric day. After an hour of flying we packed up and headed down to Peachtree.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 25, 2014 @ 08:30 PM | 5,076 Views
Saturday was the first day I’ve seen in years in which we had no wind whatsoever. I had brought a new member up and I remembering apologizing to him several times, that this was a fluke and normally we have a slight breeze of some sort this time of year. As you might guess, it was hand launch and electrics day only. I can only hope for better next week (although looking at this Saturday’s forecast it looks like more of the same…ugh!).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 17, 2014 @ 09:04 PM | 4,482 Views
Saturday looked like a carbon copy of the week before. We were surprised by a steady 10mph wind on the East side and no rain! Considering the initial weather report we had a fairly good sized crowd (12 flyers). Andrew even turned up with Dotty the wonder dog.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 09, 2014 @ 09:51 PM | 4,589 Views
Another Saturday I could have probably missed out on. Very light wind and thunder storms on all sides. Everyone else had the same thought, since only three of us showed up, Larry, Buck and me. The lightning and rain finally drove us off the hill at 1:40 PM and we headed down to the Peachtree for lunch.

PS Larry L shot most of the pics. Thanks for the assist Larry.
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 01, 2014 @ 08:42 PM | 4,583 Views
Saturday was as hot as last week. Thankfully, had a bit more wind in the NE bowl. Actually got a few slopers up. Once you got a couple hundred feet up, there were great thermals. Eventually, we had a wind shift at 1 PM and we had to shift to the East slope. By then we had a steady 10 mph breeze and things were just starting to get interesting when we had to leave.
Praying for more wind next week,
PS Kit and Larry are “off the sick list”. They’ve starting to come up a lot more. Now Bill is joining “the sick list” for a couple months. Hopefully he’ll be back by the end of the summer....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 24, 2014 @ 07:41 PM | 5,724 Views
We had a typical South Florida summer day. Light and variable direction Wind with brutal humidity and heat. On the plus side we did have our first “swap meet”. Lots of stuff the guys were trading off or just plain giving away was spread out around the cars. Because of the poor weather conditions, our turnout was on the poor side. We basically agreed to have another one next month, because of the turnout.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 18, 2014 @ 09:45 PM | 4,049 Views
When I finished the blog for Day 8 of the trip. I thought I was finished. But now I am deluged with camera phone pictures from the trip. I thought I would put them all together and make one final blog posting . I weeded through them and here they are.
Thanks for the memories guys!
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 12, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 4,654 Views
Tuesday was our final, full day in the Northwest. Doug (Winchdoc) and Mike (Gorgeflyer) had both expressed interest in meeting up with us. Because of that we choose Lumber as our last day. Even though it’s an uphill walk-in, it’s the easiest accessible slope from Hood River. After a quick breakfast at Nora’s table, we arrived just in time to meet Winchdoc on the road up to lumber.
We arrived to find lumber with near 30 mph winds and gusts over 40 mph. Sounded good at first, but the wind was “pulsing” which made launching, landing or flying near the slope a risky venture.
In spite of that, we flew everything we dragged up the hill. Except for me, who wanted to keep his MiniVec intact to take home. The weather did cause two causalities, Tom’s MinBlade lost its nose and Andrew’s MiniVec cracked behind the wing (all the MiniVecs seem to break there). Oh, and my Samurai lost its tail, but that didn’t count, because the nylon tail bolts just broke. I was really proud of Amadeo, one of our North West first timers. He flew everything he had, Blaze, Wicked, Moth and MiniVec. He was also feeling the effect of some breakfast oysters that didn’t sit well him. He flew the rough air with some light stuff and brought everything home intact.
Doug flew his Pace (with full ballast) and his Gizmo 36. Some impressive speed passes with the Pace. But, he left about 3PM to beat Portland traffic. Mike Stubbs was loaded with work and couldn’t make it. So the six of us we...Continue Reading