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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 05, 2013 @ 09:45 PM | 4,525 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 | 4,639 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 | 4,436 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 | 5,072 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 | 4,779 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 | 5,356 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 | 5,432 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 @ 09:46 PM | 5,598 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 @ 09:36 PM | 6,565 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

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 22, 2013 @ 10:07 PM | 5,679 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 @ 05:59 PM | 5,944 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

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 08, 2013 @ 08:24 PM | 5,853 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 @ 09:20 PM | 6,012 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 @ 08:31 PM | 6,129 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