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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 09, 2013 @ 07:59 PM | 6,087 Views
For our final full day in the NorthWest, Friday, we got up early and headed to Tri-Cities and Eagle Butte. The boys wanted to fly at one of the premier slopeing sites and Eagle fits the bill. We reached Eagle just after noon. When we arrived Creg (bobbyjack) was already there flying his Tango and Pike Perfect. Weather reports showed Tri-Cities at 13-18mph reaching 30mph by nightfall. We easily had 20mph over the afternoon, with occasional “dropouts” or dead air when clouds passed over. Unfortunately we lost 2 more aircraft by days end. DJ was flying Andrew’s Mini Vector during a “dropout” and he ended up outlanding in the fields below. The Mini Vector’s fuse was pretty broken up. Tom had Elevon flutter on his Gulp and lost it on the front side. We searched and searched but we couldn’t find it (if anyone finds a red and yellow Gulp at Eagle, send me a PM). Otherwise it was a great visit to Eagle. We headed back to Hood River just before 5PM. This allowed us to hit the Thai house restaurant in upper Hood before it closed and also the ice cream shop across the street .
Goodbye NorthWest………until next year.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 09, 2013 @ 03:34 PM | 5,987 Views
After flying all the slopes around hood, we decided to revisit Lumber on Thursday. Several members of the group, who shall remain unnamed, preferred not to make the walk into the Lumber site. But the rest of us walked in and enjoyed the great views above the upper Hood River. We had some fantastic formation flying with our UberMoths and Gulps. Some of the pumps and half pipes were outrageous. The only tragedy of the day was Jose’s loss of our remaining Rifle to a large pine tree. We closed out the day by venturing down to the Hood River waterfront to the Pfriem brewery and pub. Tomorrow we plan to head to Eagle Butte for some world class slopeing.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 07, 2013 @ 01:51 AM | 6,025 Views
Day 6 was for our final Hood River area slope, Grayback mountain. After a late start, Winch Doc met up with us in Hood River and we headed across the Hood River Bridge. After a brief supply stop in Klickitat we climbed up toward Grayback mountain. We arrived somewhere after 1pm and tried to fly from our usual spot near the fence. The air was very light and no one dared fly, unless they had an electric (Larry). As the temps rose and the sun beat on us, we found a better slope site about 500’ South of our usual area. It also had the benefit have having a large pine tree near the slope. We setup camp there for the day. The air turned great after about 3pm. The lift bubbled up out of the valley and we flew until 7pm, at that point we headed out via Glenwood and reached Hood about 8:45pm. The day would have been uneventful except for the fact that DJ lost his Jart to the wind gods just before we left. It seems we lose a plane every year to Grayback.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2013 @ 11:34 AM | 5,602 Views
Today was a bust. No wind. We headed out to Mount Hood Lodge. Had lunch and drove back down. Then we headed over to Rowena hoping for an East wind that never appeared. Tomorrow we hope to hit Grayback. Winch Doc is supposed to join up with us at Hood River and join us there.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2013 @ 11:05 AM | 5,037 Views
Monday, Day 4, we decided to try Bald Butte out. As usual, the ride up to the top and back down were exciting. If possible, the road was worse than before. Once on top we were a little dismayed to find the lift very spotty. By 3pm we were willing to call it a day and head home. Luckily the lift gods had other ideas and suddenly the sky was alive. It was mainly thermal or alpine lift. We flew it until our retinas were getting burned out by the evening sun.
We plan to head to Grayback tomorrow, Tuesday, but the wind forecast is not looking good. It could end up being a “tourist day”.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 04, 2013 @ 01:40 AM | 5,262 Views
Sunday placed us at Klickitat. As usual, great lift coming up the Klickitat valley. Flying became treacherous about 3pm because of a wind shift. In spite of this, we packed a lot of flying in between 11am and 3pm.
After 4pm, we decided to call it a day and headed toward Marynoll. We stopped for some pictures of the Stonehenge re-creation/memorial and then headed back to our “home”of Mt Hood and dinner at the Mesquitery.
On to Bald Butte tomorrow!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 03, 2013 @ 01:07 AM | 5,213 Views
The Pompano Hill crew has finally reached Hood River for our 2013 trek to the NorthWest. Note the Blog starts with Day 2, Day 1 was a transit day.
Day 2 found us at Lumber to Fly with Mike Stubbs and his crew for the annual Retina Burner. We split into two groups. Four of us went to the Retina burner while the remaining three went to the Dalles location above the Dalles Dam.
Our "new guys" were impressed with the scenery and the unbelievable lift. More so at the Dalles slope, than Lumber. Lumber was a bit light with 10-15mph with some calm air thrown in. Dalles was a different bird. As Amos said, "it was rocking!"
After the Retina Burner, we all ended up at the Dalles site and flew into late. We enjoyed 20-25mph winds and only a few crashes.

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Posted by mfwilliams | May 31, 2013 @ 12:14 AM | 4,824 Views
Saturday was excellent. We had a strong15mph wind out of the NE with gusts to 20mph. The NE bowl was rocking and their was fun to be had!


PS The Pompano Hill crew is heading out to the NW this Friday. We're spending a week in Hood River. Hope to be sending pictures to my blog this week. Stay tuned....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | May 23, 2013 @ 10:05 PM | 5,199 Views
This weekend started out rainy, not a good start, but by 11am it had cleared. We had the normal Summer wind pattern of SE or ESE. Although a few of the guys moved to the East slope (they said it was better on the East), our main group setup camp on the SE bowl. It was a suprisingly good day with a steady 10mph wind until 2pm.
Needless to say everyone left with smiles


PS I switched to my new camera this weekend. Which is a switch from 10mp to 24mp. Of course with picture resizing for the webpage you probably can't notice the small difference. Take a look, what do you think?...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | May 15, 2013 @ 08:28 PM | 5,684 Views
I missed flying the Saturday before last. That's why no blog. Several of the Pompano Hill Flyers, including me, were up at the FSS#2 Thermal contest in Kenny World:
I thinks this last Saturday was an 8 on our slope-o-meter fun scale. We had a good breeze on the SE Bowl, easily about 15mph. Some great slope flying, along with good thermals meant lots of combat and speed runs. Enjoy the pics!


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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 30, 2013 @ 08:34 PM | 4,761 Views
The wind returns! Just what the doctor ordered, we had 15mph winds directly out of the East. Definitely a sloper day. Plenty of great combat and some awesome speed runs.
Also, next week is FSS #2 thermal duration contest in Ocala, FL. The Pompano Hill Flyers sponser and operate this event. So I and several other club members will be up there “working” the event. Hope to see a big crowd at Kenny World!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 25, 2013 @ 10:35 PM | 5,108 Views
Lots of people up this weekend. We had large groups of flyers on the West side and the SE bowl. Again (like last Saturday) it was not a “big wind” weekend, with only a 7-8mph wind in the SE bowl. It was a typical Saturday, flyers winching in the morning on the Westside. Then moving to the windward side to slope with the rest of the “crew” after 12pm. Flying was congested at times, with the light air driving flyers to cling to the slope edge to keep flying. Surprising, considering the conditions, we had only one major mid-air, ouch.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 18, 2013 @ 09:24 PM | 4,795 Views
Saturday turned out pretty pitiful. No wind, rain threatening, and buggy. We hung around the West side hoping for any wind. By noon our prayers were answered. We shifted to the SE bowl as a breeze built up. Actually got some decent slopeing in before calling it a day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 12, 2013 @ 09:37 PM | 6,114 Views
Luckily April showers did not bring May flowers. We had a clear day for our first weekend in April. While part of the club was up at the FSS #1 TD Contest in Christmas,, the rest of us enjoyed some good North winds. We actually flew from 2 areas, the NW corner and the NE bowl. Because Waste Management was celebrating Earth day we were allowed to stay until 4PM. So we got good winds, great weather and extra hours......a great day!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 04, 2013 @ 09:20 PM | 5,095 Views
Saturday was another hot and dusty day. The air was more thermal generated wind than “wind”. It stayed at 10mph out of the East with cycles of up and down lift. You either had great lift or terrible sink, very little of anything in between. For some odd reason we had a huge crowd, I counted about 18 vehicles and 20 flyers. Enjoy the pics. Also, many thanks to Amos for sending me some shots....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:16 PM | 5,215 Views
Saturday brought hot temps, almost 90! We had a decent wind, 10-15mph out of the South. This put us on the South side in the SE bowl. I unfortunately was in the middle of a move, couldn’t find my transmitters and chargers, so I was forced to shoot pictures only. My loss is your gain!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 13, 2013 @ 08:53 PM | 5,114 Views
This weekend was a resounding "meh"! On the one hand we had a "bowl" wind out of the NE, but on the other hand there was not a consistent slope wind. The thermals that roared into the NE bowl were great. But the slope lift was not the promised 12mph lift band. Slermaling was the name of the game. Continuing on the theme of good/bad, Paul lost his Dynaflite Aristocrat behind the hill due to battery failure in a thermal. The upside was that it was found by one our members as he left the hill, intact!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 05, 2013 @ 09:37 PM | 5,673 Views
Saturday was cold and bad direction. Bad direction? Yep, the winds were directly on the NW corner. As any slope pilot knows, you want the wind straight on. In spite of this, we actually got some great flying in. At least, when the wind shifted to the North or West for short periods.
We had two visitors from the West turn up. The West coast of FL that is. Fred Sanford and Brian Courtice from Punta Gorda showed to get some slope flying under their belts. In spite of the iffy wind direction, they had a good time, at least that’s what they told me…..LOL.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 27, 2013 @ 09:48 PM | 5,447 Views
We had a member from the West Coast (Florida) coming over to join us, unfortunately he had a flat, and had to abort (you missed a great day Fred). We had great rocking winds. It was a 15+mph day with a South to SSE wind. We had a little combat going on, but the real action was zooming back and forth on the slope with speed runs and aerobatics. We flew till we could fly no more, finally leaving about 10 min before the site closed.

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