A good number of club members are enjoying flying in semi-mountainous Lake Placid, NY, with the Montreal Soaring Council, and one from Rideau Valley. We hear YW is coming, but haven't seen him yet.
On Tuesday, Oct 8, it was a very nice day, following Monday's rainstorm. The first up was the MSC Duo, and they released over Whiteface parking lot in 2 kts of wave, which was possible but not likely according to the forecast. An orderly rush to the launch area ensued, and those who got up in the late morning had the highest altitudes - below 18,000', but with the wave windows ready to be opened if they were needed. The rotor was very minor, easy to maintain position behind the tow plane. Lift was generally smooth 2-3 knots, with the wind about 25 kts at 12,000, so we had to zig-zag to maintain contact with the wave. There are several flights on the OLC.
So, who's here? Rick S; Dan Du; Dan Da; Roger; Lucile; Jarek; Martin; Norm. 3 55's, 1 ASW24, 1 SZD-50 and a Discus 2 from Gatineau, with a DG200/17 to come. The weather tomorrow, Thursday, is great for flying; winds will be lighter than today (multiple multi-hour flights). M7 and the Puchacz spend a lot of time sitting on the ground, instead of flying in perfect conditions... odd.
I enjoyed my check flight yesterday - 2 hours 22 mins with Martin, and had a thermal flight of 1 1/2 hours today (had a snag with loose valve stem innards that took a while to nail down and fix...); isn't it always the way. Thanks to Norm, Jarek, and George from RVSS for the help and advice for the fix. Otherwise, I could have flown 4 or 5 hours.
Thursday and Friday are currently looking good. Why not come down on the weekend and see all that Lake Placid (the town) and Lake Placid (the airport) have to offer?
|Roger ready to launch on Tuesday (crew Lucile) in AT|
|Dan's knees and feet enjoying coasting along in wave at 12,000'; got to 13,000' in the Puchacz with Martin L.|
|Over Whiteface at 13,000' in JCZ looking right (north) to Ester Mountain; the town of Wilmington to the right. Leaves are near peak colour.|
|MSC Duo Discus in the wave passing about 500 meters in front and a little higher on his way to Heart Lake to see if the wave was working there (it was)|
|It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Martin landing DYI on the grass!|
|Jarek in 55 off in the distance; the SZD-55 is amazing in light wave, he climbed right past us in the Puchacz...|