Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Today, Tuesday, was called off because of a upper level low spinning off the Carolinas bring us low, solid cloud cover. We did grid, and our CD called a 12 noon meeting on the grid to talk about maybes or what ifs. The satelite picture really did tell the story and won with the day called at 1 pm. A few tried local soaring, some simply fell out and landed shortly after release.
The top picture is sunset this evening and the bottom is of Skip Pate, P8, who is an advisor, and of his 2 lovely daughters. Skip flys for US Airways, and is base manager in CLT.
The rest of the week looks good as the low is moving out of the area and all the racers are ready to go. Theirs a shoot out going on in all the classes and if you go to the SSA website you will see what I mean. Yesterday, we did have some landouts, but good news was no damage.
We do have 8 new folks who are at their first regional event and this is good. All have top mentors and get daily briefings. UH, Hank Nixon, even heald a class for the new guys and spent several hours going over racing ideas and things to think about.
Remember, coming to a National, such as Mifflin, which is hosting the 18 Meter Nationals, is experience which shouldn't be pasted up. Even if you don't have an 18 Meter ship, you will still gain racing experience in the area and trust me on this, you have a chance to win if you come. Staying home won't get you on the score sheet, and that a fact. XX himself took 10 years to win a National, so Mifflin still has slots available. Its a top site, and one really great ridge day will hook you, for sure, for the remainder of your racing career. So, jump in and give KS an email while some slots are still available.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
On the flag pole, along side the flag, is a wireless repeater. click the pic and it enlarges. The windsock is new. BV working with TA guessed the right answers.
Again, first one who emails me with the winning answer, gets a brewster.
This one is easy. You need only tell me what the 2, yes two, new items are in the photo, along with where they are located. If you can tell me what one new item is and what its being used for, then I'll give you a 6 pack of brewsters. Hint, "go climb a flag pole", could help out with the windy times.
Today, Saturday, 45 pilots have registered for the Region 5N contest so far. More are on the field, including some that are on the standyby list. Today, some weather that is unfriendly towards us, is moving threw the area. But for the contest period, it looks really good and tomorrow, Sunday, will be a practice day.
This last week ,we had one stellar day. 8H, owned by Al Tyler, led the way with a 595 K. flight on this last Tuesday. Its on the OLC, including flights by SZ, TO, and 711. The day was filled with hard bottom cues with bases over 8500 msl. 8H reported way above Spartenburg that he had not only reached the mountains, but had climbed to 10,000 msl. 711 reported thermals were climbable below 600 agl as he barely got out of the airport area without a relight. On course all had a great time, with no difficult areas.
Sunday, looks like a good day, and the grid should be full for the practice day. I will try and do a post and let you know before hand how things went. Remember the SSA website as the place to go and see scores and writeups of the contest.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Perry, home of Region 5N, which Rhonda and Al Tyler, with Wes and the Carolina Soaring group have been doing for the last 8 years is gearing up again for a great contest. Check their website for the pilot list, as this is going to be a shoot out for all the classes. Its a full field of 65 +2 = 67.
We have flown the last 2 days, Wednesday and Thursday, and today, needed to get some chores done, and yep, the sky exploded shortly after 1 pm and had the look of west Texas skys. Its been dry and any rain simply just evaporates when it hits the ground.
To ALL that are coming to Perry, SC. remember the local smokey in Wagener with stop and write ya for a very small infraction of the speed limit. I saw one smokey in the local laundry and he had writen up a dryer that was spinning to fast, .....so be careful, ....ya here.
Next few days, some weather is moving thur, but we expect to be flying and getting some practice in for the up coming contest.
Over the next few days I am going to do a photo contest again and the first person to guess what or who, wins a free brewster when I see them.