“It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a shot rang out!” (Snoopy writing his book).
It was dark. There was no storm. Absolutely NO shots rang out. It was cold but not too bad. There was excitement and most of you missed it!
Gordy, Tony, Eric, Lee, and myself all flew Saturday evening in our annual “UFOs over J-Town” night fly. Tony flew his Spirit while Gordy flew his electric foamy. I brought out a Highlander that I had stripped down to the tape layer, repaired and recovered.
There was a low cloud base, which made it a little harder to see as it reflected the city lights making the sky a grey not black, which is preferred. It did not stop the flying. Tony made several nice flights even finding lift out over the center of the field for an 8-10 minute flight. Gordys electric plane flew great but a problem with the gearbox (stripped pinion gear?) put a stop to his flying after using up only one battery pack.
I brought along a rebuilt Highlander as I mentioned before. After a very squirrelly launch and a cartwheel on the ground we began to get it trimmed. Launches are very unpredictable but several flights were made. After passing the plane around through several hands Gordy took his turn.
Now Gordy will tell you he is NOT a RES pilot and his flying proves it. He had a rough launch. Popped off the winch way off to the right and never got the plane stabilized. A stall and diving spiral put the plane into a tree about 40 feet above the road near the intersection.
Eric had his truck with him, which meant he had his work ladders. It took about 20 minutes to get the plane dislodged and back safely onto the ground. Visualize for a moment we have all our vehicles parked in the grass all around the intersection. We are all still milling around putting away the plane and rescue items. What pulls up but a police car! Now you know what he was thinking. Just checking out a UFO report. I climbed into my truck and scurried home.
(Snoopy continued) “Suddenly a pirate ship appeared!”
Thanksgiving is here and that means one thing: IT’S NIGHT FLY TIME!!
In the past we have flown in rain, wind, and low ceilings. But I don’t want to push our luck. This coming Friday the weather forecast is for SNOW! But Saturdays forecast is for cloudy but (slightly) warmer temperatures. With that in mind we will plan on flying our annual “UFOs Over J-Town Night Fly” this Saturday evening. We will gather at 6:00pm and fly for about 2 hours. We have plenty of chemical lights so bring you planes and try it. You will be surprised how easy it is to fly in the dark.
Congratulations must go out to Tony Utley as he asked Megan to marry him. She said yes! Personally I knew it had to happen. Megan can fix Tony’s planes better than he can and besides you know how hard it is to find a good (looking) mechanic today. (Megan will make me pay for that)
For those of you that have not made it to Frankfort to fly the slope you really need to keep an eye on the winds and a plane charged. (Take a look at the Frankfort Slope page for info and forecasts –ben) We have had two Saturdays in a row recently the wind was up and blowing out of the south and south west for perfect sloping weather. Everything was being flown from Spirits, to special purpose slope planes, and our flying wing Bats. Go to our picture pages and look at the recent pictures from the slope. It really is different but a lot of fun.
We will have confirmation soon. The winter meetings will be at the Firehouse on the second Sunday in January, February, and March. The Mid-South will be held on June 30 July 1-2 at Hays-Kennedy Park out off River Road near Prospect.
Taking a ride on a 747 Simulator
Megan and I wanted to share with you the experience we shared Sunday. Through a close friend of Megan’s we were invited to visit ALTEON, a Boeing Company that has a flight simulator that pilots use to train on the 747s, the 200 series which is like Air force One except that it didn’t have the defense gadgets. We were introduced to Edgar Smiley, retired flight engineer who currently supervises the use of the simulator. We were told that use of the simulator ranges $450 an hour plus.
Read on for the whole story and then check out the 2005.11.17 – 747 Sim gallery.
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First slope day of the season!
Slope season is now officially upon us here in Kentucky! Last Saturday, we had good southwest wind and a few of us made it out to the Frankfort Slope to get our slope addiction fed. We took some photos and videos and you can see them here: 2005.11.05 – Frankfort Slope gallery.
A few videos in there as well — Gordy DS’ing his Easy Glider and Paul
Siegel tearing up the backside with his Trinity DS. And, of course,
there were some WindRider Bats.
Man, this slope never fails to impress… the wind forecast was only for
10 MPH, but the bowl-shaped “Trumbo Bottom” carved out by the Kentucky
River focuses and amplifies the winds. Ed Wilson remarked that this
was “some of the best lift [he'd] ever seen on this slope”. The real
capper to the day was that we were just past the peak of the “fall
color” season, so the valley was on fire with reds, yellows and oranges.
Our newest soaring protege’, 9-year-old Lee had his first slope flights
on Saturday as well. Seeing him handling the Easy Glider on the
frontside with ease, I handed him the controls to my CombatWings XR…
and he did very well! By the end of a half-hour session he was already
doing loops and rolls! Be on the watch for this kid in the very near
I know you all hear those of us with WindRider Bats talk about them all
the time — but there is good reason for that. I tree’d my Bat three
(3) different times, slammed it into the hill a terminal speeds a
half-dozen times and even knocked off my vertical stab and it just kept
flying. Amazing. As long as you have metal-gear servos you’ll be set!
If you live within a few hours of us, keep an eye out on the wind
forecast for Frankfort and come join us on a south or south-west weekend.
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