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"?

Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 Uvalde Sports Class Nationals 5th day

Within a sailplane's cockpit.

sailplane's cockpit brings more than other's have either seen or felt.
Showing how clouds look from upside down and when turning around. What it's like to have darkness so near yet feeling no fear. Touching the mist which brings glowing warmth within one's soul.   
To share with soaring raptors who have no bounds within their endless sky. 
How freedom feels with flexing wings confined in the tightness of one's own nest.
Who has danced with God in his world, knowing he's only a climb away from ending this day.
To shadow snow covered mountains or see lightning from the darkness of a  heavenly burdened cloud, being where no man has gone before. 
The endless cry's of hunting frigate's who never have a score sheet or "Charlie's gate" calling "good finish Echo 9 left traffic call base".
A sailplane cockpit brings priceless treasure as life now glow's from within this great air adventure. 

Within a sailplane's cockpit.

For a friend, E9, "The Fonz", Godspeed on your new adventure. #711.

Well folks, today's group of introductions went pretty darn good. R9, Roger,  explained how his wife no longer comes to contests and while she was watching the winter Olympics, they  watched the luges event. After that she asked why didn't he take that up as it was more boring than coming to a soaring contest! Also, last time he was in Uvalde, his 4 year old grandson said he was ready to leave Texas and come back to the USA! So see, rehearsing does work as many applause were heard. Then comes P7 and he asked if he could tell a story. Sure, no problem.  @ the 15 Meter Nationals Uvalde years back, DJ loans his LS 6 out to a friend and doesn't come. So, his friend finishes 3rd overall and thanks DJ for not coming during his acceptance speech.  KS, won wins the 15 Meter Nationals, says during his acceptance speech " thank you DJ for loaning your ship out"!!

Now, our CD, Richard, IMHO,  is spending entirely to much time alone in his room. Remember the other day my experiences near TP 24? Being dangerously low? Climbing out with the birds?  Today he calls a 4 hr Multi-TP MAT. Yep, TP 24 is near the end of the day!. Then tells us all to remember that the advisers approved it. twice! Then ends the meeting. WT?? 

Well, we grid @ noon, first launch 12:30 ish. Sniffer launches as the sky looks dead. Not even a feather friend is seen circling. We are baking on the grid. Shortly later, H7, Biff, Standard Class National champion, is landing back toward the grid on the main runway. They turn him around and off he goes again. Now on his way back down he asks where do they wish him to now land? The taxi way as the CD is launching 2 more sniffers off the main runway. No change as they drift back down, one reports a slow climb @1000 agl. The other is hanging on. Now one lands back.  Remember the Notam runs 12- 2 pm on runway closer.  No extensions. Launch is announced at 1:40 pm and as it gets near, the launch is held indefinitely but stay turn. Shortly the day is cancelled as we have to get off the runway. 
Cu are now seen  popping towards the SE thru SW quadrants. Looking towards the North are now towering cu's which all are watching as which way they be moving.

My OAT gauge @ 2:15 pm reads 104 and its getting even hotter out. Tomorrow will now start as Day 5.

Best. #711. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

2016 Uvalde Sports 4 day notes. Forget Vinney, mad Leprechaun is running lose...

Day 4 pilots meeting started with introductions from the pilots group. First guy fly's his own personal Jet......he forgot his name......I mean the Leprechaun has entered the room. Short time later, the winner of day(Mark and son) 3 passes on his talk and I am asked to explain how I did what I did. Heck, when I win a day it takes me all nite to rehearse what I am going to say at the next days pilot meeting.
I put it together with the famous I's did this, and that's and general stuff. That mad Leprechaun was listening and then followed me out to my glider.

Our CD, Richard, at times, one being today, makes me wonder if he reads this blog. He called a 4 hr 3 turn MAT. At the 3rd turn we were at 160 or so miles, so we had to go fish for the rest. Oh, do read on as I got snagged on the bottom.

Going into that 3rd turn, life was good and was making good speed. Then that mad green hatter did his stuff. My PDA crashed about 4 miles from the TP.  I didn't have the third turn point in my 303 display. Yep, I said that famous word and then I heard a laugh. Hun?  Well, I knew the TP was over the airport. Got the 303 programmed to display where I was at, make the TP. Then went bottom fishing and got snagged. Small snag, didn't break the line, whew ok, climbed out, got reprogrammed and started out again. Shortly after it happened again. Whats that tune for the happy wanderer?

Well, my next bottom fishing trip was over TP 24. Seems like I headed one way when I should of been going another way. Got it sorted out but was down to being dangerously low. A group of our feather friends showed me some lift. Yet, they were below me. Well,  we slowly worked our way back up. Ha, then they out climbed me. That mad Leprechaun was now in his glory.

Still had some time left. So, put the pieces back together and thought I was going to land out again. Didn't happen as it was one of the better climbs of the day. Bad part was it was at the end of the day. I boxed the glider last nite. Locked it up. Today's a rest day and I am going to WalMart and shopping for Leprechaun spray. Seriously.

Scores are up on the SSA website. QT won't be treat or treating this year.

Oh, my daily prize for the 3rd day was a free trip to the famous Bat caves............what the???.

Weather shows  thunder and lighting coming our way in a few days.

Best. #711.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

2016 Uvalde Sports notes day 3. Vinny is traveling.........

At today's pilot meeting, we were asked to introduce ourselves. When Kerry got to me she asked how long I had been coming to Uvalde. We really didn't need to go their but 30 plus years. Over the years I can say wholeheartedly I have met some outstanding folks who displayed excellent sportsmanship, Today is no different. People are friendly and the hospitality is great. I have and will always feel the place one sits on the score sheet is second to what one can learn about sportsmanship. True in any sport.

Meeting went well with only a few vents from the CD. Some parking issues with both cars and arriving gliders. KS and I are parked next to each other.  After landing we roll right in behind out trailers. Makes it nice. Weather was/is no change. Rising bases as the day progresses. Climbs 4-6 kts. Mid to late afternoon bases were 7-8000 msl. The last turn bases got lower and dry, but we still had wisps which helped show the way home.

Scores are up on the SSA website. We had a 3:30 TAT 3 turn task. Turns being UnoMas (20 miles) Catarina (15 miles) McKinley (15 miles). Looks like the top 15 or so ran pretty close on speeds and distance. Heat index was 109 today. Line crew, tow pilots, pilots, crews all are stepping in and help when needed/able. Consider the mix of gliders and handicaps, the CD is doing a great job. His ad visors are N1K and KMI. He does the tasks the night before..........oh, our grid time was changed to 12 noon as the runway notam was changed to run from 12-2 pm.

Vinny, from Vegas, also reads RAS and has left the USA for a destination which I just yet can't share...........sleep tight ya here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Notes 2016 Uvalde Sports Vinny's on call.

You know the hit guy from Vegas? Vinny, yep, theirs talk about making a call. . Our host, Kerry, saw a mouse in her office today. We needn't say any more on that splat. Now the CD, well, Richard and I have been friends for many years. Yep, he's flipped out. He called a billion turn MAT with min time of 4 hrs. QT, John Godfey, who has stepped forward...again...doing remote scoring,  loves the sport so much he will be up till Christmas checking logger files.

The pilots meeting was changed to 10 am. Of course P7 and 711 show up at 9:30. We chatted about the cost of getting your glider to AU for the Worlds. Spoke on several issues also. Good stuff. We grid around the same time, 11:45 am and first launch was 12:15 or so. Gate opened 1:45 pm. Of course we  were invited to a Hanger 6 BBQ which starts at 7 pm.

I started 2:16 pm. Drove pretty hard to the first turn. Saw some birds. Am not sure if they were using me to center as me nor them could find the cores until I was half way to the second turn. Around the second turn the cores became more organized.  I woke up and stopped worm burning down low. Then the day went pretty straight forward. 5-7 kt climbs 6-7000+msl. Not a whole lot of streeting but more MC flying on my part. Means when I left a climb I was standing on the rudder da

Then came Hondo, now we can't use our cells for calls while flying. Our CD is lucky here, as I am sure several would of been calling Vinny. But the climbs were good even though it went sorta, ya, blue, but with wisps marking the tops. Maybe best to say it was cycling and you could of gotten low and slow.

A lot of flights on the OLC. Scores on the SSA website. Oh, them thorn bushes I spoke of yesterday....about them leaving the planet? Seems not all of them left as when I made a climb at the first turn, I saw where several are in hiding. It cooled a maybe a degree to 107.

Had some drama on landing. No damage as one did a 180 turn after landing during his rollout on the taxiway. It was perfect! Nite.

Best. #711.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Notes 2016 Uvalde Sports First day is measured, weighted and boxed.

Mandatory Pilots meeting started at 9:30 am. Maybe best to call it the morning show with hosts Kerry and Richard. It went well and combined with the morning daily briefing lasted about an hour. Our CD went over somethings that might ruin your day...gear up landing, flying with one logger that fails just before you finish. Kerry doesn't like snakes..of any kind. Seems the rattlers here have stopped rattling their tails. The wild pigs hear them when they do, not good for the snake. So, we have stealth snakes.

We grid about the right time, 11:45,  first launch was about on time,12:30 and we had clouds all day. As the day progressed bases rose as usual. A bus won again, another bus decided a 3:30 task time was to long, so he flew a 3 hr task. Oh, he won the practice day yesterday.....yep, what is said about winning a practice day has held true once again. The scores are up on the SSA website. Go to the bottom and click the link and the task should be seen.

From half way to the back of the first turn climbs improved and cruise speeds picked up. Going to the second turn was with a cross wind, but climbs were decent.  The second turn was where some of us seem to have slowed as the eastern corner was weak when I arrived. Took longer than I wanted to get gone and head to Leaky. Leaky was now sweet.  A short ways to Leaky the day started to perk again with bases rising. True Texas sky late afternoon.

What came as a surprise is after landing and going to get signed in we have a VIP tent with tables, drinks, treats. Really good treats! Yum yums. Hanger 6 Cafe is really putting on a first class show.

Really no drama to report as even all the landings went well. Tow pilots are great and the ground crew is once again putting on a world class show. Oh, the tie down area is all grass...them thorn bushes have left the planet........we are thankful for that!

Pilots meeting tomorrow 10 am. Then we dance and grid again. Looks like another good day tomorrow. Oh, today's heat index was 109.......nite all.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

2016 Uvalde Sports Class Nationals

Just maybe should be called new home of the 20 Meter jet set! First practice day? No You Tube videos here as my camera won't work in this heat. It is hot.
Pilots meeting @ 10 am this morning. Went good and was brief. Grid 12:15 and first launch 12:45. Task called is a 3 turn TAT of 3 hrs. South to Big Wells, then to Devine and last being Leaky. First 2 are 15 miles, last is 20. We have clouds and what is the Uvalde norm seems to be happening as bases rise as the day progresses. Best part of day 8000+MSL. 4-6 kt climbs. No OD.

 Our CD. Thanks Richard for stepping forward while everyone else stepped back!
 Short wingers grid main runway.

 Big wingers and self launchers taxiway. Reason, ropes and towplane tow hooks requirements.

I flew yesterday. Eagle pass area and near the border was great other than stronger winds(flights on the OLC). Had several good climbs. Decided to take a break today as we will fly 5-6 days straight. Seeing many friends from past years. It does cool off around 6-7000 msl. Me thinks that's why Texans say....get high, stay high!!! Click the pic to make it big, will do more post as time permits. Check the SSA website for the news and scores.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 Nephi US National Notes from RAS

What happened to me @Nephi on Sunday 6/26/16.... today? Well, I was launched as a sniffer, did make a climb, then just could not connect and get back up. My fault, no one else's. I landed and since I am crew less it was simply too difficult and time consuming for me to get another launch. So I watched the entire group go around the course on the tracker page( I now think I should have driven to Wal Mart and watched the pigeons propagate around the parking lot. Grrrr.........#711.

Well, as soon as I make a post about how hot its been, I froze my whatever off riding my motorcycle to the airport this morning. Folks at the morning pilots meeting were walking around with Jackets on! 
Today was canceled. Good news as the thermal height wouldn't have gotten us up to the max start height of 12,000 msl. But we were told its on an improving trend with this coming midweek looking really promising. 
More about yesterday as most said they had one of their best soaring days ever. Best story of the meet, heck, best story I have ever heard coming to all the contests I been was this one person, who adjusted his time when the CD changed the open class time from 3:30 to 3 hrs on their TAT. When he did it seems his black box decided to also change his task back to the day before. Some folks saw him out on course....going in the wrong direction wondering what the heck is he doing???But he went fast and the CD decided he won his task that HE FLEW! His speech was priceless as he said he's been rehearsing for years. He climbed up thru the top found 12 kts and flew fast..... 
Several trophy's along with their history were reviewed. Also, a video from SLC center showing the gliders with transponders flying in the Nephi area. They have been working with our folks to keep all parties safe. We do have several arrival routes coming thru our area so they keep the arriving traffic coming and going to SLC airport higher. 
Tonight Uys Jonker is going to put on a Jet demo and product review as dinner is planned at the airport @ 7pm. At the Worlds in 2010, both brothers helped me big time with several issues I was having with my electronics. Their sportsmanship and product support is simply off the top of the chart. Ya, I fly an ASG 29, but as Uys says it's for the sport and that is what matters! Great folks for sure. 
Looks like B4 posted on the SSA website. I am off to do laundry. 
Best #711. 

Folks, it's late(10:30 pm) and we have been challenged. Heat. Yep heat as in hot and when it's hot at 5,000 msl, the density altitude is somewhere around Mars and the tow planes work hard to get us up. 
Our day starts around 8 am at the airport. Prepping, watering and then the pilots meeting at 10 am. We griddle (meaning if you bring eggs and bacon, you can cook on the tarmac) today @ noon.   
But yesterdays task was work for most as the third leg was into a fairly strong headwind and crossing Milford from Beaver can be a trick. After the 3rd turn down to cricket, it went well for everyone I spoke with. Our weatherman (WX) spanked everyone as he stopped for like maybe 3 thermals all with a higher climb rate than an F-16 with afterburners 12 plus kts and up! 
Heading down to Indian Pk was OD and virga. Most made the tp, some other stellar folks (myself) just headed home since it was a MAT. The scores are up on the SSA website and some of us are posting our flights on the OLC. 

Today's launch started around 1 pm. had some relights in Standard and 15 Meter. One sniffer sounded excited when he finally climber thru 8,000 msl. When I launched, my tow had to really work to find anything for me to get off. even the last couple of hundred feet made the tug work hard. Then a good bump and 4.5 kts got me up. Our flights are up on the OLC and you can check them out. A lot of us came in under time. The open class had a 3 hr TAT same as the others but the 15's was 4 hrs. Some of the Opens ran well over 100 mph and I thinks most are getting comfortable with Nephi and the surrounding area. ALL, and I do mean ALL the folks are working hard. The heat simply wears one down as you know. Hope this helps as I remember many years ago we had to wait for the magazine to report the story. 
Tomorrow the temps are coming down as cool air comes in from the North. But that brings Salt lake air in so getting up and out of here can be a lot of work. 
Best. #711. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Trophy's, awards and a surprise!

Took some pics of the awards, trophy's and a got lucky shot of real wing flex! Me, I stayed tied down, then went on a short retrieve. After that helped KS arrange his "spot". Then had dinner with KS and P7. Some scores are up on the SSA webite.  Its late, might fly tomorrow, BUT Tuesday just might be the biggest day ever seen....stay tuned. Click the pic to make it big! Best. #711 reporting

DB, Dick Butler and Concordia taking off. Didn't ask how much water he had on board.

Nephi Sunday 6/19/2016

First practice day for our National Soaring championships for Open, 15 Meter and Standard classes. Today's pilots meeting started at 9 am and went along good with B4, CM Bruno Vassel, opening the meeting. If I heard right, he introduced himself as the "Love boats" public relationship person, but was quickly informed that was "Julie" which then ended that thought.
Ron Gleason then went over some areas for a good review. WX, Walt Rogers, is the weatherman and his briefing was for good conditions. A task was called for all 3 classes, a turn area task, 3 hrs., with 30 mile radius's. Blue.  Check the SSA site for more information. We have 62 folks, 1 guest and 2 sniffers.

What we really need are some flat bottom cu's. Maybe tomorrow but Tuesday, our first contest day, looks.........I do mean this........could be, just might be and probably will be one of the biggest, best simply fastest racing days the world has ever seen or could even hope for. Stayed tuned for more. You can watch along on the tracker. Here's the link
or the SSA website.
Click the pic to make it big. Thanks folks. Best #711.

Looking south....its blue. DB, Dick Butler getting ready.

 MM, John Webers Arcus. Looking west......its blue.

DJ, World Champion Doug Jacobs, and he's happy to be here. He's in the Open Class, flying his 18 Meter Ventus. Me thinks some spanking will be going on to the boys with them 21 meter wings.......just my 2 cents!
The grid looking South.                                                                                                                                        

 The grid looking North.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nephi Saturday 6/18/2016

First practice day in Nephi starts tomorrow for 3 classes...all National championships...Open....15 Meter.....Standard. Today, many were pulling in. Our new water system is completed, spanked and tested yesterday. The water tank holds 5,000 gals. and everyday the water truck pulls in and refills the tank.
Some flew today, but as you can see by the pictures it was blue. The up coming weather looks promising with rising temps occurring on the first contest day this coming Tuesday.

Enjoy the pictures,  click the pic as it will become big!
 KM, The Sorensons. To the North...been blue all day.

 MM, John and Paul Cordell hanging out the window. To the West...its blue...been that way all day.

 Looking all day with lift maybe 12-13,000 ft.

 My spot. Nice to be able to water at your tie down!!! Looking east its blue...all day.

 Rick Shepp and Concordia. Below, Dick Butler giving a big wave.

 The SSA website should have daily reports along with scores when the contest starts.

Thanks folks, Best. #711 reporting.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Region 5N wrap.

2016 R5N is now history. Haven't been to Perry in the last 7 years and was again amazed at all the improvements the Tyler family have made to the airport. Our contest this year was again blessed with challenging weather which tested all the entrants skills and the CD preformed with a gold star. He even has a cow bell for cancelling a task.

The second day proved a test going into and out of the first turn. Out west we fly higher and just don't get to see as many terrain features. I did mention this fact at the next days pilot meeting about even seeing cows wag their tails which everyone seemed to enjoy. But what's important is the real days winner, Rich Owen, as he did a masterful job of slamming everyone by over 6 mph, in 18 Meter.  F8, Bill Gawthrop was running with Rich but ran into troubles in the third turn.
KM, Ken Sorenson, the winner in 18 Meter, did again another skillful job of  of managing his second contest win in a row this season. DB, Dick Butler,  won the Open class. I  got to watch his landing on the first contest day as I barely managed to find and land on the extreme end of the runway. Mamad Takallu, MD, won Sports class, along with Jim Lee, 1X, with the FAI class.
Great food, challenging weather which tested everyone's skill, no busted gliders along with excellent sportmanship displayed was again what this R5N contest strives to put on for all. Many years ago, Mr. Tyler said quietly to me all he wanted was everyone to have a good time. Well, Mr. Tyler, I do believe everyone had a great time and again thanks to all, the tow pilots, operations  managed by Larry Travers, and everyone else.
Also, one last note, Brain Glick, who I haven't seen in a number of years, hasn't changed at all. He flew down from Mifflin in his C-180 to help out with  tows. He also helped auction off a mason jar of ...errr... liquid gold (moonshine). Got 60 bucks for it, and the guy who bought it....doesn't drink. Only in Perry.

Best. #711.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Smilin faces.........Clicks the pics makes them big!!

Sarah (SK) and Jason (JA) Arnold flew in yesterday with 2 planes, flew home in one. In a few days they will again be headed from Chilhowee to Perry with trailers in tow.

Several friends of the Tyler family have headed off to the kennel. They saw my camera and started styling.....

I need to make some......amends..... as when I posted yesterday of Bill's, F8's panel, the small sign above his "Black box" was my failed attempt in pointing it out. Years back, someone else had a small sign..."Hope is not strategy".....ETA bitter if memory serves me well.

 Oh, the above picture is my panel..........I really need a auto pilot, cup of coffee and USA today.

Rain last night, cool temps helpin chill a Bud surprise which  has arrived!!!!

Few more days, its going to change..........oh where ya beeeee??? We still got a slot or 2 open.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thee "grid" & fence, F8 cockpit pic.....& stuff Perry 2016.

 When asked what place contest finish and this shy group responded according.
 LX and KM.......LX has his trigger finger ready...............I did ask if the fence was to keep us in...or "them out". Seems the horse ranchers have a 4 board fence.....has some meaning to them.... sounds more like "he haw" to me.
 US Team member F8 doing some new instrument work and a close up of his panel. The dew is going to fly on the next pic.......oh me....oh my, see what your missing by not being here.

Cows didn't respond to my "cow ding calls". Enough said on that, seriously.  Its windy & cool now this Thursdays, 4-14-16. Mexican was good last night.  Seeing friends I haven't seen in a few years, Best to say its best to still be "on the planet and getting ready to race"!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

About them "toothpicks"........

 New tent went up this morning. Big, bright and easily see from the air!!!!

Now, me thinks I been "storied" about these Carolina "toothpicks" as they really are tent stakes. "Chicken on a Beer" is planned for the first day contest dinner. Folks are showing up....LX, F8, N1K, 5U, K2 and KM to name some. More are here but we are going to dinner..."Mexican" is the plan. More tomorrow. simply won't believe all the knowledge I am getting here.

Oh, went for a ride in the Fire truck all around the airport today. Cows were looking, ducks went flying, double clutching was being demonstrated. Simply awesome!!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Some R5N Perry history notes

When I retired 13 years ago, I came to R5N and of course missed the sign for the turn off. Got turned around and then saw the "sign".  First picture is where the Tyler family and I shared dinner. Today, the changes made and the Tyler family's compassion for the sport we enjoy are inspiring.

Now about that "flag pole'. Seems it was down in Wagener at the EMS station. It had been idle for some time and Mr. Tyler asked the mayor about their plans for that "pole". They had none and in short order it was moved to its now "new and permanent  location"(happened a few years back). New watering stations, electrical outlets and much more has been done. A new tent arrived via FedX just a few hours ago. Years past we have experienced soaring conditions which would leave west Texas in awe. This contest is starting to look "good". Trust me, I been the weather guy at numerous contests. Oh ya....... you need to come. Ya here!

Spring time in the Carolina's  can't get much better than the show the Tyler family and friends put on.

                                        In the above picture. Toothpicks second to none......................

Still a few spots open. Call Rhonda....SSA website has the information.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pre Regional 5N. Perry, SC.

Turn off I 20 at exit 33. Remember the speed limit as it is enforced driving thru Wagener,SC.
Look for the sign "R5N" to turn in to the airport.

 Hint...A place to shop.

 Fire Pitt....
 Club house.
 Yep, news flash 101, holds 600 or so gallons, runs, has modern electronics which will help when the CD doesn't show up at the pilots meetings...........oh ya!

We were flying today, but the group went fishing and I was left typing. Tuesday rain, so maybe some pre practice starting Wednesday.