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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 13, 2014 @ 10:58 PM | 8,798 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 @ 10:01 PM | 8,838 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 @ 10:30 PM | 8,365 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 @ 09:31 PM | 8,156 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 @ 09:08 PM | 7,998 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 @ 07:00 PM | 8,046 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 @ 11:14 PM | 9,321 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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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 25, 2014 @ 09:23 PM | 7,864 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 @ 10:44 PM | 7,968 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 @ 11:17 PM | 7,906 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 @ 09:03 PM | 8,380 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 @ 09:50 PM | 7,577 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 @ 09:27 PM | 7,000 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 @ 07:41 PM | 7,212 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 @ 09:52 PM | 6,377 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 @ 09:11 PM | 6,112 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 ½ 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 @ 07:55 PM | 5,822 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 @ 09:30 PM | 6,127 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 @ 10:04 PM | 5,547 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 @ 10:51 PM | 5,653 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.