Tuesday, April 28, 2009

R5N Wrap up 4-28-2009

Well, last round and the lights are coming back on. Region 5N @ Perry, SC. were different this year. Not with new types of racing gliders or pilots, but everything worked and flowed along really smooth. From the morning pilots meetings, griding and launches, relights and landings, to the evening dinner's, everyone I saw was pretty kicked back and had extra time on their hands.

Some note worthy items that were left out of the daily reports were LX, an AS sailplane dealer who was the mentor for, yep , Leo and his JS 1. When I asked the LS dealer and SH dealer how they felt about this mentor and the mentee thing, well, they just both grinned. I did get my new shirt from Leo, the JS 1 dealer, never got a thing from this AS guy.

We did have 2 gliders that got broken. One was from a land out and the tail boom was broken from a ground loop. The pilot was OK. The other was on the last day landing at Perry. It had server damage and the pilot I believe is OK.

Our Standard Class winner, Ken Sorenson, was asked what his game plan was on the second day. He told me he just tried and wanted to do his best each and everyday. He and his wife got up around 6 am every morning and by 8 am the glider was watered and being pulled out to their grid spot. This left Ken unhurried and time to relax and look at the day's weather, and then make plans according. We did meet several times out in the task area and KM does fly very aggressively.

Fernando Silva put together a well deserved win in 15 Meter. He also watered early and gridded early, he seemed not rushed and well organized. Fernando always has a warm smile when greeting folks each and everyday. Early in the contest he did have some problems with his tow release but several folks helped him fix the problem. He did speak during the pilots meeting on the cable release and everyone should to give though to having a game plan together when on early tow theirs a premature release with a full load of water on board. Might be a good idea to review your plan of action each and every time before you launch as to what you will do it the release fails.

Sam Gilter, 5U, and I didn't talk during the contest period in Perry. Sam and his LS1 are a hard combination to beat as all of us have seen over the past few years. Sam was an advisor for the sports class during the contest.

In 18 Meter, XG, Jerry Szemplinski, and I spoke several days. He said he had never seen so many air mass changes as he had seen in Perry this year. He tends to put together very long glides using all available energy he can find along his route. Of course, if one can do this kinda thing it does make soaring rather kicked back and highly enjoyable. If you have See You, you can run DJ's and XG's igc file on day 5. I did this and saw maybe 2 thermals that really were strong that gave Jerry a big climb and helped him stay in cruise mode that much longer than the rest of us.

Sunday, Allison Tyler, was getting out 8H, for another day of soaring as the weather was looking really good with cue's popping before 10 am. Maybe 90 percent of the folks had already left and had headed towards home. The cook house was receiving its cleaning, the tents were being taken down and the garbage truck was driving around looking for something to do.

See, all the racers and crew, like they do everywhere they go, had left Perry in the state it was in before they came. A clean, quite grass airport which will be enjoyed by a few over the next year waiting on every one's return. I did ask Allison Tyler what his game plan was during the contest. He said it was for "everyone who came to Perry to have a good time, good food, good fun and some of the best soaring flights of their life." With that. I'll turn on the light's and say the party's just over for now, as next year will be number 10........ that quite, clean grass airport is waiting for our return......you best come.......ya hear.

Thermal tight, Soar high, Fly safe.......#711 reporting

Monday, April 20, 2009

End of day 1 R5N 4-20-09 Perry, SC

Gary Ward came for the annual airshow. Gary comes every year and puts on a show that is just something else to see. He is at the top of the list of aerobatic pilots in the world. Thanks Gary Ward by all who came and saw your great airshow.

Dinner was "chicken on the beer." The evening now is capped by the annual bonfire which has just been lit.

Gary Ward Perry Airshow 4-20-09

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday 4-19-09 Practice day R5N Perry, SC. USA

Rhonda Tyler opening the practice day pilots meeting. She went over daily meeting times along with dinner times and introducted our CD. CLICK the pics to enlarge.

The 2 green back t-shirts are the contest shirts anyone can purchase. Baud Litt did the design work. Good job Baud.

Ray Galloway, our CD. I just spoke with Ray. Today, no task was called, as our weatherman, Sam Zimmerman, said the max height would only get to 3500 msl and the window is very small for any soaring, if the window even opens up. Right now, its high overcast and cool. Tonight, maybe thunderstorms and tomorrow could be high winds. Its 11:30 am now, and no one has pulled out to the grid for a tow.
Sam Zimmerman (center) weatherman, US Team committee member and past US Team member and past US Team Captain.
Russell, orange shirt, operations manager.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Update #2 Thursday 4-17-09

J4 is very, very happy. His new LS 10 is here and he plans on flying tomorrow. I'll get more pictures of the cockpit and the LS 10 after he finishes unwrapping.

Spoke with W3, Tim Wells, after his flight today. After he climbed up after release to about 4,000 agl, he and SZ headed down to the Orangeburg area. He dumped his water as conditions were soft and they climber back up and headed over to Barnwell. From Barnwell then to Dolittle and then Don Bells I believe. He said most climbs were 2.5 to 3 kts on the average with an 5 knoter thrown in every so often. He felt he went about 165 miles or so. His flight will be posted on the OLC shortly.

After KM's landing, I went and spoke with Ken Sorenson. He had about a 9 psi wing loading for the day as he feels it gives him more"wiggle room" for thermaling. Folks, I just write what they tell me. He stayed North of I 20 and had a good day. He found 3-5 kts up to 5,000 agl. He went about 175 miles for the day. His flight will be on the OLC shortly.
The picture above this one is of Dixie, their dog, who had a burr in her paw. Ken came to the rescue.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Welcome back west Texas Skies to Perry, SC.

ALL these Pics were taken at 6:15 PM. CLICK the PIC to enlarge.

K2 and I flew up to DAVIS and made good time. We launched about 12:30. Coming back from Davis it was slow and cycled on us. We headed to Orangeburg and then up to Aiken. By this time it was starting to really get good. Bases rose to over 6,000 agl and lift was 6 plus kts.
The skies finally turned into west Texas skies , I landed about 5:40 and K2 just landed at 6:50. SZ also flew today.
The airport is groomed and the grid has been numbered. Al Tyler is still riding his tractor and mowing as the sun sets. The weather looks good and is now on a warming trend.
If your coming to Perry.........remember.........the man is watching and keep your speed within limits.

Monday, April 6, 2009

2010 National sites

Open and Standard Class Nationals....... Hobbs, NM. No dates and good rumor.

Sports Class.......Parowan, UT......check SSA website for dates. Confirmed.

18 Meter Nationals....Waynesville, Ohio....check SSA website for dates. Confirmed.

Now you ready for this............

15 Meter Nationals....Uvalde, TX...........No dates yet and really a great rumor.

Also, have been sent a new score sheet designed by Guy Byars for Winscore. It looks great and when you see it, send him an email thanks for all his hard work. guy@byars.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

Region 5N Perry, SC

Well folks, a few notes for all those heading to Perry in the next few weeks.

REMEMBER, the man who writes speeding tickets for Wagener is still employed and he has a new pen. Watch your speed as you head into town as he also has new radar equipment and a new black Dodge Charger with tinted windows.

Also, Perry and the surrounding areas have had alot of rain. Their is standing water in town and when you come onto the airport properity drive carefully as the grass is GREEN. Al Tyler does plan on mowing soon as he doesn't have a hay bayler yet to stack the fresh cut with.

Also, Rhonda has been working very hard for us on one of the meals. It will be a treat and all will be happy. Also, only 3 have dropped out so far this year. Can you believe one x entrant has choosen marrage over racing at Perry.

Also, aero tows will be available starting Thursday, April 16th, before the contest starts for those wishing to do some practice.

8H and myself did fly about a week ago. We did an auto tow and off tow I snagged a 5 knoter to climb up in. Also, I did break the towline, claiming a first in Perry history for this feat. We glided to Bamberg on our first run, where I clawed my way back up and then the day was off to a great start. Much of the task area is greener than its been in the past years, but the thermals were 4-6 kts on the average and high for the day was over 8500 msl.