October 2009 Newletter



 Egads, we forgot the Badge and Record names from September Soaring.  Mary Anne Read got her SILVER ALTITUDE in a 1-26!   She also got her B Badge.  Taylor PHILLIPS was awarded his C Badge.  And Paul McDonald got his SILVER ALTITUDE in a Grob 102 at ASI during Thermal Camp.  All in all it was a good badge year for NSA at ASI but we probably could have done better if you would just take a logger with you.  Badge flights are published in a magazine distributed worldwide.  They are not only a way to recognize your achievement and advancement in the soaring community, it also gives free advertising to  ASI and increases the visibility to people and organizations that may want to utilize the fabulous facilities at ASI  or join NSA. 

On that note, we are making a special effort to qualify pilots for their Bronze Badge (the Cross Country Badge).  The A, B, C badges have to be awarded first.  To qualify for the Bronze, among other things, you have to make 3 solo spot landings witnessed by an SSAI within 400′ and make 2 simulated off field landings without reference to the altimeter SSA instructor aboard, plus take a written test.  Presently Stoney is the only SSA instructor NSA has but we have submitted Tristan Armstrong (Woodpecker) and Pete Casti (Skimmer) for completing their Bronze badge so that they can qualify for SSA instructor status.  There are large white squares on both runways with 400’ between the squares so you can practice precision landings.

NSA bought a Blanik L-33 with only 167 hours on it.  Tristan and his uncle are on the way back from Long Island and should be in Wed., 21 Oct.  We’ll be flying it this Sat, 24 Oct. if you want to join us.

INSURANCE – This is a reminder that NSA pilots are responsible for the first $2500 damage to a glider.  We are self insured through our $15000 CD beyond that.  In order for a pilot to be covered he/she needs a pilot license (student, private, commercial) and a current Flight Review.  Please schedule the flight review before you come out to ASI.  We do have full hull coverage of $45000 on our tow plane.     

STANDARDIZATION- is a good thing.  For instance, since we started calling “Canopy locked, Spoilers locked” we haven’t had a single instance of a glider taking off with either of those open.   A couple of other items:  the tow pilot won’t take out slack with someone in front of the wing of the glider.  Also the wing runner shouldn’t lift the glider’s wing until the slack is out and a thumbs up from the glider pilot.  Every professional pilot uses checklists and Tristan has made u some very good ones for the 2-33s, so please use them.

Tow pilots are attempting to apply power for takeoff a little slower towing 2-33s since we noticed applying power fast slams down the tailwheel.  The tailwheel on 897 broke because of this and had to be welded.

Ed Putnam suggested that we concentrate on improving one glider per year to upgrade its appearance – paint, cockpit, electronics, etc. We think this is a great idea and we picked 09H, the 1-26, to start with.   Ed designed a paint scheme (no black) and we expect an estimate soon.

BISHOP – this year we had issues with so many tows for 1 Pawnee at Bishop, up to 17 tows in one day and over 4 hours of towing.  For your planning, we decided to split Bishop into 2 camps of 4 days each and towing will begin on 23 June 2010 for the first camp 23-26 June, and the second camp 27-30 June.  One camp ends on Sat. and the other begins on Sun. We’ll have 2 tow pilots each period.  Can you fly Fri-Mon? That is under discussion but trending toward “No” as of now. Give us your input. We can have 12 pilots for each 4 day period and we’ll be asking you to stand down and ground crew one of those days.  If you want to be ground crew before or after your 4 days of flying, that’s OK.  Also we’ll be setting launch times or order for each glider launch also.

TOW PLANES – both have flown more than last year already, which was 112 hours.  Both have new tires and Red has new brakes.  We’ll ground Blue for awhile this winter for prop overhaul, oil cooler replace or overhaul, starter overhaul, and we need someone to take the seat belts out and send them to Wag Aero for repair.  Contact Chukar.

Thanks, COOT, for putting the large mirrors on Blue Tow, for working on the new fuel pad, and thanks, WILL  LUMPKIN for fixing the radio problem on 20T, vacuuming out the sand and fixing the Colibri mount on 17E.

WAVE FLYING – On 29 Sep, 3 of us flew in wave from ASI.  It required an extended tow toward Stead to get into the primary wave.  Tristan flew his first wave flight and got to 17500’.  Stoney flew 9H for 4 hours and Chukar flew for 7+45.  The tow costs about $90 (extended wave tows will be charged based on time instead of release altitude to keep your costs down and generate interest)  but  it is great soaring and quite an adventure.  One drawback is the strong wind on the ground and Lee did a terrific job towing us up.  Tows to wave at Minden are about $70-85 and we haven’t decided yet whether we will fly wave out of ASI or Minden this winter.  If you would like a dual checkout in the wave contact an instructor.  The ASK-21 is available for wave checkouts or ridge flights.

FLYING THE PEGASUS – if you are interested in flying the Pegasus let us know.  We would prefer members  who have attended one of ASI’s camps but that is not written in stone.  You can check out in glass with Stoney in the ASK-21 and then be cleared into “Peggy” following a cockpit check.  Taylor Nichols recently completed his flight review in the ASK and was signed off to fly the Pegasus. 

We’ve had so many solos I think we’re running out of water buckets.  We’ve got many new and excited pilots joining NSA and our future looks great.

Thanks to Lee Edling for taking Varian all the way to Washington state to get his teeth fixed and for paying for the transportation and lodging.  What great people we have.

Pete Casti is working on his commercial power license and we are grooming him and Aaron Dieringer to be tow pilots next spring.

We found the missing new handheld radio in Chukar’s -182 where we used it when we retrieved Blackhawk at Williams after Lee got the PASCO egg.  Then the EGG went to Truckee and then to Minden and Blackhawk flew to Minden to get it back for Air Sailing.  He tailored his glider back.  We are still missing our plastic tool box. 

Stoney got 2 more smart chargers and the batteries can be left connected to these chargers indefinitely. 

FINANCES – We have $18100 in our NSA checking account, $400 in the Sierra Fliers acct, and $15200 in the self insurance CD.  We spent $5000 for the L-33 so far with an interest free $15000 loan.  We just spent $1500 for NSA’s half of the fuel to fill the tank before winter, so NSA has about $3000 of fuel paid for in advance.

Remember that NSA has a news forum. It is fun to share soaring experiences and thoughts with the rest of the soaring community allowing other clubs and people interested in our outfit to see how we do things and how much fun we have. You can find the NSA forum on our wonderful web site. www.neavadasoaring.com or directly at http://nevadasoaring.proboards.com/

For a sample forum thread see Mrs. Skimmers first glider flight video and Rich Miller’s 89yr old mom (sorry about divulging your age Mrs. Miller) take her first glider flight on the forum at; http://nevadasoaring.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=siscussion&action=display&thread=52

It’s threads like these that get folks excited about soaring and interested in joining our club. Be sure to drop by and post something.




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