Saturday, May 25, 2019

PMSC at the races

They've been running the ridges at the Region 2 contest in central Pennsylvania.

Our guys (Dan and Evan) are having a great time and are doing well, for a couple of ASW-20 drivers.  They are competing in the combined Standard/15m class, so their high wingloading, combined with their handicap keeps them competitive.

On Wednesday, Evan won the day, flying 212 miles at 83 mph.  Dan flew a bit too fast and fell off the ridge, going from 100 mph to a landing in just 4 minutes.

Yesterday, they assigned a "Long MAT," which is intended to be too long to complete.  You're supposed to collect as many turnpoints as possible in (at least) 4 hours before dashing for the finish line.  It also requires you to program about a dozen points into your glide computer before takeoff.

Dan must have programmed it right, because the preliminary results show that he won the day!  He averaged 90 mph over 5 hours.

Evan decided to maximize his distance, rather than his speed, and was actually able to claim all the turnpoints before coming home 15 minutes before sunset.  His total was 622 miles (1001 km), having spent about 8 hours in the air, and he got OLC credit for 856 km - the 4th best flight in the world that day.

Today is the last day of the contest.  The final results will be published here.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Slacker day

After the crummy weekend, everybody was looking for a good day to go flying.  Wednesday was nominated, and when the day came, the usual suspects bolted from their day jobs.  One of them didn't even bother to change into his flying clothes as he went out the door.

In all, 8 pilots made 10 flights.  The weather wasn't quite as good as we wanted.

Don wrote:
The day started out breezy and improved as the afternoon progressed. Thermals were around but all chopped to pieces by the wind. During my brief flight, indications were northerly in the 20s-30. At 3000-5000’. 
Flights that started later in the day tended to stay up. Tim (BU) and Moshe (RU) made two flights, so had twice the fun. I had to leave before Tim/Dennis/Moshe returned so don’t know their stories. Eric (NT) started early and made it to Mt Washington and back. Kari (2C) made an hour plus flight in his Jantar.

Don took this picture of Moshe on his first flight.  Note the scummy sky and lack of cumulus.

Peter and Dennis (DC) made long local flights later in the day, both over 2.5 hours.

Weekend report May 18 - 19

We were rained out on Saturday and the first half of Sunday.  Around 3pm on Sunday, Tim came over and woke up the instructor, who was napping on the job.

We squeezed in four flights at the end of the day.

Weekend report May 11 - 12

On Saturday Tim (BU), Dan (EA), and Greg (JD) launched early and zoomed up to the White Mountains.  Evan instructed for as long as he could stand it, and then he jumped into T8 and joined them.  When he got to the wave at Mount Washington, he made that fantastic climb that was previously misreported.

On Sunday, Evan was back on the field, and this time he made more instructional flights than anyone can stand (7).  The beneficiaries were Chris, and Michael.  While that was going on, Paul and Dennis shared two flights in the Blanik.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

25 mph UP

The speed limit in the village of Post Mills is 25 mph.  Evan (T8) exceeded that, vertically, at Mount Washington on Saturday.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Remote slacking

And Dan (EA) seems to have stumbled into some wave on a flight out of Sterling.

Slacker report May 6

It's hard to tell from far away, but it seems the Slackers had a good day on Monday.

Moshe (RU), Greg (JD), Don (JM), Tim (BU), and Dennis (DC) all posted their flights.

It's a tough job, but at least the coffee is free

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Weekend report April 27 - 28

The only day of our weekend was very strange.  We had everything on Sunday: drizzle, low overcast, high overcast, sunny periods, and one six-knot thermal.

And only one runway available.  It is still very swampy at the south end of 04/22, and the airport remains officially closed by NOTAM.  Apparently, it is too difficult to close just one runway.

The best part of the day lasted about half an hour, and Dennis was able to take advantage of it in the Blanik.  The 2-33 and 1-26 also had their first flights of the season.

Moshe and Rick instructed and Andy towed.  We bootstrapped our way through annual field checks, and now Andy, David, Dennis, Don, Eric Henry, Kari, Moshe, Rick, and Tim can claim recency, if not currency, in our aircraft.  Actually, Andy, Dennis, Eric and Tim have been flying all winter, so they're way ahead of the rest of us.  Kari won the spot landing contest.

Don gets full credit for painting the instrument panel of the 2-33 and installing the Fokker needles in the Blanik control system.  Andy checked out the towplane and declared it airworthy, and Henry worked on the 1-26 trailer.

The golf cart saga is too complicated for a single news post.  Suffice it to say there was at least one of them running all day.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Feels like zero

The first Saturday of the soaring season dawns with low overcast and drizzle.

I decided to check the weather, and it's worse than I thought.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Ahead of the game

With patches of snow still visible here and there, and with mud everywhere, a few optimists came out early and assembled the 2-33 and the Blanik today, five days days before our scheduled Assembly Day.

The whole thing was Dennis's idea, and doing it on a Monday puts us in a good position to do checkrides on the "official" Assembly Day weekend.  Bravo, Dennis!

At the end of the day we heard that runway 5/23 is open.

And the soaring conditions looked perfect.  Here's hoping that we won't miss too many more days like today.

Andy says the towplane is ready, so we're good to go.