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 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.
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.
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!
Welcome to 2 new members, Larry Barnes and Eric McNett, who both have backgrounds in hang gliding (among other things). With that experience, they’ll probably be showing us all a thing or two about how to find a thermal! Let’s just hope they don’t try to put the glider up on Mount Hope and try to take off with a running start… 🙂
This past weekend we hit a LOT of major milestones for the club. Three, yes 11 (for those who prefer binary), members performed their first solo glider flight. Two on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Tom Dundzila was the first brave soul to go it alone, after yet a few more ‘surprises’ we subjected him to in order to make sure he was feeling well rehearsed for anything and everything. Then he was followed in short order by Dave Caswell, who wanted in on the post-solo water ceremony! (Check out the photo gallery page)
Both Tom and Dave are airplane pilots who have learned that engines aren’t really as important as Lycoming makes them out to be.
Not to be outdone by those more senior and more aviation-savvy, Kegan Messmer – who just turned 15 – also soloed on Sunday. And this was his first solo in anything, not just gliders. No airplanes, no cars,… well maybe a bicycle.
It was a very proud moment for all of us who helped make this happen, and extra special that Kegan had his dad Mike as his wing-runner!
Thanks to Dave Caswell for mowing around the glider setup area and hopefully convincing all the ticks to go somewhere else!
And to John for building a better rudder gust lock for Ruby and creating a new mirror mounting system for the tow plane that just might make it possible to see the wing runner.
Thanks to our amazing videographer and photographer, Jim Harrison, we have a couple of videos out on youtube. The best is yet to come as he’s still editing one flight with some great lift and awesome clouds. Check it out!