1st Doug Jacobs
2nd Sean franke
3rd Karl striedieck
Friday, June 29, 2012
I have emerged from the cloud of dust at the end of runway 22 on the last contest day. The task is a TAT Salinas (30) Wayne (15) bryce (25) beaver (19) we shall see how the scores shake out at the end of the day.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The winds at launch time were in the 15-20 range, gusting higher at times. Lots of blowing dust. This was one of those days where you would apply lip balm and immediately find it Caked in the talc-like brown dirt. Yum! Since it was bright and sunny, you could easily play the favorite game "Dirt or sunburn?" with your crew friends while waiting to be released from the far end of runway 22.
It was certainly a challenging launch environment, but pilots who found lift off tow, were up and away. There was a beautiful cloud field stretching from the Grand Canyon all the way they wal past Wayne's Wonderland. A large fire cropped up south of Cedar City, and smoke was increasing as we settled in to the campground at the airport this evening. Overall, pilots seemed to say this was a hard day, but fun, and beautiful.
I checked out the dinosaur footprints I have been meaning to see since 2005. Lots of fun for us, too! Looked like therapods - something three-toed, anyway. I have learned from watching Dinosaur Train that therapods had three toed feet, lots of teeth for eating meat, great big tail for balancing well and therapods have a great sense of smell.
Two more days to go. Perhaps I am losing it?
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
We are mid-launch now (14:10 local) and so far no re-lights. There's a cu over a high peak - delano I think - so we know where they are heading. That-a-way. It's currently a 3 hour turn area task. Will keep you posted.
With pretty strong winds today, the day was called off after a short wait on the grid. I enjoyed the day-off activities of laundry, dairy freeze, and grocery shopping. We spoke with Bob Farris who had flown anyway, and it sounded like he had a good time. The forecast for Saturday looks similar to today, so we will see what CD Gary Kempe's plan for us is.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
We did have a number of landouts. One friend of ours suffered the wrath of a farmer and his sons, who tried to demand payment for access to their field. They said they had a bad experience with a glider landing there a couple of years ago (or were just nutty, I don't know). So remember, be nice to the farmers!
Oh, did I mention that it was entirely blue today? Yes, it was. It was also a few degrees cooler than yesterday.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A cold front passed by overnight, and it's slightly cooler and calm this morning. Our task is a TAT white pine peak (25) table mountain (20) min time 3 hours. It should be similar to yesterday, blue, but less wind to chop up the lift. More soon!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We took the day off, seeing the forecast as fairly challenging, hot & blue with tricky winds. And hey, ey has struggled at parowan before - he doesn't need that kind of practice! Somewho did fly reported that it was indeed hard work. We had a few landouts. Everyone attended the welcome dinner & safety meeting. The tasty bbq was provided by Jeff & Jane, the local bbq purveyors. Getting ready for the first contest day on Weds.
It's definitely very dry and very bright slash sunny here. It's that searing rocky mountain sun and clear light you expect from the mountain west at almost midsummer. The camping area at the airport is filling up, the USAFA team arrived this afternoon, so it's starting to look like a nationals around here.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Many of our great friends are already here, favorite SCUM members, and more are expected over the next days. So when I tell my co-workers that I am spending MY summer vacation camping on a dusty airport in southern Utah, I suppose that is not the whole story. This is a camp of soaring gypsies, some of whom spend nearly all summer on the road doing just this. Some of them are new at it, just figuring the whole thing out. Some have been competing since the 60’s. It’s hard to explain why any of us (but SCUM in particular) want to do this – spend our free time on some remote and often dusty airport, supporting pilots who think racing engineless aircraft around all afternoon is the best fun there is. Apparently, I agree with them. This is a great sport, because of the great people in it.
We also remember and carry on in memory of those friends who are no longer with us, from Charlie Spratt and Lite, to many pilot friends we have lost due to illnesses or accidents. No contest will be the same without them, and we keep on racing with them in mind and heart, always.
We will have our first practice day on Monday, though many flew today. My pilot had a good flight on Saturday, so we took today off to get ourselves organized.