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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 25, 2013 @ 10:35 PM | 4,874 Views
Lots of people up this weekend. We had large groups of flyers on the West side and the SE bowl. Again (like last Saturday) it was not a “big wind” weekend, with only a 7-8mph wind in the SE bowl. It was a typical Saturday, flyers winching in the morning on the Westside. Then moving to the windward side to slope with the rest of the “crew” after 12pm. Flying was congested at times, with the light air driving flyers to cling to the slope edge to keep flying. Surprising, considering the conditions, we had only one major mid-air, ouch.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 18, 2013 @ 09:24 PM | 4,589 Views
Saturday turned out pretty pitiful. No wind, rain threatening, and buggy. We hung around the West side hoping for any wind. By noon our prayers were answered. We shifted to the SE bowl as a breeze built up. Actually got some decent slopeing in before calling it a day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 12, 2013 @ 09:37 PM | 5,883 Views
Luckily April showers did not bring May flowers. We had a clear day for our first weekend in April. While part of the club was up at the FSS #1 TD Contest in Christmas, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1841776&page=4, the rest of us enjoyed some good North winds. We actually flew from 2 areas, the NW corner and the NE bowl. Because Waste Management was celebrating Earth day we were allowed to stay until 4PM. So we got good winds, great weather and extra hours......a great day!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 04, 2013 @ 09:20 PM | 4,902 Views
Saturday was another hot and dusty day. The air was more thermal generated wind than “wind”. It stayed at 10mph out of the East with cycles of up and down lift. You either had great lift or terrible sink, very little of anything in between. For some odd reason we had a huge crowd, I counted about 18 vehicles and 20 flyers. Enjoy the pics. Also, many thanks to Amos for sending me some shots....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:16 PM | 4,998 Views
Saturday brought hot temps, almost 90! We had a decent wind, 10-15mph out of the South. This put us on the South side in the SE bowl. I unfortunately was in the middle of a move, couldn’t find my transmitters and chargers, so I was forced to shoot pictures only. My loss is your gain!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 13, 2013 @ 08:53 PM | 4,890 Views
This weekend was a resounding "meh"! On the one hand we had a "bowl" wind out of the NE, but on the other hand there was not a consistent slope wind. The thermals that roared into the NE bowl were great. But the slope lift was not the promised 12mph lift band. Slermaling was the name of the game. Continuing on the theme of good/bad, Paul lost his Dynaflite Aristocrat behind the hill due to battery failure in a thermal. The upside was that it was found by one our members as he left the hill, intact!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 05, 2013 @ 09:37 PM | 5,437 Views
Saturday was cold and bad direction. Bad direction? Yep, the winds were directly on the NW corner. As any slope pilot knows, you want the wind straight on. In spite of this, we actually got some great flying in. At least, when the wind shifted to the North or West for short periods.
We had two visitors from the West turn up. The West coast of FL that is. Fred Sanford and Brian Courtice from Punta Gorda showed to get some slope flying under their belts. In spite of the iffy wind direction, they had a good time, at least that’s what they told me…..LOL.
Enjoy the pics
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 27, 2013 @ 09:48 PM | 5,245 Views
We had a member from the West Coast (Florida) coming over to join us, unfortunately he had a flat, and had to abort (you missed a great day Fred). We had great rocking winds. It was a 15+mph day with a South to SSE wind. We had a little combat going on, but the real action was zooming back and forth on the slope with speed runs and aerobatics. We flew till we could fly no more, finally leaving about 10 min before the site closed.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 13, 2013 @ 10:21 PM | 4,925 Views
Another great weekend. We had a nice breeze from the East, strong in the morning, but it became a little more intermittant in the afternoon. As the wind became less consistent, we finally had a shower roar through about 1:15, that shut us down for the rest of the day. Good day none the less, we actually got some nice combat in and lots of great altitude with the numerous thermals that came through on the breeze.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:56 AM | 5,304 Views
This Saturday was not sloper day. We had 0-5mph wind out of the North. As a sloping day, I give it "1". Now thermaling was another story. Only about 5 of us were on the winch, but everyone of us pulled a good 20 min flight at least once. Winching gets a score of "9" for the day, on the Paul Mittendorf scale.
Some highlights of the day include a Bald Eagle thermalling with us (very rare in South Florida), a new member joining us, Peter M (welcome Peter), and lots of full size air traffic coming through our flight area (calm air brought plenty of private plane owners out).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 24, 2013 @ 11:15 AM | 5,832 Views
No blog for this week in case your wondering. We were rained out. However, a few of the guys went up on MLK day (I had to work...bummer). Larry L sent me a short video of the flying.
MLK Day 2013 (0 min 55 sec)


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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 16, 2013 @ 11:37 AM | 5,671 Views
Saturday brought a 10mph breeze out of the East. By the time I arrived, about 11:45, we had quite a few planes up. Lift was good and there were lots of bird indicators (large circling groups of buzzards and seagulls). Everyone had a great time, although we did have a few mid-airs (ugh). All in all, a good day, I'd give it a "7".

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 09, 2013 @ 07:52 PM | 5,351 Views
Weather reports showed dry with a East wind. Wrong! N to NE with showers in the AM followed by with some occasional, light drizzle over the course of the day. Obviously, it didn't stop us. Flying in the NE bowl we had a decent wind (10mph) with fantastic lift coming off the powerplant in waves. We had huge plumes of steam coming out of the cooling towers, that looked like fog. Once you hooked one you were getting some great altitude.
As you might guess it was rated a good day by "the crew".

Happy Slermals!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 03, 2013 @ 09:58 PM | 5,335 Views
This last Saturday was a "MEH". First time in ages that we have had a SW wind. Not a fan of the SW side of the hill. We had a decent wind of about 15mph, but the SW side really sucked. We ended up migrating to the South side close to the East of the hill, just above the SE bowl.
The flying was decent here, but we were in the "shadow" of the hill at times and plenty of sink rolled through.
Enjoy our last photos of 2012.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 26, 2012 @ 08:46 PM | 5,963 Views
In honor of surviving the Mayan "end of days", we served coffee and cookies on Saturday morning. Actually, because of the cold snap (high was 62 F deg) I brought a" box of Joe" up and the wifey baked some cookies.
As far as flying went, it was a mixed bag. The wind stayed at about 12-15mph most of the day, but it varied from West to North, averaging NNW. THe flying was either great (straight out of the N to NNW) to terrible (on the NW corner). All in all not a bad day, after all, we proved the Mayans wrong!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 20, 2012 @ 10:01 PM | 5,563 Views
Unfortuantely I arrived late on the hill. My wife had some errands for me to run and also I had to play the "gift giver santa", dropping off some gifts at the gate.
On the plus side, the wind was up, at least 15mph and coming almost straight on from the East. Plenty of fun and action when I arrived. The guys told me that earlier in the morning was the best. Enjoy the pics and happy holidays.

Mike W

PS Some of the guys went to FSS #8 this weekend. Here's a report from there:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1755378&page=3

PSS Larry L shot some videos, thanks Larry:

DJ Touch and go at 21 seconds (1 min 8 sec)


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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 07, 2012 @ 09:11 PM | 5,598 Views
The winter winds were still with us this past Saturday. We had a 15mph breeze out of the East. It's still tough to get to the East slope, with the old West side road closed off and now overgrown with deep grass and bushes. But it didn't deter a sizeable crowd from showing up and parking three rows deep just above Powerline Rd. By 1:30 PM we had flown to our hearts content and lunch beckoned, so we shut down and got "off the top" before the 2 o'clock closing bell rang.

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