I was a Live Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Dulles Annex, Udvar-Hazy Center,
March 25, 2006

Monday, June 11, 2012

Aerotow Day at Highland, June 10

The day after the East Coast Championship (ECC), conditions still looked excellent for the sky at Ridgely, MD. I got in a very satisfying 45 minute flight mid-afternoon, riding the thermal Zach dropped me by to over 4300'. A few folks flew cross country, but most of us stayed local.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Back to the Mountains - Woodstock, June 2

A northwest forecast prompted me to join the crowd at Woodstock. This was way overdue - I had not flown there since the fall of 2008! On launch, the slight left cross wind was bouncing off the right side of the slot, lifting my right wing. Waiting for a balanced wing meant I took my launch run with no wind. It worked fine, with a push out to bounce over the trees at the bottom of the slot. I spent about 20 minutes cruising between the two fingers, never getting more than 300' above launch. The air was not particularly rowdy, but just bumpy enough that I was working the entire flight. Out of practice, my arms were getting fatigued, so I landed at about 25 minutes. My approach pattern was spot on, but my flare a bit weak. As I was running out the landing, I tripped to my knees in the tall grass. Still, no beak, an all safe.

Dinner afterwards at a little pizza place in Woodstock, just off I-81, with Greg, Dan Tuck, Jesse, and Alex. Good company, nice time.