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Posted by mfwilliams | Mar 05, 2015 @ 09:58 PM | 5,515 Views
Sorry no blog, last week. I was out on vacation in New Orleans, doing the family thing. For my first weekend back, flying time was short. Rain was predicted at 80%. Fortunately we had less rain then predicted, with a shower in the morning and one quick shower just after lunch. The wind was good, out of the East. Great for heavier slope stuff. One of our “Old-timers” Ben came down for a visit. He had his two Filips 400’s to test out (slope and electric versions). He got them both out and off the slope, but both had some roughish landings and will need some TLC.

PS ---One our members is on the sick list. Mark A just had some eye surgery, but came out OK.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 18, 2015 @ 09:30 PM | 6,850 Views
Valentines’s day brought a small group of dedicated flyers to Monarch Hill. Coincidentally, only the bachelors and long-timed married guys. The winds were supposed to be out of the NW. This caused us to break up into two groups. The floater/RES crowd flew off the NW corner. While the sloper crew ended up in the NE Bowl, thanks to the wind actually being out of the North. Nothing new to report, no major crashes, etc. Was actually a nice day with good wind and no rain.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 13, 2015 @ 10:20 PM | 8,170 Views
Weather was good this weekend. We had 15mph East breeze, which allowed us to bring out our heavier stuff. Outside of few wind shifts to the NE the lift remained great. Again, a large crowd was up. In fact, we had enough for a quorum for our officer elections. Only other item to report is DJ’s and Paul’s spectacular mid-air (see pics).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:23 PM | 7,004 Views
Pretty crappy weather for last weekend. We had winds of 25mph out of the SW in the morning, with drizzle all around. By noon we had a full on downpour. Once that cleared, the wind shifted to 15mph out of the NW. The crowd was smallish, because of the conditions. Still we had a fun time. No major tragedies. Everyone hoping for good wind and no rain next week.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 14, 2015 @ 09:18 PM | 6,454 Views
Another good weekend. That’s two in a row! Woo hoo! This time we switched bowls, had the NE bowl with 12-15mph winds. Lift was great thanks to the wind staying steady in speed and direction. An added bonus were large thermals rolling in at the same time. Several times I noted slopers specked out because of the slope lift/thermal combos rolling through. We had a large crowd, lots of new members and many of our snowbirds were up. Paul debuted his “new”Zipper. It was flying great until a mid-air with Tom. That was the only major tragedy of the day.
Hoping for even a better next weekend.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 01, 2015 @ 06:55 PM | 6,853 Views
I took a short vacation last week, so I missed last week’s fun. This week I got up there late. I didn’t miss too much. We had a small crowd (8) and the air was light. Also, we had rain threatening us from the South, but it never appeared. The wind direction put us in the SE bowl and we relied on thermals to get out or off the slope.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 19, 2014 @ 05:17 PM | 7,279 Views
It was a nice day in the NE bowl. The wind stayed out of the North at a fairly consistent 7-10mph. It wasn’t fantastic slope lift (we were in the wind “shadow” of the Power plant). But it was decent enough to get some slopers out and there some great thermals to back up the slope lift. Everyone had a good time and no major crashes to report.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:15 PM | 8,269 Views
Saturday started out as a duplicate of last weekend. The wind was more Easterly, but the conditions were pretty much the same. Again, like last week, we had a good crowd. Parking was little tight, since the grass and bushes are getting pretty high in “parking area” on the East side. A great time was had by all. Only downer was Tom T losing his Ion warmliner to “failed” covering. Toms clear covering layer peeled up on his wings making his ailerons useless. Sorry Tom!
Also, this weekend a couple of our members journeyed to FSS#7 for some TD fun. See here for more info:

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 04, 2014 @ 09:17 PM | 7,643 Views
Good winds for Saturday. We started in the NE Bowl, because of the NE to ENE winds. The wind gradually rotated to the East, so by noon we shifted to the East slope. While the winds were close to 15mph, they tended to be rough in close and then shift back to the NE. As an overall day, I would rate it 7 out of 10.
The crew put lots of slope stuff out front. Mainly Gulps and Moths. DJ maidened his Willow 2 F3F bird and it flew great. He and Buck unfortunately tangled, while trying to avoid all the sloper traffic that was working close to the slope. DJ received some minor scuffs, while Buck’s plane lost a wing (see pics).
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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 01, 2014 @ 10:37 PM | 7,855 Views
Sorry for no blog the weekend before. I went up to the Orlando Buzzards annual Tangerine soaring contest in Ocala with several other members of PHF (Pompano Hill Flyers). See this link for more info:
Our own Jamie Mercado won Grand champion for the 3 day event. Great job Jamie!
While were away, Larry L and a few brave souls ventured up on our hill for 20-30mph winds. Larry sent me a couple notes concerning it and some pictures to try to keep the blog up to date. Very much appreciated Larry!
Here's Larry's report and pictures:
"Mike, only a few shots last weekend. (sorry, was too busy hiding from the rain and then too busy flying.) Good winds from the east 20-30 mph with the intermittent rain shower. Flying conditions improved at the usual 1 PM which left us with a good 45 minutes of rain free flying.
Flyers: Larry L, Tom, Buck, Amadeo, Willy.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 20, 2014 @ 11:02 PM | 7,882 Views
Saturday brought a nice sized crowd to the East side. The wind was out of the NE, but shifted toward a more Easterly direction by noon. Several of us started out in the NE bowl, which was actually good considering the light winds, about 5-7mph. With WM still working on the main top section. we had to work our way around to the East gingerly. The rest of the afternoon was pretty good. The wind went up and down, but at times it was about 10-12mph, which made for some great sloping.
This next weekend several of us are heading to the Tangerine soaring contest in Ocala. I think we may be missing out on some awesome flying. The preliminary weather reports for Pompano are showing a 20+mph East wind. Should be great!
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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:58 PM | 8,418 Views
This last weekend we ended up in the SE bowl. It's been a while since we flew the bowl, 2-3 months ago. We had a record crowd. I think there were 19 cars at one point, which equates to 20-21 flyers. It was a little tight for parking. Waste is performing some work on the center of the hill, behind the SE bowl, so we stayed clear so as not to interfere with their work. Conditions were just OK. Lift was spotty, but we did have broad strong thermals frequently rolling through.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 05, 2014 @ 09:01 PM | 8,490 Views
We had a cold front roll in this weekend. It definitely made conditions more comfortable. But it gave us mixed results on the slope. We had a 20mph West wind on the hill. Normally, this would be great. It was however, very turbulent on the slope and kept rotating off the West slope with a WNW to NW tangent. As par for the course, the air smoothed out at 1PM and the flying became excellent. Of course we had to leave at 2PM. Oh well, there’s always next weekend.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 30, 2014 @ 09:30 PM | 7,969 Views
As predicted, we received 15 mph wind out of the North. Everyone lined up in the Northeast bowl (the wind had some NE component) and flew their brains out. The Northeast bowl, as it’s name implies, is a bowl shaped slope facing a NE direction on the hill, midway on the North side of the landfill.
As typical for a good day on the hill, we had lots of “almost mid airs” and two actual mid airs (no real damage). You always looked both directions on the slope before launching or landing. “Situational awareness” was a priority. We also had three people that encountered radio issues (2 on 2.4ghz Spectrum and one 72mhz JR). We never have radio issues and I don’t believe in coincidences. Not sure what was happening here. Especially since I was one affected. My Destiny started a descending right turn (failsafe?) after a minute into the flight and crashed landed on the slope (fuse broke in two spots). Battery tested OK and receiver still seemed to work on recovery. Not sure what’s going on here.
Oh well,

Till next week,
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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 23, 2014 @ 08:31 PM | 7,799 Views
Fall is upon us and I was hoping for good air. Not so much… Apparently summer still has strong grip on Florida. Winds were about 5 mph and were all thermal generated. We mainly flew on the Westside. Although you could fly on any side, due to the fact that the thermals were the only wind/lift generators and were floating over the hill from all sides.
This coming weekend looks so much better. I ‘m hearing 15mph out of the North as a forecast. Yes!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 17, 2014 @ 08:08 PM | 7,658 Views
I was out of town last week. Larry L thankfully took some pictures and wrote a blog. Thanks Larry for the writing and photography!

We had a very nice flying day on the 'Hill" Sat. with temperatures in the mid to high 80's and wind from the east at 8-12 with gusts to 15 as some small thermals came through.  
It was not our typical day as winds, that usually increase in the afternoon, actually diminished by 1 PM.  Our group had many planks flying early but after a few walks of shame they were grounded as some electrics and those with lower wing loadings took over.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 09, 2014 @ 06:00 PM | 7,720 Views
Saturday was Great! We had a straight on 15mph West wind. It never seemed to drop off nor vary off true West. Needless to say, we threw out all our slope “heavies”. There were plenty of foamies up with a little combat thrown in. No major crashes I can remember. On another positive note, Dan can be “struck off” the sick list. He was back up enjoying the weather and flying. He assisted Larry S and made sure Larry kept both eyes on his airplane. I made the “mistake” of letting Larry L shoot pictures while I flew. I say a mistake, because Larry shoots a lot more pics than I do. The end result is that I had way too many good pictures to edit, sort and post. So this week, I’m going to post the pictures without captions.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 02, 2014 @ 10:14 PM | 8,962 Views
More fall weather has started to appear(for South Florida). We had a pleasant steady 12- 15mph breeze on the East slope. Of course, with these conditions we had a good sized crowd and lots of smiles. Thankfully, we had no rain and, because of the breeze, the heat and humidity were lower than previous weeks.

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