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It’s been an eventful September.  This past weekend was especially busy (and stiflingly hot) but very productive:

Congratulations to Rob Montgomery who passed his check ride for commercial glider pilot and hours later his flight instructor glider check ride!

We also gained a new member, Jan Kratochvil (pronounced ‘Yon’ – he’s Swiss), who also passed his commercial glider check ride after Rob softened up the examiner.   With this, Jan will be able to help out as an ‘unofficial instructor’ for those who need or want some pointers, someone to fly with, etc. but don’t need the time (to count toward their required dual instruction time).

Eric McNett assembled and flew his new Cirrus glider also, and managed to stay aloft for nearly 2 hours on the no-lift Sunday when most of us were getting sleigh rides down.    Superior glider, or superior thermaling skills?

Just a note about the glider examiner.  There’s only one in this region and he lives in northern Vermont so it’s quite a drive for him to come to us.  As others get close to their check rides, if we can group two people together in a day or a weekend that might help convince him to make the drive.  I know we have one or two others getting close… maybe we can get a couple more glider certificates this seasons still.

Thanks to everyone who helped out in numerous ways to help each other fly!