Author Archive for Frank Paynter

Dr. Frank (TA) Paynter has a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He retired from a successful 25-year civil-service career in 1993 and spent the next 15 years as a antenna researcher at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, retiring again in 2008 to become a full-time soaring bum. He is the author of the book “Cross Country Soaring with Condor”, co-authors (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 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. Now 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.

So long, Soaring

This is (probably – you never know for sure!) my last Soaring Cafe post. Last month, at the Minden 18m Nationals, I was disqualified for ‘unsafe thermalling’ in response to a written complaint from Dennis Linnekin (DL).  In addition to being disqualified from that event, I was prevented from competing in the 15m Nationals at Montague.…

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…

Tullahoma, Tenn GTA Race

I’m sitting in my Micro-Castle here at the Tullahoma GTA (Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama) race site, on Saturday July 5, waiting for my brain to wake up and smell the coffee.  Tullahoma regional airport (KTHA) is a great soaring site, with lots of ramp space for assembling gliders, huge runways with at least two separate grass runways, and a…

Tullahoma, Tenn Contest Database Review – Part II

Following the procedure developed during my Perry airport review (see http://soaringcafe.com/2014/03/perry-wagener-sc-airstrip-review-part-ii/), I started by importing the 2014 ‘tullahm1.csv’ file (Comma-separated-variable) into Excel.  I prefer using an Excel file because Leibacher can handle it directly, and because there is a converter(https://www.earthpoint.us/ExcelToKml.aspx) that can convert a properly organized Excel file to KML, which can then be viewed in Google…

Tullahoma, Tenn Contest Database Review

As part of my 12-step crash recovery program, I have taken a solemn vow to never fly at a new soaring site without first having thoroughly reviewed the contest waypoint database for that site.  I want to determine, to the extent possible using my feeble brain and Google Earth, whether or not the landing places…

Dale Kramer, BMapper, and Windows 7

A month or so ago I was finally forced to abandoned my beloved Dell Precision M6300 laptop running Win XP for a newer ride.  I liked that old laptop so much I actually had two identical M6300 models so I could swap the hard drive from my primary to my backup (or vice versa) in case of…