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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 12, 2014 @ 09:48 PM | 4,739 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 | 3,539 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 | 3,298 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 | 3,943 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 | 3,671 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 | 3,893 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 | 4,135 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 | 4,160 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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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 05, 2013 @ 09:45 PM | 4,586 Views
Was a crazy Saturday. We had a 15-20mph wind straight onto the NE bowl. Plenty of moldie’s up and even a little slope combat. The weather, as usual, was uncooperative. We had squalls of rain coming in every 30 mins. The rain would last for 20 mins and the sun would try to come out. The cycle repeated all afternoon.
Since we had permission from Waste Management to stay until 5pm, we stuck out through all the rain cycles until we had to leave. Obviously no one attempted any 8 hour slope flights, Jamie was trying for a 4 hour slope flight, but he too abandoned the idea due to the conditons.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 23, 2013 @ 09:19 PM | 4,701 Views
This was a mixed weekend. We had decent slope lift on the East side. But it was up and down, not very consistent. We did have the luck of having two of the three Goodyear blimps flying out of Pompano Air Center. It seems like whatever direction we looked, there was a blimp in the view.
Also, some quick notes.
---Larry S is the hospital, with a serious condition.
----Next weekend many of us are going to the Tangerine Soaring Championships in Ocala, so no blog entry next week..
----Also, the following Saturday, we have been authorized for extra hours. Instead of 2pm we have access till 5pm!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 14, 2013 @ 07:31 PM | 4,496 Views
I wasn't able to make it up this past weekend. I heard the conditions were great in the morning (20+mph winds) and there was good sized group. Unfortunately, everyone was rained out by noon.
On another note, FSS #6 in Cocoa, was the same weekend. Outr guys did well. Check out the pics and results here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2021153

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 30, 2013 @ 08:29 PM | 5,140 Views
This weekend teased us a little. A 10 mph wind in the NE bowl, which gave us decent sloping. It just kept shifting from the NE to the East, which gave us fits at times. Overall though a good day, with a decent crowd and no crashes.
Mike
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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 24, 2013 @ 09:03 PM | 4,846 Views
Sorry for the lack of “blogage”. I just returned from vacation and missed a couple of weekends. This last Saturday was a slight improvement. We had a light wind on the SE bowl. More thermal lift then wind lift. It was strong enough at times, for several of the guys to speck out over the hill. All in all, pretty decent, for what is still summer “doldrum” weather. I’m hoping for better conditions this upcoming weekend with two cold fronts supposed to arrive later this week.
Mike
PS Our “boyz” went to FSS #5 in San Felasco the weekend before last and did well, here’s a link to that thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1993340&page=4...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 02, 2013 @ 09:15 PM | 5,418 Views
Some improvement this weekend. The wind changed to NE and the NE bowl was actually “working”. The wind wasn’t fantastic, but at times we had a steady 10mph straight into the bowl. Flying was pretty good, much better than what we had in the past month. We had some slope machines up, Jart, Gulp, and Shrikes. Only a minor mid-air and one crash to mar a relaxing Saturday.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 25, 2013 @ 08:33 PM | 5,486 Views
This weekend was again “meh”. Wind was fairly light. Five of us were on the winch on the Westside. Thermals were great in the morning, not so great in the afternoon. Four other members were on the East side working the slope with intermittent thermals. They were strong enough to keep Larry L’s Gulp up. Both groups ended up at the East slope by 12:30. We played on the light slope winds till closing (2pm) and then 3 of us headed out for a lunch.
Praying for fall winds
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