Flight Log
Concordia, for the First Time in 2008
By Mirko Bodul
Mar 31, 2008, 21:10

Concordia, for the First Time in 2008

Well, we had some good flying on Saturday March 29th at Concordia University. It was only my third time out this year due to the horrible winter. I had already flown at Atwater Beach twice before on some very cold blue sky days. Only one flight each time, with a Pixel.

But we had blue sky at Concordia on Saturday, starting at about 11:00 AM with Greg joining around noon and Dave somewhat later. Winds were ESE, about 13-15 mph, with whitecaps on the water and 38 degree temps. Not a raging wind but plenty of wind to fly my heavy Wizard, even later in the day when the whitecaps disappeared. We flew on the south end of the property, near the fishermen statue.

For those of you who have not been to Concordia for several years, the whole slope has been redone. One million cubic yards of dirt where muscled out of the ground over a several year period at a cost of $12 million dollars. Over 95% of the trees were removed off the slope. This is the finest slope in SE Wisconsin. Come and see it some time.

I was alone for a while and flew my red and yellow 100” Wizard, which I have been flying since 2002. This beauty cruised along wonderfully: it is my favorite plane. It has no bad habits, resonates which a peculiar sound as it flies by, as all Wizards do, and is very easy to land. Greg showed up after that flight and I flew my Pixel for a while he flew his Weasel. Later he flew a very nifty all carbon 60-inch plane called the Slope from Skip Miller  you’d recognize it as a Mach Dart: a real missile.

Dave, from Oconomowoc, showed up about one o’clock with his beautifully finished NCFM Half Pipe. This 48 inch flying wing flew extremely well. It tracked like it was on rails, was as stable as one could wish. For a foamie, this was very impressive. This was Dave’s first experience sloping in Wisconsin. Originally from San Diego, California, Dave was unaware of our great slopes on the lake. He was mightily impressed with this slope. Greg and I were mightily impressed with his plane, the Half Pipe.

My yellow and blue Wizard flew next. Greg took a few pictures while the plane resonated above the slope. After about twenty minutes I landed the Yellow and Blue Wizard without any problem. Greg left for the day while Dave stayed for some more flying of his Half Pipe.

Around 1:30 PM, the wind abated slightly to about 11 MPH; the whitecaps disappeared, but the flying was still very good. I flew the red and yellow Wizard again, had a nice flight but a poor landing. The plane was coming in with full flap deployment, when suddenly it half rolled from about 5 feet flipping over and caught the right wingtip on the ground. The plane was on its back when I walked over to it, and saw the right aileron was fully deploy in the up position. There were no gouges or dents to the wing or the aileron, so I thought that a gust of wind caught the plane. But the wind was very steady and upon further reflection, I came to the conclusion that the servo was stripped. This was the worst landing that I ever had with my favorite Wizard. Oh well!

Just as I packed up and was about to leave, Steve Tarney called me at about 2:15 PM and told me that he and Chris would be coming over to Concordia from the AstroWings field. Steve had never flown slope and was bringing his super light Weasel for its maiden flight. His friend Chris brought a somewhat heavier electric Stryker. Both these planes flew that afternoon, with the Stryker using its electric motor from time to time due to its heavier weight. Steve and Chris both were tickled with slope flying and came back the next day.

Meanwhile, I set up my Yellow and Blue Wizard for another resonating flight which my peanut gallery, Steve and Chris, seemed to enjoy. Steve picked up the plane before launch and was surprised at its weight: it is fairly heavy, with its heavy carbon wings.   Gliders do not have to be light. Most of my planes are fairly heavy since I prefer to fly in high winds. There was no problem with the landing of this plane. We all went home happy, agreeing to meet at Concordia on Sunday if it did not rain. By the time we left at 4:00 PM, the sky had clouded over to a dull gray.

And so the Spring slope season begins in Wisconsin!

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