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
to think about 2007:
The 2007 National contest will be held at beautiful Chilhowee Gliderport, near Benton, TN on May 1-10. Contact Sarah Kelly at email@example.com or check www.chilhowee.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org), and Jesow for the PW5 and PW6 (contact Charles Yeates, dealer for North America at: email@example.com).
BTW, if anyone is interested in a part-share of a nice PW5 based at Bermuda High, contact Scott Neumann at: SNeumann@meikleautomation.com
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: http://www.napwars.com/wcsa/phpBB2/. If you have stories, anecdotes, or information of a more archival nature, then consider sending them for the website at www.wcsa.org (send to: firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
all of you are enjoying the Holiday Season. See you under a cumulus in