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Wills Wing Demo Days 2018 Wallaby Ranch

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Thursday April 5, 2018 and Wills Wing Demo Days at Wallaby Ranch begins. Steve Pearson, Dave Aldrich and Kendrick Stallard have a trailer loaded with new gliders. The wind this morning is too strong for tandems so there is lots of socializing taking place. Maureen and I go for a 25 mile bike ride and when we return a few people are getting ready to fly so I get my equipment together. Larry Bunner lands having flown in from Quest Air and Larry says there is lots of lift left, Brian Ridder and Tom Niblick get off first and I follow with Reed Sparks and Griffin behind me. Moritz Wagner from Rochester arrived today and had a good flight. Fay Barber puts me into a good thermal just north of Wallaby Ranch but I loose it and get down to 800 feet ato when I finally find lift coming out of launch at the south end of the Wallaby field. I work it back up to 2 grand when I see Griffin in some lift over the pasture to the south of Wallaby so I work my way into the lift and follow it to the west over the orange groves. Griffin doesn't want to follow the lift back as far as I did as he is flying a new WW Sport 3 and was not sure what to expect for penetration. I work the thermal close to Hyw 4 and get up to 3,850 feet ato and finally I decided to head back to the Ranch. The air was fairly buoyant so I played around in lift areas for a few more minutes and landed with a flight of 1 hour and 7 minutes. I noticed one of the new Demo glider landing just after me. Brian Ridder brought a cart and we pushed my T2C back to the staging area where there were lots of pilots hanging out. I see Davis Straub and Ken Kinzie there so they must have flown in from Quest also. There were lots of pilots checking out the new Wills Wing Gliders on display. Malcolm Jones had a Great vocalist and a guitarist for our entertainment while we had a wonderful meal. The forecast looks great for Friday so we are excited to get into the air again.

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Photos Below

Steve Pearson - Wills Wing Sport 3

 

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3,201

 

Bob - Tennessee

 

Family Affair

Peter Brockett Jr.

 

Steve Ready To Launch

 

JJ -Tug Pilot

Laurie Croft

 

Dave Aldrich - Wills Wing

 

Bob

Student 3,202

 

Paul Harrison

 

 

Solo Pilot 3,203

Fay Barber

 

Reid Sparks

3,204

 

Students 3,205

Tom Niblick and Brian Ridder

 

Bob ? and Miller Stroud

Dave Aldrich - Wills Wing

 

Kendrick Stallard

3,206

 

Laurie Croft

Walt and Student

 

Kendrick Stallard- Wills Wing

Students 3,207

 

Peter Flairs

 

PAUL Voight Lands The New Wills Wing Sport 3

 

Mark Johnston

 

Skydog

Trevor Glidersleeve and Brian Ridder

 

Tom Niblick

 

Sweet

Luke and Dad Jay Darling and Pup

 

Brian Ridder

 

Jim

Tom and Brian

 

Steve Pearson

Skydog

 

Brian Ridder

Dave Aldrich

 

Landing The Sport 3  3,208

 

Maureen Grant - Skydog Report Photographer

 

The Skydog Report

Friday April , 2018 and another sunny day. Tandems and demo gliders are on the go this morning and we shoot some photos. The soaring forecast is great and shows an early start so I get ready by noon push out to the soccer field at the northwest end of Wallaby Ranch. Within minutes there is a line of gliders with their pilots ready to go. Fay Barber pulls me up first and oops but the engine on the Dragonfly is sputtering when we reach 800 feet and Fay waves me off. I am searching for lift and get down to 600 feet ato when I hit a bubble so I play with it for a bit and it turns into a great elevator ride up to over four grand in thirteen minutes. Oh I am so happy that I did not have to land and try again. There are a lot of gliders in the line now and I am waiting for them to get up here so that I can film my buddies. Greg Linneman is first to come in close and we thermal together for a few minutes as we drift to the west and finally I feel that heading upwind would be best so I pull the VG on and I am back to Wallaby in five minutes and still above 4 grand. I catch another elevator p and see that Greg has lost a lot of altitude coming back. By now there are maybe ten gliders in the air and soon Sebastian Domingo comes in close with his beautiful new Atos VR and we thermal up to 5,800 feet ato while both of us are filming so I am really excited about the footage that we likely have. Seb and I work together for a half hour and then head our separate ways. There are likely thirty glider in the air and there is lift almost everywhere. After a couple of hours Sebastian shows up again and we film together for a few minutes and then I decided to take a run south east to the cloverleaf and above tasty treat to the south. I sure with that they could have sent me up a cone. Next I head north along Hyw 27 to the warehouses and there is more lift over them. I am finally getting weary and head west for a landing. My airtime today was 3 hours and 4 minutes and I topped out at 5,800 feet ato. Moritz Wagner from Rochester NY had a great two hour flight up to six grand.

After lunch the later session was on and my Cloud 9 friends, Brian Ridder and Tom Niblick both get airborne quickly and they both have excellent 2 hour flights and up to 6, 700 feet landing after six pm. Friday was a stellar day and many pilots tried out the new Wills Wing Gliders. Later we had a great meal and wonderful entertainment.

Saturday was a no fly day with strong winds and there was plenty of socializing. The big party in the evening was great with a big eight piece band.

Sunday the Wills Wing boys Packed up and headed for Lookout Mountain to continue their tour.

Photos Below

Dave Aldrich, Kendrick Stallard and Steve Pearson

 

Good Morning Line-up

 

The All New Sport 3 From Wills Wing

 

Morning Launches

 

Paul Voight Ready To Launch

 

Lee Silver

Reid Sparks

 

Bob Captures Greg Linneman

 

Reid Sparks

Tandem Rides

 

Skydog Bob With Sebastian Domingo In The Background

 

Paul Voight

 

Walt Takes A Tandem

Jim Van de Grift

 

Lee Silver

 

 

 

 

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Walt, Malcolm and Tandem Student

 

Reid Sparks - Lift Off

 

Walt - Tandem Instructor

Mike Barber and Rick Mullins

 

Lee Silver

 

 

Paul And Beth

 

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Miller Stroud

 

Lee

 

Reid Sparks

Greg and Kim

 

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Greg Linneman

3,007 and Paul Voight

 

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3,009

Cory Barnwell

 

Lee

 

Kim - Ouch

Ken Kinzie

 

Peter Brockett Jr.

 

3,010

Sebastian Domingo

 

Ready To Go

 

Dave Aldrich

Sebastian and 3,011

 

Paul Voight

 

Miller Stroud

Sebastian Domingo

 

Mike Barber and Rick Mullins

 

Tyson Richmond Takes The S-3 To Launch

 

Lee Silver

3,012

 

Lee

 

"G"

 

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Mark Droy

 

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Mark Johnston - Tow Pilot

Tom Lanning

 

Sebastian

 

Tom Ide

3,028

 

Skydog Bob With Glider In Background

 

Laurie Croft

3,021

 

Mark Droy

 

Mike Barber

Lee Silver

 

Mark Droy

 

Let's Go

Kim

 

3,024

 

3,025

Mark Droy

 

3,027

 

Mark Droy

Sebastian

 

3,029  Sport 3

 

3,030

Mark Droy

 

3,032

 

Harry

Mark Droy

 

Bob And Sebastian

 

Ken Kinzie

Tom Niblick

 

Mark Droy

 

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Bob and Sebastian

 

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Brian, Tom and Julie

 

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Brian Ridder, Tom and Julie Niblick

"G" and Matt Carr

 

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Tom

Julie

 

3,051

 

Sebastian

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Sebastian

 

Rick Mullins

 

3,062

 

Matt Carr

 

Moritz Wagner

 

3,064

3,065

 

Skydog Bob

 

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Tom Niblick

 

3,067

 

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Skydog

Sebastian

 

3,069

 

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Morning Balloons

 

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Sebastian

 

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Seb And 3,076

 

Sebastian Domingo

3,077

 

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Seb

 

Dave Aldrich and Tom Niblick

Seb

 

3,079

 

3,080

 

Matt Carr

 

Morning Line-up

 

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3,083

 

3,084

 

Mick Robson

Moritz Wagner

 

 

3,085

 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

 

Peter Brockett Jr.

 

3,086

Lee

 

Mark Droy

 

Brian Ridder

 

 

Rocket Man

 

Peter Brockett Jr.

 

3,089

 

3,090 And JJ

3,091

 

Tom Niblick

 

Tom Niblick

 

Bob And Sebastian

 

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Paul Voight

 

Brian Ridder

 

Greg And Kim Ludwig

Jimmy Nordle and Abby Pup

 

Matt Carr

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