Thursday, September 3, 2015

Belated acknowledgements

PMSC News has fallen behind on the reporting of flying activities, due to the consequences of recent travels of the editor (that sounds better than "due to negligence," doesn't it?)

Anyway, here are overdue congratulations to Bill O'Donnell for his first solo in a glider! This took place last Sunday, and for reasons unknown, nobody took a picture.  Feel free to ask Bill how long it has been since his first solo in an airplane.

And the day before, we had a first solo in a glider by John Gary, and the first flight in the 304 by Sue Tholen.  Again, no pictures, alas.  Congratulations to both. Sue went up in PM to look for John, who had disappeared somewhere in the Blanik.  John finally landed after 40 minutes, during a period when no one else was staying in the air.

Finally, the accomplishment by Dan MacMonagle of flying cross-country on three consecutive mediocre days for a total of 500 km deserves a huzzah!

The editor promises to be less negligent in the future.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

First Solo

Congratulations to Willy Barnes for his first solo yesterday!




And big thanks to John Gary for issuing Willy's Student Pilot Certificate earlier in the day!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Off Time

And here is what Rich does in his off time:

http://www.hereinhanover.com/2015/08/21/83254/in-this-issue-fall-2015


Article starts on page 83.

-tim

Drones are Cool

Here's what Greg does in his off time:


https://youtu.be/vIfonfq-Csg



- tim

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Postcards from Lithuania

9 Wilgas waiting for the Director to say "go."

49 sailplanes waiting for the Wilgas

18 Blaniks waiting for permission to fly

6 AN-2s waiting for whatever
A dozen crews waiting for their pilots

Diverted Flight

My flight on Saturday was diverted (not a land-out) because of weather.  There was a thunderstorm over Post Mills Airport so I landed at Smith Field in Lyme.  Both 2-legged and 4-legged natives were friendly.   Here is Terry (2-legged) helping to load up the glider with the others (4-legged) wishing they could help too.


Thanks Dan for coming to get me and Evan for towing (I guess).

Tim

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sign of the Times

Nice work, by Anne Cavagnaro.  Thanks Anne!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Soar Vermont

A new organization, called Soar Vermont has been formed.  It consists of the four gliding operations in the state, and its purpose is to collaborate with two other organizations, the CAP and the Vermont State Aviation Program* for the purpose of helping glider pilots to become flight instructors.

The Soar Vermont leadership consists of (from north to south), Don Post, Rick Hanson, Rick Sheppe, and Walter Striedieck.

This fall, the State will spend some of its treasure on a formal training encampment for CFI applicants.  Sketchy details are available on the Soar Vermont website, which should become more informative over the course of the summer.

So far, Evan, Moshe, Bill, Keith, Lane, Sue, and ALaw have expressed interest in getting their CFI-Glider ratings.  Here's hoping they all do!

All of this is thanks to the enlightened thinking of our Designated Examiner, Bill Stinson, and the Vermont Aviation Program Administrator, Guy Rouelle.

*For some reason, it's a "Program," not a "Commission." There's probably a story there.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekend report June 20 - 21

Well it was only half a weekend.

Saturday weather was nice, but unsettled.  We had a couple of soarable periods separated by doldrums.  We tried hard however, Dan (EA), Evan (T8), Henry (3BA), and Willie (3BA) all flew twice, and Tom (2W) tried it three times.  In all cases the lift was weak and low, and nobody got out of gliding range of home.

Karl (3J) and Skip (JS) made good local flights, but the winner of the day was Tim (AT) who stayed aloft for a couple of hours, nobody quite sure how.

Steve requalified in the back seat of the Blanik, and Dennis experienced his first round trip trailer/staging/trailer day.  All in all, it was a fun day of local flying, with 16 total flights, all of which were towed by Andy.

We celebrated the summer solstice with the first organized cookout of the season, attended by
Andrew, Andy, Dakai, Dan, Evan, Judy, Karl, Lane, Laurie, Mary, Mike, Peter, Petey, Rick, Skip, SonnyTom
and we had plenty of good food, drink, and stories to ring in the new season.  The entertainment was provided by Dan, whose automotive systems demonstration act still needs a bit of work.

Evan brought his wide-angle lens (click to enlarge):


We were rained out on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Picnic weather

Every once in a while you get a day that is so beautiful that it doesn't even matter that the soaring is actually quite difficult.

It was sunny and warm all day today, with light winds and nothing but blue skies from now on.

Despite this, the air was marginally unstable, and the thermals were completely unpredictable. Nevertheless, Dennis (DC), Jim (US), Tim (AT), Doug (3BA), and Dan (EA) gave it a shot.  The results were some long struggles, low saves, and nobody getting more than about 6 miles from home.

We call this "picnic weather."  Nobody in his right mind would complain about this weather.

But glider pilots aren't in their right minds, at least not immediately after landing on a day like this. After grumbling for a few minutes about the struggly soaring conditions, we all realized that we had just shared in the enjoyment of a beautiful day in a beautiful place.