Saturday turned out to be a spectacular day in Springfield. Thermals went to 9,000 feet! Visibility was severely clear. Mt. Washington, the Adirondacks, and hills of Massachusetts were all clearly visible.
Greg flew his new (to him) 304CZ (JD) for the first time. He went for a 3 hour joy ride to Mt. Sunapee and Killington. Sonny took a warm-up ride with Walter and then flew LT for a couple of hours. Walter and Bob Morehardt took a flight in I1, and then Dan and Walter took I1 for a spin. Evan (T8) had a nice flight. And I (PM) went for a loop around the airport that included Killington, Hartford, Charlestown, Chester and Okemo. I landed just before 6:00 and the thermals were still going strong.
To top it off the airport was having a fly-in and there was lots of free food (the excellent home made type).
Here is an interesting article
describing the effects of tailwinds:
The summary is:
While each one knot of headwind component improves landing/takeoff performance by about one percent, each knot
of tailwind component degrades landing/takeoff distance by about three to five percent. Tailwinds are roughly three to five times as effective at altering landing/takeoff performance than headwinds…and the alteration is not in your favor.
Tow pilots should think twice about taking off downwind even with just a slight breeze. Likewise landing downwind to speed up launches needs to be done very carefully. Glider pilots should be understanding.
Posted by Andy for Tim
Hey don’t forget that breakfast is at Eatons Sugarhouse tomorrow.
It’s exit 3 off 89.
Please comment if you plan to go.
Last week there was eight of us for breakfast with Eggs Benedict w/smoked Salmon being a huge hit. Food there is great, we meet at 9:30, come join us.
We are meeting for breakfast today but flying looks unlikely to Alton Bay and or Lake Memphramagog.
Breakfast tomorrow is at the Whistlestop.
Dennis has taken the lead on finding us a medium performance 2 seat glider but we won’t let him do this all on his own now will we.
The plan is to contact all the clubs in the U.S (already done) to see what they have plus search the want ads, the web, word of mouth, etc. Basically whatever it takes and then collect all the information in one place which is here (link moved to members only section).
So go check out that link and you’ll see I’ve added a few ships from Wings and Wheels just as examples. By taking a look in advance (at this sheet) multiple people won’t be sending emails to Dennis, or me or whomever with a ship we already know about.
The idea here is to look under ever rock here in the U.S. plus Canada and Europe.
Let’s do this!