Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jan Kratochvil for getting his Glider add-on to his Flight Instructor certificate and to Eric McNett for getting his Glider Private Pilot certificate this weekend!
Also to Rob Montgomery for his earlier CFI-G and the many solos and accomplishments of other club members.  We had a great season, and although we had a few ‘learning moments’ we had no significant safety incidents and no damage to any gliders.   Some of us even found some lift (chasing Eric is usually a good bet…).  Thanks to everyone who helped and looking forward to a great 2018.

Oct 28-29 Schedule

2017 Soaring Season has ENDED!

The winds forecasted for Sunday/Monday (and bleak forecast for next weekend) helped make the decision to put gliders away Saturday afternoon.  Will be disassembling the HP-14 today around 10am but all are safely indoors.
Stay tuned for winter ground school classes and other events!

Oct 21-22 Schedule

As usual, anyone looking for training or endorsements, please try to do so early or late to leave mid-day more open for those who want to thermal.  We also have two people who will be trying to get their checkride test prep requirements done this weekend and take their tests next weekend!

Volunteers for Saturday, Oct  21 — start time 10:30am
Tow Pilot – Bill Swartz
Instructor – Sue Tholen / Rob Montgomery
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) –  Jan Kratochvil / John Gary (after noon)


Volunteers for Sunday, Oct  22– start time 10:30am
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Sue Tholen / John Gary (after noon)
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) –  Cindy Daigle

Oct 14-15 Schedule UPDATE

SUNDAY CANCELED
Sunday’s winds are not only going to be rather strong but also gusty and almost all crosswind, so not safe to fly.  Sorry, but very happy for those of us who braved the bleak forecast Saturday since both the clouds and the lift were much better than expected!

Volunteers for Saturday, Oct 14 — start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – Sue Tholen
Instructor – John Gary
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) –  Cindy Daigle


Volunteers for Sunday, Oct 15– start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – John Gary
Instructor – Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) –  Tom Dundzila

Sep 30-Oct 1

Finally, the fall weather is back!  Unfortunately the rain came too…

Volunteers for Saturday, Sep 30 — CANCELED DUE TO RAIN!!!

Volunteers for Sunday, Sep 30 — start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – Sue Tholen
Instructor – Bill Swartz
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) –  Cindy Daigle

Latest News

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!

 

 

Sep 23-24th Schedule

Please note that on both days we will have club members taking check rides for their Glider Certificates, so they will get priority for tows and also for access to the 2-33.
In addition, on Saturday after noon Sue will be towing and unable to instruct so anyone needing an instructor should try to fly Sunday instead of Saturday if possible (Saturday some dual flights may be possible depending on timing details, but no guarantees!).  There is also a Young Eagles rally at KSFM on Saturday so there will be a LOT of activity and we all need to be extra vigilant.

Volunteers for Saturday, Sep 23 — start time 11:30am
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery / Sue Tholen
Instructor –  Sue Tholen
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Cindy Daigle

Volunteers for Sunday, Sep 24 — start time 10:30am
Tow Pilot – John Gary
Instructor – Sue Tholen  / Rob Montgomery
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Cindy Daigle

Welcome

Welcome to our newest member Michael Moore (who also, by the way,  contributed some of our latest new photos!), and our newest glider – an hp14 shared by Sue and John and Rob.  Check out the photo gallery page for some updated images.

Sep 16-17 Schedule

Hoping for thermals like last weekend!

Volunteers for Saturday, Sep 16 — start time 10:00am
Tow Pilot – Bill Swartz
Instructor – John Gary AM / Sue Tholen PM
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Rob Montgomery

Volunteers for Sunday, Sep 17 — start time 11:00am
Tow Pilot – James Stickney
Instructor – Sue Tholen AM / John Gary PM
Safety Officer (Wing Runner) – Cindy Daigle