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Post  RknRusty Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:40 pm

Wayne is good at it. His hobby used to be soaring, and they would ride the Appalachian ridge to Virginia and back in a day. While I was down this winter, he got bored and bought a 3 meter electric and take it out to our Congaree field. He puts it up and looks for the slightest flutter of a wingtip, turns into it and shoots way freakin' up. He also follows the buzzards. Maybe you should shoot some cats and take them with you, scatter them about and wait for birds of prey Lol







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Post  Kim Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:00 am

RknRusty wrote:Wayne is good at it. His hobby used to be soaring, and they would ride the Appalachian ridge to Virginia and back in a day. While I was down this winter, he got bored and bought a 3 meter electric and take it out to our Congaree field. He puts it up and looks for the slightest flutter of a wingtip, turns into it and shoots way freakin' up. He also follows the buzzards. Maybe you should shoot some cats and take them with you, scatter them about and wait for birds of prey Lol







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Yeah, those guys really learn to read the air, and that's the draw for this stuff.  I've had some great saves where I hooked into lift down low and climbed back out to altitude, and the feeling from that is as big a thrill as anything done with any other kind of flying.  There were PLENTY of other times when my gamble didn't pay out, and I'd be climbing over fences, and moving the transmitter stick to make some servo noise to help me find a sailplane in the tall weeds....

What seems like a hundred years ago, I used to make every-other-summer trips to Seminole Glider Park near Clermont, Florida.  I could rent two types of sailplanes there:  the somewhat portly Schweizer 2-33 that, for me was kinda like the family mini-van, and the sexy Grobe 103's that were about sleekest sailplanes I could find on a rental contract.

I usually ended up in the Schweizer, as the Grobes were heavily booked, though I tried to schedule my Florida trips to be there during the slow season before March, and managed to get my hands on the Grobes a few times.  I never got to slope-soar like your friend, but that's on my bucket list.  

All of my flights were thermal-hunting, and I managed some good long flights, once nearly punching into the bottom of a building cu while looking down and concentrating on staying in the lift that made it.  It was also not unusual to share the lift with good-sized hawks and buzzards, who where probably shaking their heads in disgust at having to share their sky with such a wannabe.

Adventures from long ago.

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Yeah, probably wouldn't shoot a cat, but there's groundhog out at the far barn whose days are numbered...

Edit: Here's a dose from my favorite chapter from Dave Thornburg's Soaring Book:

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Post  RknRusty Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:14 am

Staying tuned for more...

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Post  pkrankow Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:23 pm

RknRusty wrote:Staying tuned for more...
same
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Post  Kim Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:11 am

More from Chapter 3 of Dave's book.

Please excuse the hi-lighting. Several time, as I was reading it, I found connections with what I'd experienced in my own attempts at thermal soaring.

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Post  fit90 Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:28 pm

Don't leave me hangin'. I have to know about poor old Norm's outcome.
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Post  Kim Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:12 pm

fit90 wrote:Don't leave me hangin'. I have to know about poor old Norm's outcome.


Well OK! Didn't know if any body was following!

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Post  fit90 Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:18 pm

Thank you Kim. You are a life saver. Not so much for old Norm, though.
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Post  66 Malibu Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:07 am

Hey Rusty,
Don't know if they are still active, but you aren't that far from the Bermuda High Soaring Society that used to fly out the old WW II bomber base at Chester, SC.
I wanted to fly gliders in the worst way as a young guy and I went there several times from Charlotte.
Only two things held me back : No time from school and No money !!
It's hard to have big dreams and be poor as a church mouse at the same time.
Now days I drive up to Monroe, GA to watch soaring activity.
That club used to be 5 minutes away at the Stone Mountain airport before the 1996 Olympics Security Nazis shut everything so that a new $40MM tennis venue could be built adjacent to the airport.  Guess what, it was only used for 4 days and has been growing weeds for 21 years.... Nice .......
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Post  pkrankow Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:00 am

I am trying to loose 15 pounds to take advantage of an invite from a friend in the local trainer glider. He owns his own single seat glider. Together we are slightly overweight. The good news is I didn't put on any weight over the winter. The bad news is I weigh exactly the same as 6 months ago when the invite was made.

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Post  Kim Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:17 am

pkrankow wrote:I am trying to loose 15 pounds to take advantage of an invite from a friend in the local trainer glider.  He owns his own single seat glider.  Together we are slightly overweight.  The good news is I didn't put on any weight over the winter.  The bad news is I weigh exactly the same as 6 months ago when the invite was made.

LOL.

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Post  Kim Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:32 am

And here's the rest of chapter three.   Once again, sorry for the hi-lighter, but a light came on in my dim brain with the overhead illustration of guys trying to judge the air.

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Post  pkrankow Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:39 pm

O_o I can be an albatross!
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Post  Kim Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:51 am

Durn thunderstorms blasted me awake so, a little early morning humor from RCAAA (RC Airplane Addicts Anonymous):

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