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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 24, 2013 @ 10:03 PM | 4,888 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 @ 10:15 PM | 5,461 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 @ 09:33 PM | 5,518 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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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 10, 2013 @ 10:46 PM | 5,682 Views
I couldn't make it up this weekend. Luckily our fearless Amos made it up and took some shots and sent me a report. Here's Amos's unabridged report:

"Mike, today was a complete shutout. I got there about 9:45 there was no wind at all. I stopped off at the NE bowl then drove over to the East side from there I went to the SE bowl and found Bill. We talked for awhile and decided to go back to the East slope. Amadeao, and Hugo were there. Two more guys showed up Buck and Jim. I took a few shots, nothing exciting. I did get some nice reflection shots though, the water was like a mirror. I left just before noon to watch the Hurricanes and Florida State game. At least I got a little excitement today. :-) Hope your day was better.
See you next week.
Take care and be safe,
Amos"

Also several of the "boys" headed up to Ocala for our sponsored FSS #4 contest this weekend. They had a great time and actually placed ......who hoo!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 03, 2013 @ 10:36 PM | 6,657 Views
Just when I thought we’d seen our worst sloping days for the summer, along came this Saturday. I don’t believe I saw any wind. Maybe a passing thermal generated wind, but no steady breeze whatsoever. I know a few diehards went to the SE bowl, per the wind predictions. I myself went straight to the Westside and the winch. Since I didn’t bring a “winchable” plane I spent most of my time running the retriever and taking photos. Finally, our misery was ended by a passing thunderstorm and we all headed down early to the restaurant.

Mike

PS Amos contributed to the photos this week.....thanks Amos!...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 22, 2013 @ 11:07 PM | 5,779 Views
Seems like the weekends have been coming in “twos”. This Saturday was a repeat of last weekend. Easterly wind with a slight switch to ESE. There was a small crowd. Only 7 of us on the East side, with a couple more guys hanging in the SE bowl. Nothing exciting happened. No crashes. No mid-airs. Just some fun flying and a small happy group.

Mike
PS Larry L sent photos over and I added them to the blog. Thanks again Larry....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 15, 2013 @ 06:59 PM | 6,034 Views
Breaking our summer trend, we received some strong winds on Saturday. Winds were 15+ mph out of the E/ESE. Suprisingly not as much "lift" as you would expect. The wind shifted from E to SE several times. It was enough to send some of the guys over to the SE bowl over the course of the day.

Mike

PS Larry L sent over some camera phone pics from Saturday, thanks Larry....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 08, 2013 @ 09:24 PM | 5,964 Views
Almost a repeat of last weekend. We had some great thermals, but air was light in the SE bowl. A few of the guys winched on the Westside, they joined us by noon to fly the bowl. No rain, but it poured cats and dogs just after we left.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 01, 2013 @ 10:20 PM | 6,105 Views
Two words for this weekend…”just OK”. We had some rain clouds on the horizon, but they didn’t seem to bother us. We had a little wind, some decent thermals and we flew the SE bowl. It was just an “OK” day. Sorry for the lack of pics. I actually flew my combat wing and Falco more that I took pictures. I must be ill.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 24, 2013 @ 09:31 PM | 6,238 Views
What a difference a week and the same forecast makes. Last week in the SE bowl, there was no wind, no lift and we were rained out early. This week, the SE bowl had a good 10-12mph coming straight in, no rain and plenty of lift. Of course no one complained! We had plenty of good flying with lots of combat . Now if only next weekend we’d be so lucky.
Mike

PS Amos sent me a few shots he took. I noted them as AC photos. Thanks for the contribution Amos!...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:04 PM | 5,618 Views
We had 15-20mph winds straight in on the East side. In a word….Great! Everyone had been looking at the weather report, because we had 20 members up top before noon. Suprisingly, with the amount of RC air traffic (10-12 airplanes in the air), there were only 2 midairs and virtually no damage. Very much a successful day with everyone logging lots of flight times.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 05, 2013 @ 12:21 PM | 5,138 Views
Saturday was the typical light wind, hot, muggy day of summer. We had a light wind hitting the SE bowl and some thermals rolling through, so there was some very light slope lift available. Most of the club members had already figured this out, so the end result was only 9 of us showed up (light turnout).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 26, 2013 @ 11:03 PM | 5,640 Views
This weekend brought some unexpected winds. We had a direct East wind of about 10-12mph. Any other time, and this would have just been a "meh" Saturday. But a decent wind coming straight in brought a decent crowd up top.
Actually, considering the wind was only 10mph it was fantastic day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:05 PM | 5,227 Views
Our first weekend back from The Northwest. Almost didn't want to go to the hill. I was used to awesome scenery, alpine flying, cool air, wineries, and micro breweries. This Saturday on the hill was brutally warm and humid. There actually was not a drop of wind. Fortunately I arrived late and didn't even break a plane out. I got a few pics of winching and an electric and called it a day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 09, 2013 @ 08:59 PM | 5,888 Views
For our final full day in the NorthWest, Friday, we got up early and headed to Tri-Cities and Eagle Butte. The boys wanted to fly at one of the premier slopeing sites and Eagle fits the bill. We reached Eagle just after noon. When we arrived Creg (bobbyjack) was already there flying his Tango and Pike Perfect. Weather reports showed Tri-Cities at 13-18mph reaching 30mph by nightfall. We easily had 20mph over the afternoon, with occasional “dropouts” or dead air when clouds passed over. Unfortunately we lost 2 more aircraft by days end. DJ was flying Andrew’s Mini Vector during a “dropout” and he ended up outlanding in the fields below. The Mini Vector’s fuse was pretty broken up. Tom had Elevon flutter on his Gulp and lost it on the front side. We searched and searched but we couldn’t find it (if anyone finds a red and yellow Gulp at Eagle, send me a PM). Otherwise it was a great visit to Eagle. We headed back to Hood River just before 5PM. This allowed us to hit the Thai house restaurant in upper Hood before it closed and also the ice cream shop across the street .
Goodbye NorthWest………until next year.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 09, 2013 @ 04:34 PM | 5,781 Views
After flying all the slopes around hood, we decided to revisit Lumber on Thursday. Several members of the group, who shall remain unnamed, preferred not to make the walk into the Lumber site. But the rest of us walked in and enjoyed the great views above the upper Hood River. We had some fantastic formation flying with our UberMoths and Gulps. Some of the pumps and half pipes were outrageous. The only tragedy of the day was Jose’s loss of our remaining Rifle to a large pine tree. We closed out the day by venturing down to the Hood River waterfront to the Pfriem brewery and pub. Tomorrow we plan to head to Eagle Butte for some world class slopeing.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 07, 2013 @ 02:51 AM | 5,796 Views
Day 6 was for our final Hood River area slope, Grayback mountain. After a late start, Winch Doc met up with us in Hood River and we headed across the Hood River Bridge. After a brief supply stop in Klickitat we climbed up toward Grayback mountain. We arrived somewhere after 1pm and tried to fly from our usual spot near the fence. The air was very light and no one dared fly, unless they had an electric (Larry). As the temps rose and the sun beat on us, we found a better slope site about 500’ South of our usual area. It also had the benefit have having a large pine tree near the slope. We setup camp there for the day. The air turned great after about 3pm. The lift bubbled up out of the valley and we flew until 7pm, at that point we headed out via Glenwood and reached Hood about 8:45pm. The day would have been uneventful except for the fact that DJ lost his Jart to the wind gods just before we left. It seems we lose a plane every year to Grayback.
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