Fall Flying, Claire, Halloween and the BOD

We had some great flying days this week and Tuesday I had a great little flight. Tuesday is our Saturday around here and I spent the morning running errands with my son, all the while keeping an eye on every flag in town. Being a mom of a toddler, you need to take advantage of every flying chance you get but you also need to take advantage of all your napping opportunities. I laid down for a quick, 20 minute afternoon nap and an hour and a half later, woke up, looked up and saw at least fifteen gliders in the air. The day was projected to turn northeast, so I grabbed my harness and drove up top hoping that I wasn’t too late to launch. It was still straight in, well, maybe a bit north, but there were some really nice cycles. My launch felt so nice and there was lift all the way out to Burkhalter. Smooth, bouyant lift. I had to choose to come down. Flight stories from earlier in the day were that Catherine marked the first thermal, Dan had an awesome low save at about 400′ AGL, and the sky was filled with some old friends from Wisconsin. It’s great to be a part of a flying community that even during the week, when the conditions are flyable, there are plenty of friends to fly with. What’s to come… This is a big weekend. Our annual Halloween Costume Party is this Saturday. For $10 you get a great dinner, beer and a band. Don’t forget your costumes! There will be CASH PRIZES. Also the USHPA Board of Directors meeting is in Chattanooga this weekend. Pilots are welcome to attend. Claire will be conducting her last safety seminar of the season on Sunday, 10:30 AM, at the pavilion. The theme this time will be: How to maintain your flying skills and stay current in the winter. Claire would like to encourage pilots to bring any question they have and also share the story of their best flight of the season. This will wrap up the seminar series. I love this time of year! The sky is so clear you can see for miles and everything just feels so crisp. The leaves have just started to change, so the peak autumn colors are still to come. Something else to look forward to!

Reminder of Claire’s Clinic

Claire Vassort’s monthy clinic is Sunday July 27th at 10am in the LZ Clubhouse. This month’s topic is Watching the Weather. Please plan to attend. These clinics are invaluable to all pilots regardless of their skill level. Last month’s Launching and Landing clinic was excellent. Students and pilots, a free clinic taught bytwo of the world’s best pilots is an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

Flying Clinics by Claire Vassort


Former World Team member Claire Vassort will be offering an intermediate/advanced level seminar every last Sunday of the month until October 2008. This series of classes is centered around safety and flying efficiency. Pilots of all skill levels are welcomed to participate. Each class will have a theme and include a presentation by Claire and will be followed by a question/answer session. The meetings will take place at the LZ Clubhouse at 10AM.
Class Schedule:
May 25, 2008: Basic Rules of Safety How to have fun while keeping yourself Safe
June 29, 2008: Launching, Landing in and Landing Out How to Keep your Techniques Well-Practiced
July 27, 2008: Weather-Related Topics Sniffing and Working the Thermals, Weather Safety
August 31, 2008: Training Every-Flight Exercises to Improve your Flying
September 27, 2008: Ladies Weekend Learn How Wella LadyCan Fly
NOTE: This class will take place on a Saturday because of the Womens Fly-in on that weekend.
October 26, 2008: Wrapping up the Season How to maintain your Skills During the Winter. We will also share our best flying stories of the season.