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Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 22, 2019 @ 06:31 PM | 2,096 Views
A classic NorEaster romping up the east coast today and tomorrow.
Wrap around winds coming off Lake Ontario from the North West with rain changing to snow ,temps dropping from the 40's to mid 20's.......
Yup It's time to Slope

I cruised around with my Windrider Swift for around 45 minutes until my gloves wet through and my hands got cold,I thought "gee I would rather fly in snow than rain......
Was going to pack up and go home when the snow started {and + 22 mph winds }
Cant go home with out flying in the snow one more might be the last snow till next winter....probably not

Out we go with the Heavy Dan Wing ,ripped it up and down across the face of the hill as the squalls came through ,what a blast, didnt even feel cold wet hands and all .
I should have put my goggles, I let it get to far out around the lip of the hill and it got blown over to the back side ..
Oh well - soft landing in a tree .
I will retrieve it tomorrow ,my gloves should be dry by then
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 11, 2019 @ 07:11 PM | 3,034 Views
The wind was forecast in the mid 20's the temps were above freezing and the direction was crossed on the slope but i figured I would give it a shot with my ODR's.

The yellow ODR bird is from G.E.M.S and is my heavy at 33 oz .

The white is a Leading Edge One design Racer in at 26 oz .

With the wind blowing thru a head row and across the slope at 22 mph gusting around 28 I put the yellow ODR up first.
The heavier weight allowed it to penetrate the gusts but it was a struggle to keep her in the air when the wind ebbed ,the wind shadow behind the hedgerow was a killer ,just not enough lift , I had a 8 min flight and a 10 min flight both resulting in the "walk of shame" to retrieve

Time for the LEG - I launched straight into the wind across the face of the hill and easily climbed above the tree line ,I spent the next 45 minutes finding the "sweet spot" above the trees , I could park it and gentily zig zag back and forth across the top of the hill or push down and rip it up out in front of the face then elevator it back up above the trees . A Great flight !
I put the yellow back out to verify the lift had not gotten better on the LEG flight,nope short flight - just not enough lift for the extra weight.
A good outing for sure
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 07, 2019 @ 07:56 PM | 2,831 Views
I finally got back out for some slope flying today after a month layoff.
Due to lack of proper wind this past February was a complete bust ,last year when ever a North Easter would blow through the next 2 to 3 days would produce great wind 20 to 30mph straight up our hill,This year the wind after the storms has all been crossed -just when I thought I had the pattern figured out -
Anyway the forecast was for good direction 14mph coasting down to 12 mph by late afternoon so I left work a 1/2 hour early to be at the top of when the max mph was predicted to blow.

as on cue 3:00 found 15 mph steady gusting to 20mph...and Sunshine a pleasant surprise -

I had brought out a G.E.M.S Knife Edge - wide body, Of course A SIZZLE {all ways in my quiver} and My trusty Park Zone KA-8

The wide body flew well but as it was intended for lower wind conditions it did not penetrate and hold its inertia as well as my stock Knife Edge when the gusts ramped up,I had brought it expecting the wind to subside to 12 mph ....note to self - maybe a white wing is not the best color for snowy winter flying

The Sizzle was next - I spent a hour tearing up the slope with her,a kick in the pants as usual ADHD in all the right ways .

Then I finished the afternoon with a 1/2 hour on the KA-8, like dancing with a fat lady -
My fingers were starting to hurt so I brought her down and packed up,I hated to call it quits with daylight and sunshine,and wind remaining but probably the right call.
I Will sleep well tonight !
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 06, 2019 @ 08:27 PM | 3,464 Views
Amazing yet another day of flyable wind on our hill,where was all this wind last summer

Out with my slope pal Pat.
Mid 30's temps,15 mph wind and just enough snow flakes to remind you it is winter.
As we walked up the hill my other slope buddies were all ready flying - a pair of 5' red tail hawks that keep me company .{ sorry no pictures they have been camera shy so far }
We put everything up and even got a first slope flight on new Pat's 2m Fox picked up at this year's NEAT Fair.
A Great way to end the first week of the New Year
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 01, 2019 @ 05:25 PM | 3,406 Views
Started the new year off right -
a 19 mph blowing up the face of our hill,temps in the high 30's and all the snow taken away by the last day's rain
9:00 am and Time to get my slope on :]

spent the next 3 hrs on the hill with my buddy Lynn and a G.E.M.S - ODR , Knife Edge , and Sizzle wings

Happy New Year to ALL !
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 25, 2018 @ 09:31 AM | 3,567 Views
Winter Snow Song - Audrey Assad with Chris Tomlin (3 min 14 sec)

Merry Christmas to All !

"For God so Loved the world that He gave His Only Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life ....

"For He sent His Son not to judge the world but that Through Him it might be saved...
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 17, 2018 @ 08:57 PM | 6,284 Views
I was able to get back out on our hill today for 3 hours of sloping in reasonable 37 degree temperatures and 20 mph wind .

I brought out my GEMS ODR ,last time out {maiden} I had a range problem with the Lemon receiver so I changed it out with another.
Today"s flights went well, I played around with the CG and finished up back at the recommended 2"from the LE .

Next up was the maiden of a 60"mini Blade carbon I just picked up used off of RCG, weighing in at 43 oz auw I had no idea what to expect from it in our changeable bumpy air and I had not flown a 60" that heavy before on our hill.
She launched out like she was on rails , bridged the lumpy air and gusts, did pumps, paper clip turns and a couple of fast passes close to the top of the hill making that sound...Wow now I see why guy's spend what they do to buy these molded ships.
Unfortunately I had a couple of servo issues as the flight progressed, The right aileron servo stopped centering and was hunting up and down around a 1/16 each way{I confirmed this once I had landed}.
At first I thought it was just the wind gusts,but as i flew passes back and forth it didn't matter the direction it always dropped the right side ...not a big deal I just stayed on the aileron stick... like you do when its gusting.
I probably should have landed at that point but I was having to much fun flying it and finding out what it could do .
A bit later it started to drop the nose like you stalled it , and the...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 05, 2018 @ 08:15 PM | 3,969 Views
I see the site still is having problems ,
Just don't have the patience/ time to keep re inputting my log on/password to try and post or search or whatever
Like others I will take a step back from RCG and spend my time building while waiting for the wind to turn to the NW and start to rip .
I hope RCG gets things sorted out soon.
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 02, 2018 @ 09:37 AM | 4,023 Views
A new arrival has found it's place in my house
It can sit where ever it wants

Thank You Dave !!
Thank You Joe !!
Posted by BDOG1 | Nov 29, 2018 @ 06:13 PM | 3,893 Views
The summer has past with no good flyable winds that I could get out in since the beginning of June when we had a plus 25 mph afternoon .

I just got out the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in what turned out to be a epic Day that started with consistent 20 mph ,gusting to 30 but built to consistent 40 gusting over 50
Measure with a Hall Wind Meter as recommended by Slopemaster.
When the wind increased above 30,and the gusts were rocking us back on our heels my friend said "I would like to know how hard the wind is blowing now "
I told him the wind meter is in my bag , pull it out He did and that is when we were reading 40 and above .
Its really seductive flying the heavier stuff in big air
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 25, 2018 @ 06:23 PM | 5,261 Views
I made it out today after work to try some light wind slermaling on our hill.
The forecast was for a max of 10 mph north dropping off to under 9 after 4:30.
I used my 2M Great Planes Spirit to check out the possibilities ,as I have not tried to fly in north wind at this marginal wind speed .
The first hour was good flying alternating between ranging out and thermaling with the active air and running back to the hill and sloping the face .
On Que the wind speed dropped ,I started to notice the bugs coming out of hiding then the wind shifted across the hill to from the north east all the lift vanished.
Time to pick up and go.
A great way to end the work day -
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 23, 2018 @ 06:39 PM | 5,532 Views
The wife say's our couch is plane full, I can't argue the point
Posted by BDOG1 | Jun 14, 2018 @ 07:13 PM | 3,549 Views
Finally the proper direction wind returned today {NW} with 18 to 20 called for and gust's to 40 ... And 75 degrees temperature
I dont even remember what its like to fly without gloves on

I flew my Leg ODR -26oz
G.E.M.S Knife Edge -26 oz
My 48" Dan Wing {repaired from a hard landing in Cleveland last month} 32 oz

And took another shot at re maidening My 48" Dan Wing - Brat
It took another 6 oz of lead to the nose to balance bringing it to a 35.4 oz.
All the planes flew well in the conditions {gusty with big thermals rolling through} ,but once balanced the Brat at 35 + oz was a rocket in the lift with Huge pumps and strafing runs close to the top.
What a Blast !
Summer is finally here
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 19, 2018 @ 08:16 PM | 4,108 Views
I got out for some "spring flying" on our hill after work today, 37 degrees 18 mph wind and snow...Yup I Love New York

Had one to maiden,cant say it went well.
Acted very tail heavy added a bunch of nose weight,barely flying ,conditions were not fun and tired after a full work day...I will get back to it

Then I put The Knife Edge up
This Plane just kicks Butt !
spent the next hour or so ripping with it,gusts that rocked me on my heels ,crossed and bumpy ,sink, snow ,grovel you name it the KE just does it .

Flying it in close on the top of the hill and standing it on a wing tip , pulling elevator to do a paper clip turn ,it seems to accelerate thru the turn like it was shot out of a canon,I think it is the flex in the wing loading up and then unloading like a slalom ski.....
Great way to end the day
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 09, 2018 @ 03:24 PM | 3,876 Views
A Sunday outing on our hill.
31 degrees 13 to 17 mph gusty some times crossing wind,overcast no sun.
It must be New York in Aprill
Sauce for the goose with the Knife Edge and the Sizzle
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 01, 2018 @ 03:09 PM | 3,681 Views
Happy Easter to All
JESUS is Risen !
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 07, 2018 @ 09:30 PM | 2,925 Views
The song "Ready for the storm" resonates with me.
For the past 2 weeks the north east has seen winter storms called "Nor'easter" blast our region ,as it turns out when these happen The hill that I fly on gets favorable wind,sometimes with heavy snow sometimes with out.

So as the the rest of the east coast "battens down the hatches" fills up on gas/food and other necessities i find myself charging battery's and getting my winter slope gear loaded in my van for a outing .

Life has its seasons and winter often has me longing for the warm breezes of summer,but I have found even in the midst of a winter storm I can soar.