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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2012 @ 01:18 AM | 5,747 Views
Monday was a rainout. The whole Gorge was “socked in”. Fortunately, Mike Stubbs was able to hook us up with a private tour of the WAAAM “back shop”. Tom Murphy, the pilot who flew off the top of the Portland Hotel (http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=5049,4504812 ), was out tour host. It was a great time, we got to check out some classic airframes awaiting restoration and see the prototype Stearman , Stearman Model 70 being rebuilt. We finished off the day by stopping at the Cathedral Ridge winery for some tasting, then Double Mountain for a Ferocious Five and finally dinner at Nora's table.

Mike

PS Hopefully the rain will break tomorrow, and we'll be able to hit Klickitat....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 04, 2012 @ 11:44 AM | 5,415 Views
Today is Sunday and we decided on Lumber as the slope Dejour. We got a late start, actually passing the PASS club members quitting for the day. We found Lumber had great lift, but choppy, especially in close. Wind stayed around 15mph. Mike Stubbs joined us later in the afternoon for some quality flight time. At about 6:30PM we had had too much fun and headed down into Hood River, just as a light rain began. After diner at the Waucoma Club we topped it off with a cone from Mike's ice cream.

Mike

PS tomorrow we plan on returning to Klickitat and maybe hit the Dalles on the way back in the evening. The rain may make it a WAAM day....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 03, 2012 @ 11:47 AM | 5,194 Views
We earmarked Saturday for Eagle Butte. After a 2.5 hour journey we reached Richland.. We were not disappointed, the winds were 30-35mph dead on. We flew almost everything we brought. We begged, borrowed or stole any lead we could find. By the end off the day the wind had reached 50 mph and we were wind-burned, tired, but happy. By 6:30PM we were packed and back on the road. We reached Hood at 9PM and closed out the night with 3 Pizzas and a couple beer rounds (especially liked the Ferocious Five bourbon brew) at Double Mountain.

Mike
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 02, 2012 @ 11:32 AM | 5,524 Views
t is Friday and we decided to head to Klickitat. We got an early start. We found the lift light. It picked up rather spectacularly, but then shifted to the side. With the changing air we voted to move to Grayback. Major good flying at Grayback. Unfortunately, the downside was Ben losing his Gulp into the 2000' valley without recovery. By 6:30pm we began working back to Hood River via Glenwood and Hosum. We closed out a great day with our customary great diner, this time at TheThai House.
Tomorrow, the weather looks good for Eagle Butte, so the game plan is a day trip to Richland and back.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:51 AM | 4,969 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
PS I shot lots of pictures. Very little time to caption for this blog, so excuse the non-captions....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | May 31, 2012 @ 10:17 AM | 4,647 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 | 4,667 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

PS I hope to be keeping up the blog with pics from our Oregon trip this week....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | May 16, 2012 @ 09:17 PM | 4,721 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 | 4,371 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 | 4,923 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 | 4,686 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 | 4,712 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 | 4,982 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 | 4,650 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 | 4,908 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 | 4,939 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 | 4,471 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