Friday, April 4, 2014

Name that club member

And if you think that's too easy, name that airplane type.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Another postcard from Florida

Karl and Lane send their best from the Sun 'n Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Florida.

Friday, March 28, 2014

No Spring For You

In case you're not from around here or you're far enough away to not know what's going on it's still very much winter here in New Hampshire and Vermont. Snow depth is at least 2 feet just about anywhere you look.

Not likely that we'll be flying gliders any time soon at Post Mills but Springfield is open and ready to go. Walter wrote me today to say that the glider winter storage season has been extended another month. This seems like a good excuse for all those private owners to get a jump on the season and maybe others could at least go down to enjoy the action.

Let's all think warm thoughts and make that snow go away. I'm sick of it, how about you?


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Barefoot In Florida

Karl, Rick and Lane are all smiles in sunny Florida.

From the background it looks like they're at the Senior Nationals at the Seminole Lake Gliderport.

What a shame they're missing all this good snow.

Looking out from my hangar. Think I'd make though that stuff?


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Experimental Balloon and Airship Meet-May 16-18

Here is an announcement for the Brian's Balloon event at Post Mills:


Monday, March 3, 2014


From the turnout at the 2014 Annual General Meeting, it is clear that, after 25 years, we still have a strong and enthusiastic club.

We gathered, discussed our future, handed out jobs, and held elections - all without the excuse of a party or other incentive to get people to show up.  Everyone seems enthusiastic about being ready for the 2014 season (only 50 days away), and we are all looking forward to flying again.

Congratulations and thanks to the new Board of Directors: Greg, Mark, Paul, Tim, and a player to be named later.  These guys will be working hard for us in 2014, and we should not hesitate to work hard for them.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday at Springfield

Dennis writes:
It was a cool time and so refreshing not to be cooped up shoveling snow.

Went over to Springfield to do some prep on my glider and when I got there an FAA sponsored seminar broke out. It was about examining accidents and tips to better prepare to avoid them. Good food for thought to hear at the beginning of the flying season.

After I got through, (man I love tinkering on a glider in a warm clean hangar), I caught the seminar and then Walter took me up for a flight in the PW6.

BTW Walter gives his regards to you all...

Big air, 20 mph 30 degree cross, lots of sink and some good lift. We got to about 5400 and were able to play tag with a street for an hour or so. I had the back seat and Walter let me get some thermal stick time in the PW. That is an amazingly easy glider to fly. The air was rough but, that glider just handled the day just fine.

It beats Condor by a mile.

Can't wait for the season to start. See you next week...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Before and after

Thanks to Mike for raking the snow off the hangars today.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Private Pilot Ground School

The Adirondack Soaring Association is offering their annual Ground School for pilots preparing for the Private Pilot (Glider) Knowledge Test. It's a two-day course scheduled for March 15 - 16. For further information, click on the brochure on the right.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Real Maple Syrup

Seven True Vermonters and a couple of wannabes showed up for pancakes at Eaton's Sugar House this morning.

We forgot to pick next Sunday's breakfast venue, so keep an eye out for the official announcement later this week.

Winter flying has started

Andy writes:

On Friday Tim and I made the trek down to Springfield for some flying.

The 304 is being stored in a giant hangar with a concrete floor so assembly could not have been any easier, except for getting the tape to stick to the ice cold glider. Walter's PW6 stays assembled and is sitting on dollies so all you have to do is roll it sideways out of the hangar.

There were three flights all together and I think the best (Walter and airport manager Larry) was to around 5000 feet. There might have been some weak wave helping them get there.

A good time was had by all, and I recommend taking advantage of Walter’s willingness to tow us during the winter months. It’s really been great fun.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Evolution of a lesson

The Air Safety Institute is the division of the AOPA Foundation responsible for "continuing education" for pilots.  They maintain a library of online interactive courses that are very slick and probably expensive to develop.  Each week, the online AOPA newsletter promotes one of them, and this week it was "Mountain Flying," one of the ASI's earlier offerings.  We have seen it before.

When it first came out, the page illustrating mountain waves was quite horrible, and we criticized it:

Fortunately, that didn't last long. A few months after its original publication, the course was updated and greatly improved, although it still wasn't perfect:

Finally, the third version came out, and it's pretty good.  Can you spot the difference between this image and the previous one?

Yes, there is still a fair amount to criticize here, but this is probably the limit of what a typical airplane driver needs to understand about mountain waves. After all, the target audience of the Air Safety Institute seems to be airplane pilots, exclusively.

Which is a shame, since the pilots of gliders, helicopters, ultralights, and balloons probably could also use some well-made refresher courses on safety.

P.S. You should join AOPA.