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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:19 PM | 4,888 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 | 4,636 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 | 4,663 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 | 4,940 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 | 4,613 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 | 4,857 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 | 4,907 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 | 4,426 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.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 10, 2012 @ 09:02 PM | 5,040 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 | 4,498 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 | 4,864 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 | 4,743 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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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:21 AM | 5,134 Views
A contingent of the club headed up for the Florida Soaring Society end of the year contest at the IRKS field: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1548911&page=2

Because of the contest and the impending holidays, we had a small turnout......only 6 guys. Of course, in retrospect, maybe the six of us should have stayed home. The winds were light out of the North and we were taunted by stronger breezes which desolved whenever we pulled a sloper out. Lots of thermal and electric flying with the emphasis on electric.

Happy holidays

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 16, 2011 @ 10:57 PM | 4,869 Views
Last Saturday was a "b'tween" day. Windy enough to fly the slope but not to windy as not to get some lighter thermal planes out. Had a good sized crowd. All smiles by the end of the day, although Larry L did lose his eHawk to a mid-air. Also, Larry L shot some videos. I've attached his videos below.

Mike's Weasel

Mike's Weasel (0 min 53 sec)


Larry's BOT

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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 14, 2011 @ 08:58 PM | 5,211 Views
Saturday in a word.....excellent. We had a strong 15-20mph wind out of the East/NE. Plenty of great lift. More than enough for some combat and aerobatics. At some points, huge lift bands came through and our combat wings were so high up we were losing sight of them. Miami Mike posted a phone video here:
Foamie Combat at the Pompano Hill.3GP (1 min 37 sec)


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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 02, 2011 @ 11:30 AM | 5,457 Views
This weekend, several of our members headed up to the USA F3J team selection contest. The report is up at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1485241&page=6 With the contest going on and the original weather reports of 80% rain, we had a turnout of 7 people. Fortunately we only had a few passing showers that really didn't interfere with the flying. The wind though, was a bit erratic. We had about 7mph breeze out of the S-SW that started us on the South side near the SE bowl. At the end of the day it shifted to the SW and we finished the day flying on the West side. Of course the best part was when we headed down to the “Peachtree” and received a nice slice of apple pie for our efforts!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 26, 2011 @ 08:00 PM | 5,666 Views
This weekend turned out to be lighter than predicted. We had hopes for some good wind after the week before, but we had 7-10mph day on the North. Several times the wind made a shift to the due East causing everyone to literally drop out of the sky. The end result was lots of walking down the North slope for plane recovery.
This weekend is shaping up to be much better (wind wise) thanks to a tropical storm in the Gulf. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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