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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 16, 2012 @ 08:44 PM | 5,489 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 | 5,220 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 | 5,554 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 | 5,144 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 | 5,019 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 | 5,638 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 | 5,528 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 | 5,179 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 | 5,476 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 | 5,650 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 | 5,820 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 | 5,485 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 | 5,250 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
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 02, 2012 @ 12:32 PM | 5,590 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 @ 11:51 AM | 5,035 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 @ 11:17 AM | 4,701 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 @ 10:40 PM | 4,718 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