Author Archive for Tony Condon

Chilhowee Vintage Rally – May 26

  Leah and I arrived late last night for the Vintage Sailplane Association’s rally here at Chilhowee Gliderport. Unfortunately we weren’t able to bring a glider since we flew down on a Boeing 717 courtesy of Air Tran. However, we figured we would be able to rent some of the gliders here from Sarah and…

Flying a Vintage Glider in a Regional Contest

“This glider was unique. First of all, she was no contest sailplane. Most competition-oriented pilots could see that.” — Stan Hall (1956) Stan Hall dryly made this statement in his report about the first flight of the Cherokee II in the November/December 1956 edition of Soaring.While the glider was not designed as a competition ship,…

Day 5, US Region 10

Today’s task was a “Banquet Task”.  2:30 from Llano up to San Saba (15 miles), FLF Gliderport (25 miles), and Mason (20 miles).  Minimum distance was a mere 76 miles so even I would have to actually go inside the circles. Yesterday Frank (TA) and I had a discussion about why I always start right…

Day 4, US Region 10

The task for Day 4 was a 3:30 MAT.  Mandatory turnpoints were Eagle Rock Ranch for the first and the West Start point for a steering turn at the end.  It was up to us to fill in the gaps.  Frank Paynter (TA) gave a quick how-to talk after the pilots meeting to help the…

Day 3 – US Region 10

Todays task was another 3:30 TAT.  Turnpoints were Brady (25 miles), Lampasas (25 miles), Harris Ranch (25 miles) and Mason (15 miles).  We got our turn at the back of the grid today which was nice.  More time to relax before launch and less time churning around in the start cylinder before the gate opened. …

Day 2 – US Region 10

Today we once again had a TAT with a 3:30 minimum.  Turnpoints were Hamilton (30 miles) to the north, then back south to Moursund (25 miles) then west to Mason (20 miles) and a short run east to Llano.  I appreciated the task as the north/south of the first two legs was more or less…

Day 1 – US Region 10

Today’s task was another Turn Area Task, this time with 4 cylinders.  The course would take us generally over the same area as we flew yesterday in the practice day.  By the way, I was very pleased to learn this morning that the old Cherokee II and I won the practice day!  Our handicapped speed…

Practice Day – US Region 10

Today task for Sports Class was a TAT with turnpoints at Menard (30 miles), Kerrville (30 miles), and Burnet (20 miles).  We started launching about 1 PM and tasks opened at 2.  I started pretty quickly and managed to climb to nearly the max start height of 7000 before leaving the cylinder. The run towards…

Diamond Goal

Well I had a great soaring flight yesterday. I decided to fly the NG-1 since my Cherokee is in the garage right now and I’d like to do some work on it over the next few weeks. Plus the weather was looking good but not booming and if I flew the Cherokee I would want…

Almost Diamond

[Note: Here is a flight report from arguably my best flight last season. ] I had a fun time skipping work yesterday. Declared a 300 km out and return and took off at ~ 1PM. I made sure to get a valid start within 1 km of the start point on the opposite side of…