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Nov 12, 2012, 11:12 AM
Went flying at our club field Sunday - unfortunately I am still w/out an electric - could have set a pretty high bar.
Flew my winch launched 2M Ruby and MPX Flamingo - not a single flight under 30 minutes
Temps from 45 in the AM to 70 by 1 PM => fantastic flying!

Plans for my 2M ALES are almost complete, built a mock-up cardboard fuse and it was a bit too small - so I need to blow it up just a bit and start building.

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Nov 12, 2012, 02:09 PM
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I agree, Martin. The best thermals are often found when the air is relatively cool but there's enough sun to heat up patches of ground. After all, thermals are dependent on a contrast of temperature rather than an absolute. Since my field has a lot of asphalt around it I am hopeful that I'll be able to find thermals all winter as long as the snow doesn't get too deep to get to said field.
Nov 15, 2012, 03:31 PM
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Too many flights to count today. In fact, I'm only home to charge my Tx battery since I forgot my adapter. I got one flight of 30+ minutes with the Specter around noon but mostly I've been doing aerobatics with the ASW 28 with a little ballast to keep my momentum up. I continue to be impressed with how well a cheap bit of foam performs after a little tweaking. There goes the battery buzzer! It's time to go wring out the Yak.
Nov 15, 2012, 06:42 PM
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I managed to sneak out during today's lull between rain storms. The lift was very soft but fairly steady considering the conditions.

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Bubble Dancer-Mirage (BD fuse, Mirage wing)
15 Nov 2012
30 minutes 52 seconds
45 deg F, mostly cloudy and light winds.

Last edited by MrE; Nov 16, 2012 at 04:12 AM. Reason: forgot to deduct the motor run time
Nov 16, 2012, 04:13 AM
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Corrected time above - forgot to deduct motor run time!
Nov 16, 2012, 03:21 PM
Martin Rudolph (MMR)
Glider name: Aksent II DLG
Thermal or Slope: Thermal
Date and Time of flight:11/16/12 12:45PM
Duration of flight: 18:37
Location: Greenville, NC

Had an interesting 'lunch-fly' session today - overcast and breezy (gusting up to 10 mph) - temperature in mid to high 40's.
Decided to take the ballast out and was going to try and fly as many 2 or 3's as I could get - then I caught a 'whirlwind' thermal that propelled me way high and I disovered that there was a large patch of lifty air up there - so I decided to hang out at that height. Actually could have gone longer, but the timer went off and I had to dive and land and go back to work... Hey it pays the bills...

Oh well - at least it's Friday and I can sneak in a bunch of flying over the weekend! Hope conditions hold

Thermals! Martin
Nov 16, 2012, 04:42 PM
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I had the same weather conditions here today, but not with such a good result. 3 flights of 10mins each.

I flew anyways and that counts by itself
Nov 17, 2012, 04:32 AM
Yesterday the winds were very light(for yorkshire anyway lol) and I had a loooong dlg session from 9am to 1:30pm with the dog chasing the blaster round the field getting very muddy and smelly, I had a few 4 min flights but the rest were mostly around 1:20, day b4 there was a bonfire in the allotments and I tried to catch a lift from it but just could not turn tight enough to go up, tried ds through it too not that did not work, I managed to hold the height for a while but not go up, I wonder if I am doing something wrong, this newer blaster seems to lose height more then the old one in tight turns, yet is it light and I have played around with the cog, in a tight turn it just seems to lose all it's momentum and then loses height. Maybe I need to make it heavier???
Nov 17, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Paraskevas Hadjianastasiou (Friday)
Glider name: DF Weasel
Thermal or Slope: Slope
Date and Time of flight:11/17/12 14:02PM
Duration of flight: 00:29:34
Location: Spata, Greece

Maidened my Weasel today. Went up at the slope and toss into lift.

Flew straight in uneventfully. Left me flying with a big smile. For over 10mins I was flying with a buzzard side by side, great experience. Weasel is my first pure glider.

Winds were blowing at 18knots and had to add 20gr of ballast.


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Nov 17, 2012, 09:55 PM
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Forest Flyer
Glider name: High Aspect 3.1 M
November 17, 2012
Duration of flight: 31 minutes 21 seconds ( 22 sec motor run already deducted)
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Today was the first great flying day (on a weekend) in many weeks. Relatively abundant lift without much strong sink. There are not likely going to be too many more days like this before the low-lift short days of winter take hold. Weather: 55 F (13 C), Clear, Wind SE 5 mph (8kph).
Nov 18, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Nice flying, guys. We continue to have unseasonably warm temps here in Minnesota and I've been out flying something every day. The only down side is that the prevailing winds have been from the wrong direction so my choices are to fly in the teeth of the bright sun or way downwind where the gliders get small in a hurry. So? I haven't really been trying for endurance but have become pretty proficient stunting both the Specter and the ASW 28. The winds are predicted to shift over night so I hope I can take advantage of the nice, warm, freeway tomorrow.
Nov 19, 2012, 06:45 AM
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re: Just for Fun

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Pilot: Paul Murphy
Glider name: Aspire Disser-E
November 18, 2012
Duration of flight: 28 minutes 12 seconds (17 sec motor run already deducted)
Location: Brattelbrook RC Field, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

I know I haven't posted anything in a while, but I'm still watching you guys. I know this isn't in the top flights for the month, but it was still pretty good for me. Between the weather and my work I haven't had much time to get out and fly.

The day yesterday was AWESOME. Clear and 25 deg when I got up and then in the mid 40's by 11:00 AM. Nice lift anywhere you looked for about an hour or so and then it just softly faded out to a warn clear afternoon. Just a nice day to be outside.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

Nov 19, 2012, 08:32 AM
Those fall soaring days are just fantastic. Those days rank very high in 'favorites' list.
Good to hear that you were able to get out and enjoy it Murph.
I'm hoping that we will get a good day this weekend! wife gets to go shopping & I get to go soaring. Looks like a perfect compromise to me.

Nov 19, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Welcome back, Paul.

All entries are welcome and, since I don't plan on sending out the fabulous prizes until the middle of the next century, the benefits of topping the list are dubious. I'm just glad that so many of us are able to take advantage of the good flying weather. Winter will arrive eventually so these glorious fall days are a gift.
Nov 19, 2012, 01:40 PM
Foam flogger
Wind and rain is here. Might not get out again this month. On the other hand, I might go skiing.

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