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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:51 AM | 4,943 Views
Thursday, found us aspiring for more adventure. So it was off to Bald Butte for some 4wd extreme. We spent all day at Bald Butte. Dodged some rain, got lots of windburn. Finally dragged ourselves into town for some Mexican in upper Hood River and called it a day

Mike
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Posted by mfwilliams | May 31, 2012 @ 10:17 AM | 4,636 Views
First day our 2012 Oregon trip. We actaully got into Hood River with time to fly. We called up Mike Stubbs, picked him up and headed over to the Dalles site for some evening flying. Air was little a light, but good enough to keep Moths and Gulps up. We capped the night by having a hearty dinner at the Clock Tower. Tomorrow, maybe we'll hit Bald Butte.

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Posted by mfwilliams | May 29, 2012 @ 09:40 PM | 4,651 Views
Saturday was a mixed bag. We had the guys winching on the West side while the majority were sloping in the NE bowl. The morning was light enough that only the floaters or the winching guys were getting anything. But by noon we had enough wind for some decent sloping. That left precious little time for some us prepping for our Oregon trip,that needed to tweak out our slopers before packing.

Mike

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Posted by mfwilliams | May 16, 2012 @ 09:17 PM | 4,705 Views
I really blew the week before, I went up with plenty of planes, a good wind out of the SE and I left my camera in my travel bag at home. Bummer!
This week I remembered to bring my trusty Nikon and I got some decent pics. The wind was strong out of the East, almost 20mph, with gusts. It was great for combat and also to break out our heavy slope stuff.
Miami Mike and Larry L also shot some videos during the past 2 weeks, I've attached for your viewing pleasure:

Halfpipe takes my v-tail off 2.wmv (0 min 37 sec)


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Posted by mfwilliams | May 02, 2012 @ 07:17 PM | 4,361 Views
Sorry, no blog entry last week. Both weekends were very wet. Last week, only the morning had a slight opening and then the rains desended. This weekend, it seemed to rain all round us, but very little on the hill. Because of the weather we had a small crowd. We even tried to catch glimpses of the Fort Lauderdale air show, but the low ceiling and storms to the south blocked most views. I shot very few pictures (sorry). I had 3 rebuilt/new planes to test (Spider 2M, Mini-Rotor and Gillette) and spent most of my time "tweaking".

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:19 PM | 4,902 Views
Saturday was worth waiting for. We had 30mph winds out of the East. If you didn't bring lead you need not apply. Flying was rough in close, but once you got clear of the slope there was plenty good lift for some nice speed runs.
Also this weekend, Waste Management hosted Earth Day on the site. WM graciously set us up at a table and allowed us to show off some planes and discuss what we do (sorry, I didn't get any pictures). We had a great time and it allowed us to stay on site till 4pm.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 12, 2012 @ 09:53 PM | 4,655 Views
Last Saturday Gordon Buckland returned to our hill for anoher 8 hour slope flight for his LSF 5 certification. Even though Gordon had achieved his 8 hour slope flight last year he decided to return and "enjoy" another attempt. Gordon picked a good day. Winds were a little weak before 11:00am, but afterward they stayed pretty consistently at 15mph. Paul and Mike assisted Gordon and acted as LSF "witnesses". While most of our regular flyers flew the NE bowl, Paul and Mike kept Gordon on the NE point so he could work either side of the point during wind shifts. Gordon succeded, landing a few minutes after 5pm. After a quick pack up, the crew headed over a local restaurant for a few minutes of "atta-boys". A great ending to a long day for Gordon and crew. I've attached a link to Miami Mike's video of his Shadow flying alongside:
Shadow Slope flight.wmv (2 min 55 sec)


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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:09 PM | 4,686 Views
Another good Saturday. There was enough breeze out of the SE to slope fly the bowl, coupled with plenty of strong thermals. While we played in the SE Bowl, the TD crew were winching on the Westside. Plenty of good fun. The only downside was the loss of a couple TD planes off the winch and Mike’s camera plane hit a pipe.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 21, 2012 @ 09:04 PM | 4,956 Views
I got up on the hill early, for me (11am). We had a good crowd when I arrived, although several of our members were at the Gator Aero Tow up in Melbourne: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1573838&page=3
Wind stayed smooth out of the East at about 10mph, with a few swings to the NE. You'd think the flying would have been excellent, and it was. But several times, the air just seemed like “down air” even with the wind coming dead on. Perhaps some passing thermals sucked the lift away. The end result was everyone at once landing on the slope, weather we wanted to or not.
As a bonus this weekend, the CAF sent the only flying B29, FiFi, to Fort Lauderdale for the weekend. I've added few pictures to the end of the blog.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 29, 2012 @ 09:17 PM | 4,629 Views
Par for me, I arrived fashionably late. Winds were supposed to be over 20mph. The problem was, that was for the late afternoon/evening. So the morning winds were at about 5mph out of the North, definitely a “floater morning”. Luckily by noon, the wind had increased to 10+ by noon and shifted to the NNE. This put us into the NE bowl and the fun began! With the prospect of great winds we had a banner crowd. Airspace was at a premium with lots of air traffic. Surprisingly, there were only two mid-airs (if you don't count foamy combat) and only a couple tough landings (crashes?). One of the highlights was Footy debuting his 4m KA-8. This Saturday was a very good day!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 22, 2012 @ 09:11 PM | 4,880 Views
his last Saturday was a mixed bag. We had an unusual South wind. This worked great for the guys winching on the West side. On the slope we had some great flying at times, but due to a “off and on” shift to the East, we were often left looking for a quick place to land. Our group tried to stay in the SE bowl so as to make the most of the South to SSE winds. Not much more to report. No crashes and only one mid-air.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 14, 2012 @ 09:59 PM | 4,922 Views
The chance of rain was at 40% and it looked like it would rain at any time, but our luck held out. We finally had wind, it was a little split on the NW point and gusty at times, but by golly we some 15+mph wind.
Obviously we spent most of our time on the NW point, but toward the end of the day we drifted down toward the East. At that point, we found there was a small, but working NW bowl. Because it was in the "shadow" of the power plant, flying could be very rough at times, but beggars can't be choosers. All in all, a good day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:34 AM | 4,449 Views
I arrived late on Saturday. So I missed most of the fun. Apparently there was winching on the West side that went well. When I reached the hill everyone had migrated to the SE bowl. There was a decent breeze at about 10 mph and everyone was working the slope lift in the “bowl”. I actually flew more than I took photos, so excuse the lack of pics.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 10, 2012 @ 09:02 PM | 5,055 Views
Usually the winters in Florida bring strong Northernly winds. So the winter is our favorite season. This winter has not panned out as hoped. This weekend was a prime example. The winch and electrics were the only way to get up. The wind never exceed 5mph and varied from SW to West.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 08, 2012 @ 07:51 PM | 4,525 Views
Gordon (AussieF3B), from the Orlando Buzzards contacted Miami Mike and I earlier in the week concerning another 8 hour slope flight (a LSF 5 task). Monday looked like a great day to try for it. The Landfill was open from 5am-5pm, an approaching cold front (read Wind) was arriving, and Gordon's group was off on Monday.
Gordon, Jody Miller and Kris Von Nostrand, arrived at 7:30am Monday and immediately began setup. After trying to have a continuous flight for almost 3 hours, our intrepid visitors had to abort.
Unfortunately for all involved, the wind gods refused us slope lift. Eventually the wind arrived at noon, but a little to late for any 8 hour flight attempts (in daylight). On the flip side, once the winds did come up, we had some great flying on the West slope. And Gordon, Jody and Kris got to try their hand at some genuine slope and combat flying. Eventually a rain storm approached, Gordon and crew packed up and we all headed home before the 5pm closing. Better luck next time guys.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 05, 2012 @ 08:19 PM | 4,877 Views
Yes we did fly New Year's eve. The air was pretty light. It was either the winch or electric on the NW corner. I don't think I even put a plane together. Was really a good day to put your thermalling skills to the test. I think the highlight of the day was confirming that the landfill would be open all day on Monday (1-2-2012).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 27, 2011 @ 01:06 PM | 4,759 Views
Christmas eve found the Pompano Hill Flyers on the West and East sides of the hill. A small contingent was on the West side winching to their hearts content. The larger group was on the East slope enjoying the thermals and slope lift which were surprisingly strong considering the wind. I think everyone got in more flight time than they could handle. Probably the temp being 80deg and the lack of that funny white stuff you Northerners get ( I think it's called snow?) contributed to a large turnout.

Happy Holidays....

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