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Posted by wheatfly | May 13, 2008 @ 10:02 PM | 3,964 Views
Just wanted to post a link to some flying I got to do in San Fransico.


Posted by wheatfly | Jan 26, 2008 @ 09:33 AM | 4,417 Views
Just wanted to add a few pics from a slope I recently flew. It is pretty tricky and takes a good bit of wind to be even halfway flyable. The tree line across the pond really messes up the lift but I managed a few decent flights. It will work better with a South West wind since it can smooth out a little along the longest part of the pond. I flew with a North West wind and the tree line is only about 100 yds away so it makes for really turbulent air.

Video at this location and others
Posted by wheatfly | May 23, 2007 @ 10:37 PM | 4,572 Views
This is a decent place to slope. It seems that it really only works in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees. I tried it a week ago and it was very dirty air, turbulent, etc. It gets better out past the tree line but getting out there is a battle. Works best with a N NW wind but might be ok on a NE wind to the far left.

Old videos of this location
Posted by wheatfly | May 14, 2007 @ 11:56 AM | 4,766 Views
Here are some pics of a slope spot I've flown once. It worked alright when the wind was above 10mph or so but much less than that and I was just milking it around. I flew a south east wind but it looks to be good from south east to northeast. It has a kind of bowl shape but I flew on the left leg as the winds were not really coming into the bowl. From the google earth image it has changed alot. I drew a red line where I think the slope lies but it is just a rough guess.
Posted by wheatfly | May 04, 2007 @ 01:52 PM | 4,745 Views
Here is another slope near the Alabaster one previously posted. I haven't actually flown or been to this one yet. I've looked at it on Google earth and it looks like it has potential. Might be the biggest one around. I tried getting to it last weekend since I wend to the Alabaster location but the road I took turned out to be a private gated road. From google earth it looks like its going to be a long hike to the top straight up the slope. The Peavine Road shown in the image might be an option as well. It is a gravel road in Oak Mountain State Park so you have to pay to get in the park but could be worth it if you don't want to have a work out from the bottom of the hill.
I will investigate this slope more when time allows and take some pictures. Looks like another NW wind slope but could possibly work for SE?
Posted by wheatfly | May 04, 2007 @ 12:05 AM | 4,721 Views
This one is south of Birmingham and I believe it falls in the Alabaster city limits but it could be Shelby County. NW winds work good here. I've read that the developement stopped because of the ground settling but that was a few years ago and it looks like they will be building again over the next year or so.


Posted by wheatfly | Mar 07, 2007 @ 05:22 PM | 5,091 Views


Posted by wheatfly | Mar 02, 2007 @ 12:58 PM | 5,059 Views
Posted by wheatfly | Mar 01, 2007 @ 11:56 AM | 4,994 Views
This may be the best spot to slope in Birmingham and the most lift. Requires winds out of the N. NW is the most perpindicular but N, and NE are flyable as well. I live at the bottom of the hill and walk up to the top. Parking should be done on Aberdeen Rd. The road in the pictures is private and not big enough to park on.

The pictures are taken from a private road and a step can be seen in the Left and Right pictures but there is more slope face than just the step up to the road. Pictures are from Left to Right. Becareful flying up here because of the million dollar houses along the ridge behind my back. No one has complained yet.
Posted by wheatfly | Mar 01, 2007 @ 11:32 AM | 5,012 Views
I'm trying to make a good list with pictures and descriptions of places I fly locally.

First pictures are a slope in Trussville Alabama. Pictures are from left to right and this slope is for winds blowing from E,SE,S. I park behind the shopping center in the Left picture and walk up the edge of the tree line seen there as well
Posted by wheatfly | Feb 19, 2007 @ 05:57 PM | 5,154 Views
Well I figured I would write it here to see if anyone has a connection. I am currently working on my masters degree in mechanical engineering and will be finished August 2007. My BS is in aerospace engineering and I would like to get back to that area in my professional career.

I am interested in engineering work concentrated around UAVs for reasons that connect to my RC addiction. I am not limiting my self to that type of work but it is where my interests are. I am just starting my professional career so my experience is limited and I see a lot of job listings that require mucho experience. I was going to post my resume here but I think it would be best to email it to anyone that might help in my job search. Please feel free to comment or give me an email address to send my resume to.

Posted by wheatfly | Feb 05, 2007 @ 01:08 PM | 5,197 Views
One year ago everything changed Follow the link and go to the bottom of the page to see what I'm talking about.


Posted by wheatfly | Jan 10, 2007 @ 10:24 AM | 5,575 Views
Here are a few pics of my finished 1/2 pipe. I plan on adding a little more graphics later but would like to do the maiden first to see how it flys. I messed up the covering in a few places and melted some foam underneath resulting in divets so it might require a little surgery and PU glue if it has some bad effects on the flight performance. All in all I learned a lot on this build and I'm sure a second one would turn out much better.
Posted by wheatfly | Dec 26, 2006 @ 09:49 PM | 5,210 Views
Here are a few pics of my halfpipe build. It's pretty much ready to cover just got to sit down and do it. I didn't take a ton of pictures because NCFM has a very comprehensive build as well as Mark wood and maybe a few others. They might be a little out of order but you can figure it out.

Oh well no luck with the upload..... will try again later