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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Good deal John. I guess when I was on that site I didn't think about buying a roll that is just twice what we need, but it should all fit on our winch drum. The Mystique RES does look good. Just need money, right. Did a bit of snooping on the web and the full house Mystique wing will also fit on the RES version. Hmm. It also looks like you can pull the prop, tape over the spinner to smooth things out, and winch launch the bugger. Seems like a lot of flexibility built into this thing if a guy wants some variety in his sailplane experiences.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Will anyone be going out to the field tomorrow or Sunday?

Onward and Upward.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Not sure which day yet. May depend on when John brings out the Spirit Elite for towing. Did he tell you that he had a stripped aileron servo the last time you towed him? That's probably why things got so out of shape.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

I am planning on bringing the hots and the uproar probably sunday. I am not sure how much rain we got yesterday at the field. we got a fair amount on the south end of Montrose last night so I don't know how the road is. Anyone got any info?
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

I am planning on being at the field Sunday,hope to see some of you.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Thermal activity was pretty good until about 3:00 then nothing. At around 4:00 it started up again. A decent sailplane flying day. I think as the weather cools off the locations that have been generating the most lift may stop doing so. O' at sometime shortly after 3:00 I was able to milk small thermals coming off the cabana roofs. Seriously, John witnessed it.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

the challenge and enjoyment of flying sailplanes is searching and finding enough lift to keep it in the air. There are times when thermal activity is very active and hitting a thermal that can keep you airborne for 30 min. or longer is no problem. Those are the days we think we have it all figured out, and have the perfect plane. Unfourtunaly those are more the exception than the rule. We did hit a few decent thermals Sunday,but took lots of flights and looking. I got a reak kick out of watching Jim F. keep his aspire sailplane aloft by milking the low level lift off the cabbanas. This was all low level flying in a fairly tight circle. That was really adapting to the situation. Good stuff!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

The winch was sorted out on Saturday, and it is working just fine. The only problem appears to be that abrasion has taken its toll on the line. John and I both pulled off launches after a few years of not using the winch. Two tips for sailplane folks. (1) Make sure that you have plenty of tension on the winch line and you throw the glider just in case. The line broke on John and he did not have enough speed to glide safely to a landing. (2) Before launching remember to make sure your receiver is turned on. My "landing" was a bit hard with no elevator travel! Dumb. Have to repair a fuselage that is snapped off just in front of the horizontal stab.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

.Jim F. and I both watched the weather forcast this mourning predicting windy conditions. Meet at 11am at a small ridge close to sunset mesa. I have been wanting to try this site for sometime. The wind was out of the S X SW. Unfortunally the slope face W. We couldn't make it work. We loaded up and headed to a slope off the W end of Flat top, but much lower than the top of flattop. We launched our slopers and both of us got pretty decent flights. We went for a 2nd flight but by then the wind was .way too strong.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Would anyone like an aero-tow, this Saturday? I'll be out with the Telemaster.

Onward and Upward.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

With the additional moisture we just received access to the field is once again iffy. I may make it out somewhere to fly on Saturday, but guarantee it will be fairly late. Don't have the Aspire repaired yet, I will have to fly the electric one. Supposed to be some wind on Sunday so it may be a good day to get a bit of slope flying in before the wind chill gets unbearable. NWS forecast is for SSW winds up to 20 mph which sounds like good conditions for Smith Mountain. Randy, maybe you can talk John into aerotowing off the soccer fields at Orchard City.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Pilatuspc12 would love to aerotow Sat.,other than I will be elk hunting. Thanks for the kind offer. Hows the Jester project going?
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

See road access information on flying field conditions thread. May want to call the other glider guy, Mike Balas. Phone number will be under members only forum.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Sounds good John, I'll be at the Olathe field tomorrow, what time will you be out there?

Onward and Upward.
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Sailplane Talk; All things thermal and slope

Check out the post from Bob H. under "Flying at the Field". Bob has the glider dolly and if someone wants it they need to PM Bob. He is going to fix the nose wheel in place but says it can be easily be undone.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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