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

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 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.




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

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

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