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#1 OldBuzzard OFFLINE  

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 01:17 PM

When I'm not putzing around with my Bolens stuff, I fly Sailplanes.

I started flying back in the late 70's but never got my full license. I was flying mostly J-3 Cubs and a Cessna 140 that I bought. Near the end I started taking Glider lessons as well, but I had to quit because #1 son arrived and it was just too much $$ at the time.

For some reason late last summer I kinda got the "itch" again.

I knew that there was a Sailplane Club just about 10 miles down the road from me, so I stopped in to check out what they were flying.

I did a "Guest Flight", and ... I'm currently doing Ground School so I can take the written test in March, and hopefully take my Flight Test in mid-summer.

Here's a link the the Club's web site.

http://www.funcountrysoaring.com/

And an aerial view of the field. I'll be using my Bolens 1256 with the Haban Sickle-Mo to trim around the pond, and some other places, so I'll get some seat time on the tractor as well as in the Sailplanes...a win-win situation for sure :p

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 04:00 PM

That's pretty cool! Hopefuls you pass your test and get your license! My school district has a good boces program with a 2 year aviation course that I want to take. At the end of the course I get my private license if I pass. And its free!

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 04:57 PM

That is neat, I like to ride up to look out Mountain and watch the hang gliders launch and sail through the air.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 07:05 PM

Back in the 70's in Bryan Ohio they had some kind of National Meet, just remeber going over and watching. Located 20 miles away I remeber them circling and heading back towards the airport. Very cool! Good luck!

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:52 PM

I too enjoy flying. This is an air to air photo of me taken last June at a Fly Inn near lake Poinsett SD. The plane is a Pioneer FlightStar.
I also enjoy fishing, shooting, gardening, and the Grand children.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 05:45 AM

That is a cool "hobby",but being scare to fly,it wouldn't be for me.
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 07:35 AM

That is some nice looking property you have.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 11:58 AM

MY property? Only in my dreams :p :p :p

That's the field that the Club leases.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 01:41 PM

Oh. When you were talking about using the sickle-mo around the pond I just assumed it was yours. Still it is a nice place.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 08:40 PM

I wish you luck with everything OB. I think it would be fun to do the glider thing, having no sound but the wind. Are you able to hit the thermal pockets with the gliders? I know they do it with the r/c stuff so I would imagine it is possible with the real gliders as well?

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 07:49 AM

Yep...thermals are what we look for. At least in this neck of the woods which is all pretty flat. If it's a poor soaring day with no lift, a flight will only be about 20 minutes after you leave the tow plane. If it's a good day with a lot of thermals, you can stay up for hours

Now over in PA, there is a little town called Julian, which is just NW of State College. It's on the Bald Eagle Ridge and when the wind if from the proper direction, you can fly for hours and hours by running parallel to the ridge. In fact, with the right pilot, sailplane, and weather, it's possible to launch from Julian, and fly all the way to Chattanooga TN in a sailplane.

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Posted March 26, 2012 - 03:10 PM

Just a bit of an update:

Finished the Ground School, and have the endorsement in my log book. :dancingbanana:

Am scheduled to take the written this this Friday, MAR 30.

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Posted March 26, 2012 - 04:08 PM

Thanks for the update OB.I'm sure you'll do well on your written test.

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Posted March 26, 2012 - 04:46 PM

Way to go, you'll be soaring with the Eagles before you know it. I fly R/C stuff, or used to, and Dad is a private pilot. I would really enjoy learning to fly some day.

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Posted March 26, 2012 - 05:20 PM

Good luck with the written test! Nothing like getting into strong lift for a real thrill.




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