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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:52 AM | 6,651 Views
Here's my first "remote" blog, since I've moved to Nashville. Several of the guys have stepped up to the plate to photograph the Saturday's flying. This week Kit has been testing out his new DSLR and sent a boatload of pics. Thank you very much Kit.
Kit reported the wind was pretty strong out of the East. You can see our windsock fully stretched out in several of the pictures. In one pic you can see where the lawn chair has been blown over. I see several new planes. Looks like Bill has acquired a Spider 60. Jose has gotten my old Graupner Pilatus repaired and my Super Dragonfly airworthy. Amadeo has a Spirit Elite flying. Also looks like someone has a new Spin 60, Ed or Larry?
In the meantime, enjoy the pics. Kit has done a great first time job with his photos.
I should be doing some winch flying this week over at the Eagleville glider port. I'll add pics and a blog entry if I get a chance.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:48 PM | 6,873 Views
This Saturday was my last day at Pompano. All good things must come to an end. After 23+ years as club president and 31+ years at work, it's time time for the”R” word. Yes retirement. So I'm moving to Nashville TN in December. Before anyone starts whining, I will continue to keep the blog running. Several club members have already started sending me pictures and I'll update the blog weekly (at least that's the plan).


PS Thanks to Jamie Mercado and Larry Lakser for contributing pictures.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 12, 2015 @ 08:14 PM | 6,359 Views
This Saturday, 11/21, was shaping out to be mediocre at best. Five mph variable wind was the prediction. Luckily that's not what we got. With a steady 10mph SE breeze straight on at the bowl. Not to shabby. Lift was good, as you can tell by the number of Gulps and Moths out on the slope.
Sorry for the lateness of this report. I have been planning to retire this year and move from South Florida to Nashville, TN. Because of the move, I have been busy at home packing all my worldly goods (and slopers) with no spare time to edit pictures or add to the blog.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 20, 2015 @ 07:20 PM | 6,216 Views
Sorry no, blog report from last week. We had a rain out. I got there just as the sky opened up. Some of the guys got some flying in just before the deluge. I understand the flying was pretty good, with a strong NE wind.
Hopefully next week, much better conditions will prevail (i.e. dry).

Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 05, 2015 @ 11:38 PM | 6,177 Views
I've been out of town or a couple weekends. I apologize for the shortness of blog coverage. This weekend, on my first day back, I flew more than I photographed (unusual I know). Trying to soak up some much needed stick time. We had a light crowd, due to two things. A so-so weather report and an FSS contest.
Actually it turned out to be a great day. The wind was light, but stronger than predicted, about 10mph. And the thermals were passing through in large waves. It was easy to speck out and make a speed run.
The only issue I had was getting to the East side. Waste Mgt has been performing some maintenance and the East side top was pretty rough. For you guys having small cars (not me, thank you), you may need to approach along the South side of the hill from the SE bowl.
Looks like good wind this next weekend, hope to see everyone up there.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 28, 2015 @ 08:52 PM | 5,882 Views
I've been out of town the past two weekends. Fortunately Larry L was up this weekend and made a mini-report. Thanks Larry!

Larry's report:

We had good flying last Saturday with brisk 12-15mph breeze, with occasional gust to 20 mph out of the East.  A good dose of turbulence made the flying a bit challenging as we had a few walks of shame.
One or two minor mid-airs did not dampen our spirits as the temperatures were only in the mid 80's and the summer's dreaded high humidity is gone.

Larry L

Video of Jose's Schwing on the slope:

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:01 PM | 6,872 Views
Very light turnout this weekend. Two things working against us.
One, there was an FSS TD contest in Gainesville (Which our guys performed well…...thank you):
Two, weather reports showed 5 mph and variable as the predicted winds.
Luckily the weather man was wrong. We had a consistent 10 mph on the Westside. So flying was pretty good. Another surprise, was that we had several mid-airs, even with the smaller number of pilots. Most were foamies, some minimal damage. Although Joe and Buck's planes tangled in a head on and left some damage between the two planes.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 02, 2015 @ 10:32 PM | 7,569 Views
Back to the East side this weekend. Light lift, more thermals than wind. Waste Mgt is doing maintenance to the top of the East side which made for some interesting access (high vehicle clearance preferred). Best way to go, was along the south side of the “hill”, then drive North, along the East slope until you reached our East slope parking area.
We had a great time. I remember Kit and I taking our Warmliners and making repeated climb outs and speed runs. Just like dueling banjos, but with planes.
Should be better weather (can you say windy) next weekend with Hurricane Joaquin passing offshore.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 17, 2015 @ 09:20 PM | 7,432 Views
This Saturday was a mixed bag as far as lift went. Air was light at times but we would get a few good breezes. Weather report was for 15mph out of the South. Wind was not quite that strong. Wind was up and down, with some fantastic thermals. Quite a lot of planes out a times. Also as an added treat we had some more aviary visitors. Our local hawk family joined in and flew alongside of us several times.
Overall a great day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 10, 2015 @ 08:47 PM | 7,645 Views
Saturday started as one of those days where you couldn't tell where the wind was coming from.
The wind forecast was for the West changing to the North. In reality, it was a very light thermal breeze out of the North. The only break, was a pair of thunderstorms that formed North and SW from the hill. They allowed or started an East wind (sea breeze?) at about noon. This gave us some decent lift on the East slope, until about 1:40PM. That's when the rained roared in and we aborted flying a few minutes early.
I finally got my Taranis radio and Zulu sorted out. I had the Zulu ripping up and down the slope and it looks to be pretty fun. It's fast and the droperons let me turn it on a dime.
We also had a rare sighting of a Bald Eagle. My understanding is that there are only 3 or 4 in South Florida (Broward county). He (she?) was a full mature adult with a nice white tail and head. He thermalled up with us and disappeared over the hill in a SW direction. Till next week

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 04, 2015 @ 09:40 PM | 7,833 Views
Courtesy of TS Erika blowing in, we had a strong East wind. Fortunately, Erika was basically an offshore thunderstorm. We lucked out in not getting too much wind nor rain on Saturday (Sunday was another matter).
Lots of fun flying and enough lift for all the slopers, plus some strong thermals at the same time.
I do have bad news to report, 2/3 of our Zulu squadron was decimated within an hour. Paul's Zulu had a spectacular mid-air and I put my Zulu in a terminal dive after specking it out. If Dan had been there, our third Zulu owner, I'm sure we would have lost all three that day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:15 PM | 8,786 Views
The weekend before looked to be a “rainout” from my house, so I didn't venture up. Although I heard later they received very little rain in Pompano. This weekend was looking much better, so I got up early (for me) to test out some more planes. I can tell you it was very hot (94F) and only a light wind (mainly thermal generated). Despite the light conditions we had a good turnout. No major calamities or crashes to report.
I spent the better part of the day triming out my Zulu and a Weasel Evo on my Taranis. Still trying to get the elevator mix worked out for an elevon setup.
Hopefully more slope lift next weekend. And it looks like we might get our wish, with tropical storm Erika passing nearby this weekend (although hopefully it will only pass nearby).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 11, 2015 @ 08:40 PM | 7,695 Views
This weekend was pretty weak. We had an unusual SW wind, which is a bad direction for the hill. That, plus a light wind, which was probably all thermal generated, did not bode well.
We shifted from the West slope, in the AM to the South side, at the SE bowl, after lunch.
As you would surmise, it was mainly a hand launch or an electric day.
Three of us turned up with the new molded EPO Zulus. Each trying to beat the other to the first maiden flight. There was just enough wind to trim them out. First flights look like this are pretty fun birds.
We'll just need to get a little more wind to really “wring” them out.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 05, 2015 @ 08:56 PM | 7,444 Views
This was a much improved Saturday. 10-20mph wind into the SE bowl, no rain and not too sunny. Plenty of slope ships up. At one point it was only Moths/Gulps/Sherpas foamies. I got up to the hill late and missed a lot of the fun. I made the cardinal mistake of setting up a new plane (Zulu) and new radio (Taranis) for a maiden flight.
That is also my excuse for the small amount of photos. Hopefully I'll be up earlier next week and the great weather will hold!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 30, 2015 @ 09:48 PM | 7,735 Views
Saturday was mixed blessings. On one hand it wasn't too sunny and we had good slope lift, 10-15mph. On the flip side, we had rain early in the morning followed by a light misty rain off and on until 2PM. Also, it was unusual in that we a good West wind. Very rare, for mid summer
Surprisingly, we had a decent size crowd. But most guys left a little early because of the light drizzle or they ran out of planes

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 01, 2015 @ 10:16 PM | 6,913 Views
It was a “rain out” this weekend. When I arrived, the rain has just stopped. The few guys still there said that had a nice breeze out of the South earlier, but when the rain started everyone beat it. I waited around with Dan, Ed and Tony for the sun to come back out and the wind to return. No such luck.
Hopefully better conditions on the July 4th weekend.

Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 24, 2015 @ 10:28 PM | 7,148 Views
Wow, it was a burner this weekend. Temps were close to 100 deg in some parts of the county. It was the typical hot, dusty summer day. Otherwise nothing new to report. I was a little short on pictures. I was test flying a plane and spent more time trying to sort it out, then photographing.

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