Congratulations to our tow pilot & instructor, Wali, on his Wright Brother's Master Pilot award! The FAA presented Wali with the award on June 1st during the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight at Suffolk Airport. We are happy to have Wali pulling us up in the air and training us to be safe in our ships. Way to go, Wali!
put a new TET on the vertical and a great pilot behind the stick and look what our 26 did on Sunday! #2 on the OLC! (left:trace image) I think Pete may have pushed out further than any MSA pilot ever has in that venerable craft. Nicely done Mr. A! Paint that thing and he'll be using it to fly the MMR! (Merlin Milk Run...ha ha...MSA-CREWE-PETERSBURG-MSA)
The weekend was good guys.
Sat. was a bit challenging with few cumes and big sink between thermals. Nevertheless, JD put that little charmer Holly in the back seat and made her his first passenger since returning from B-Hi. He showed her what Dad could do in that 33 with an hour and 15 minutes and heights over 5k at times. Vince did a couple of nice 1 hour flights and I and my 19 put a few points on the OLC.
Sunday was spectacular with many cumes, cloudbase at 6 and good lift! With Ron commanding the 150, JD running ops and Mr. K offering pointers on lift...off we went! Pete took first tow, got off at 2 and shortly thereafter called a relight. Guess he was just messing with us though as a short time later, he cranked that 26 over, rose into the blue not to again be seen til 5:35! Stefan in her heaviness the LARK launched next and he too disappeared into that beuatiful sky! His return to earth occured over 3 hours later at 5:45. (Note - we must make every effort to insure our guys have some way of recording flights!) After telling Ron to "take me to the lift" (what - no "take me to Scott's Fork"???) I pulled off a 2k and went straight to over 5k. Pete and I got in the same thermal for a bit and then I pointed the nose of that pretty 19 at Crewe for the MMR!
I can say with great conviction...ya gotta luv this sport!!!
Big thanks to Ron for breaking up his Sunday to get us aloft and to JD (and his luvly wife Kim!) for coming out to run ops!
Click here to see some of our flight traces. We use various GPS enabled devices to record our flights and submit them to the OnLine Contest site.
MSA - Officer of the Day. The OD will generally post the highlights of the day's operations in the blog.