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Winter 2006-07

It has been a long time since I found the time to write this semi-regular PW5 News e-mail, so let me take this opportunity to send my best wishes to all of you for a wonderful New Year 2007, filled with joys, success, and good health… and many happy and safe flights.

I don't know about you but I will remember 2006 as the “Year of the Storms”…. The National in Marfa was a delightful event, thanks to Burt and Kathy Compton, with the now-legendary World Class atmosphere and camaraderie. We had some great (if challenging) flying but several examples of Western “monster storms”. Rick Sheppe has written a very nice article in the December issue of Soaring Magazine. You can also find day-by-day results on the SSA website at

Then Pat Tuckey and I headed to the 2006 World Championship of the World Class in Vinon (Southern France), an area typically known for its very dry summer. Well, guess what? Flying in the Southern French Alps was magnificent, and we flew 11 days out of 14, but had to dodge storms practically every day… Day 3 was actually officially nicknamed “Mud Day” when an inch and half of rain flooded the field and cars got stuck in the mud pulling gliders (the few who finished that day) back to the tie-down area… Pat and I are very proud of the Team flying we managed to do (trust me, not easy to do consistently and efficiently), and pulled some good results on many days. The day-per-day results, and many great photos, are at

Time to think about 2007:
Remember the SSA Convention in Memphis. As usual, our WCSA event will be on Saturday morning February 10. I hope many of you will be able to attend the Convention and our breakfast.

The 2007 National contest will be held at beautiful Chilhowee Gliderport, near Benton, TN on May 1-10. Contact Sarah Kelly at or check This year, our National will be held jointly with the 1-26 National. It will be nice to share the field and the cumuli with the 1-26ers, and Sarah is advertising the joint event as “short wings over Chilhowee…”

With the success of the “cross-country clinics” and “lead-and-follow” of the previous years, we are planning to hold similar events this year, with the first being scheduled during the week-end just preceding (April 28, 29, and 30) the National. If you are not ready to jump into a contest yet, but want to discover cross-country flying and mingle with the World Class bunch, this should be for you. So, plan to come down to Chilhowee and spend a long weekend practicing for your badges or learning about cross-country. Let me know if you are interested.

Since the National will be in the East, it would be great to have a Regional in the Central or Western regions. If anyone has an idea or a lead, please let me know.

Several people have asked me about spare parts and about purchasing new or used PW5. There are not too many used PW5 for sale, and they go fast when they are advertised. On the other hand, for spare parts and new PW5, you can contact the two manufacturers: DELTA for the B1-PW5 (contact Rafal Mikke at, and Jesow for the PW5 and PW6 (contact Charles Yeates, dealer for North America at:

BTW, if anyone is interested in a part-share of a nice PW5 based at Bermuda High, contact Scott Neumann at:

As always, if you have safety tips, techniques info, latest news, ads, announcements, or questions, etc., a good place to post them is the WCSA Bulletin Board that Pat Tuckey put together (thanks, Pat). If you haven't checked it yet, go to: If you have stories, anecdotes, or information of a more archival nature, then consider sending them for the website at (send to: John Wren, our volunteer webmaster, is in the process of making a major update, but it really is YOUR website, so he needs your input and stories and experiences, etc. Good photos are also very welcome.

I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday Season. See you under a cumulus in 2007…
Happy flights to all.



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