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Windy Weekend at I99

Apr
13

On Saturday, the crew had operations set up bright and early. Kevin Johnsen braved the 15+ crosswind for the first flight, followed by an intro ride for a local resident and two flights by Tom Beckenbauer before operations were cancelled for the day due to increasing winds. Everyone expressed appreciation to Gerry Whitson for his tows in the challenging conditions. 

On Sunday, the crew and several other members enjoyed some hangar flying and sitting on a new couch donated by Kris Maynard, but the fleet remained in the hangar due to the gusty winds. 

 

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Mike Nichols secures Wolf Aviation Fund Grant for CISS

Apr
12

Breaking News!

Mike Nichols has just received the following notification that his CISS Proposal for funding a program to introduce youth to soaring has been selected as one of the winning projects. Details to follow...... 

Congratulations!  Our review team has decided to provide partial support for your project. The document attached below represents the Wolf Aviation Fund Grant Conditions of Acceptance agreement for your grant proposal, as indicated on the form.............

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Wednesday Flying April 9

Apr
09

 If you are able to come on out and fly on good weather Wednesdays remember late Spring / early Summer can be very good .  Today we made 9 launches -  Longest flight was over 5 hours and cloud bases reached 7000msl by the end of the day . 

 Thanks to Kris Maynard for towing - he even did extra duty for two students one of whom ( Tom Beckenbauer )  made his first solo flight . Well done Tom.

Hope to CU more of you next week -  weather permitting. 

Ron Clarke  ZA

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Crew #2 Report Sunday April 6 2014

Apr
07

Sunday was a pretty good day for Crew #2 and for CISS.  We had nice weather, a good turnout, got 24 tows, plenty of sun & exercise and crew members and pilots got a chance to knock off some of the winter rust with some early season flying.  Overall not bad for a first crew day of the season and an outstanding effort by the crew under less than ideal field conditions and special thanks to Kris Maynard for a full day of excellent towing.

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Flying Wednesday April 9

Apr
07

This Wednesday ( April 9 ) looks like a very good soaring day so we will start up what we hope will become a regular flying day each good weather Wednesday this year .

Kris Maynard has kindly agreed to tow beginning 12:30 and will leave at 2pm so come on out early if you plan to fly a club glider and be ready to launch any time after 12:30 .

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Draft Rule Change could effect Experimental Gliders

Mar
31

Tom Klassen 2NO posted the following on the ras newsgroup which might be of interest to members flying on an experimental type certificate.

http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/media/DRAFT_Order_8130.2.pdf

Pilots with S-LSA gliders like the Phoenix might start making comments. It could restrict their ability to fly over congested area or at night without regard to the pilot's certification level.

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A Great Day at the Airport

Mar
31

Following the excellent Safety Meeting and a bit of snow on Saturday, Sunday was finally a beautiul spring day at I99. Many members took advantage of the clear blue skies, unlimited visibility and calm winds to kickoff the soaring season. Tod Rutledge served as informal crew chief, Ed Escalon provided tows and many members assisted with other crew activities. The unofficial count was 22 launches. There were 5 instructors on the field, and at least 3 members completed flight reviews in addition to a number of other pilots making initial season flights with an instructor.

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Skew T Android App

Mar
28

A very interesting Skew T App developed by Alan Walls is available at the following URL. 

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/rec.aviation.soaring/Iwb4f-hZpYw

It provides a very easy to use diagram with a simple slider to show how conditions will vary throughout the day based on forecast temps. 

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John Earlywine, Master CFI Emeritus

Mar
25

John Earlywine, a 7-time Master and a SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus (MIE) status in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.  John is a Central Indiana Soaring Society CFI at Alexandria Airport (I99).  He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's South Bend FSDO area. 

John Earlywine, MCFI, with Condor flight simulator
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Action at Alex

Mar
23

Mike Nichols reports on activity at I99 on Saturday March 20, including some reassembly of 87Z by 6 or 7 guys. Ken and Ron cleaned and polished 87Z. They also taped the Grob and the1-34. Thanks to everyone who participated. 
                                                               
 

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