Tony Condon

Spring … Go South!

Glider at DeQueen

“Spring, Go South.” KSA members have been saying that for decades. Since well before Jim LeSeuer wrote his article “Distance in the Spring” in the March 1967 Soaring, pilots in Kansas have been watching spring cold fronts pass, watch the weather behind them closely, and occasionally chase one towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Day 4 Region 9 Moriarty

Well the contest here is complete and the last day was a good one. The wind was forecast to come up and although Mike the Strike was wearing his white hat he was forecasting mostly blue in the task area. We (or at least i) was a little worried about this as the task had…

Finally Day 3 at Region 9 Moriarty

We finally managed to get Day 3 in the bag here in Moriarty today. The forecast was for thunderstorms so everyone was antsy to get started and on task. The task for us sports class gliders was a 3 turn Turn Area Task, first south, then back north, with the final area just to the…

Another attempt at Day 3 Region 9 Moriarty

This morning we arrived at the airport not only to east winds but also to complete overcast! I may have stirred some excitement when I opened my trailer but quickly any observers realized that it was only to retrieve my coat from the cockpit of Kate. However when I went into the terminal building, Randy…

Not quite Day 3 at Moriarty Region 9

This morning we arrived at the airport to a curious sight. The windsock was pointing straight out, showing an East wind! As i collected my USB drive from the day before I commented that “wasn’t the wind here supposed to blow from the west?”. Mike the Strike didn’t have a lot to say about that.…

Moriarty Region 9 Day 2

Well it was another great soaring day in the Land of Enchantment. We were all a bit bummed to see that Mike wore his blue hat to the morning meeting. However the lift strength and top of lift forecast was as good or better than yesterday. Clouds? We don’t need no stinkin clouds! CD Tom…

Moriarty Region 9 Day 1

Hello racing fans, Well we had some great weather today here in Moriarty. Mike The Strike forgot his hat this morning thanks to an early wake up call to rig. Everyone had boxed the gliders up last night in anticipation of the storms that rolled through. Never fear though, there were cu here! Mike’s forecast…

Practice Days at Moriarty Region 9

Hello Sailplane Racing Fans, Leah and I arrived here in Moriarty on Friday night, with Kate the Std. Cirrus in tow. This is my first time flying at this world class soaring site and I was looking forward to all the wonderful soaring that I’ve been hearing about. The practice day on Saturday was looking…

First Flight of the Year

Leah took this picture of me upon her arrival.

Sunday the soaring forecast looked acceptable, the wind was forecast to be high, and it was supposed to be better to the west with lighter winds. I originally had hoped to fly a closed course but after arriving at the airport and feeling the wind, Leah and I re-formulated our plan to go downwind. The…

Thermals, Ridge, and Wave

Soaring Buffalo Ridge on Sunday – Photo Bruce Mahoney

Author’s Note: This is a reprint from my club newsletter about a weekend trip to Talihina, OK in February 2013. For more information on ridge and wave soaring in Oklahoma, check out http://talihinasoaring.com/Talihina_Soaring/Welcome.html. The toll booth operators in Oklahoma are getting smart. They wanted to know if I was headed to a glider convention. Jeff…