Pete Osbourne. Chucks Glider Supply Falcon 5.5
Pete Osbourne. Chucks Glider Supply Falcon 5.5
Flyable wind direction N (350)
1397 ft (600 AGL)
Glide to LZ
Primary 5.5 : 1
Secondary 7.5 :1
Location Sacramento, Pennsylvania
FL slot, grassy
minimum wind speed 5 mph
H2 P2 with observer
small LZ when crops present in growing season
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This was a flight from Sac I had started down the ridge toward the river and later Charles joined me I made it pass Pillow a bit. Charles made all the way to the river past Paxton. On the way back I landed in a field just east of the Pillow gap. Later Charles landed there too.
Yesterday; 11-24 two flew the Sac. Joe G and I Will H got up over launch. Had short flights. Just one of those days. Cold and punchy. Was worth it though as always.
Yes, Bacil and I flew the Sac on Monday. We both got over an hour of soaring. Bacil had just launched when I arrived. He flew down the ridge most of the way to the river and flew over the back and landed at a golf course. I did not get launched until after 4:00. At first it was not easy to stay at times but later on it glassed off and the ridge lift was very consistent. After I landed and went up to pick up my truck the launch conditions looked very nice.
Thanks to Joe and Karen for their help.
As fcst, nice day at da sac. Choppy until launches commenced about 1600. Blue skys with plentiful smoooth thermals and boating around out in the valley. Tops to 3400 above. J & K, roger, allen, and me sucked it up.......
I knew it was good!
Just by walking around outside at 5pm just south of blue mtn by bake oven knob.
The air was smooth and steady from the NW
Glad you all had awesome flights
I had a good time on the U2 145 for the first time. Got 2500' over launch flew way out in the valley. Then it turned too west and got lighter and we all had to land. Stayed up for just under an hour and a half.
We had a good turnout at the Sac Thursday. New PG pilot Bill and Julie and I met over at Joe and Karen's place around 11am waiting for the winds to calm. We had the rare opportunity to play pinball on Joe's vintage pinball machines. To burn some more time Bill, Karen and Julie used a rope saw to trim tree limbs to the right of the mound.
Joe was first off the hill around 3:30? Aron was next to go on the mound, then backed off launch becase it was rowdy, then back on launch again...waiting, waiting for a good cycle...still rowdy and cross, backed off launch again, tired of waiting and had to pee the longer the waiting went on. Finally went for a sledder around 4:30.
Then Allan B. flew making a few passes, it looked like he was getting up just before being booted out of the air.
Next was Bill D. flying PG and had a graceful flight to his chosen landing spot on the farm road.
Next Karen was off and sledded out to an east facing landing on the top of the corn field.
Chuck B. Flew a nice flight and nice flare spot landing by the windsock. Thanks to Tom Allen for assisting and being Chuck's Observer.
Aron decided to try again hoping for a wonder wind. The launch wind was light and probably could have ran longer/harder, anyway it went off ok as a ground skimmer feeling like a fast swoop then had plenty of elevation over the trees. Aron's goal for the day was to get a challenging slot launch and tight landing field practice with the Northwing Liberty to get comfortable on the new wing on other sites that require a higher performance wing...learning that transition to a higher performance glider is good but requires patience while figuring out the flight character of the beast.
It was great seeing everyone and having some good conversations. Bob and Cook came out today as well. Bob was itching to fly, began setting up and was missing the base tube...shucks, was spared the rest of the sledder agony. It was great to hear the various HG stories and history of several flying sites as we talked with Bob, plus the sweet wafting aroma of a good cigar...thanks Bob for all the legwork of the past that let's us fly today.
Thanks Karen for the great explanation of landing approaches for the Sac and Elizabethville! ...plus the bird watching experience.
Let's fly soon,
Thursdays Sac was fcst to be mellower than Wed, and it was. Bout 6 pilots flew. It was the classic Sac mixed bag. Doggers for three and stay-up- able air for three. Times varied from 2+ hours at 6,000 over to an hour of scratching to stay up in aggravating air......DA SAC!!!!..........Bob
Another Epic flight at the Sac in central PA. This was a day in the making of personal bests and firsts achieved. My first foot launching on my new Moyes RX5 pro and landing in a restricted LZ. Both were executed well. I flew across the valley to the upwind ridge a little over 5 miles. I also had my longest vertical gain of 3,500 ft at an average climb rate of 850 fpm. Also, my highest MSL of 8,000ft gain in North-East America. A 2 hr 4 min flight was enough for me with wind chill temps in the 20's which took a toll on my hands. Other Pilots Pete L., Jim M., Charlie A., and Bacil D. flew early.
I launched into XC conditions at 1:36 16 June 2021 and got up on the ridge fairly easy. Then flew to the Klingerstown gap mostly on ridge lift. I didn't go any farther west because of the wind crossing from the NW and it being a good chance of having cycles of not enough ridge lift. Since the forecast was for the thermal lift possibly reaching over 7000' MSL I decided to try and break my personal altitude record in the eastern USA. At one point in the flight I did reach 7400' MSL which was a record for me in the eastern USA. I also stayed up for 4 hours and 6 minutes partly to see if I have the stamina to fly XC. Here is the track: https://ayvri.com/scene/0jgrreyeko/ckq1hqsze00011w69yjx9rbja
Several HG pilots flew the Sac 6-17
NNW 10-15 MPH blue sky high pressure good lapse rate. I had a 2hr 40 min flight.
A little hard to get up at first but then climbed to 1300 ft over launch. Have to work on my approach. Allan B. flew and soared very well. Bacil had a good sledder. Joe, Bob and Tom were set up to launch when I had to leave. The air was getting better before I left so Im sure they had nice air to fly in. Will H
8/14/21 and 8/15/21
I had a 5 hour weekend at the Sac. 3.5 hours on Saturday and 1.5 hours on Sunday. It was mostly ridge lift but some light thermals. Mostly cloudy on both days when I flew. I got 1200' over launch on Saturday and 800' on Sunday. Allan B.
9/2/21 and 9/3/21
I had two good days at the Sac Thursday and Friday. Soared over an hour both days. Here is the ayvri track for Friday: https://ayvri.com/scene/0jgrreyeko/ckt55ecee00011w69tt2ys6pd
9/29/21 and 9/30/21
Our flight report from the Sac Wednesday and Thursday went like this:
William, Tom Schaffer, Basil, Jeff Vaughn, Allan B., Pat, Joe, Bob Beck, Amanda and I all fully enjoyed this past Wednesday. Some made cloudbase, some flew twice, others did extended sleds...all was boo waah. The evening concluded with dinner and pinball at the Gorrie's for those who were able to abide.
Thursday consisted of just Joe and I and he assisted me off in light north conditions under an ever changing sky.
The more I fly the more I want to get out there even if it's for just a dogger.
Just Happy to Be, Karen
Our day started out as predicted. Joe confirmed 10mph "like a fan" around 10AM here at the Sac. We hoped the forecast would hold, met with Alan B. a little before 11AM. This time when we arrived on launch we were seeing lighter winds and slight NE conditions:(
It started to pick up a tiny bit and straighten out when Joe decided to give it a try at around 12:30. He had a perfect launch and poked out into the valley where he took a light thermal over the landing field, then he proceeded to swim in lift and search for more. When asked later about why he didn't try to soar the ridge, he said the ridge was in shadow this time of year with the sun behind launch and in these light wind conditions, the lift would hopefully be over the fields in the valley... it was. Joe soared, got up to 800 ft. over launch for about 30 minutes...meanwhile Alan and I hoped to launch, but with very light conditions, the wind crossing from the NE more and more I went to retrieve Joe and Alan backed off of launch. Alan and I waited and hoped but alas, we broke down our gliders on top after watching a continuing 45 degree cross as conditions deteriorated later that afternoon. We confirmed with Joe that as the wind started crossing more and becoming lighter that his fun ride boating anywhere just turned off as if by a switch and he had to land.
Joe is still smiling:)
We look foreword to flying with all of you soon,
I had a good flight at the Sac today. Got up to 5100' MSL and flew for just under 3 hours. The air was on the rough side for not better than the lift was. But not too rough. Big thermals but broken up. A lot of up and down a lot of sink between thermals.