July 29-30 Weekend Schedule

Looks like gorgeous weather!  Time to build hours for the check ride…?

Volunteers for Saturday, July 29 — start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – Bill Swartz
Instructor – Sue Tholen/John Gary
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – James Stickney

Volunteers for Sunday, July 23 — start time NOON
Tow Pilot –Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Bill Swartz/Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Cindy Daigle

Exciting News!

This past weekend we hit a LOT of major milestones for the club.  Three, yes 11 (for those who prefer binary), members performed their first solo glider flight.  Two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Tom Dundzila was the first brave soul to go it alone, after yet a few more ‘surprises’ we subjected him to in order to make sure he was feeling well rehearsed for anything and everything.  Then he was followed in short order by Dave Caswell, who wanted in on the post-solo water ceremony!  (Check out the photo gallery page)

Both Tom and Dave are airplane pilots who have learned that engines aren’t really as important as Lycoming makes them out to be.

Not to be outdone by those more senior and more aviation-savvy, Kegan Messmer – who just turned 15 – also soloed on Sunday.  And this was his first solo in anything, not just gliders.  No airplanes, no cars,… well maybe a bicycle.

It was a very proud moment for all of us who helped make this happen, and extra special that Kegan had his dad Mike as his wing-runner!

July 22-23 Schedule

 

Volunteers for Saturday, July 22 — start time 10:00am
Tow Pilot – Bill Swartz
Instructor – Sue Tholen/John Gary
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Tom Dundzila

Volunteers for Sunday, July 23 — start time NOON
Tow Pilot –John Gary
Instructor – Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Cindy Daigle

Great Youtube on Thermaling

I’ve mentioned this to a few of our members, but for those who haven’t seen it yet this is a fairly good video discussing thermaling techniques!

July 15-16 Schedule

Weather looks better for Sunday, but might be good enough for some lower altitude flights and training on Saturday, though both ceiling and timing are looking hard to predict.

Volunteers for Saturday, July 15 — start time 10:00am-ish
Tow Pilot – Sue Tholen
Instructor – John Gary
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Cindy Daigle

Volunteers for Sunday, July 16 — start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – TBD

July 8/9 Soaring Schedule – UPDATE

Saturday’s thunderstorms are getting too close for comfort and clouds are starting to blanket the airport now, so NO soaring planned at this point (12:45pm).  Sorry.  Tomorrow looks better!

Volunteers for Sunday, July 9 — start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – TBD