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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 07, 2016 @ 04:15 AM | 6,561 Views
Monday Day 3
Finally the wind has returned. Once we awoke to wind whitecaps on the Columbia, we knew our “curse” was broken”. We planned on heading to Bald Butte, but aborted when we discovered that the road has now been closed and gated. Now we proceeded to our second choice of Diamond Ridge. Unfortunately we found the winds from the gorge were not reaching up the White Salmon valley to Diamond Ridge. Now were forced to our third choice of Klickitat. The third time was a charm. Klickitat had plenty of lift. Sink was virtually non-existent.
At “Klick” they are building a house across the road in the cattle field. They have set up a large entrance gate/frame. We spent almost an hour shooting “limbos” through the gateway and having great fun.
Finally after several hours of this we were too wind/sun burned to continue (temp again reached 100deg).
On the way back to Hood, we diverted to the Dalles and let Dan and Ed try a few passes on the slope above I-84 and the dam.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 06, 2016 @ 12:35 AM | 5,791 Views
Day 2 Sunday
Wow, it was a tough day. The temps reached 104deg! The winds gods did not cooperate. We still flew though. First stop of the day was Rowena Crest Viewpoint since the wind appeared to come out of the East. We had a little difficulty accessing the site due to the recent train derailment (the Mosier exit was closed). Since Larry was only with us for one day of flying, he took the first and only flight. After a few passes his Gulp promptly descended onto the winding road below the face. Luckily for Larry he was able to place it on soft grass just between the roadways. This was definitely the “highlight” of today’s flying.
After Larry’s lucky flight we decided to move on to Klickitat and see if we could find some alpine thermals. We caught some luck here. Lift was light, but flyable. Everyone got a chance to fly. Eddie, our NW noob got his first flight in. He was all smiles afterwards.
To cap off the day, we headed to our favorite Mexican restaurant for some Dos Equis’s and ice cream.

Mike

PS Larry just sent me two videos from our day at "Klick".

Amadeo fun (2 min 16 sec)


Day 1 Tom @ Klick (1 min 7 sec)
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 05, 2016 @ 10:31 AM | 5,814 Views
Day1 Saturday
Our merry crew has finally arrived in the NW for our 2016 soaring trip. Only seven in our group this year. We arrived fairly late and their was virtually no wind. We ended up hitting Double Mountain for dinner and sealing the deal with some Mike’s ice cream. The wind report for tomorrow, Sunday, looks weak at best. Monday appears to be shaping up for a better day.
We’ll be watching the wind report and make a decision for Sunday's flying. It looks like we’ll be flying Diamond Ridge above White Salmon.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | May 27, 2016 @ 09:42 AM | 5,209 Views
I haven’t added much to my blog lately. With our annual Oregon trip coming up in the first week in June, I’ve been spending every spare moment building\rebuilding the slopers I plan to take.
Hers’s some pics of the first two planes completed for the trip. My Windrider Bat and 1M Rifle sloper.
Still rebuilding my Shrike, Gulp and XR combat wing. I think I’m almost ready to go.

Mike

PS some of the guys had asked for pictures of my new garage. I included those so they can see my building/storage areas.
Posted by mfwilliams | May 05, 2016 @ 10:56 PM | 5,503 Views
It's been 3 weeks since my last blog entry. As usual I've been busy around the house and not flying as much as I should have. Kit's really taken point on the Pompano Hill Flyers photos and kept it pretty consistent. His latest entry was just posted at: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=225620
I see some good shots of Goodyear's new blimp. Looks like Mark has gotten his molded Zulu together and Jose has his Blejzyk Faun flying.
I noticed that Kit's Blog was listed as "the featured blog" twice last week. What a go Kit!
While all this has been going on, I've been ramping up my "build time" out in the garage. We are only a month out from our annual Northwest trip (June 4th) and I've had to start repairing and testing all my equipment. I've attached some shots with captions to show you what I've been up to.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Apr 20, 2016 @ 01:04 AM | 5,952 Views
Sorry I haven't posted a blog entry for a month. I've been busy working on the house and lawn with our current warm weather. Additionally, family has been up to visit and kept us occupied.
I finally was able to get some flight times in on Monday over at Eagleville. I met Poh for some electric and winch flying. The lift was tremendous in the morning and early afternoon. But by 2:00PM the lift conditions changed and we started to pack up. It was by all accounts a good day flying, light wind, sunny, and 82 deg temps. It was only Poh and I. Although local flyer, Gary joined us for a short period, but had some issues with his electric BOT and left early. I only shot a few pics, so enjoy.
On another note, Kit (Rockitglider) has really done well taking photos where I left off at Pompano. He has now gotten his blog up to speed at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=225620. From now on I'll just reference his blog when he has updated it. This week (4-16-16) I noticed he has a great picture of Bald Eagle ( a rarity in South Florida).
As a final note, I just received word that one of our founding members of Pompano Hill Flyers, Jerry Winkler, passed yesterday in St Augustine. Jerry was a fixture on the "hill" for many years before he moved to St Augustine.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:36 PM | 6,121 Views
Kit sent me his finest from last weekend's flying on the SE bowl.

As usual, mucho thanks Kit.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 24, 2016 @ 12:43 AM | 6,144 Views
I just finished editing Kit's pics from Saturday the 12th. Kit included a note with the pics:
"I didn't take many pictures, as I had to leave early to go pick up my new Zulu Composite plane from the doctors office where I had it shipped. I included a couple of shots of it for you to see, I hope to be able to fly it this week on Saturday".

I didn't get too much more info. The guys were flying the SE bowl with a decent breeze. Hopefully Kit will get his composite Zulu in the air and include more pics.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 21, 2016 @ 01:01 AM | 4,882 Views
Miami Mike (Mike Naylor) sent me a note this past week about the FSS contest #1 held at the Christmas, FL field. I see the Pompano Hill boys did well on Saturday and also for the end of year awards (2015), which are awarded at the first contest of the year. Mike also sent me a few pics. Here's some highlights of the note he sent me:

"Jeff Duval got his Xplorer stuck in a tree and came up with a clever method to get it down using several sections of PVC pipe. I made a video of the whole thing but it'll take me a while to edit it.

The Christmas field is now officially the Orlando Buzzard's field. It's much nicer than their old field on Red Ember Road.

Mike Naylor"

Coverage of the event is listed in RCGroups thread at:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2603802
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 21, 2016 @ 12:48 AM | 4,737 Views
Carlos sent me some pictures and information about the plane he has been flying on the hill. I had seen the plane showing up in Kit's pics and I couldn't identify it as any commercial kit. Here's some pics of the Avanti flying in Venezuela with Carlos's note:

"Hello there Mike...
Just wanted to share a few pictures I found earlier today. This is the Avanti, my design and build from 2005. This pictures where taken on August 2006 down in Venezuela where I used to fly. A great place with loads of lift everywhere...
Hope everything is good up there...

Cheers,
Carlos"
Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 15, 2016 @ 12:15 AM | 5,600 Views
Got my first taste of slope flying in middle Tennessee last week. With predictions of a 15-20mph South wind, Poh and I headed off to one of the several dams to test fly some birds. I brought my Zulu, Triffic and Gulp. Poh brought his new Ridge Rider and a Radian. Flying was a bit difficult with very rough air and lots of "dead spots". I soon learned that air spilling over the hill sides with lots of trees below the dam were disturbing the air. With a few bad flights, Poh and I made our way out toward the center of the dam and found much calmer air. After dialing in Poh's Wind Rider and cartwheeling my Zulu too many times, we called it a day. Still wind burned and tired from walking the length of the dam, we headed to the "backside" of the dam for Poh to catch up on some fishing time. With the fish not cooperating, we decided to head into town for a late Mexican lunch at Alfonso's.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 12, 2016 @ 12:12 AM | 5,912 Views
Kit sent his pics from flying on the East side last Saturday. Here's Kit's description and pics:

"Hello Mike, It was a fair day flying and that's why only a few pictures as I spent a lot of time flying my planes instead of taking pictures. I included a Mascot picture at the end I think you'll like it. Without this mascot I wouldn't know where to fly sometimes, he or she leads me to the promise skies. See ya, Kit "

Thanks again, great pics Kit.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 05, 2016 @ 11:21 PM | 5,163 Views
This Wednesday the weather cleared and the temps reached the mid 50's. So Poh and I wandered over to Eagleville to squeeze in some RC flight time. Poh flew his Explorer and his E-Shadow. I of course relied on my trusty Shadow. Flying was pretty good, but I couldn't seem to get many long flights in. Poh 's flights seemed to always be about twice as long as mine. Finally, on my last flight of the day, I pulled over a 30 min flight after initially coming down to tree level. That alone, made my day. So with both of us feeling lucky, we packed up our planes and headed off the field as the sun set.
Another great day in Tennessee!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 04, 2016 @ 08:54 PM | 4,829 Views
Kit sent me some great pictures from last week. I see several interesting planes are up. Amadeo has his new composite Zulu on the slope. Jamie has his Shooter F3B out, he kept it far out from the normal slope traffic (no chances for a mid-air). Also, new guy Carlos has a cool looking little v-tailed sloper. I also understand we had a large crowd up on the NE bowl with 20+ people flying.
Miami Mike sent me an email with a link to a short video he had shot. Here's his note and link to video:
"We had a big turnout on 2/27 and I made a video of the cars lined up at the Northeast Bowl:
Clew Cam (0 min 9 sec)

Mike N"

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 29, 2016 @ 11:20 AM | 4,608 Views
Here's Kit's photos from 2-20. Looks like a windy day on the East Slope. Plenty of slopers (read heavy planes) in the air. I can see that several times they tried to get a formation of foamies together. Also, I see some slope combat going on. Looks like a great Saturday. As always, great pics Kit!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 27, 2016 @ 12:13 AM | 4,675 Views
Still trying to get out all three weekends of pics I've received from Kit. Here's the 2nd set, from Saturday 2-13. Looks like lots of lift on the North side. One of the best sides IMHO. The North side is longer than any of the other 4 sides and tends to be steeper.
Thanks again Kit, great pictures.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 25, 2016 @ 12:39 AM | 4,120 Views
Kit's been very busy with work and family health issues. I have just reeived some photos at the end of this last week. So here's the first set. I'll try to get all three sets out by the end of this week (2-13-16 and 2-20-16 will follow).
Enjoy!
Thanks Kit for all your hard work!
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 12, 2016 @ 07:12 PM | 4,693 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 | 4,277 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.

Mike
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:08 AM | 5,377 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.

Mike
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