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Team Flying Conversation with John Cochrane (BB), John Mittell (BZ) and Frank Paynter (TA)

This post is from an email conversation between myself (TA), my teammate John Mittell (BZ) and John Cochrane (BB).  It started when I emailed BB a link to my analysis of the recently concluded 2013 Seniors contest at Seminole Lake Gliderport in Florida (http://soaringcafe.com/2013/03/team-flying-at-the-2013-seniors/), and BB responded with about  a million questions.  I have made…

GTA Race at Monroe, GA

Report for the GTA race at Monroe, GA August 23-24 A Class Cumulative Score Rank Points ID Name                  Glider 1      1999   FS Silva, Fernando ASW-27 2      1933   BZ Mittell, John      ASW-27 3      1759   H6 Ruf, Chris         303 Mosquito 4        965   FP Pin, Francois    ASW-27 5        915   DL Linnekin, Dennis ASW-27 B Class Cumulative Score 24-Aug-14 23-Aug-14 Rank Points…

Tullahoma, Tenn GTA Race – Day 3

I’m writing this from the comfort of my home office back in Columbus, Ohio.  I got home about 3am Ohio time this morning, after an uneventful drive back from the Tullahoma.  We got in a 3rd day on Sunday – a 2hr TAT.  Conditions were variable – OK to very good to the north of…

Tullahoma Tenn GTA Race, Day 2

Most days when the weather doesn’t work out as forecast, it is because something bad happened – high overcast, storms popping up, spread-out/overdevelopment – you know the list. Today, however, we got what CD Francois Pin (PF) referred to as ‘the other side of the coin.  The forecast was for blue all day – we…

Landing Field Safari at Seminole

Yesterday was a rain day at the Seminole Gliderport (SGP), so John Mittell (BZ) and I spent some quality time touring possible landing fields in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Seniors contest. Although the SGP soaring area is pretty benign in general, the last few miles coming into SGP can be ‘interesting’ (especially from the west!) if you…

January in Sunny, Warm?? Florida

I’m writing this from my camper at Seminole, having escaped from frozen Ohio for a sneak preview of the 2014 season.  My excuse was the January running of Andy McQuigg’s Weekend Grand Prix race series, but really I was just finding it too hard to wait until the Seniors in March ;-). I started out…

Wednesday April 24 – Day 2 at Perry

We got in another day at Perry today, but I’m still waiting for a real ‘Perry Day’.  The good news for today was we had clouds.  The bad news was, we also had wind – lots of wind, and we had a high cirrus layer that came in later in the day and pretty much…

Tuesday April 23 at Perry – Day 1 in the bag

Today started out as a ‘Groundhog Day’ day – doing everything the same as yesterday, and for a while it looked like we were going to get the same result – but that’s a different story ;-). Got up, assembled, watered up (why in the world do I keep putting all this water into my…

Monday April 22 at Perry (R5N)

Well, the first possible contest day at Perry started not with a bang, but a whimper.  The wind was not quite howling, but was brisk and cold this morning while we assembled and watered up.  I remarked that it was so cold that I thought I was back in Florida at the recent Seniors contest.…