Monthly Archives: May 2012

Charles Matthews We are very saddened to report that on Saturday, May 26 we lost a wonderful member of our community in a Dragonfly accident. This is what we know at this point, or at least the best that we can put together currently. Charles Matthews was flying the Dragonfly solo, checking the air in preparations for afternoon towing. There was a second Dragonfly aloft also checking conditions. The second Dragonfly was about 500 to 600 feet almost directly above Charles. Witnesses watched the plane flying very slowly, parallel to the mountain about 50 feet above the mountain and about 300 feet out away from mountain, in front of the shop almost over Burkhaulter Gap Road. The plane then started a 30 to 45 degree nose-down spiral dive, doing two rotations before disappearing into the trees. Dr. Carmichael was on the scene within 10 minutes to render aid but Charles had died. The BRS rocket parachute system handle was not pulled. The FAA has inspected the wreckage and released the aircraft for salvage finding no issues that could be determined to be the cause of the accident. We dont know what caused the accident, there is speculation, but at this point it is just speculation. Charles had flown LMFP tow planes for two years, flying on weekends for the fun of it. He was an excellent tow pilot who was often requested. Charles was a very experienced pilot and had a lot of experience towing sailplanes as well as hang gliders. He was an ATP rated pilot with many thousands of hours. He earned his first rating as a sailplane pilot when he was 14 years old. His father was also an airline captain and many know the sailplane airfield that his dad Art Matthews built in the Sequatchie Valley. He originally learned to fly hang gliders about 25 years ago at Lookout with his dad and he had spent the last two years getting back into hang gliding and was flying very well. He was very excited about hang gliding, actually he was just excited about flying anything and he loved to fly the Dragonfly. Charles was the kind of guy everyone wants as a friend with a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He was always positive, energetic, happy, and would do anything to help you out. He leaves behind his wife Cameron and his two children, Tyler and Eric, as well as his parents , Art and Betty. This is all very sad and Charles will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences to Charles family and friends. Charles Mathews will remain in our hearts forever

First Flights From The Past Week

Bill’s Launch

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Bill’s Launch

Mark Your Calendars!

Hi everyone!
Just an update on the excitement taking place at your favorite flight park -
On Wednesday, May 23rdLia is organizing another gal’s clothing swap at the clubhouse. Be thereat 7PM, wine and snacks available. So clean out your closets, ladies, and enjoy a fun evening. All unwanted clothing will be donated to charity.
On Saturday, May 26thwewill be having a cookoutfor Memorial Day weekend! Brats, hamburgers, side dishes, kegs and the band “Stimulus Package”, all for $10.
On Sunday, May 27thwe will have our FREE clinic on Restricted Landing Fields and Approaches. This clinic will be taught by Kit Martin. Meet at the clubhouseat 1PM eastern time.
Hope to see everyone there!

Tom Hager

Our community had been gifted with an incredible man; Tom Hager.Some of you will call him instructor on the training hills, great pilot, co-worker, running partner, “Iguana Tom”, the man with the great one liners or be proud to be counted in his circle of friends. Tom did not know a stranger, put everyone at ease, loved to teach, let strays rescue him and was true to his friends. Tom had been battling a rare form of cancer the last 2 1/2 years, did it with dignity and strength all for his passion for life. He lost his battle on May 12th with his family and Phoenix the wonder dog at his side. Please set aside time to remember Tom and say prayers for all his family and friends. Cards may be sent to his mother : Mrs. Jane Hager 1 Huntley Dr. Lancaster, NY 14086. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined at Lookout.The family has requested memorials in Tom’s honor for Sloan Kettering Hospital in NY City, The Miracle House in NY City or the Humane Society of your choice. If you have anything you would like to share with his family please email his sister Patty at:

Exciting Weekend Ahead of Us

LMFP’s Upcoming Events
Hi everyone!
Just sending a reminder of our exciting weekend! On Saturday, May 19th the Trenton Heritage Festival will take place on the square. Rick Gattone’s band is entered in the Battle of the Bands Contest, which will beginat 11:30 am, until elimination or winning.Rick could use some cheering on, and, you could stop and buy an airbrush “T” shirt from Scott and Lia while you are there.
Also on Saturday we will be celebrating Mongo’s 60th birthday! The dinner will be catered (chicken, potatoes, slaw, corn), the keg has been ordered (Mongo wisely decided it could be real beer, instead of Natural Light), and there will be karaoke. All free. So bring your Mongo stories (I am sure most of you have one) and wish Mongo well.
On Sunday, May 20th we will be having yet another FREE clinic – Competition Clinic: What to expect. How to prepare for your first competition. Having the right attitude. How to be a good representative for the sport. Taught by Eric Donaldson. Meet at the clubhouse at 1PM.
Hope to see everyone there!