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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 20, 2012 @ 09:23 PM | 5,574 Views
It’s been months since we had a strong blow. Saturday did not disappoint. One of our new members clocked 31 mph on his wind meter. The wind was out of the NE and was almost dead on to the NE Bowl. Lift out front was great, but if you came in close, it was very choppy and down right dangerous. DJ discovered this while maidening his new Schwing (don’t ask).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 01, 2012 @ 10:30 PM | 5,169 Views
Sorry no blog in a long time. Between a couple weekends of rain and our Ocala FSS contest I haven't been up on the "hill" untill this weekend.
In the meantime we had a great contest in Ocala, see RCgroups thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1686453
Also some of our guys (Jamie and Mike) hit the World Soaring Masters, see thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1556334&page=5

In the meantime, this weekend was not fanatastic. As Paul M said, "I would rate Saturday a 3 out of 10". We had about 7mph breeze out of the East. Which put about 1/2 dozen guys on the East slope.
I spent my time with the other 1/2 dozen fliers on the winch. All the way over on the West side. We had a lot of problems with the retriever and the thermals were very small. Not good. No crashes though, and only a small mid-air accident. So I guess it wasn't a bad Saturday.
Next weekend, I won't be up (work has called me in), so I hope someone gets some pictures and I hope some better flying conditions.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 28, 2012 @ 08:48 PM | 5,442 Views
With Isaac bearing down on us, we made a beeline for the hill on Saturday. Unfortunately, because of rain squals, only a handfull of flyers turned out. We did reap the joy of 15-20mph winds, but the off and on drizzle finally drove us away. We were actually fortunate. As we left, we found ourselves getting bogged down in deep mud. A little bit longer and we would have been getting towed off the top.

Mike
PS Don't forget we have FSS #5 in Ocala this weekend. Should be good weather...see you there:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1686453

Also, Andrew just posted a video from the flying...thanks Andrew!
NCFM WABBIT (2 min 5 sec)

Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 23, 2012 @ 09:09 PM | 6,726 Views
Another hot Saturday. We had a slight breeze out of the South, gave us a little respite. DJ and I tried the South/SE Bowl, but unless you had electric (DJ did), it was fruitless. Most of the guys winched on the Westside. With the Ocala FSS contest around the corner, it was probably a good idea to practice, and we got plenty of that.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 16, 2012 @ 08:44 PM | 5,516 Views
Another brutual summer day. Zilch wind, high humidity, and 93F temps made for one killer Saturday. Only a handful of flyers turned up. Most were on the winch, including yours truly. A few tried the slopes on the North side and then the South with "floaters" and DHLG's.

Hoping for wind next Saturday!

Mike W

PS Don't forget we are hosting FSS #5, Unlimited Thermal Duration contest, on Sept 1 and 2 in Morriston, FL (Ocala)!
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:17 PM | 5,238 Views
Sorry no report from last week. Light air and then rain made for a short day.
Unfortunately this Saturday was not any better. Virtually no wind and relentless sun made for some tough flying. A few brave slopers tried flying on the North slope and switched to the the east with the changing winds. Six of us, the largest group, spent the whole time on the winch, on the West side.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 25, 2012 @ 07:10 PM | 5,582 Views
Saturday was a great day, we had good wind, 15-20mph. No rain, plenty of sunshine (actually a bit to much) and I don't believe any crashes. We started out on the East side and eventually shifted to the SE bowl as the day ended.

Mike

And again, thanks Amos for the extra photos and work. I do appreciate when someone else is contibuting to the blog....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 15, 2012 @ 05:19 PM | 5,169 Views
Before I forget, Andrew has finished the video of our Oregon 2012 trip.
Take a look here at Youtube:

Hood River Full Edit 2012 (35 min 51 sec)


Thanks for all your hard work Andrew!
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 15, 2012 @ 04:50 PM | 5,041 Views
We had a great wind out of the SE, 10-15mph. So the SE bowl was pumping. The crowd was medium sized. Good fun all around. Paul was trimming out his new NCFM Bluto. Jose was ripping with his new Discus. I had some great speed runs with my Spider 2M. Bill was trying out his Xeno. Overall a good day.

Mike

Amos helped with lots of the pics, thanks again Amos!...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 03, 2012 @ 11:05 PM | 5,666 Views
Well you didn't miss anything this weekend. The wind was almost calm, temperatures reached the 90's and was a bit dusty. The name of the game was winching. Paul and entourage setup the winch on the West side and a few guys tried handlaunch on the North side. Because of the weather, we left at 1:30 for lunch at the Peachtree.
Also, Andrew made a short aerotow video here:

PHF Aero Tow - Radian takes Alula up up and away...NO WIND (1 min 22 sec)


Enjoy....Mike

PS Andrew has gotten some videos done from our NW trip. Here's some links:

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:06 PM | 5,553 Views
Because it was a rainy weekend, we had a light turnout.. Only six of us showed. The rain left the hill pretty saturated. I had to stop about 300ft from the slope and walk in because of the mud and crud. On the positive side there was good lift, with a decent East wind, so we could let our slopers rip!
As a side note, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper article concerning us and our flying site was published this last Sunday. Here's a link to a picture that didn't make the article, but onto their web gallery: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-pomp...,3652735.photo

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:42 PM | 5,206 Views
Saturday was more than we expected. We expected rain and a light wind. Instead it was a clear 15mph wind into the NE bowl. We also had visitors. The site administrator had a Sun-Sentinel photographer up for a future publication on our flying site.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 14, 2012 @ 08:52 PM | 5,509 Views
Our first Saturday back from Oregon. Was sorta of a let down after having 40mph winds, alpine lift, and 12,000 ft peaks. But such is life.
We had a light East wind on the hill, with some great thermals rolling through. So we can't complain too much. Although Florida is quite a bit hotter than I remember before our trip.

Mike

PS I understand the West Coast (Florida) guys are out in Mosier/Hood River this week. Hope you guys are having a good time....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 08, 2012 @ 08:56 PM | 5,679 Views
Day 7 was our last “full” day in the NorthWest. It was still raining in Hood this morning, so we decided to head further up the Gorge to drier areas. We ended up at Kickitat and the wind was ripping. We had about 25 mph steady with gusts into the 40's. As you might guess, flying was great. Although we did have a couple strong winds that seemed to be cold “down” air and if you weren't ready for a landing you could be in trouble. The highlight of flying at Klickitat was having a Bald Eagle Joining us toward the end of the day.
We rushed back to Hood about 4pm. Both Andrew and DJ had sailplane trips out of Hood River airport at 5pm and 6pm respectively. After both flights, we headed over to Mike Stubbs crib for a rib and salmon BBQ. We didn't leave Mike's till late, then we were up to 2am packing our planes for tomorrow's flight.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2012 @ 02:18 AM | 5,840 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 @ 12:44 PM | 5,509 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 @ 12:47 PM | 5,284 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
PS Tomorrow looks like Lumber....Continue Reading