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07

May

2009

Bob Completes His 8 Hour Level V Slope Flight

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Bob sent in this report on his experiences attempthing the 8 hour, Level V LSF slope task.

April 25th 2009. Frankfort, KY.

I responded to an open invitation to go to Frankfort for an 8 hour slope attempt by Gordy Stahl.

I departed Michigan for Frankfort, KY. Arriving that evening with my Oly2 and an AVA.

I thought long and hard about which one to fly. The Oly is great old sailplane but can it penetrate 20+ mile an hour winds? The AVA has a more modern airfoil and is thinner. I decided to try and put "C" batteries in the fuse just below the wing at the CG as Ballast. The batteries weighed 10 Oz. With dense foam rubber and all It weighted about 11 ounces. Not allot of Ballast but enough I thought. The Oly also had 4 "C" cells installed just behind the leading edge bulkhead. So both were available to me.

 

27

Apr

2009

South Dakota Slope Trip April 2009

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soda-0409-sm-1447Dave and I went on an early season slope trip in mid-April 2009. We met Rob and about a dozen other dedicated slopers on Thursday and had a couple of good days of sloping at The Pasture in NE wind conditions.

Some of the highlights of the weekend were:
  • Maiden flights for several of DaveO's planes including a Jart Lite, Ruby, Predator and Destiny.
  • Flying my V-Ultra both days. It has been too long and I love that plane!
  • Maiden flight of the McLean Vector2 that DaveK just finished. Gotta get mine done! That is a seriously excellent plane!
  • Listening to DaveK's vacuum bagging technique tips.
  • Hanging with the Watertown boys.
  • Dinner at Charly's
I'll be heading out again for a few days in mid-May. Hope to get some DSing in them and look forward to seeing the crew again.

Here is a gallery with some pix.

As always, if you are interested in sloping in South Dakota This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . He will be able to tell you what you need to know if you want to join us.  

15

Apr

2009

Weasels Are Back! Long Live the Weasel!

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Weasels are back! Here is part of a post to the Dream Flight blog from Michael Richter:

"We will activate our online order pages and purchase buttons at 9AM tomorrow (April 15). Yes, I know, its tax day... So, make sure to pay your taxes, but don't forget to buy a Weasel too!

Looks like we have a busy week/weekend ahead of us... weasel kits to finalize and package, new orders to process, etc. At the moment, there are a few things remaining to be done on the website, so we'll also continue work on those unfinished "coming soon" pages.

Thanks again to all who were so patient during the re-design / overhaul of our business and products.

Its good to be back!"

Good to have you and the Weasel back, Michael!

Greg - Lifelong Weasel Pilot

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 15:55  

27

Apr

2009

slopeflyer.com Could Use Your Help

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slopeflyer.com has always been about connecting local pilots with others, either folks looking to get into slope flying or traveling pilots who are looking to hook up with local pilots with local slope knowledge. To that end we have received contributions from a bunch of people in over 35 states who know about their local slopes. This has happened over the last 10 years and some of the contributions have outdated contact info. It would be great if we could get some of those out of date contacts updated. If you know of a change that should be made either leave a comment on the appropriate page on the site of soot me a note to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'll get the page updated.

Thanks!

 

03

Apr

2009

Got the Podcast Section Working Again

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It is a bit dated but it is now working again for the first time since the site move.

http://www.slopeflyer.com/podcast/

I'm hatching some grandiouse plans to start podcasts again so stay tuned!

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2009 03:10  


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