Articles by Frank Paynter

Soaring Cafe Roving Reporter, Frank Paynter

Frank Paynter

Dr. Frank (TA) Paynter started soaring in the mid-1990’s at Caesar’s Creek Soaring Club near Waynesville, Ohio and instantly fell in love with cross-country racing. He is author of the book “Cross Country Soaring with Condor,” co-author (along with Scott Manley) the popular Condor Corner column for ‘Soaring’ magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Condor section at SoaringCafe.com.  Along with Mark Hawkins, he is part owner of Hawke Tracking, the company that provides SPOT tracking services for contests and clubs. Before soaring came along, Frank was a national champion skydiver and still holds the record for the most number of consecutive dead-centers in skydiving competition. Frank has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and retired from a successful 25-year civil service career in 1993. He spent the following 15 years as an antenna researcher at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, retiring again in 2008 to become a full-time soaring bum. These days, he goes to as many contests as his wife of over 30 years will allow, and spends his winter months racing and instructing in Condor.

List of Frank's Posts

  1. So long, Soaring (7/21/2014)
  2. Tullahoma, Tenn GTA Race – Day 3 (7/7/2014)
  3. Tullahoma Tenn GTA Race, Day 2 (7/6/2014)
  4. Tullahoma, Tenn GTA Race (7/5/2014)
  5. Tullahoma, Tenn Contest Database Review – Part II (7/2/2014)
  6. Tullahoma, Tenn Contest Database Review (7/1/2014)
  7. ‘Unofficial’ Minden 18m Nationals Waypoint Database – Rick Walters Update (6/15/2014)
  8. ‘Unofficial’ Minden 18m Nationals Waypoint Database (6/7/2014)
  9. Montague Waypoint Database Update (5/29/2014)
  10. Dale Kramer, BMapper, and Windows 7 (5/29/2014)
  11. Day 4 at the Mifflin National (er…Regional) (5/24/2014)
  12. Mifflin Day 3 Redux: Too much of a good thing? (5/23/2014)
  13. Mifflin Airport Review – Take II (5/21/2014)
  14. Mifflin Day 3 – Sometimes the magic doesn’t work (5/20/2014)
  15. Mifflin, Day 2 – All the food groups (5/20/2014)
  16. 2014 Mifflin Regional, Day 1 – The Case of the Missing Muse (5/19/2014)
  17. Mifflin Airport Review (5/17/2014)
  18. Repairing TA’s Wing Wheel (5/14/2014)
  19. Bermuda High Airport/Airstrip Review (4/8/2014)
  20. Perry (Wagener, SC) Airstrip Review, Part III (4/1/2014)
  21. Minden Nevada Airport/Airstrip Review, Part II (3/29/2014)
  22. Minden, Nevada Airport Review (3/27/2014)
  23. Updating the Caesar Creek Soaring Club Waypoint Database (3/27/2014)
  24. Perry (Wagener, SC) Airstrip Review, Part II (3/25/2014)
  25. Perry (Wagener, SC) Airstrip Review, Part I (3/24/2014)
  26. Eagleville, TN Airstrip Review (3/20/2014)
  27. Landing Field Safari at Seminole (3/7/2014)
  28. Excel Logging Spreadsheet for Gliders (2/2/2014)
  29. January in Sunny, Warm?? Florida (1/7/2014)
  30. Condor 4-Day Xmas Cup (1/2/2014)
  31. The TA-ification of SZ, Part II (12/20/2013)
  32. Day 2 at Fairfield (US Region 4 North) Contest (10/18/2013)
  33. Landout Day at Fairfield (US Region 4 North) (10/18/2013)
  34. Day 1 at Fairfield (US Region 4 North) (10/15/2013)
  35. Almost a contest day at Fairfield (US Region 4 North) (10/14/2013)
  36. Rain Day at Fairfield (R4N) (10/13/2013)
  37. Pimp My Ride – The Adventure Begins Anew: TA-ification of SZ (7/22/2013)
  38. The End of The Road for TA – Part II, the Crash Report (6/22/2013)
  39. The end of the road for TA :-( (6/2/2013)
  40. Region 9 Moriarty – the Land of Enchantment (6/1/2013)
  41. Back from the Dead at the 2013 Mifflin Sports Class Nationals (5/20/2013)
  42. Thursday May 16 – Day 4 at the 2013 Sports Class Nationals (5/17/2013)
  43. Day 3 at the 2013 Mifflin Sports Class Nationals – An Amazing Run With the ‘Fab 5’ (5/14/2013)
  44. Monday May 13 – Day 2 at the 2013 Sports Class Nationals (5/13/2013)
  45. Sunday May 12 at the 2013 Mifflin Sports Class Nationals (5/12/2013)
  46. Saturday May 11 at Mifflin Sports Class Nationals (5/12/2013)
  47. Day 23 – Completing the SeeYou Culture Map (5/2/2013)
  48. Saturday April 27 – Getting out of Dodge (or Perry, as the case may be) (4/27/2013)
  49. Friday April 26 – A ‘Perry Day’ at Perry! (4/26/2013)
  50. Thursday, April 25 – A confusing day at Perry (4/25/2013)
  51. Wednesday April 24 – Day 2 at Perry (4/24/2013)
  52. Tuesday April 23 at Perry – Day 1 in the bag (4/24/2013)
  53. Monday April 22 at Perry (R5N) (4/22/2013)
  54. Sunday April 21 – Official practice day at Perry (4/21/2013)
  55. Perry pre-practice week – only the ducks were flying today (4/19/2013)
  56. Practice week at Perry (4/18/2013)
  57. Eagleville Tenn GTA Race Wrapup (4/14/2013)
  58. Saturday, Day 1 at the Eagleville TN GTA race (4/13/2013)
  59. Eagleville, Tennessee GTA Race (4/12/2013)
  60. An Apology (4/7/2013)
  61. Day 22 – Correcting map problems (4/4/2013)
  62. Day 21 – Adding Rivers, Roads, and Towns (4/2/2013)
  63. Day 20 – More Airports (3/27/2013)
  64. Day 19 – Roadblocks, Triumphs and Disasters, oh my! (3/26/2013)
  65. Team Flying Conversation with John Cochrane (BB), John Mittell (BZ) and Frank Paynter (TA) (3/23/2013)
  66. Team flying at the 2013 Seniors (3/19/2013)
  67. 2013 Senior Nationals, Day 5 (3/18/2013)
  68. 2013 Senior Nationals, Day 4 (3/15/2013)
  69. 2013 Senior (aka Polar Bear) Nationals Day 3, Take Two (3/15/2013)
  70. 2013 Senior Nationals, Day 3 (3/13/2013)
  71. 2013 Senior Nationals, Rest Day (3/12/2013)
  72. 2013 Senior Nationals, Day 2 (3/11/2013)
  73. 2013 Seniors, Day 1 (3/10/2013)
  74. Official Practice day at the Seniors (3/9/2013)
  75. Chasing Ken Sorenson (aka ‘Rocket Man’) at the Seniors (3/8/2013)
  76. Another Practice Day in Paradise (aka Seminole GP) (3/5/2013)
  77. 2013 Soaring Season has Started – Finally!!! (3/2/2013)
  78. Day 18 – I’ll take 110 servings of 2 pixels to the left, please (2/20/2013)
  79. Day 17 – Regula Rides to the Rescue! (2/13/2013)
  80. Day 16 – Two trees forward, one forest backward :-( (2/9/2013)
  81. Day 15 – Finishing up the Forest (2/6/2013)
  82. Day 14 – Getting trees in the right places (1/29/2013)
  83. Day 13 – Eureka! A SeeYou map for Caesar Creek (1/27/2013)
  84. Day 12 – CST Task 6 Generating Forest Areas – The Basics (1/27/2013)
  85. Day 11 – Green everywhere! (1/27/2013)
  86. Day 10 (1/24/2013)
  87. Vertica 2, LK8000 and Condor (12/14/2012)
  88. Day 9 (11/27/2012)
  89. The ‘Timification of TA’, Part II (11/17/2012)
  90. Thoughts on team-flying training and Condor (11/5/2012)
  91. The ‘Timification’ of TA at M&H Soaring (11/1/2012)
  92. Flarm Thoughts After the 2012 Racing Season (10/20/2012)
  93. Day 3 at Fairfield (Region 4 North) (10/14/2012)
  94. Day 3 at Fairfield – maybe (10/13/2012)
  95. Day 2 at Fairfield (Region 4 North) — RIDGE!! (10/12/2012)
  96. A miracle! Day 1 at Fairfield (Region 4 North) W (10/11/2012)
  97. Groundhog day at Fairfield (Region 4 north) – Another no contest day (10/10/2012)
  98. Another no-contest day at Fairfield (Region 4 North) (10/9/2012)
  99. Rain Day 1&2 at Fairfield (Region 4 North) (10/8/2012)
  100. Practice Day at Fairfield, Pa (Region 4 North) Contest (10/6/2012)
  101. Team flying practice in Condor, Thursday, 10/04/12 (10/5/2012)
  102. Day 2 at New Castle (Region 4 South) (9/21/2012)
  103. No Contest Day at New Castle (Region 4 South) (9/20/2012)
  104. Day 1 at New Castle (Region 4 South) (9/19/2012)
  105. Day 6 at Dansville (Region 3) (8/25/2012)
  106. Day 5 at Dansville (Region 3) (8/24/2012)
  107. Day 4 at Dansville (Region 3) (8/23/2012)
  108. Dansville, (Region 3) Day 3 (8/22/2012)
  109. Dansville Day 2 (Region 3) (8/21/2012)
  110. Rain day at Dansville (Region 3) (8/20/2012)
  111. Dansville NY (Region 3) Day 1 (8/19/2012)
  112. Practice Day at Dansville (Region 3) (8/18/2012)
  113. Back in the (contest) saddle again at Dansville, NY (8/18/2012)
  114. First Operational Test of Delorme InReach with 1-minute Updates!! (8/14/2012)
  115. Day 8 (8/13/2012)
  116. HawkeTracking SPOT Map Screenshots from Day 6 (8/10/2012)
  117. Day 7 (8/10/2012)
  118. Uvalde WGC Day 5 HawkeTracking SPOT Map Screenshots (8/10/2012)
  119. More on Delorme InReach – Mark’s Test Results (8/9/2012)
  120. Uvalde WGC SPOT Tracking Screenshot from Day 4 (8/9/2012)
  121. Day 6 (8/7/2012)
  122. Uvalde WGC SPOT Tracking Improved (8/7/2012)
  123. Delorme InReach Tracker: 2-minute tracking, GPS altitude. (8/5/2012)
  124. Day 5 (8/4/2012)
  125. Day 4 (8/3/2012)
  126. Day 3 (7/27/2012)
  127. Day 2 (7/26/2012)
  128. Day 1 (7/24/2012)
  129. More feedback on CCSC XC Camp (6/25/2012)
  130. Day 6 at CCSC Region 6 South (6/23/2012)
  131. Day 5 at CCSC Region 6 South (6/22/2012)
  132. Day 4 at CCSC Region 6 South (6/21/2012)
  133. Day 3 at CCSC Region 6 South (6/20/2012)
  134. More student feedback on 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/20/2012)
  135. Day 2 at CCSC Region 6 South (6/19/2012)
  136. Day 1 at CCSC Region 6 South (6/18/2012)
  137. Rain Day 1 at CCSC Region 6 South Contest (6/17/2012)
  138. CCSC Region 6 South Practice Day (6/16/2012)
  139. Day 5 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/16/2012)
  140. Day 4 at 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/14/2012)
  141. Day 3 at 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/13/2012)
  142. Day 2 at 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/12/2012)
  143. Day 1 at 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/11/2012)
  144. Practice/Registration day 2012 CCSC XC Camp (6/10/2012)
  145. Region 9 Super Regional Moriarty Club/Modern Class SPOT Tracking Maps (6/9/2012)
  146. Rain Day 3 at Cordele – Region 5 South (6/6/2012)
  147. Rain Day 2 at Cordele (Region 5 South) – Yikes! (6/5/2012)
  148. Cordele, Georgia Region 5 South—Rain Day (6/4/2012)
  149. Cordele – Back on the road again (6/3/2012)
  150. Ionia (Region 6 North) Contest Wrapup (5/31/2012)
  151. Rain (actually wind) Day 2 at Ionia (5/28/2012)
  152. Rain Day 1 at Ionia Region 6N (5/27/2012)
  153. Rain Day at Ionia (5/27/2012)
  154. Back at home after Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/22/2012)
  155. Day 6 at Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/20/2012)
  156. Day 5 at Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/19/2012)
  157. Mifflin 15m Nationals – First SPOT save? (5/19/2012)
  158. Day 4 at Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/18/2012)
  159. Day 3 at Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/17/2012)
  160. FLARM update – progress at Mifflin (5/17/2012)
  161. Contest Day 2 at the Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/16/2012)
  162. Rain Day 2 at Mifflin (5/15/2012)
  163. Rain Day 1 at Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/14/2012)
  164. Day 1 at Mifflin 15m Nationals (5/13/2012)
  165. Second official practice day at Mifflin 15m nationals (5/12/2012)
  166. Random thoughts about the 15m Nationals (5/11/2012)
  167. First official practice day at Mifflin 15m Nats & Sports Regional (5/11/2012)
  168. No fly day at Perry (U.S. Region 5 North) (4/18/2012)
  169. Day 2 at Perry (R5N) (4/17/2012)
  170. Day 1 at the Perry (R5N) regional contest (4/16/2012)
  171. Sunday April 15 at Perry (Region 5 North) – 2nd Official Practice Day (4/15/2012)
  172. U.S. Region 5 North (Perry) Contest (4/14/2012)
  173. Practice Week at Perry, SC (U.S. Region 5 North) (4/14/2012)
  174. March 17 – Day 6 at the Seniors (3/17/2012)
  175. March 16 – Day 5 at the Seniors (3/16/2012)
  176. March 15 – Day 4 at the Seniors (3/15/2012)
  177. March 14 – Day 3 at the Seniors (3/14/2012)
  178. March 13 – Day 2 at the 2012 Seniors (3/13/2012)
  179. March 12 at Seminole – Day 1 of Seniors ‘in the bag’ (3/12/2012)
  180. March 10 at Seminole (3/10/2012)
  181. March 8 at Seminole (3/8/2012)
  182. March 7 at Seminole – a very good (but short!) day (3/7/2012)
  183. March 6 at Seminole: Windy but soarable – sort of (3/6/2012)
  184. March 4 at Seminole – overcast and windy (3/4/2012)
  185. March 3rd at Seminole – winded out (3/3/2012)
  186. 2012 Competition Season Starts at Seminole (3/1/2012)
  187. Condor and Minden (1/31/2012)
  188. First Annual In-person Condor Regional Soaring Contest (1/17/2012)
  189. A Question about Condor XC Training…. (11/19/2011)
  190. A season in the sun – 12 contests in one year (11/12/2011)
  191. Gelcoat 2011 at Central Indiana Soaring Society (10/26/2011)
  192. Cross Country Camp at CCSC 11-15 June 2012 (9/21/2011)
  193. Condor XC Instruction available this winter (9/21/2011)
  194. Groundhog day all over again at New Castle (Region 4 South) (9/21/2011)
  195. Groundhog day at New Castle – almost, but not quite a flying day (9/20/2011)
  196. Monday at New Castle – no contest day (9/19/2011)
  197. Practice day at New Castle (R4S) (9/18/2011)
  198. New Castle arrival day (9/17/2011)
  199. Cross Country Training Program using Condor (9/5/2011)
  200. Using an External PDA with Condor (9/5/2011)
  201. Day 5 at the Llano Regional (Region 10) (8/20/2011)
  202. Day 4 at Llano, Texas Regional (Region 10) (8/19/2011)
  203. Day 3 at Llano Texas Regional (Region 10) (8/18/2011)
  204. Day 2 at the Llano, Texas Regional (Region 10) (8/17/2011)
  205. Day 1 at Llano, Texas (Region 10) (8/16/2011)
  206. Team flying at Uvalde: lessons learned. (8/15/2011)
  207. Day 8 at Uvalde (8/15/2011)
  208. Day 7 at Uvalde (8/13/2011)
  209. Day 6 at Uvalde (8/12/2011)
  210. Day 5 at Uvalde (8/10/2011)
  211. Day 4 at Uvalde (8/9/2011)
  212. Day 3 at Uvalde (8/8/2011)
  213. Day 2 at Uvalde (8/7/2011)
  214. Thoughts on the Logan 15m Nationals (8/7/2011)
  215. Uvalde Day 1: (8/6/2011)
  216. Day 9 (final day) at the Logan 15m nationals (7/28/2011)
  217. Crews and their pilots at the Logan 15m Nationals (7/28/2011)
  218. Day 8 at the Logan 15m nationals (7/28/2011)
  219. Day 7 at the Logan 15m Nationals – another mass landout day (7/27/2011)
  220. Day 6 at the Logan 15m nationals (7/25/2011)
  221. Day 5 at Logan 15m Nationals (7/25/2011)
  222. No fly day for 15m nats, Day 5 for Regionals (7/23/2011)
  223. Day 4 at Logan (7/23/2011)
  224. Day 3 at Logan – wow! (7/22/2011)
  225. Day 2 at Logan (7/21/2011)
  226. Day 1 at Logan (7/20/2011)
  227. No fly day yesterday at Logan (7/19/2011)
  228. Practice day at Logan (7/18/2011)
  229. Pre-practice day at Logan (7/16/2011)
  230. Day 5 at Wurtsboro (Region 2 North) (7/7/2011)
  231. Day 4 at Wurtsboro (Region 2 North) (7/6/2011)
  232. Day 3 at Wurtsboro (Region 2 North) (7/5/2011)
  233. Day 2 at Wurtsboro (7/4/2011)
  234. Day rained out at Wurtsboro (Region 2N) (7/3/2011)
  235. Day 1 at Wurtsboro (Region 2 North) (7/2/2011)
  236. Practice day at Wurtsboro (Region 2 North) (7/1/2011)
  237. Pre-practice day at Wurtsboro (Region 2N) (6/30/2011)
  238. Wurtsboro Regional SPOT map (6/26/2011)
  239. CCSC (Region 6 South) rained out (6/24/2011)
  240. No contest day at CCSC (6/21/2011)
  241. Another no-fly day at CCSC (Region 6S) (6/20/2011)
  242. No fly day at CCSC (R6S) (6/19/2011)
  243. Practice day at CCSC (R6S) – no flying today (6/18/2011)
  244. Moriarty Club Class/Modern Super Regional SPOT tracking (6/14/2011)
  245. Day 6 at Cordele Regional (6/11/2011)
  246. Day 5 at Cordele (regional) (6/10/2011)
  247. Day 4 at Cordele regional (6/9/2011)
  248. Day 3 at Cordele (regional) (6/8/2011)
  249. Day 2 at Cordele (regional) (6/7/2011)
  250. Day 2 at Ionia (6/2/2011)
  251. No fly day at Ionia (again again) (6/1/2011)
  252. Day 1 at Ionia (maybe) (5/30/2011)
  253. No fly day at Ionia (again) (5/29/2011)
  254. No fly day at Ionia (5/28/2011)
  255. Day 3 at Mifflin (5/25/2011)
  256. Day cancelled at Mifflin (5/24/2011)
  257. Day cancelled at Mifflin (5/23/2011)
  258. Day 2 at Mifflin (5/22/2011)
  259. Day 1 at Mifflin (5/21/2011)
  260. Pre-contest day at Mifflin (5/20/2011)
  261. Mifflin regional SPOT map links (5/19/2011)
  262. Day 6 at Chilhowee (5/11/2011)
  263. Day 5 at Chilhowee (5/10/2011)
  264. Day 4 at Chilhowee (5/9/2011)
  265. Day 3 at Chilhowee (5/8/2011)
  266. Things you never want to hear at a contest site (5/8/2011)
  267. Condor book is now available! (5/8/2011)
  268. Another no-contest day at Chilhowee (5/7/2011)
  269. Day 2 at Chilhowee (5/6/2011)
  270. No contest day at Chilhowee (5/5/2011)
  271. Day 1 at Chilhowee (5/4/2011)
  272. Rain Day at Chilhowee (5/3/2011)
  273. Visit to Dick Butler’s toy shop (5/3/2011)
  274. Practice Day (5/2/2011)
  275. Day 4 at Perry and final report (4/24/2011)
  276. Day 3 at Perry (4/22/2011)
  277. Day 2 at Perry (4/20/2011)
  278. Day 1 at Perry (4/18/2011)
  279. Official Practice Day at Perry (4/17/2011)
  280. Saturday at Perry (4/16/2011)
  281. Perry SPOT maps are now active (4/15/2011)
  282. Pre-practice days at Perry (4/15/2011)
  283. Condor and the 2011 Seniors (3/22/2011)
  284. 2011 Seniors Day 6 Final Report (3/19/2011)
  285. 2011 Seniors Day 6 Early Report (3/19/2011)
  286. 2011 Seniors Day 5 Report (3/18/2011)
  287. 2011 Seniors Day 4 Report (3/17/2011)
  288. TA Day 3 Report (3/15/2011)
  289. 2011 Seniors Day 2 Report (3/14/2011)
  290. TA’s Day 1 Report (3/14/2011)
  291. Book Excerpt: Hosting your own race in Condor (2/18/2011)
  292. Joining an Online Condor Race (2/13/2011)
  293. Installing Sceneries in Condor (2/13/2011)
  294. Mentoring flight with Elston Colvert (2/11/2011)

  1 comment for “Articles by Frank Paynter

  1. Tom Strickland
    June 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Frank, I know I’m not the only one who is anxious to hear from you again. I hope you’ll post an update soon. We’d like to know that you’ve recovered and will be flying again soon.

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