Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Another first

Here's a picture of Chris taking off without the loquacious guy in the back seat:

Congratulations, Chris, on your first solo in a winged aircraft!

Saturday, August 11, 2018


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Dog Days

It was so hot today that we didn't mind the impromptu shower occasioned by David's first solo.  Congratulations David!!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Briefing Room

Who's the confused-looking guy in the lower right corner?


Which aircraft has the greater bank angle?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summertime, and the living is easy

Happy Solstice!

Today is the longest day of the year, but it isn't the day with the latest sunset.  That day will be Wednesday, June 27.  The sunset will occur on that day at 8:36pm, almost two minutes later than today.  Tonight will last only 8 hours and 32 minutes.

And Happy Birthday to the Solstice Babies: Lane, Andy, Tony, and Sherry!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mt. Washington Wave Flight

Dan (EA) and I (BU) had surprisingly good wave flights last Saturday.  The forecast was for strong northwest winds but the boundary layer (top of thermals) was forecasted to go up to about 7,500 ft.  The top of the boundary layer is the dividing line between unstable and stable air.   For wave you normally want stable air at the top of the mountains so we were not sure if we would find any.

Thermaling and ridge soaring to get to Mt. Washington was fairly straight forward.  Then Dan dropped back to the Carters and found wave over the Wildcat parking lot so I followed.  We enjoyed nice strong lift sometimes over 6 kts up to Class A airspace (18,000').

Dan at 17,742' still climbing at 2.7 kts
You would think from 18,000' the trip home would be a piece-of-cake but with the strong headwind and abundant sink Dan just squeaked it into PM.  I stopped to pick up extra altitude at the Mt. Lafayette wave.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Weekend report June 2 - 3

We didn't fly on Saturday due to wind and projects.  Dennis spent the day compounding the 304, and Rick worked on the golf cart trailer.  Belated congratulations to Dennis for getting his Gold Distance/Diamond Goal flight approved by SSA!

We made up for lost opportunities on Sunday, with thirteen eventful flights.  Skip (JS), Moshe (RU), Karl (HK), Peter (67), Doug (3BA), and Dennis (DC) flew locally in conditions that improved as the day went on.  Late in the day, Kari joined them, with his first flight in the 304.  David is getting the hang of the 2-33, climbing almost 3000 feet from pattern altitude.

Meanwhile, Evan (T8), Tim (BU), and Greg (JD) went up to Twin Mountain and back in a flight of three.  Greg reported that it isn't quite as easy to go to the White Mountains when the top of lift is only 4500 feet.  It isn't as easy getting back, either.  Here is Evan almost landing at Dean, after his high point at Mount Lafayette:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Weekend report May 26 - 28

Thanks to a good volunteer effort, we were able to squeeze a three-day weekend into one day of flying.

The weather was disappointing for the first two days, but on Monday Tim made 15 tows, Evan made 9 instructional flights, and Dennis manned the golf cart all day.  The beneficiaries were the students, David, Nathan, and especially Kim, who had five lessons.

Meanwhile, Kari flew the Blanik solo, in preparation for his transition to the 304.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A couple of weak days

Sometimes weekday operations don't pan out as expected.  We gave it a shot Thursday and Friday this week.

On Thursday, we had a nice airmass, but the day started with a discouraging amount of altostratus.  Karl, Dennis, Peter, and Rick took their time waiting for heating to start.  Karl showed off his new ID (KH) which is now displayed on his fin and trailer.  Eventually, the sky cleared and trigger temperature was reached.  Karl took off first and stayed in the air for about an hour.  Dennis (DC) crawled up to 5700 feet once and spent the rest of his 90 minute flight practicing low saves. Peter, who is getting really good at unassisted takeoffs, flew the 2-33 while thinking about getting a flight recorder.

There was only one slacker on Friday, Tim.  He and his guest took a wave tow in the Blanik (3BA), but didn't connect.  They had a nice flight in thermals and were able to reach their tow height a couple of times.

Thanks, Karl for fixing the green golf cart again.  It's running like a switch watch.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Weekend report May 19 - 20

The weather was nice for ballooning on Saturday, which ruled out soaring for the day.  Sunday's weather precluded flying in all categories.  A Slacker Day was called on Monday, but that fizzled out, too.

The only event of note was Dan's (EA) flight from GBSC that ended up in a field somewhere in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Weekend report May 12 - 13

The forecast for Saturday was "first half cloudy, second half drizzly." In reality it was "first half clear, second half cloudy."

A good collection of members showed up, including Thomas (yay, Thomas, come back soon!). But it turned out that most them came to drop off their parachutes for repacking. The only person serious about flying was David, who was able to get four lessons, including one of most of an hour in duration.

David returned on Sunday, to better weather, and had another soaring flight. The tow was "interesting" (he might tell you the story if you ask), but the rest of the flight was quite enjoyable. He is making terrific progress, due to his enthusiasm and willingness to show up at every opportunity.

Also on Sunday, Skip (JS), Don, and Henry made local flights while Mark (HG), Tim (BU), Moshe (RU), Greg (JD), and Evan (T8) all headed for Mount Washington. At the end of the day we had only two retrieves to do.