Friday, February 24, 2012

Winter Soaring

I had a nice flight in Springfield VT with Walter in his PW-6 on President's Day. Walter is in his new hangar and both the Pawnee and PW-6 are always ready to go. It only takes him about 10 minutes to have both of them ready to fly.

Dr. Jack had predicted weak thermals to less than 3,000 but we found wavy thermals or thermally wave to 6000 feet. The lift was quite strong at times and I briefly saw 7.5 kts on the averager. Wind at altitude I guess was around 20 kts. We stayed up for about 2.5 hours.

Okemo Mountain is only 12 miles from the airport so I think there is often wave lift when the wind is blowing (which is most days this time of year). There is also the possibility of thermal and ridge lift. Walter is willing and able to tow, so I am planning to fly the 304 down there a few days before the flying starts at Post Mills. Anyone else interested? We could take the 1-23 and/or Blanik too.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Don't Let This Happen to You - X

Lac Memphremagog - Feb. 19, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Not slacking

Tony (7H) made his fifth flight of the season yesterday. 194km, not bad!

But it doesn't count as a Slacker flight if you're retired.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Post will be milling

This reminds me of my VCR user's manual.


As usual, the highlight of the Annual General Meeting of the Post Mills Soaring Club was the homemade breakfast we enjoyed before the meeting started. Thank you, Judy and Andy, for feeding this year's attendees:
Andrew, Andy, Andy, Andy, Bill, Christina, Christopher, Diane, Ella, Emma, Jane, Judy, Kevin, Lynne, Marsha, Mike, Moshe, Nancy, Paul, Penny, Rich, Rick, Skip, Sonny, Steve, Sue, Sue, Thomas, Tim, Tom, Zach
It was a good turnout. You should have been there, Evan.

After breakfast, a subset of the horde listed above took care of business. We discussed the towplane, finances, officers, membership, the fleet, the airport, our new website, encampments, the upcoming FIRC, and safety matters. Decisions will show up in the minutes, in due course.

The hours of daylight are getting noticeably longer.The AGM seems to mark the boundary between seasons. Spring fever has replaced cabin fever, finally.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Name That Club Member

And location.

MWSA Patch

The Mount Washington Soaring Association has a new embroidered patch.

To buy one, click on
Buy Now and enter your mailing address on the PayPal form. A PayPal account isn't necessary if you have a credit card.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

New PMSC website

Our club website, which has been growing simultaneously stale and difficult to maintain, has finally been tossed overboard.

The new website (at the same url as the old one) went live a few days ago, after a lot of work by Andy. You should thank him for his efforts, make suggestions, and help him with content.

Reminder: all official club information, including rosters, documents, and schedules, are on the club website. Nothing on PMSC News is official.

The club website will become more useful as time goes on. This one will stay about the same.

Convention floor


Breakfast turnover

A different crowd every week.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Glider pilot optimism

Australians are optimistic, especially the ones who fly gliders. Following a miserable forecast at Narromine, they moved their national championships to Tocumwal, a six hour trip by car. After only four days' notice the entire crowd (probably in excess of 100 people) was ready to start racing today. This morning they were greeted with this:

It must be difficult to remain optimistic, even for the Aussies!

This reminds me of an experience I had once.