Author Archive for John Mittell

I am a former Naval Aviator, currently flying an ASW27, "BZ" out of Moontown airport near Huntsville, AL.

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…

Farewell to Frank Paynter (TA)

I am very saddened to learn that my friend and mentor Frank Paynter (TA), a long time Soaring Cafe contributor and racing enthusiast has been dealt the terminating blow from the SSA. Their decision from Frank’s email to me summarized is: No contests the rest of this year, no Seniors, no Perry, and no Nationals next year, anything past…

My Most Memorable Flight

Memorable flights come in many packages. Some are memorable because they broke a record, others for beautiful scenery, still others were challenging due to the weather or interesting circumstances. By comparison, mine is memorable in spite of the usual criteria. It was not particularly fast, nor high, nor even unusually long. I can’t claim the typical…

Region 5 West at Chilhowee

This Region V West contest was a very demanding one. It required the best of every pilot. My congratulations to those who topped the field, they did an exceptional job of reading the weather and finding the energy lines. Fernando Silva came in first, Frank Paynter second, and Mamad Takallu third. All very experienced contest…

Flying in the Seniors; Take Two

Last year in this space I wrote a series of articles about my experiences at the Senior’s competition.  Since it was my first ever contest, I thought it would be fun for me, and perhaps interesting to a few people who have never been here.  This year I want to try to compare my experiences…

Chilhowee Cross Country and Team Flying Camp

99 Soaring Fans, This is Bravo Zulu                  7 September 2012 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were flying days.  So the camp was completed as planned.  Cloudy mornings preceded clearing to partly cloudy by 1300.  Wednesday and Thursday could be characterized as challenging since the ceilings were below 4000 feet MSL and the thermals were generally light. …

Chilhowee Cross Country and Team Flying Training Camp

99 Soaring Fans, This is Bravo Zulu   I am reporting from Chilhowee Glider Port, home of Chilhowee Soaring Association, http://chilhowee.com/   Like others,  I too doubted that the weather would hold good enough for a contest this past weekend, but I arrived Friday afternoon to prepare for the Region V contest and planned to stay over for…

Region 6 South At Caesar Creek

Thunder and lightning started the day very early.  It also rained quite hard for about an hour, just after dawn.  The sun followed the clouds and as good soaring pilots, we all came out of our nighttime hiding places and began assembling gliders.  The 10:00 pilot’s meeting provided the essential information for the day’s task and…

Caesar Creek XC Camp Day 4

99 Soaring Fans, Bravo Zulu here. Today was another flying day here at Caesar Creek.  Although not as strong as the first 2 fly days, it was workable and most participants stayed on the task and made it home.  There were a few relights and getting away from CCSC was a challenge.  Sparing you all a blow-by-blow…