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June 6-8 week end flying
06-07-2014, 12:57 AM,
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June 6-8 week end flying
After taking a survey on people's availability and looking at the weather forecast, Michael, James and I went to Cruzan and some of us to Windfall today. David, James and I could have made it on Sunday, but the forecast is for rain. Today's was supposed to be booming in Northern Indiana.
When we arrived at Cruzan, the sky was completely blue, although a few cumies were teasing us up North towards Windfall. James' prognosis was that it was simply going to be an average day.
So I took the first flight: James was right. I found a thermal, got up a few tens of feet, got an extended flight. Not bad. The young corn was occasionally twirling, indicating more to come. The line on the scooter was entangled though, so it took a few minutes before I flew again, towed to 700 in virtually no wind, went over the silos in search for activity there, but it did not work out, finally found a thermal on the way back, pretty close to the ground, did a couple of turns in it and had to land.
James took the next two flights. His first tow was kind of low, as the wind was basically zero, and he had to quickly go back. The second one was nice, he found some lift and went above tow.
The cummies up North looked more and more appealing, so we decided to go to Windfall and Michal had to leave.
When we arrived there, there were cummies around, and definite thermal activity. So James set up the glider, I set up the towing rig. We used cell phones and headbuds with microphone to communicate between the pilot and the driver: it worked pretty well. James had had a good flight at Cruzan, so he let me go. I towed definitely higher than in Cruzan, perhaps to 1200 feet. Hard to tell without a vario, which was indicating zero gain in my backpack in the car. Nonetheless, on the sunny side of a border with a cloud, I found some lift, got up and down a little bit, had another extended flight.
Overall, compared to the expectations for high lift in Northern Indiana, nothing spectacular, but a weekly dose of flying for addicted pilots. It seems like in low winds we also get higher tows with the static rig. Nonetheless, thanks Kent for letting us use your scooter and to Michal for coming, even without a glider.
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06-07-2014, 10:52 AM,
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June 6-8 week end flying
Maybe we should invite Willie to bring his trike over some weekend from Ohio. Campout at Cruzan. Get higher tows where stronger lift is.
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06-07-2014, 08:14 PM,
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June 6-8 week end flying
That would be awesome. Maybe when Bob sets a date for his Fly-in, do it on the same day.

I'm not sure that Willie has means to transport the trike, and that he'd be willing to "screw" the ohio guys by towing in Indiana, but it's worth asking. Maybe we can convince the Dayton guys to make an appearance, and with Bob's permission invite a few Chicago folks.
"I saw on this nature show how male elk douses himself with urine to smell sweeter to the opposite sex. What a coincidence!!" ~Deep thought by Jack Handey
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06-09-2014, 11:48 AM,
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June 6-8 week end flying
You could always ask Mr Mullins if he would want to bring his trike over for a weekend.

Or look in the Oz report. There is a real nice dragon fly for sale there :gasp:
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