Looks like some good lift this weekend! Lots of instruction needed, though, so probably a wait for the 2-33… please be patient!
Sunday, June 3 Start time 10am
Tow Pilot – Sue Tholen
Instructor – Rob Montgomery
Wing Runner – Bill Swartz
Duty Officer – Michael Moore
Sunday, May 27 – YES, we’ll be flying (10am start time)
Not expecting thermals, but if the ceiling holds, good for training flights and checkouts. Come on down!
Tow pilot – Mark Stevens
Instructor – Bill Swartz
Wing runner -and Duty Officer – Sue Tholen
Monday, May 28 – no soaring
Volunteers – Please let me know your availability for upcoming weekends and I’ll try to set up schedules a few weeks out.
Thanks to the volunteers who showed up to help on Sunday 5/13!
For the low price of a few of us having sore shoulders to hold the wing, the wings are now back on the tow plane. Still not all connected up, but at least looking like an airplane! Might be another weekend before flying status, but we’ll do what we can to make it happen asap.
It was also a successful day of assembling gliders…
with the eagle-eye award going to Russell for finding the (well-concealed but right-where-they-were-supposed-to-be) bolts for the 1-26! Both gliders are assembled and annual inspection complete, though the 1-26 needs one new bolt ordered, its tire inflated, and the seat back fixed. And a nice polishing job on the wings would be nice too…
P.S. The volunteers will get to be first in line for being towed!
So it’s looking like Memorial Day weekend will be ‘opening weekend’ for the soaring club. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.
As of 5pm Saturday, the tow plane is all done except for a few electrical hookups, tracking (wheel shims), and weight/balance plus final inspection. Who knew hooking up two wing fuel lines could take 8 hours?
Rich, our A&P/IA, will likely be at the airport Sunday morning to sign off the glider logbooks and do the remaining inspection work. Hopefully no surprises, so if true and weather clears we may do the test flight Sunday afternoon and be ready to rock and roll next weekend!
Pending weather updates, current plan is to assemble on Saturday, May 12 . We’ll also need to walk the gliders over to the tiedown area and finish up the last annual inspection items (mostly wheel bearings) and paperwork so currently thinking of reserving Sunday for overflow work, plus Sunday might be good for members who want to work with our mechanic to inspect their own gliders. Haven’t confirmed his availability yet but will touch base later in the week as the weekend gets closer.
Current plan is to start 9-10am Saturday. Looking for a handful of volunteers!
(meanwhile, Sue and Bill will be trying valiantly to get the tow plane also assembled and ready for weight/balance and final inspection!)
Saturday’s assembly plans were modified due to the high winds but we made good progress on inspection items with our mechanic and have a few items to address. Rob Montgomery will lead the team today (Sunday 5/6) working on those and would welcome any help. With the showery forecast we may or may not assemble but need to wash Ruby, grease wheel bearings,.. Lots to do!
Thanks for the good meeting yesterday, will get notes and email sent out about that soon. Hopefully will finish assembly and setup next weekend and be soaring soon.