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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 12, 2016 @ 07:12 PM | 5,334 Views
Friday, for the first time, I flew with the Coffee Foilers, at their field in Tullahoma. Poh and I met down at Tullahoma (about a 50 min drive South of Murfreesboro). It wasn't exactly a warm day, I think the high was about 50 F. The club setup their main winch and retriever. Poh and I were the only fliers. We had a few club members stop by and shoot the breeze. I few my Shadow, while Poh flew his Shadow and BOT.
Don Cleveland joined us for some DHLG as the day wore on. They finally packed the winch away at 4PM and we hit the local BBQ place for a late lunch. Good lift, no crashes and no snow. It was a great day.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 06, 2016 @ 12:43 AM | 4,927 Views
Just received another round of pictures from Kit. Air was a little light last Saturday. More electrics and DHLG's than slopers. I see some new aircraft are up. Looks like Mark has an E-Flite Extra 540. DJ got my Falco-franken-Bat flying. Also looks like Amadeo has debuted his Spin. And someone (DJ) got himself a new Veloster?
Great pictures guys. Hoping everyone is having a great time down in Sunny South Florida.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:08 AM | 6,023 Views
Finally had a break in the weather. We had 6 inches of snow, Nashville had more that 8. By Friday the snow had melted off and the temps reached the 50's. Poh rang me up and I met him over at Eagleville for some winching. The field was a little wet from the snow, but not too muddy. He brought his red Shadow and I of course had my yellow Shadow.
We both had spectacular flights. Almost every flight was over 20 minutes. Finally, we decided to park our planes after the receiver battery testers showed us we were very close to “empty”. In the meantime one other hardy soul joined us. Local guy, Gary, with his e-BOT. Poh took one more risky flight (his Li-Fe was getting critical at this point) to fly with Gary. Fortunately, his Shadow had a short flight and made it back without incident.
Poh and I talked about our Oregon slope trip for this year. Trying to decide if the last week in May or the first week in June would be best. Lots of interest in flyers wanting to join up and setting a firm date. It looks like the first week in June would be best (the mid-south is the last week in May at Triple Tree and Poh would like to go).
After a brief discussion, I had to bow out early, without lunch. The wife had some furniture I had to pick up in the other end of the county by 4PM and I had to roll.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 28, 2016 @ 10:40 PM | 5,020 Views
I didn't receive any report from last Saturday. I don't know if anyone had shot any pics or video. Miami Mike sent me some videos from this week, 1-23-16. Looks like they had strong winds on the Westside. Flying looks extremely turbulent when getting low, which is to be expected when winds hit 30+mph

Here's Mike's videos:

"Amadeo cartwheels his Electron 60 .
The nose broke loose, but he should be able to replace the carbon fiber rod that goes from the nose back to the v-tail."

Amadeo Cartwheels His Electron 60 (0 min 16 sec)

"Dan flying his JW on the Westside.

Dan Flying on West Side (1 min 43 sec)
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 21, 2016 @ 12:03 PM | 5,177 Views
Went over to Eagleville this Thursday. It's coincidence, but it seems that Thursdays are the only clear day to fly on. Poh brought his Explorer and E-Shadow. I brought my Shadow. The weather was not good. At least a 20 mph wind coming crosswise over the field. We didn't set up the winch. Poh flew his E-Shadow since it's wing loading was better for this than our TD birds. I didn't bring any electrics since I hadn't unpacked any yet (bad Mike, bad Mike!).
Poh also called up some flying buddies from Tullahoma to see if they wanted to fly at Tullahoma or at the Normandy Dam. Everyone had made other plans. Additionally Poh was unsure if the wind was coming the proper direction for Normandy Dam (South/North).
After flying for a couple hours we broke down and headed into Eagleville for lunch. There was a new café/restaurant we tried out. It was very good and they gave us very large portions.

Until next week!
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 16, 2016 @ 10:02 PM | 5,091 Views
Here's Kit's report from last Saturday:
"Happy New Year! Another mild day but it turned out to be pretty good, except for my Falco getting caught up in the rebar Christmas decoration on the West slope. Bummer, but I have a new one just waiting to be completed. now I have a reason to do it.
Miss you Mike, Have fun!

Bummer on your Falco catching a rebar on landing. I can see a few below either Miami Mike's or Paul's Zulu in one of your shots.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 11, 2016 @ 12:40 AM | 5,393 Views
Poh Khaw and I met over at Eagleville this Thursday. I had my trusty Shadow and Poh had his new Explorer V. We spent about 2-1/2 hours winching on the Eagleville runway. The power flyers flew off the North end of the runway while we winched from the South end.
Wasn't the best weather, at least from a South Floridian resident. Temp was in the low 50's, cloudy and a few spits of rain. Surprisingly, we both had some great flights. On my first launch, I pulled a 15 min flight, which astounded me. Both because of the conditions and I hadn't winched in 7 months. I pulled about 5 flights and Poh pulled 7 flights. By 2:30 PM we had too much fun. We were the last guys on the field, so we packed up and headed to beautiful downtown Eagleville to our favorite Mexican restaurant for a late lunch and some Southern sweet tea.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 11, 2016 @ 12:09 AM | 5,185 Views
Kit is getting pretty good at his photography. Here's his shots from last week from the NE bowl. He gave me a quick synopsis of the conditions:
"Well last week was not that great, very light winds and not much lift, and not many people flying. But here's a few shots of the few flyers."

Thanks for the photos and the work involved, Kit.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 03, 2016 @ 10:29 PM | 5,485 Views
Kit sent in another set of photos. Wind wasn't as strong as last week. I understand it was more like 10-15mph. Nothing to sneeze about. Looks like we had a good sized crew. I see Bruce had gotten my old Raider combat wing flying. Also looks like Charlie had performed another miracle paint job. This time on DJ's rebuilt Energic. Hope you guys are having a great time down in sunny South Florida. It was 26 deg F overnight here in Nashville. I'm missing that 80 deg weather now!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 26, 2015 @ 12:09 AM | 5,901 Views
Just finished editing Kit's pictures from last week's flying on the hill.
I didn't get a report from anyone about the flying, but I can tell from the pictures that it was rocking! Ed's anemometer shows 28mph gust in one picture. I know that wind like that in the NE bowl is awesome.
Thanks for the pics Kit.
Merry Christmas everyone!


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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 25, 2015 @ 11:50 PM | 5,794 Views
My first week in Nashville and I get a chance to do some RC flying. Well actually, I helped setup the winch, so I didn't technically fly. But I jumped at getting any RC time. I hooked up with a former FSS flying buddy, Poh Khaw. Poh had moved up here a couple of years ago and invited me over to the Eagleville Soaring club, ( for some TD flying.
Eagleville is a full scale glider club located SE of Nashville. They have an unusual arrangement where they fly RC from M-F and full size planes on Sat and Sun.
Had a great time assisting Poh and watching the power guys wring out their planes.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:52 PM | 5,588 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 @ 10:48 PM | 5,821 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 @ 07:14 PM | 5,393 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 @ 06:20 PM | 5,295 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 @ 10:38 PM | 5,239 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 | 4,950 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 | 5,899 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 | 6,608 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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