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Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:52 PM | 4,393 Views
After missing last weekend with a bad cold, I was glad to some flying under my belt this weekend. Unfortunately, I was not rewarded It was about 5-10 mph out of the South. Lots of looking for thermals and praying for slope lift. On the positive side, no rain, no snow, no ice it was high 70's and no planes were destroyed.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:10 PM | 4,638 Views
Saturday was very much a "meh" day. If you weren't flying winch or electric, you weren't flying. Very little wind and it switched from the NW to the South and then the East. A handful of us stayed at the winch on the Westside. While a couple of the guys chased the wind on the slope as it switched from corner to corner.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 22, 2014 @ 09:06 PM | 4,879 Views
Saturday brought the end of a cold snap. It was still a bit chilly on top. It barely reached 65 by day end (that’s cold in South Florida for you folks up North). Conditions were just OK. We had an intermittent 10mph wind out of the NW to North. Lift seemed to be more thermal generated, with heat waves coming off the methane plant below the North side.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Jan 16, 2014 @ 08:58 PM | 4,873 Views
Last week we were rained off the hill. This weekend though was worth the trip, with 15-20mph winds out of the South. We had a small crowd on the SE bowl that flew until the landfill closed. It was so good, wait for it.....wait for it....., I flew every plane I had with me!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Dec 05, 2013 @ 09:45 PM | 5,242 Views
Was a crazy Saturday. We had a 15-20mph wind straight onto the NE bowl. Plenty of moldie’s up and even a little slope combat. The weather, as usual, was uncooperative. We had squalls of rain coming in every 30 mins. The rain would last for 20 mins and the sun would try to come out. The cycle repeated all afternoon.
Since we had permission from Waste Management to stay until 5pm, we stuck out through all the rain cycles until we had to leave. Obviously no one attempted any 8 hour slope flights, Jamie was trying for a 4 hour slope flight, but he too abandoned the idea due to the conditons.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 23, 2013 @ 09:19 PM | 5,374 Views
This was a mixed weekend. We had decent slope lift on the East side. But it was up and down, not very consistent. We did have the luck of having two of the three Goodyear blimps flying out of Pompano Air Center. It seems like whatever direction we looked, there was a blimp in the view.
Also, some quick notes.
---Larry S is the hospital, with a serious condition.
----Next weekend many of us are going to the Tangerine Soaring Championships in Ocala, so no blog entry next week..
----Also, the following Saturday, we have been authorized for extra hours. Instead of 2pm we have access till 5pm!

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Posted by mfwilliams | Nov 14, 2013 @ 07:31 PM | 5,113 Views
I wasn't able to make it up this past weekend. I heard the conditions were great in the morning (20+mph winds) and there was good sized group. Unfortunately, everyone was rained out by noon.
On another note, FSS #6 in Cocoa, was the same weekend. Outr guys did well. Check out the pics and results here:

Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 30, 2013 @ 08:29 PM | 5,858 Views
This weekend teased us a little. A 10 mph wind in the NE bowl, which gave us decent sloping. It just kept shifting from the NE to the East, which gave us fits at times. Overall though a good day, with a decent crowd and no crashes.
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Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 24, 2013 @ 09:03 PM | 5,493 Views
Sorry for the lack of “blogage”. I just returned from vacation and missed a couple of weekends. This last Saturday was a slight improvement. We had a light wind on the SE bowl. More thermal lift then wind lift. It was strong enough at times, for several of the guys to speck out over the hill. All in all, pretty decent, for what is still summer “doldrum” weather. I’m hoping for better conditions this upcoming weekend with two cold fronts supposed to arrive later this week.
PS Our “boyz” went to FSS #5 in San Felasco the weekend before last and did well, here’s a link to that thread: Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Oct 02, 2013 @ 09:15 PM | 6,075 Views
Some improvement this weekend. The wind changed to NE and the NE bowl was actually “working”. The wind wasn’t fantastic, but at times we had a steady 10mph straight into the bowl. Flying was pretty good, much better than what we had in the past month. We had some slope machines up, Jart, Gulp, and Shrikes. Only a minor mid-air and one crash to mar a relaxing Saturday.

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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 25, 2013 @ 08:33 PM | 6,118 Views
This weekend was again “meh”. Wind was fairly light. Five of us were on the winch on the Westside. Thermals were great in the morning, not so great in the afternoon. Four other members were on the East side working the slope with intermittent thermals. They were strong enough to keep Larry L’s Gulp up. Both groups ended up at the East slope by 12:30. We played on the light slope winds till closing (2pm) and then 3 of us headed out for a lunch.
Praying for fall winds
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Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:46 PM | 6,296 Views
I couldn't make it up this weekend. Luckily our fearless Amos made it up and took some shots and sent me a report. Here's Amos's unabridged report:

"Mike, today was a complete shutout. I got there about 9:45 there was no wind at all. I stopped off at the NE bowl then drove over to the East side from there I went to the SE bowl and found Bill. We talked for awhile and decided to go back to the East slope. Amadeao, and Hugo were there. Two more guys showed up Buck and Jim. I took a few shots, nothing exciting. I did get some nice reflection shots though, the water was like a mirror. I left just before noon to watch the Hurricanes and Florida State game. At least I got a little excitement today. :-) Hope your day was better.
See you next week.
Take care and be safe,

Also several of the "boys" headed up to Ocala for our sponsored FSS #4 contest this weekend. They had a great time and actually placed ......who hoo! Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 03, 2013 @ 09:36 PM | 7,229 Views
Just when I thought we’d seen our worst sloping days for the summer, along came this Saturday. I don’t believe I saw any wind. Maybe a passing thermal generated wind, but no steady breeze whatsoever. I know a few diehards went to the SE bowl, per the wind predictions. I myself went straight to the Westside and the winch. Since I didn’t bring a “winchable” plane I spent most of my time running the retriever and taking photos. Finally, our misery was ended by a passing thunderstorm and we all headed down early to the restaurant.


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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 22, 2013 @ 10:07 PM | 6,390 Views
Seems like the weekends have been coming in “twos”. This Saturday was a repeat of last weekend. Easterly wind with a slight switch to ESE. There was a small crowd. Only 7 of us on the East side, with a couple more guys hanging in the SE bowl. Nothing exciting happened. No crashes. No mid-airs. Just some fun flying and a small happy group.

PS Larry L sent photos over and I added them to the blog. Thanks again Larry....Continue Reading