Jan 202012

Robert McCoy shared this today:

Dear Pilots, Jim said experience taught him not to fly gliders below 40 degrees. Today was sunny, no wind and I thought hand launching would keep me warm. After 6 throws my hands were numb. The wind chill temp is shown on my Kestrel picture. Jim is right. But maybe with hand Warmer’s——, and there is always supposed to be lift.

Aug 102011

First, Newt & I want to thank everyone who attended. The order of business was
FUN and fun we had. Including Newt & myself we had a total of (12) sailplane
pilots attend. This was better than we expected. Our plan was to fly two
sessions, an AM LADDER, break for lunch and fly a 3 minute, 5 minute and 7
minute thermal duration PM session. We had two hi-starts and the club winch set

AM EVENT. Here are the results. We started with a 2 minute duration , then 3
minutes all the way to 8 minutes with one minute intervals. It included a
landing circle (we had two set-up).

8 MINUTES – Tony G. 7 MINUTES – Pete & Gerald. 6 MINUTES – John. 5 MINUTES –
Charlie, Newt & Chris. 4 MINUTES – Bill. 3 MINUTES – Walt & Mike. Steve brough
out a sailplane he had in storage for twenty plus years. He got the ship trimmed
out after the first flight and enjoyed some more flights. I was busy doing some
club PR work with a couple who stopped to watch. Turns out the fellow flew some
time ago, we got talking about the older vintage sailplanes. I hope he stops
back and joins our club. I did manage to get two flights in. The first one was
short of the first two minute task. My second flight I found outstanding lift
and decided to just fly. Best flight I have had all season.

It was hot, very hot! We broke for lunch. Some had afternoon commitments, some
airplane problemsm and the heat was getting to some, me included. I got in two
more flights and packed it in.

We never did the PM thermal duration. Everyone enjoyed the LADDER event.

Because of the success, Newt & I are planning a late fall FUN SOAR. We are
looking at late September or early October.

Over the past several weeks we have had a strong steady sailplane croud on the
weekends. Some are coming out on Saturday morning and some on Sunday. Please
join us. The group is growing and we want to continue the trend and build it up.
Our first of two new hi-starts works great, we will have the second up and
running soon.

We will be doing informal get togethers along with our usual weekend flying
before the next FUN SOAR and pick what we want to do, LADDER, THERMAL DURATION,
etc. If you missed this one, please stop out and join us.

A special thank you to Andrew for helping us set up. We really appreciated your
help. Hope to see you soon with a sailplane.

Good lift,

Newt & Jim

Jul 052011

Open to all current SKSS members and their guests with a 2011 AMA License. Enjoy a day of fun thermal soaring. Winch or Hi Start launching. No motors for this event.

Flying is open to all classes of thermal sailplanes. You don’t have to have a full house, state of the art, molded sailplane to participate. Dust off that old film covered bag of sticks and get it back in the air.

In the simple Planned Events we will divide into two groups for results keeping. One group will be RES (rudder, elevator and spoilers or just rudder and elevator) and the other group will have no restrictions on flight surface controls.

You can pick what event(s) you want to fly and choose as many as you have time for. Fly as many different types of sailplanes as you want. If you do not choose to fly in a Planned Event, the winch and hi-start will be open. There will be no FEE. The order of business is FUN!

Pilots Meeting at 9:30 AM and the first launch at 10 AM.


Climb the Ladder (See attached sheet for explanation). 10 AM to 12 NOON Cut-off, fixed time period).
Thermal Duration (Tasks for time and landing to be announced at Pilots Meeting). Three rounds starting at 12:45 PM.

To help with the planning, if you plan to attend, please post a reply on the SKSS Yahoo Groups with the type of Sailplane(s) you plan to bring.

Bring a lunch and come on out for some “back to basics” glider flying. Or, just come on out and watch!