Sunday, August 3, 2014

2014 Region 9N Nephi, UT.

Am now in Nephi, Ut. for the Region 9N contest. First time I have been here and its appearing to be another great site. The contest staff and folks in town are all friendly and are doing their best for us. The first practice day results are on the SSA website.

Best story we heard at today's pilots meeting was from Steve Nichols, NIK, whos here flying with his buddy, Dave Coggins, DT, (both from Texas) each having big grins as they are enjoying their new JS 1C's big time. Steve shared he normally doesn't speak at pilots meetings and has been trying to change that. Seems his last daily contest win was in...ready...1994! He got a very warm round of applause for yesterdays flight. A lot of over development going South and then heading into the second turn it was BLUE, so many came in under everyone!

I stayed on the ground and had several adjustments to make on my 29............we had to pull my inter panels 8 times to get it all working again like it should. Today, I took some pictures, of the sky and launch. All classes are out with a one turn MAT of 2hrs+30  min. time. Maybe 17 folks launched. Click the pic to make it big! (yes, several are out of sequence...???).

 Above on the right is CM, Bruno Vassel, left is CD, Ron Gleason. Below is Bob Caldwell (BC) in his V2CXT.

 The above and lower 2 are from Friday, July 31st, when I first arrrived.

Below is  today's sky(Sunday) looking SOUTH about 1:30 pm. Last launch is bottom picture.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hal M. Lattimore trophy found.

It showed up in its case at the National Soaring Museum. They didn't know when or how it showed up. But its been found and all is well.


Monday, March 31, 2014

My ASG 29/18..........

While @ the 2007 18 Meter Nationals in Alberta Lea, MN., Paul Remde (Cumulus Soaring) wanted to take many photos of our contest finishes. But we had only 3 contest days due to high winds and rain ( not only was  I  an entrant, but the weather guy!). The contest was one day short for the National's to be official ( I was locked in for a 3rd place finish of course!).
 But on one day, Paul got this great shot ( at least I think its great!) of my finish dumping water. I just saw it made the cover of this book on soaring which has been out for a few years. Am surprised big time!

Also, at the  2013 Region 9 Moriarty contest, I was the CD. What I experienced was a very high level of sportsmanship among ALL the entrants. I do hope for the coming 2014 soaring season it continues for ALL our soaring sites.....Worldwide! 

Folks, it begins with us.
As sportsmanship............
typically is regarded as a component of morality in sport, composed of three
related and perhaps overlapping concepts: fair play, sportsmanship and character.
Fair play refers to all participants having an equitable chance to pursue
victory and acting toward others in an honest, straightforward, and firm and
dignified manner even when others do not play fairly. It includes respect
for others, including team members, opponents, and officials. Character
refers to dispositions, values, and habits that determine the way that
person normally responds to desires, fears, challenges, opportunities,
failures, and successes, and is typically seen in polite behaviors
toward others, such as helping an opponent up or shaking hands after a
match. An individual is believed to have a “good character” when those
dispositions and habits reflect core ethical values.
Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own
sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense
of fellowship with one's competitors.
We stand alone on our acts yet the respect and camaraderie we have
towards each other comes from the sportsmanship we display
during events in which we enjoy being involved in. Their can be no sport
without sportsmanship.
Our sport lives because of it!!!!!
Godspeed to all for a 2014 soaring season.
Thermal tight, Soar high, Fly safe.
#711 reporting.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Missing Hal M. Lattimore Trophy.

As KS (Karl Striedieck) has posted on RAS, the Hal M. Lattimore trophy which was seen at Mifflin for the 2013 Sports Class Nationals is now missing or been misplaced. Last date of whereabouts was 5-21-2013 at Mifflin in the hanger.

Below is a picture of it. Its a part of our soaring history and has a very high value on it.

We are asking again for your help. Any leads as to where it went or might have gone will be kept confidential . You can email me or KS. His email is

Folks, again, we are asking for your help in finding where its at.
Sincerely, Thank you.