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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 25, 2014 @ 08:23 PM | 7,532 Views
Saturday’s weather predictions showed a SW wind. Probably the worst direction it could come from. Luckily for us, it turned out to be more Westerly and stronger than expected (10mph). As typical the past 3 weekends, we had threatening clouds and rain around. No rain while we flew . The hill did receive lots of rain this week. Enough, so that driving could be a challenge. I have a large SUV and it got stuck in the mud just getting to the Westside of the hill.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 17, 2014 @ 09:44 PM | 7,626 Views
The weekends are looking up. A little bit of the fall winds showed up giving us a nice stiff breeze out of the East. Of course we had a larger crowd. Seemed everyone knew the wind was “up” and showed up. All was not rosy. More people means more planes in the air. So we had lots of near misses (as you can see in the photos) and at least one mid-air (sorry Gulp and Kunai).
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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 12, 2014 @ 10:17 PM | 7,576 Views
I'd like to say we had an exciting Saturday. It was just "OK". We had decent wind from an encroaching storm, about 10mph. The breeze was out of the East, feeding storms just West of us. Rain squalls were missing the hill and passing by on either side.. There were only seven of us they showed up.
We left early, had lunch at the Peachtree and then swung by Maniacs Hobby before calling it a day.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 04, 2014 @ 08:03 PM | 8,039 Views
We got a little taste of the fall this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, it was still hot. We just had a nice steady breeze out of the East. It gave us a chance to drag out our heavier stuff and get some real sloping in. Also, this weekend FSS #4 was going on in Kenny World (Morriston-Ocala). Only two of our club members were able to attend. And good thing, since we sponsored this contest. Thank you Paul and Jamie! Here’s a link to the thread:

Until next week
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 29, 2014 @ 08:50 PM | 7,234 Views
Had a great crowd on this last Saturday. However the wind was weak and out of the East. We all hugged under the popup tents and swapped RC stories. Ray Alonzo came over from the West coast (Tampa) and joined us for some slope flying. Because of the heat and poor conditions we left early, about 1:15PM. On the way down the hill, we found a storm cell South of the hill was “pulling” a Northerly breeze over the hill. DJ and Jose had already discovered it and were having a great time. We all stopped, found a 10-12mph wind, joined up and flew until 1:50PM. We congratulated ourselves on our good luck and then headed down to the Peachtree for lunch.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 20, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 6,651 Views
I hate to be repetitive, but another "meh" Saturday. We ended up in the SE Bowl. Had a slight breeze, but it was quite hot and humid. We had two new members join us. They had a good time, despite the conditions.
Afterwards, we headed down to Amos's house to assist his daughter with sorting and accessing his planes (which looks like a month long project).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 15, 2014 @ 06:41 PM | 6,778 Views
Our Dear friend and fellow flier, Amos Chirappa passed away this week. Amos had been with the club since the beginning. He was one of those responsible for making the club what it is today. His love for the hobby was evident in the way he was always eager to provide assistance or encouragement to new fliers. Amos was full of knowledge, always had great tips and suggestions for his fellow RC pilots. He will be sorely missed, our "hill" won't be the same without him.

Semper Fi,
Amos Nicholas Chiarappa
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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 14, 2014 @ 08:52 PM | 6,072 Views
Saturday had predicted winds of 5-7mph out of the South to SE. Larry L, Buck and I tried to fly the SE corner and the South side. The lift was all thermal based and poor at best. We slid over to the West side where Paul and Larry S were winching.
Paul was already breaking down the winch and his thermal bird when we arrived.
We pulled a few slope passes on the West side. There was actually a light breeze on the West side. Again, it was all thermal based and very weak.
Not an exciting Saturday.

Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 07, 2014 @ 08:11 PM | 5,787 Views
Another brutally hot weekend. Thankfully we had a 5-10mph breeze on the east side, along with some strong thermals. This gave us some great flying up till about 1:15pm. At that point, we had a 180 deg wind switch. Unless we wanted to run to the Westside (about ˝ mile distance) we were out of luck. So we packed up our chairs and popups a few minutes earlier than usual and headed down the hill.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 31, 2014 @ 06:55 PM | 5,462 Views
We were almost rained out this weekend. It rained in the morning until after Noon. Eventually it cleared and we crawled up through the mud and rain puddles up to the top. We had a few minutes of a North breeze and then no wind. Basically it was another electric day. After an hour of flying we packed up and headed down to Peachtree.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 25, 2014 @ 08:30 PM | 5,772 Views
Saturday was the first day I’ve seen in years in which we had no wind whatsoever. I had brought a new member up and I remembering apologizing to him several times, that this was a fluke and normally we have a slight breeze of some sort this time of year. As you might guess, it was hand launch and electrics day only. I can only hope for better next week (although looking at this Saturday’s forecast it looks like more of the same…ugh!).

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 17, 2014 @ 09:04 PM | 5,179 Views
Saturday looked like a carbon copy of the week before. We were surprised by a steady 10mph wind on the East side and no rain! Considering the initial weather report we had a fairly good sized crowd (12 flyers). Andrew even turned up with Dotty the wonder dog.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 09, 2014 @ 09:51 PM | 5,259 Views
Another Saturday I could have probably missed out on. Very light wind and thunder storms on all sides. Everyone else had the same thought, since only three of us showed up, Larry, Buck and me. The lightning and rain finally drove us off the hill at 1:40 PM and we headed down to the Peachtree for lunch.

PS Larry L shot most of the pics. Thanks for the assist Larry.
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 01, 2014 @ 08:42 PM | 5,330 Views
Saturday was as hot as last week. Thankfully, had a bit more wind in the NE bowl. Actually got a few slopers up. Once you got a couple hundred feet up, there were great thermals. Eventually, we had a wind shift at 1 PM and we had to shift to the East slope. By then we had a steady 10 mph breeze and things were just starting to get interesting when we had to leave.
Praying for more wind next week,
PS Kit and Larry are “off the sick list”. They’ve starting to come up a lot more. Now Bill is joining “the sick list” for a couple months. Hopefully he’ll be back by the end of the summer....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 24, 2014 @ 07:41 PM | 6,367 Views
We had a typical South Florida summer day. Light and variable direction Wind with brutal humidity and heat. On the plus side we did have our first “swap meet”. Lots of stuff the guys were trading off or just plain giving away was spread out around the cars. Because of the poor weather conditions, our turnout was on the poor side. We basically agreed to have another one next month, because of the turnout.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 18, 2014 @ 09:45 PM | 4,706 Views
When I finished the blog for Day 8 of the trip. I thought I was finished. But now I am deluged with camera phone pictures from the trip. I thought I would put them all together and make one final blog posting . I weeded through them and here they are.
Thanks for the memories guys!
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 12, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 5,343 Views
Tuesday was our final, full day in the Northwest. Doug (Winchdoc) and Mike (Gorgeflyer) had both expressed interest in meeting up with us. Because of that we choose Lumber as our last day. Even though it’s an uphill walk-in, it’s the easiest accessible slope from Hood River. After a quick breakfast at Nora’s table, we arrived just in time to meet Winchdoc on the road up to lumber.
We arrived to find lumber with near 30 mph winds and gusts over 40 mph. Sounded good at first, but the wind was “pulsing” which made launching, landing or flying near the slope a risky venture.
In spite of that, we flew everything we dragged up the hill. Except for me, who wanted to keep his MiniVec intact to take home. The weather did cause two causalities, Tom’s MinBlade lost its nose and Andrew’s MiniVec cracked behind the wing (all the MiniVecs seem to break there). Oh, and my Samurai lost its tail, but that didn’t count, because the nylon tail bolts just broke. I was really proud of Amadeo, one of our North West first timers. He flew everything he had, Blaze, Wicked, Moth and MiniVec. He was also feeling the effect of some breakfast oysters that didn’t sit well him. He flew the rough air with some light stuff and brought everything home intact.
Doug flew his Pace (with full ballast) and his Gizmo 36. Some impressive speed passes with the Pace. But, he left about 3PM to beat Portland traffic. Mike Stubbs was loaded with work and couldn’t make it. So the six of us we...Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:16 AM | 4,500 Views
Since Grayback was the furthest slope away, we left it as one our last slopes to visit. We awoke to the sound of choppers heading West in the gorge. There was a large forest fire, along the Washington side, across the river from Wygant State Park. We watched for quite a bit of time as the choppers dipped their buckets into the river and then flew to the hillside to stop the flames.
After everything was charged, we headed to Bette’s for Breakfast and then across the notorious Hood River Bridge. After a few miles Eastbound on Route 14, we encountered another fire. This time a small brush fire, that was under control. But we had to wait for traffic to go around the barricades before continuing.
It was a slow slog into Grayback, we brought both the 2x2 cars in (Cube and small Chevrolet SUV). There were several sections that needed rocks/dirt built up around small boulders for the 2x2’s to clear. We parked under our favorite tree and proceeded to fly. Conditions were weak at first, but built to very strong alpine lift. We had great fun getting all the foamies together formation flying and pulling “pumps” over Trout creek gorge.
We wrapped up at about 6PM, not knowing if they lock the gates to the preserve or not.
We cruised back to Hood and went to the Thai House where we met Mike Stubbs for Dinner.
Bill and Larry bid us adieu as they were leaving at 4AM in morning.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 09, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | 4,686 Views
Our slope for Sunday was the “original”Bald Butte. We started the day with a smoothie/juicer from a trailer in downtown Hood. Because we had two 2x2’s we had to make ferry trips up to the top in the two 4x4’s. The road had not improved since last year. The flying was awesome with a steady 15mph which built up to 20-25mph as the day wore on. We flew until the sun was too low on the horizon, about 6:30PM. We had a couple of causalities’, Larry’s Gulp disappeared behind the hill, much like the Rifle from last year. Amadeo’s MiniVec spun in and we found it after ˝ hour search, it had minor damage. DJ got some fuse cracks on his small Jart and Rifle 1M on landings (I hate rocks!). Otherwise it was a successful trip.
We ended it with a trip to Double Mountain for Pizza and beer (Sinister 7, the replacement for the Ferocious Five). Of course the required stop for Mike’s ice cream was thrown in for good measure.
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