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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 06, 2016 @ 12:41 PM | 2,920 Views
Finally got some RC flying in on Friday (sorta). Haven't flown or touched a plane since I came back from the Northwest slope trip.
Poh gave me a heads up, that the Tullahoma club was going to setup the winch on Friday morning. I packed up the Shadow and headed down about 11am. Unfortunately, they had packed up the winch by the time I had arrived (they started at 9am). I pulled up a chair and watched the guys fly their electrics.
Poh and I talked ourselves into going to Piggy's place for some Tullahoma BBQ by 1pm.
We then spent a couple hours eating and talking about next year's Northwest trip.
All in all, a typical lazy day for me here in TN.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 12, 2016 @ 01:18 PM | 1,519 Views
Friday Day 7
Temps had dropped into the lower 60’s so flying was much more comfortable. We spent our last full flying day, shopping again. Some of the guys were still looking for T-Shirts so we searched most of the morning. It was 12:30 before we fin ally left Hood and drove up to Lumber. Tom had left earlier and was up before we even parked at the base. The wind didn’t look great down in Hood, but Tom reported we had plenty on the slope.
By the time all of arrived on the slope, the wind was howling at a good rate. It had a little North component in it and Lumber works best with a West wind. We had quite a bit a turbulence in the first 100’ of the slope. Once you got past that it was a vertical elevator. We put up quite a few planes and at one point the sky was filled with Gulps and Moths (no pics of that because I was flying my Gulp). We had some tremendous pumps and climbouts. Most of us were running 2 bars of lead in or Gulps and it was reflected in the energy retention in the pumps.
As you can see in the pictures, we had a storm hanging out on the West side of the Hood river valley. It played with us for quite a while and then shortly after 4PM it reached us. Between the drizzle and the cold air (temp was about 60deg with a wind chill closer to 45deg), we choose the better part of valor and headed to the rental SUVs. Hood was filling with weekend warriors (it was Friday evening), so instead of packing at the rooms, we headed to Double Mountain for...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 11, 2016 @ 12:22 AM | 2,313 Views
Thursday Day 6
We spent Thursday morning shopping downtown for gifts for family and friends. After yesterday’e epic flying at Tri-Cities (Eagle Butte) the crew needed to recharge before heading out to a slope.
The choice for today was Grayback. It was after lunch before we headed across the Columbia and up to Klickitat. We stopped at Klick for a moment to check out the winds. It didn’t look great, so our expectations for Grayback were low.
We were surprised by the conditions at Grayback. The lift was turbulent from the lip, but was very strong as you ventured out over the valley. We flew our brains out until we noticed threatening clouds over Mt Adams. At about 6:30PM we aborted our flying with the storm approaching. 30 mins later, after shooing the cattle from the road, we arrived at Huntington’s steakhouse in Klick.
With a hearty steak dinner in our tummy we made the final run across the Columbia and into Hood through a light rain shower.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 09, 2016 @ 11:11 AM | 2,264 Views
Wednesday Day 5
Winch Doc met us at Char-Burger for breakfast at 8AM. After a hearty meal we headed out for the 2-1/2 hour drive to Tri-cities (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick) for a day at Eagle Butte.
When we arrived at Eagle the wind was about 20 mph and rising. Temps were in the 70’s. A beautiful change from the light wind and 100 deg temps we had seen this week in the Gorge.
The lift stayed great, eventually the wind increased to the 40’s. Outside of a couple minor rain showers, the flying was “epic”. Everyone flew everything they had and flew until they couldn’t see straight. As more rain threatened, the temps dropping to 65 and the wind now howling, we packed up with smiles on our faces and started back for Hood River. After a dinner at the Full Sail brewery,
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 08, 2016 @ 01:01 AM | 2,450 Views
Tuesday Day 4
We had a small drop in the temp. No more 100’s, only middle 90’s. The wind was still great, so we headed to a spot we had identified last year across from Wishram in Celilo. The wind was a little too cross at the site. We then tried to check out another spot in Lyle, WA above the high school. It was too difficult to access so we aborted and tried to decide on our next site.
We took a vote and Lumber won.
The walk in was a little tough for some of us older guys.
But, it turned out to be a great choice. We flew three solid hours. The lift was fantastic with some slight turbulence in close.
After backing up our gear we headed into Hood for dinner. As we entered Hood we ran into Mike Stubbs on the way to the Passport Pub. We stopped and had a few beers with him. We let him know that we’re heading over to Eagle Butte in the morning with Winchdoc and we had room if he wanted to join us.
We closed out the night with a dinner at the Thai house. After dinner we headed to the Vagabond to charge our planes and get a good night’s sleep.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 07, 2016 @ 04:15 AM | 2,382 Views
Monday Day 3
Finally the wind has returned. Once we awoke to wind whitecaps on the Columbia, we knew our “curse” was broken”. We planned on heading to Bald Butte, but aborted when we discovered that the road has now been closed and gated. Now we proceeded to our second choice of Diamond Ridge. Unfortunately we found the winds from the gorge were not reaching up the White Salmon valley to Diamond Ridge. Now were forced to our third choice of Klickitat. The third time was a charm. Klickitat had plenty of lift. Sink was virtually non-existent.
At “Klick” they are building a house across the road in the cattle field. They have set up a large entrance gate/frame. We spent almost an hour shooting “limbos” through the gateway and having great fun.
Finally after several hours of this we were too wind/sun burned to continue (temp again reached 100deg).
On the way back to Hood, we diverted to the Dalles and let Dan and Ed try a few passes on the slope above I-84 and the dam.
We finally decided enough was enough and proceeded to the Clock Tower Ales in the Dalles for food and beer tasting....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 06, 2016 @ 12:35 AM | 1,952 Views
Day 2 Sunday
Wow, it was a tough day. The temps reached 104deg! The winds gods did not cooperate. We still flew though. First stop of the day was Rowena Crest Viewpoint since the wind appeared to come out of the East. We had a little difficulty accessing the site due to the recent train derailment (the Mosier exit was closed). Since Larry was only with us for one day of flying, he took the first and only flight. After a few passes his Gulp promptly descended onto the winding road below the face. Luckily for Larry he was able to place it on soft grass just between the roadways. This was definitely the “highlight” of today’s flying.
After Larry’s lucky flight we decided to move on to Klickitat and see if we could find some alpine thermals. We caught some luck here. Lift was light, but flyable. Everyone got a chance to fly. Eddie, our NW noob got his first flight in. He was all smiles afterwards.
To cap off the day, we headed to our favorite Mexican restaurant for some Dos Equis’s and ice cream.

Mike

PS Larry just sent me two videos from our day at "Klick".

Amadeo fun (2 min 16 sec)


Day 1 Tom @ Klick (1 min 7 sec)
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2016 @ 10:31 AM | 2,192 Views
Day1 Saturday
Our merry crew has finally arrived in the NW for our 2016 soaring trip. Only seven in our group this year. We arrived fairly late and their was virtually no wind. We ended up hitting Double Mountain for dinner and sealing the deal with some Mike’s ice cream. The wind report for tomorrow, Sunday, looks weak at best. Monday appears to be shaping up for a better day.
We’ll be watching the wind report and make a decision for Sunday's flying. It looks like we’ll be flying Diamond Ridge above White Salmon.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | May 27, 2016 @ 09:42 AM | 2,051 Views
I haven’t added much to my blog lately. With our annual Oregon trip coming up in the first week in June, I’ve been spending every spare moment building\rebuilding the slopers I plan to take.
Hers’s some pics of the first two planes completed for the trip. My Windrider Bat and 1M Rifle sloper.
Still rebuilding my Shrike, Gulp and XR combat wing. I think I’m almost ready to go.

Mike

PS some of the guys had asked for pictures of my new garage. I included those so they can see my building/storage areas.
Posted by mfwilliams | May 05, 2016 @ 10:56 PM | 2,451 Views
It's been 3 weeks since my last blog entry. As usual I've been busy around the house and not flying as much as I should have. Kit's really taken point on the Pompano Hill Flyers photos and kept it pretty consistent. His latest entry was just posted at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=225620
I see some good shots of Goodyear's new blimp. Looks like Mark has gotten his molded Zulu together and Jose has his Blejzyk Faun flying.
I noticed that Kit's Blog was listed as "the featured blog" twice last week. What a go Kit!
While all this has been going on, I've been ramping up my "build time" out in the garage. We are only a month out from our annual Northwest trip (June 4th) and I've had to start repairing and testing all my equipment. I've attached some shots with captions to show you what I've been up to.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 20, 2016 @ 01:04 AM | 3,257 Views
Sorry I haven't posted a blog entry for a month. I've been busy working on the house and lawn with our current warm weather. Additionally, family has been up to visit and kept us occupied.
I finally was able to get some flight times in on Monday over at Eagleville. I met Poh for some electric and winch flying. The lift was tremendous in the morning and early afternoon. But by 2:00PM the lift conditions changed and we started to pack up. It was by all accounts a good day flying, light wind, sunny, and 82 deg temps. It was only Poh and I. Although local flyer, Gary joined us for a short period, but had some issues with his electric BOT and left early. I only shot a few pics, so enjoy.
On another note, Kit (Rockitglider) has really done well taking photos where I left off at Pompano. He has now gotten his blog up to speed at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=225620. From now on I'll just reference his blog when he has updated it. This week (4-16-16) I noticed he has a great picture of Bald Eagle ( a rarity in South Florida).
As a final note, I just received word that one of our founding members of Pompano Hill Flyers, Jerry Winkler, passed yesterday in St Augustine. Jerry was a fixture on the "hill" for many years before he moved to St Augustine.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:36 PM | 3,585 Views
Kit sent me his finest from last weekend's flying on the SE bowl.

As usual, mucho thanks Kit.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 24, 2016 @ 12:43 AM | 3,786 Views
I just finished editing Kit's pics from Saturday the 12th. Kit included a note with the pics:
"I didn't take many pictures, as I had to leave early to go pick up my new Zulu Composite plane from the doctors office where I had it shipped. I included a couple of shots of it for you to see, I hope to be able to fly it this week on Saturday".

I didn't get too much more info. The guys were flying the SE bowl with a decent breeze. Hopefully Kit will get his composite Zulu in the air and include more pics.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 21, 2016 @ 01:01 AM | 3,203 Views
Miami Mike (Mike Naylor) sent me a note this past week about the FSS contest #1 held at the Christmas, FL field. I see the Pompano Hill boys did well on Saturday and also for the end of year awards (2015), which are awarded at the first contest of the year. Mike also sent me a few pics. Here's some highlights of the note he sent me:

"Jeff Duval got his Xplorer stuck in a tree and came up with a clever method to get it down using several sections of PVC pipe. I made a video of the whole thing but it'll take me a while to edit it.

The Christmas field is now officially the Orlando Buzzard's field. It's much nicer than their old field on Red Ember Road.

Mike Naylor"

Coverage of the event is listed in RCGroups thread at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2603802
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 21, 2016 @ 12:48 AM | 3,142 Views
Carlos sent me some pictures and information about the plane he has been flying on the hill. I had seen the plane showing up in Kit's pics and I couldn't identify it as any commercial kit. Here's some pics of the Avanti flying in Venezuela with Carlos's note:

"Hello there Mike...
Just wanted to share a few pictures I found earlier today. This is the Avanti, my design and build from 2005. This pictures where taken on August 2006 down in Venezuela where I used to fly. A great place with loads of lift everywhere...
Hope everything is good up there...

Cheers,
Carlos"
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 15, 2016 @ 12:15 AM | 4,067 Views
Got my first taste of slope flying in middle Tennessee last week. With predictions of a 15-20mph South wind, Poh and I headed off to one of the several dams to test fly some birds. I brought my Zulu, Triffic and Gulp. Poh brought his new Ridge Rider and a Radian. Flying was a bit difficult with very rough air and lots of "dead spots". I soon learned that air spilling over the hill sides with lots of trees below the dam were disturbing the air. With a few bad flights, Poh and I made our way out toward the center of the dam and found much calmer air. After dialing in Poh's Wind Rider and cartwheeling my Zulu too many times, we called it a day. Still wind burned and tired from walking the length of the dam, we headed to the "backside" of the dam for Poh to catch up on some fishing time. With the fish not cooperating, we decided to head into town for a late Mexican lunch at Alfonso's.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 12, 2016 @ 12:12 AM | 4,435 Views
Kit sent his pics from flying on the East side last Saturday. Here's Kit's description and pics:

"Hello Mike, It was a fair day flying and that's why only a few pictures as I spent a lot of time flying my planes instead of taking pictures. I included a Mascot picture at the end I think you'll like it. Without this mascot I wouldn't know where to fly sometimes, he or she leads me to the promise skies. See ya, Kit "

Thanks again, great pics Kit.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 05, 2016 @ 11:21 PM | 3,938 Views
This Wednesday the weather cleared and the temps reached the mid 50's. So Poh and I wandered over to Eagleville to squeeze in some RC flight time. Poh flew his Explorer and his E-Shadow. I of course relied on my trusty Shadow. Flying was pretty good, but I couldn't seem to get many long flights in. Poh 's flights seemed to always be about twice as long as mine. Finally, on my last flight of the day, I pulled over a 30 min flight after initially coming down to tree level. That alone, made my day. So with both of us feeling lucky, we packed up our planes and headed off the field as the sun set.
Another great day in Tennessee!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 04, 2016 @ 08:54 PM | 3,953 Views
Kit sent me some great pictures from last week. I see several interesting planes are up. Amadeo has his new composite Zulu on the slope. Jamie has his Shooter F3B out, he kept it far out from the normal slope traffic (no chances for a mid-air). Also, new guy Carlos has a cool looking little v-tailed sloper. I also understand we had a large crowd up on the NE bowl with 20+ people flying.
Miami Mike sent me an email with a link to a short video he had shot. Here's his note and link to video:
"We had a big turnout on 2/27 and I made a video of the cars lined up at the Northeast Bowl:
Clew Cam (0 min 9 sec)

Mike N"

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 29, 2016 @ 11:20 AM | 3,844 Views
Here's Kit's photos from 2-20. Looks like a windy day on the East Slope. Plenty of slopers (read heavy planes) in the air. I can see that several times they tried to get a formation of foamies together. Also, I see some slope combat going on. Looks like a great Saturday. As always, great pics Kit!

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