Skydog Sports

Florida February 2014

 February 02, 2014

 Skydog Report Headquarters Wallaby Ranch

 

The Skydog Report

Friday January 31st I take a flight from London, Canada to Wallaby Ranch were Oded is waiting for me at the airport. I had just returned the day before from a family trip to Puerto Rico where Patrick O'Donnell and I flew with Bobby Hastings last Saturday. This Saturday was a rainy day so we organized and got ready for Sunday which was forecast to be a good day at Wallaby.

Sunday opened with fog that burned off by eleven o'clock and by one pm. we were in line and ready to catch some lift. I went off first and caught a good one right after release and I took it to 3,900 feet and base. Moving around, it was evident that there was lift almost everywhere. I watched as twelve others came up and finally Oded was with me on his Atos VQ and we thermalled together for a half hour. I took a little trip south past the hospital and got down to 3 grand and headed back to some good lift and cumulous clouds and back up to 5,965 feet at base. Tom Nejame joined me for a while and tried to encourage me to follow him south to Hanes city but I lost sight of him and turned back to the good lift where I met Mick Robson and Oded and a Litespeed and we played near base for a while. Next I decided to go west and that was a mistake as the clouds over there were not working so I landed with one hour and 40 minutes. After the 3 pm lunch I took a second tow and got up to 4,000 feet north of the ranch where Oded and others were playing in the lift. After one hour I lost lift and headed in for a good landing. Oded stayed up a half hour longer and totalled 3-1/2 hours and 5,200 feet ato. This was one of the best days that many have ever had. George Adams dropped by to tell us that he had logged 4 hours and up to 4,800 feet on Sunday at Quest Air.

 

"SkyBreeze" Video of the Week

Photos Below

Mick Robson Thermals with Skydog

 

Oded on Approach

Dragonfly

 

Sunspot by Skydog

 

Tandem

Oded

 

Dragonfly Take - Off

 

Oded Landing

Oded Kalir

 

Litespeed Below Skydog

Oded Above Skydog

 

 Oded Ready For Take - Off - Aric Paulson Hooks Oded Up

 

Tandem

Tandem

 

Skydog Above Oded

Oded Waves Me Off

 

Sailplane Below Oded

Tom Nejame and Oded Kalir

 

Litespeed With Me

Oded and Glider

 

Tandem

Tug

 

Oded Over Steve Arndt's Sailplane

 

Tandem

Mick Robson

 

The Skydog Report

Monday February 3rd. is a cloudy morning with rain at ten am. but it clears and we are off by 2 pm but this time the lift is scarce as I take the first tow again and I get down to 900 feet in ten minutes but find a little thermal at the tree line at the north end of the field and take it up to 3,200 feet and watch as otters get towed to the west of the field but now I am way north east of the field so I head south west toward a good looking cloud and when I get there it is hopeless and I finally get down to the field and land after 43 minutes. Oded lands shortly after me and said that he found nothing workable. We watch as thee others get pretty high and wonder how they found it. We will try again after the lunch break. OK so we tried and Oded went first and sunk out then I went up and stuck for 35 minutes up to 2,800 feet. Oded came up again and had a 25 minute flight. Mick Robson had the flight of the day with a 3 hour flight and Tom Nejame did the same. A challenging day for all of us.

Photos Below

 Oded Landing Approach

 

Rick Bremmer

Aric Paulson

 

Pete Vranesich - NJ

Melanie and John Armstrong

 

Oded

Frank

 

Jason Williams

Oded and Tom

 

Aric Paulson- Flare

 

The Skydog Report

Tuesday February 4, 2014 a sunny morning and we are on the line by 1 pm. I am third off today with John Pettinato and Tom Nejame ahead of me. Oded gets off fifth and stays up for 35 minutes and I sink out after 19 minutes. We both take another tow and this time I manage to get to base and last for 45 minutes when the sink between the clouds takes me down to a Ranch landing. Oded stays up racing around from cloud to cloud for 1h-50m getting up to 4,800 feet ato. After the break I take another tow and last for 51 minutes and I get up to 4,333 feet ato. This time I was shooting a new small camera that Maureen had recently purchased. I hope that I caught some good images and I will post them on Wednesday. Oded is loving his new Atos VQ and I am often left in the dust. Tom Nejame did a big loop around the area again today. Aric Paulson later told us that he got up to 5,200 in front of a cloud to the south of the Ranch. I had drifted north and got to base quite easily but then the sink between the clouds was enough that I would loose too much most often. John Armstrong was way high when I took my second tow and we thermalled together for 15 minutes or so. John Pettinato took my Gopro up but only had a 18 minute flight and did not take a later tow when the conditions were much better. Tom's circuit was first to Hanes City and then across to Fantasy of Flight at Polk City and then to Hyw. 33 and Dean Still road and finally back to the Ranch for a three hour flight. A great day for most pilots.

Photos Below

 John Pettinato - Aeros Phantom

 

GoPro on John's Phantom

 

Glider Towing

Black Vulture - White Wingtips

 

Sand Mines Below

Cloud Base

 

John Armstrong

Jason Williams Coming Up

 

 Oded Kalir Zipping Around

 

John Armstrong

 

John Armstrong

Jason

 

Two Dragonflies and Gliders

Clouds Over Sand Mines

 

Jason

Rick Bremer

 

Wallaby Ranch

vario

 

Jason

Paul Towing Oded

 

Oded at Base

 

Passing Sailplane

Oded

 

Oded on Tow

Oded Close

 

Oded

Oded

 

Rick Bremmer

 

Sailplane Thermalling

Jason

 

Oded

Oded

 

Sand Mine

Two Gliders Being Towed by Fay and Paul

 

Oded

Oded

 

Oded

 

Rick Bremer on His New Aeros Phantom

Rick Bremer on His New Aeros Phantom

 

Rick Bremer on His New Aeros Phantom

 

Oded

Sailplane

 

 The Gang Waiting For Rick Bremer to Land

 

John Pettinato and Mick Robson

Rick Bremer Landing His New Phantom

 

The Skydog Report

Wednesday and Thursday are no fly days and we are off to the Florida Ridge Friday morning as the forecast says it will be good flying there. Report later.

Friday We arrive at the Florida Ridge Hang Gliding center around 10:30 am and the overcast sky is starting to break up so we sign up an get our gliders assembled. Oded takes a familiarization flight at noon amidst the Tandems and Oded has a really nice first flight at the ridge and stays aloft for 25 minutes in the somewhat buoyant air.

After Oded comes down I take a flight and last 18 minutes and then we drive one mile to the Gator Dinner for lunch and it was great. When we come back we film the tandems and then get back into the air and this time conditions had improved substantially and we got to cloud base quickly but after 35 minutes I sink out and take a third flight which was really wonderful and I stayed up for-  1 hour and twenty minutes and Oded and I were at base and above quite often to a max altitude of 3,965 feet. Oded stuck for two hours on his second flight. The turkey vultures were often showing us great thermals and at the end of the day Oded lasted a couple of minutes longer than I did on his Atos VQ.   Wow, it was a beautiful day and we have video to show when I get time to edit it.

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The Skydog Report

Saturday February 08, 2014 and after the big Wallaby party Friday evening we were off to the Ridge again. We arrived at 11:30 and got ready to fly with about ten other solo pilots. Larry Bunner had been at Quest and he thought that the weather looked better at the Ridge so Larry and his brother Rob were getting Larry's Wills Wing T-2C ready so that Larry could do a triangle coarse. Two of the local pilots took off first and then I got towed up and it was bumpy on tow so I expected some decent thermals and I was not disappointed and the thermals were strong and Rasty. (Rough and Nasty) I rode it out and after one hour and seven minutes I was in the landing field and ready for another tow. Dave Derek towed me close to Oded who had taken off just before me and I was able to get up to base pretty easily. I tried to follow Larry Bunner but chickened out after a few minutes. A little later Larry came back and flew with me for a bit, Larry's T-2-C is really pretty with hat clear top sail. Oded lasted for 1 hour and 25 minutes and landed due to bumpy air. I stayed up for 1- hour and 39 minutes on my second flight. A real good day with strong lift.

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The Skydog Report

Sunday and we finally have blue skies at Wallaby after a few days of cloud. Tandems get of in the morning and by noon the sky is still all blue. Around 2 pm some cumulous show up in the distance to the north and we get ready to fly. Tom Nejame gets off first and I am fourth in line. I get off at 2,500 and work hard to find good lift and finally when I get down to 1,800 fee I bump into something near the warehouses and take it up to 2,800 feet. I follow it south to past Hyw. #4 and I get up to 3,850 feet and finally it I looses energy so I fly back to the north and find smaller ones on my way but then I hit big sink and get down to 1,400 feet and I am not far from #4 and it looks like a long glide into the headwind to get back to Wallaby Ranch but along the way I find smaller thermals that get me a couple of hundred feet up and finally I get back to the Ranch with 500 feet. Wow, was I thinking that I might not make it back but with a lot of luck I was in with a  1 hour and twenty minute flight. Now it was about 4 pm and Oded was anxious to get into the air as he had not taken the earlier flight so we went again ad this time Linda Salamone joined us along with a couple of others. It turned out to be weak lift but I found one over the warehouses and I stuck with it and got up to 2,800 feet and finally lost lift and landed after a 25 minute flight. Oded and Linda had similar flights. Mick Robson took his Super Floater up late in the day and had a nice smooth air flight. The boys from quest Air stopped by to pick up Mitch Shipley who had landed at wallaby taking off from Quest.

A fun day for all.

Photos Below

Melanie, John, Linda, Oded, Pete and Rick

 

Tandem Girls and Their Pups

Shooting Tandems

 

Tandem Girl

Returning HG Pilot

 

Tandem  Youngster

Tandem Family

 

 Oded, George, Linda and Larry

 

Mitch

Vito Licks Camera

 

Tandem Family

Linda Melanie and John

 

Linda With Mitch's Glider

Melanie and John

 

George Adams

Linda

 

 

The Skydog Report

Monday and we have blue skies again but chilly this morning like 50 degrees. No clouds by 1 pm so we get ready and Oded is off first at 1:40 pm and I am next with ten pilots behind us. Paul tows Oded over the warehouses and then tows me up over the orange groves to the west. I find some good lift but it soon dies and I see Oded pretty high east of the warehouses so I venture over there and get into what he has and get up to 3 grand. I see John Armstrong over the pasture to the south and he is screaming up so I get under him and take some of the good stuff that he has and then we part and I search and find lift past the warehouses again and I am alone. I see five pilots over the sand pits doing really well but I stay with my patch of lift over the warehouses and soon Mick Robson joins me in his Carbon Dragon and we circle together for a while. I don't see Oded for a long time now and wonder where he is along with everyone else. It seems that I am alone for a long time. Linda Salamone has a nice flight of over one hour and is very cold when she lands. Tyson Richmond also has a great flight after not flying HG for a while. Rick Bremer and John Pettinato get lots of great air also. Tom Nejame and Jason Williams are up with us also. Aric Paulson comes in for a nice landing after a great flight. After 2 hours and 5 minutes I loose lift and land and then ten minutes later Oded drifts into the Ranch. An hour later Mick Robson and Mitch Shipley glide in for three and one half hour flights.

Photos Below

Mick Robson Flies His Super Floater above Me

Jason and Oded Survey The Gliders Still in The Air

 

Tyson Richmond

Rick Bremmer

 

The Skydog Report

Tuesday and cummies early and by noon the sky is looking great so a bunch of us get in line and Oded is off first with me next and the rest to follow. Right off tow we get up to base easily and watch as the others get towed up. Cruising from cloud to cloud was easy today unlike Monday when there was lots of sink between the blue sky lift. I get up to 5,068 feet at base and Oded is right there with me and Scott joins us for a while. I take the lift north past Sand Mine road and then south to Hyw #4 and then to the east over the Omni golf resort ad then past the orange groves maybe three miles. Oded goes down after one hour on this first round for the day and I last for 2 hours and 40 minutes when I am forced to land along with many others in a down cycle. Just as I land at 4 pm. Oded is starting a new line for take offs and I get in right behind him. Mick Robson gets off first in the Carbon Dragon and has the flight of the day landing near dark. While cruising around in the smooth lift I notice a flexi coming toward me from the north and it turned out to be Mitch Shipley and he made a couple of turns with me and then headed back to Quest Air. Rick Bremmer has a great flight on his new Phantom and Oded stays up for two hours. I last for 1 hour and 7 minutes on this one and my best altitude is 5,347 feet ato to cloud base. Today was especially nice and the later day flights were in smooth lift like a wonder wind.

Photos Below

 Oded Flies Until Sunset

 

Rick Bremer

Rick

 

Rick Bremer

Rick on Approach

 

Oded on Approach

Oded Landing

 

 

 

The Skydog Report

Wednesday is overcast and around six pm it rains hard and we go to Table Tennis.

Thursday is too windy for flying but the forecast looks good for Friday and Saturday and we have airline tickets for Sunday so we will be leaving Florida.

Thursday has 25 mph winds so Oded takes me windsurfing on the Banana River and I have a good two hours of sailing. The wind was offshore so we had to get out a ways to get into the good wind. I had a few good runs before I was too tired to continue.

Tinho at Calema Windsurfing treated us very well.

calema.com

Photos Below

Bob and Owner of Calima Windsurfing - Tinho

 

Bob and Scot From Ottawa, Canada

Egrets

 

Landing

Fly By

 

Bob and Scott

 

Sailor

Bob

 

Carnival Cruise Ship In The Background

 

Bob

Tinho and Bob

 

 

The Skydog Report

Friday and we head to Quest so that Oded can help George Adams learn how to use George's new Mosquito harness on his ne Will Wing U2. We got the system all set up and took it over to the launch area which has a slight down slope to it and the wind was coming up the slope at about 5 mph. After some deliberation Oded put the harness on and started the engine and gave her full power and ran with it but is was not running smoothly so Oded stopped to see what was going on and then tried it again with the same results so they decided to give it a rest and try new fuel for the next day. Marty Beckenbach was there doing some flights on the 912 Dragonfly and we saw a couple of tandems go up.

 We headed back to Wallaby and got ready to fly and by 1:30 we were at the launch area and Oded was in line first but had a zipper malfunction so Mitch Shipley took off first and I followed with Paul Harrison towing me into some decent lift and I followed it back over the subdivision to the north east and up to 3 grand. I notice that Mitch was getting low and soon Mick Robson was being towed up and before long Mick joined me in some rasty air but decided to venture farther away due to the choppy conditions. After a half hour Mike Barber had Oded's zipper in working condition and Oded was airborne and soon joined me at 3 grand and Mitch was again in the air. Ode and I traded places on top for a half hour or so and after 1 hour I landed with Oded Landing five minutes later. Mitch had already landed but Mick Robson was floating around in his Carbon Dragon and Mick had a 2 hour flight. I took a second tow after 4:30 but it was a sledder for 16 minutes. The highest that we got up to Friday was 3,400 feet and this would be our last flights on this trip as we are flying American Airlines home on Sunday and Saturday is going to be too windy.

I has been a great trip and we hope to get back for Wills Wing Demo Days on March 26 th. 2014.

My Airtime this trip was 20 Hours and 25 Minutes

Photos Below

Oded Is Not Sure About Doing This

Mark Frutiger - Quest Air Manager

 

Mosquito Harness On U-2

George Adams New U2

 

Just Waiting For a Pilot

Oded Gives it a Run

 

 It's Not Running Properly

 

Lance's New Sport 2 - 175

 

Paul Shows The New Glider

 

Oded Lands On Our Last Day Of Flying

 

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