Opening Weekend for 2018!

Yes, it’s finally here – the start of the soaring season at Sanford!

Saturday, May 26 (Start time 10am)

Tow Pilot = Sue Tholen and Bill Swartz (may swap back and forth)
Instructor = Sue Tholen and Bill Swartz (ditto)
Wing Runner (Safety Officer) =  Dave Caswell
Duty Officer = TBD

Sunday, May 27 (Start time TBD)

Tow Pilot = Sue Tholen and Bill Swartz (may swap back and forth)
Instructor = Sue Tholen and Bill Swartz (ditto)
Wing Runner (Safety Officer) =  Michael Moore
Duty Officer = TBD

Monday, May 28 – TBD whether we’ll be soaring or not

Glider Assembly (and Tow Plane too!)

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!

May 19-20 Schedule

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!

May 12-13 Schedule

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!)

May 6th schedule

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.


2018 Club Meeting May 5

We’ll be holding our annual safety and organizational meeting Saturday, May 5 at 11am at the airport.  Since hoping to maybe do some assembling of gliders after, if weather is bad stay tuned for a switch to May 6 as rain date possibly…

We’d like everyone to come if possible, but for those who can’t we’ll try to cover the new policies and topics via email and on your first day of soaring.

The biggest changes will be around procedures due to the number of gliders.  Last spring we had 2 gliders, so relatively easy to coordinate.  This spring we have FIVE.  That’s a lot of ships with long wings all maneuvering in a small space on the ground and sometimes in the air too.

There are also a few people who haven’t picked up the t-shirts they ordered so that will be a perfect time to get those.  Hope to see you then!


Soaring Season Start for 2018

May 1 tow plane update:
Despite an untimely compressor failure and consequent paint runs, the fuselage is now painted and the new paint scheme is very nice!   Still need to paint the tail feathers and reassemble, plus put the wings back on (I’ve heard those are pretty important) and everything else like seats and rudder cables and wheels.  Then re-weigh, finish the annual inspection, test fly,…  Crossing our fingers to get it done and flying asap now that warm weather has finally arrived.  Stay tuned.




Spring has (almost) sprung!

The 2018 soaring season will be upon us before we know it.    Rob has done a great job with the winter ground school sessions!

A few things to keep in mind :
1 – the insurance quote is in and is unchanged from last year so annual dues will again be $450, and barring gas price hikes tow fees will remain the same as well; the insurance does cover premises liability for all club members
2 – the town is now charging $20/month ‘tie-down’ fee for parked gliders
3 – we will want to have a safety meeting and rethink some of our plans and policies after last season’s learnings; plan for a mandatory spring meeting and annual signoff to kick off the season
4 – after the glider assembly session we’ll be looking for volunteers to polish wings, fix seat latch mechanisms, etc.
5 – we’ll probably start the season with the same officers just to get things rolling but anyone who wants to volunteer for scheduling, maintenance officer, etc. we will appreciate any help



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!