Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday 4/18/17 evening report.

Ok, you just might be a red neck if you go to the Doctor and he asks whats wrong? You state "I swallowed a ice cube 3 days ago and it still hasn't come out............do da dew. Or you might be a red neck if you slip and fall but manange to save your beer.

We didn't fly today. Right now  headed our way is thunder, lighting, rain and winds. Tomorrow more of the same. Most are in the box. Yesterday, simply put, the 18 Meter class winner smoked everyone in all classes. Scores are up along with reports on the SSA website.

Another note. We have this area of NDA ( National defense airspace) AKien that goes from ground to 2,000 AGL and simply requests pilots not to fly over or through it. Well, a major alert happened yesterday as white drones were seen by the security folks watching over the site. Then they learned the white drones were gliders and then finally asked the CD through a friend to call them. Well, it got pretty good on the phone as a 4 or 5 way called happened. Yep, all the government folks did confirm that all gliders did over fly the area and none were ever below 2,000 agl. Hmmm... Ok, now they wanted all the contest glider N numbers but when asked why as since they already stated none were in the area below 2,000 agl it just got quiet on the phone. But the best one liner came when one government worker asked what a "sectional chart was"........do da dew.

Asked about the weather for tomorrow and the CD responds "Tomorrow is Wednesday".  The cub house got a new sink, first one in 12 years or so. Time for dinner.

Best. #711.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Perry R5N evening 1st practice day report

I didn't fly today, but just spoke with several folks. Baud Litt, LBL, said he had a good day, climbed to 6200 msl but stopped short of the bases. Fairly good climbs except he had to stop for a 2 knoter to get up and to a good looking cloud.

Al Tyler, 8H, reports off tow he had a 8 knoter and called Dave Nadler, YO, to welcome him to Perry as they were both climbing together. He had a good day with several 6-8 knot climbs.

Scores are up on the SSA website. http://www.ssa.org/Contests

Now, seems like someone locked the door on one of the camping trailers. Skip Pate, P8, finally got the spare keys from the owner. Skips beautiful young girls of 13 and 10 confessed that their dad did it. Skip just walked by and did say he was the last one out!

Tomorrow is the second practice day and I shall fly. Looks good but mid-week we might get some afternoon thunder. Jury's still out on that. Seems most if not all are here. Back in 1972 at the Worlds in Virsac with 89 entrants and cloud climbs allowed(one reported a climb to 19,000 and still landed out!), the line of folks walking to watch the opening day parade was over 3 miles long. Flags from 28 Nations were flown.

Here in Perry, no line but we have 2 flags flying. The state flag of South Carolina and that of the USA.

Best. #711.

Perry R5N First Practice day 4/15/2017

Pilots meeting 10 am. Should be brief. Weather looks good as task is called for all classes. A TAT of 2:30 minutes. Start 4, Don Bells, Twin Lakes, Bamburg, Do Little, and finish.  radius varies. Min dis 76.86 and max 230 miles.

Few days ago, hardly anyone here, now its packed full. 65 entrants among all the classes. Yesterday we ran down to Barnwell, Orangeburg, Twin lakes and Don Bells. All had 12 mile radius. Bases rose to close to 6,000 by days end. Some had great climbs close to 10 kts achieved.

Pilots meeting starting, alot of talking and folks saying Hi. CD just yelled "the meeting has come to order".

Ronda Tyler, the CM, just stated this is the 17th contest here. CD is number 5. Registration after the meeting.

More tonight,

Best #711.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Perry R5N early report

Arrived here a few days ago. Yesterday, 4/11/17, Tuesday turned out better than was thought. Flights are up on the OLC. Most headed northwest towards Newberry which is above interstate 20.  We had good clouds which gave great climbs. As the day went on the bases rose and at the end of the day some reported 7,000 ft.

Today we put up the tent. Last year took slightly longer, like 3 hrs or so. Today, with the help of  the same New Yorker(who read the directions finally), much less time like  40 minutes or so.

KM went flying along with 6I I believe. For a "southern" Texan this could be a booming day...cough......shortly we shall see on the OLC.

A yellow Cub, a 304 self launcher, a ASH 25, and the "New Yorker"

Our tent with the club house behind. First came here we had dinner in that club house. Our contest is full, 65 folks and I believe a short waiting list. Over the years its amazing what the Tylers have done to help foster and promote our sport. As Al fly's most of the time by himself out of Perry, the more miles he racks up, the bigger the smiles he's blessed with.

Just as New Castle, the fire pit which will shortly be lit.

Folks, I am not creative enough for this story. But these 2 folks had a measuring tape to center the orange lines to help out those who tie down back their. They even came up with the idea of lead in orange lines to help folks get centered returning to their tie down spots at the end of the day...errr...no lead out to the center line....hmmmm.  Well its warm now mid 80's. Might get some light rain tonight or tomorrow. Will update in a few days. Best. #711.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Seniors 2017 first cotnest day 3-11-17

Mandatory pilots meeting started on time @ 9:45 AM. CD John Good made a splendid presentation to a mature entrant crowd. No O2 bottles or walkers were seen. No cell phones rang. Doesn't matter about cell phones ringing as no one would hear them.

Brief introductions were followed and then came our weatherman. Like yesterday, the practice day with about a zillion land outs as he doesn't even go out on the task and lands back here/ Now today he paints this picture of not so good of times which has everyone wondering. CD Good calls a task with #7, #8 and then north to Montgomery. Its a 2 hr TAT (small areas first 2 and 22 miles last one) hint).

Hmmm........we grid around 12:15. Sniffer is a ASH 25 MI who runs his engine so he doesn't have to take a relight...what....yep a relight. Now the CD knows how to create thermals, so he sends up another sniffer.....which relights (CORRECTION.....the second sniffer just informed me he stayed up (I did inform him no one knew it was him)......so's, it was a early launcher who did the relight......I did ask the second sniffer then who created the thermals...he smiled and said..."God"), Hey, I ain't the news service but do try and keep things straight arrow....err.... .which might curve a little). Then it starts to perk. Remember the task first is to the west, then south east, then north. Yep, all them clouds are just north of us and the first 2 turns are in the blue.

Well, task is cut to 1:45 on the time. Most leave dodge around 14:40 ish with good climbs and after the second turn heading to Montgomery we had really nice clouds.

Oh, the weatherman, Mr. Silva...FS....wins the day with a raw speed close to that of light....73 mph. Ha, he guessed maybe 55 mph would win the day and the CD guessed if we broke 50 mph we would be lucky.

John Good and Rick Shepp should be posting on the SSA website with scores and news. If I can I'll post up some pictures and brief thoughts as the days roll on. Me thinks the oldest here is 88 and that is GV. 1E is 84, KS is 81. Theirs some sensitivities on these ages so maybe I need not go their anymore.

Over all good day, many smiling faces are seen, Free dinner tonight.

Best #711.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Senior Nationals 2017

Well, here are a few pics from today around 11 a.m. Just click to make them "big". The launched starting around noon. A pre-practice task was called. An AAT with Wines, errr #40, then #11 and Grass Roots. Circles say of 10 or 15 miles. Just a fun day with bases rising to over 6 thousand by days end. Tomorrow, pilots meeting 9:30 am and first official practice day. But I am letting a secret out. Saturday looks gigantic, big and just maybe the biggest day this site has ever seen. So, stay tune and watch the SSA website, along with this blog for updates.

My day went well. Some simply unbelievable climbs of 6-7 plus knots, 6 thousand end of day. Along with lots of birds.

 Andy and Susan helping out.
 KS is here and with him a "bird".
 Looking south @ 11 am.
 Yep, and it just got better and better!
Last minute detailing and the sky looking North.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

2016 Uvalde Sports Class Nationals final wrap...3:42 pm.

Sitting in the RV park, pondering, listening to the rain and thunder, check email and see the CD sent several pictures. Also was wondering if I  called Vinny? At the pilots's meeting today I did tell him by cancelling the contest early, it was saving me money on Vinny.....He also sent several pictures. One of a young man who really stepped forward and worked the line.
What the line crew does everyday is a lot of hard work that starts early. All our tow ropes are run along side the runway and taxi way. Yep 50 or so tow ropes with rings. The cost is expensive. It has to be done as the road which runs east west on the north end is very close and  the trailing ropes would be taking out car windows. Not good. So they are dropped mid field and the tow plane lands and then gets another rope which has been run alongside the runway. The next morning @ 5 am the ground crew goes and gets all them  dropped ropes mid field, lays them out and drags them back alongside the runway in groups of 5. No rope can overlap its neighboring rope. Hope you get that picture and now see the hard work required.

 Trevor doing his "part" for the contest. Many thanks young man, you did a great job and your call on the tow rings was right on! CD explained the difference in a "Tost" ring and another. He found them!           Also, no wing at this contest during launch ever touched the ground!

                                                  About 1:45 pm its getting cloudy.

                                                         @ 3:40 pm its staring
 2 pictures 8/15/2016. Just to confirm the "YA Cancelled the last 2 days because of a little rain"?