Due to current events, we’re a little overdue. But, we’re finally able to start flying! Oh, boy!
But, there are a few changes that we need to be ready for:
At this time, we’re unable to offer any one-day memberships. The goal is to keep the ‘circle’ reasonably small. This will not be a year of numerical growth for Sanford Soaring.
Instead of the usual ‘free for all’, club gliders and instructors will be available by appointment. Members should look for information in their email about how to schedule.
To ensure that we operate safely, we need to make sure that we follow best practices regarding the Coronavirus. We’re currently finalizing our “COVID Policy”, and it will be published here shortly (before this Saturday).
Weather permitting, Saturday will involve checkouts for instructors and other certificated glider pilots. And, on Sunday we start full scale operations… well… as full scale as we can reasonably and legally be.
Many of you seem to prefer getting emails each week with the plans for the weekend (or weekdays in some cases), so instead of trying to use both email AND update the website we are going to try using just emails.
If your email is NOT in the Sanford soaring google group and you are not already getting emails from Cindy, please add yourself to that group or let us know which email(s) to use and we’ll get you on the list.
We’ll also explore texting apps in the future for those who prefer that, but it will take some time and effort to make that work and be an efficient choice overall.
We have Google Group called “Sanford Soaring Club”. If you are not a member yet, please go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sanfordsoaring and Apply for Membership. If you are a member, please check your membership info and update your name and remove duplicate or old emails. This is the primary list of information sharing so it is important to keep it up to date.
Cool and overcast so not expecting any thermals. Perfect for students wanting more flights than soaring time, though… We also have a couple of new prospective members arriving at 10 for intro flights so we will plan to be operating for any other students or those not in need of sunshine by 11 am or so.
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery Instructor – Sue Tholen Safety Officer/Wing Runner – Cindy Daigle
Sanford Soaring Opening This Weekend! May 4th & 5th. ?
Saturday, May 4
Start time 12:00am
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Sue Tholen – Assisting Dave Caswell and
Safety Officer – Dave Caswell
Wing Runner – Russell
Sunday, May 5 – Students Only – By Appointment (Low Ceilings – not good for soaring)
Start time 12:00pm (Depending on WX) Low ceilings
Tow Pilot – Rob Montgomery
Instructor – Sue Tholen – Assisting Cindy Daigle
Safety Officer – Cindy Daigle
Wing Runner – ?
Please let me know your availability this
weekend. We need to more folks for both Sat and Sun to give Rob and Sue a
break. If any other Tow Pilots, Instructors or Commercial Glider Pilots
are available, please send me an email. ?
Also, it would be helpful if student pilots looking for training could send me
an email letting know if your coming and which days.
Let’s hope the weather is good and we can start the
Sorry, but the repairs slated for Saturday didn’t happen due to the ferocious winds. We’ll be trying again Sunday morning. If successful, we may be able to do some flying in the afternoon. Wish we could be more certain, but hopefully next weekend will be better!
Meeting for club officers and anyone else who wants to attend Saturday, April 20 at 10am.
For those who cannot attend, please read through documents which have been and will be sent out, send topics, issues, votes and opinions via email, and
Since rain will likely make all of the 4/20-4/21 weekend un-flyable, we will target 4/27 as a shake-out problems day, finalize checks on gliders, and get tow pilots and instructors some recurrency flights. 4/28 would be the earliest date for ‘opening’ day. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.
The fall weather has been pretty dismal for soaring overall, but we’ll try to get one last shot in and then disassemble this weekend.
Saturday is a no-go for weather reasons, but if we get a dry period for part of the day will try to disassemble Ruby so that there’s less to do on Sunday.
Sunday – if the forecast remains good, we will plan to operate (2-33, plus Eric and Michael if they want tows) from 10:30-2:30(ish), but please let Sue know who’s coming for timing/planning purposes.
No later than 3pm (don’t forget the time change so it will be more like 4pm in sunlight and temperature) we will try to have the 2-33 repositioned to the northeast side of the airport and start disassembly/storage.