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September 9th Dick Andrews Report:
What a fantastic day to hang out at Stanton and fly gliders!! I arrived at 7:30 AM and the ASK21 was already down, the FOO cart was parked just outside the hanger and the OWL was soon to come out of its hangar. The morning temperature was around 50 and the grass was quite wet with dew. Eric Strandjord (FOO) got the operation off to a good start. The first flight was off by 8:08! There were 7 "students" taking instruction. Jordan Gerrish had his FIRST SOLO flight at the end of the instruction period after completing a thorough review from a 3000 ft tow and a pattern tow with an instructor. You should have seen the smile on his face after he landed from his 30 minute soaring flight!! After Dan Smith got some good photos Jordan was "baptized" for his accomplishment. I gave him his "A" badge before he left the field. Vince Gennarelli took a pattern flight with me in the morning and then in the early afternoon had a 60 minute soaring flight - More big smiles - AND a "B" badge for Vince. Dana Walsh demonstrated Commercial Pilot flying skills - I don't thing I have seen any pilot fly a better wake box! Ian Arthur took one pattern flight with very little input from me and no help on the controls. I believe he is hoping to solo before the end of the season.

I was very happy to welcome Bruce Goff back to MSC! Bruce took a hiatus to help raise his family but is very quickly dusting off glider flying skills that have not been used for 5 years. Bruce flew helicopters for the USA Armed Forces so he is not new to flying. Richard Moreus is preparing for his Commercial Glider Pilot check ride so we did a flight together to fine tune his skills. Later in the afternoon he took a solo flight and did some thermalling.

The biggest smile I saw today was on Lou Chouinard! He arrived home with his recently purchased PW5 Friday evening. Yesterday was too windy to fly. Today, with much appreciated help from Tom Kuhfeld, Lou got the glider assembled and ready to go. Tom took a test flight in it and then briefed Lou on its characteristics. Lou took off fairly late in the afternoon but had a GREAT flight with a well-controlled takeoff and smooth landing. He was up for 1:27! Even on the ground he was still flying high!

Many others enjoyed the beautiful day and good conditions. Steve Metz and Dan Shallbetter flew to Waseca, Dodge Center and back. Andrew Wood did a 100 KM triangle. Roger Urban, Laura Hohanshelt and Sarah Anderson all had enjoyable flights. Jon Mattsson took the Mosquito up for some play time and Adam Koller was "slipping the surly bonds" of gravity in his Jantar.

Paddy Dale gave a ride to Mike Berg. Dan and Debby Smith disappeared into the sky in the Owl for well over an hour (I wonder how they decide who is the PIC and who is the "back seat driver"??). (I hope I haven't left anyone out!)

We owe a debt of gratitude to our hard-working FOO, Eric, who sets a good example for how to run a safe, efficient, organized flight line. Also, MANY THANKS to our intrepid tow pilot Greg Sotebeer!!! What a great job he does! And thanks to the crew at Stanton for providing tows for us as well!. John Hall is now signed off to tow using the Stanton SuperCub.

All in All, a great day! Especially considering the time of year. I can't help but hope we have a few more like it before the soaring season comes to an end for 2012.

August 11th Tom Rent Report:
Congratulations Lou Chouinard! Lou was awarded the SSA B-badge for a solo flight exceeding 30 minutes from a 2000 ft AGL release. Actually he released at 2500 feet AGL so the rules require an extra 1.5 minutes for each 100 feet above 2000 ft AGL, so in his case a minimum of 37.5 minutes were required. He was up 59 minutes.

Congratulations Vince Gennarelli! Today Vince soloed. He took a tow to 3000 feet, enjoyed a 20 minute flight, and made a perfect landing. His (nervous) parents were there to share in this milestone. Vince was given a round of applause as he returned to flightline.

Vince was then awarded the SSA A-badge for his 1st solo.

Adam Koller also reported: I flew 2.5 hours. I got there pretty late and was down on the tow list but jumped the queue when all passed. It was a bit of work at first with all the overcast but my decisions to head for small wisps of cu paid off and I was able to stay up with little effort. East of Cannon Falls there was sun on the ground and all was good. Brian Utley and I flew together over there for 30 minutes at 5k'.

I really enjoyed the flight even if I did not really go anywhere. It was peaceful with gentle, predictable sink and lift where I expected. I closed the vents a few times just to enjoy the silence. I practiced slow thermalling, flying smoothly, getting low a few times and digging out, and made efforts to fly with my left hand more.

August 10th Friday soaring:
Fred Hewitt signaled a potentially good day: The Chanhassen sounding looked fairly good. Although the BLIPs show a boundary layer height of 7,000 MSL at Stanton, the sounding indicates it should be much higher. Since the wet adiabatic lines are not shown, it is unclear if the inversion will cap the boundary layer below 12,000 MSL. Would very much appreciate hearing from today's flyers.

Jon Mattsson reported: I topped out at 5400 MSL at about 2:00 pm. At 3:00 pm I topped out for the day at 6000 MSL. I believe Tom Kuhfeldt also hit 6000.

Jim Hard reported: At 3 pm Jay Biggs and I reached just over 5000 MSL. I doubt that it got very much higher after that.

Sarah Anderson reported: Decent lift high, up to 5.5k ( cloud base at 5 - 6k ). Flat, not towering Cu despite the sounding, and I had trouble a bit below 4k msl, again despite the sounding. Some people did fall out early - a day that "looked better than it was" was heard more than once. Nice streets though.

Lou Chouinard wrapped up the day: What a great day at Stanton today! Somewhere around 23 flights were taken by MSC members. In addition, 3 flights / rides were given by Stanton Sport Aviation. These, and a number of powered aircraft coming and going, made for a busy and fun day.

Many thanks to Dana for organizing, to Jay and Brian for towing, to Andrew for instructing, and to Dan, Jim, and Mike for carrying the bulk of the FOO duties.

August 4th, 5th: John Ward reports on a Great weekend.
What an enthusiastic band of fliers, and such hard-working members! I've been sidetracked by life this season, but was pleased to get back at it this last weekend.
Incredibly, we posted 8(?) flights on Saturday, hiding under wings or tents as showers moved through. The afternoon was gorgeous. The club tow developed issues, but day-saver Hank pitched in with the Stanton tug for all but the first two tows. Erstwhile tugger Brian Utley stuck around and provided a guest ride to finish the day.
Sunday was a challenge. With the club tug down, instructor Steve Fisher was needed to fly the Stanton tow, and he refused to do the aerial tightrope required to tow and instruct simultaneously. Thankfully, both Tom Rent and Dick Andrews arrived to take care of the eager students. Thanks to all - FOOs, tugs, instructors, and patient pilots waiting for their turn.
I left early, so others will have to answer the important questions of the day...
1) What did Steve Fisher weigh by the end of the day?
2) Where did Jim Hard end up?
3) When did we finally get everyone in the air?

Cheers. Looking forward to more at next opportunity. John W.

Jim Hard somehow flew to Rushford Muni SE of Rochester

Adam Kohler reported: I was pretty low on the list and was on-tow at 2:30 or so. I was doing fine for about 1.5 hours and then fell-out badly.

July 31st: Congratulations Lou Chouinard - Solo and "A" Badge. Lou completed the requirements for solo flight today, which included primary training, emergency procedures, passing a pre-solo written test, and demonstrating good flight proficiency. He was signed off for solo, took 2 solo flights, and was awarded his SSA "A" Badge.

July 21st: Newest Member Welcome to Kent Berdahl. Kent has a Commercial SEL rating with 350 hours and aerial application experience. See  you at the field!

June 28th: Roseville's 2012 Taste of Rosefest.
The club was provided with an opportunity to display one of our gliders so Loren Swanson organized a group to take the Junior and display it. Loren also decided to record the event and the result shows that it generated a lot of interest. Click here to view Loren's video.

June 22nd: While the Sleepy Eye group was heading to Sleepy Eye Dick Andrews and Leon Zeug had a different idea. Here is the story as Dick tells it in the August MSC NL:

An Unusual Flight Review - by Dick Andrews
It all started with a long range weather forecast from a reliable source (Fred Hewitt) that conditions looked favorable for soaring the week of June 18-22. On 6/18 Fred reported that “Thursday and Friday do not look like they are worth a vacation day.” I went ahead and got Friday, 6/22 off anyway. The next weather update from Fred was that Friday could be a good day. He reported “starting conditions at the start in Minnesota are on the weak side but improve rapidly on route” and that there appear to be “quite reasonable conditions almost to the Gulf”. Good enough to get my interest!! I contacted Leon Zeug about being co-pilot for the flight and he was available but asked “By the way, I need a flight review. Can we get that done on the flight?”. Why not???
I contacted Brian Weber to schedule a tow for about 11:30. It was difficult to find crew to commit to a long retrieve but Jim Hard agreed to crew and mentioned that he would like to have someone riding shotgun to help with the driving. Unfortunately, I was not able to find another crew person.
Leon and I met at the hangar about 9 AM and started getting ready for a downwind dash. Winds were lighter than we would like but at least were from a favorable direction (from the NW). Jim Hard showed up a little later, loaded his stuff into the retrieve vehicle and left the airport pulling the DG trailer after we got the glider in position on the runway and could send the tail dolly with him. Just before taking off at 11:45 we heard that Fred Hewitt was on the way to Stanton to help crew. Luckily I reached Jim on his cell phone before he got too far so he came back to pick up Fred.
Leon and I headed out on course immediately after release. Fred and Jim connected before we were more than a few miles from Stanton. The sky looked great with good cumulus clouds and streeting extending as far as we could see. By 12:45 we were a few miles east of Rochester Airport and the retrieve crew was not far behind. Virtually every cloud was “honest” and we usually found some lift or zero sink even under the remnants of the clouds. The wind was about 15 knots from 310 degrees for most of the flight. We quickly lost radio contact with the chase crew as we thermalled infrequently and cruised along the streets as much as possible. SeeYou shows our longest glide (except for the last 35 minutes of the flight) was 36 miles with an altitude loss of only 1253 feet (effective glide ratio 152:1). We crossed the Mississippi at Prairie Du Chene at 2 PM and were near Galena, Illinois by 3 PM. In the heart of the afternoon we had our best altitude gain of 3261 feet at about 300 fpm. Our best climb rate of the day averaged 5 knots and the high point of our flight was 7,440 MSL.
We crossed I-80 at 4:40 and were approaching Champaign/Urbana, Illinois shortly after 5:30. The day was starting to go soft as we passed to the east of the Champaign air space. In the last 34 minutes of the flight we covered 45 miles without circling while descending from 6787 MSL to our landing. We had targeted a couple of private airstrips which showed up on the sectionals and on the flight computer but they did not exist when we got there. Leon picked out a wheat field that had been cut 3 days before and we landed shortly after 6:30. After climbing out of the DG we stretched our legs and then called Jim and Fred, giving them directions to Caitlin, a small town about 10 miles from the Indiana border. Leon and I hiked (5 miles) into Caitlin and Jim and Fred arrived about 9:20. After supper at a local pizza place we returned to the field and disassembled using head lamps and flashlights. We checked in with the person living in the house at the edge of the field (he wasn't home earlier) and were on our way by 11:45 PM, arriving back at Stanton shortly after 10 AM on Saturday, June 23. After we reassembled the glider and put it in the hangar I endorsed Leon's logbook for the flying portion of the Flight Review - the most memorable Flight Review I have ever done!
The flight covered 408 miles in a little under 7 hours. Our average cruise distance was 13.5 miles and we used a total of 33 thermals. The DG is a great cross country glider and delightful as well as comfortable to fly. Leon and I shared the piloting responsibilities throughout the flight. I really enjoy dual flying, especially on longer flights. I always learn a lot from other pilots I fly with.
Leon and I extend our gratitude to Jim Hard and Fred Hewitt for making the flight possible by serving as our retrieve crew!

June 22-24: Sleepy Eye.
Once Again Tom Rent is our reporter. He kindly prepared a video intended to make those of us who did not find our way to Sleepy Eye more interested in joining in for 2013. Click here:
A nice article by a local Sleepy Eye reporter, Terri. Phil gave her a courtesy ride, which she enjoyed. It will also be in the printed paper today.
Terri told me they noticed the trailers rolling into town and so she rushed out of the office to cover the "big news." Click here to read the article.

June 21st:
Today was a fun day for the June 2012 ACE camp. We flew 28 flights. Conditions were windy but there was adequate lift. Many of the kids said they really enjoyed it. Many thanks to Tom and Margaret Kuhfeld for organizing this event, and for Dale Erickson and Brian Weber for towing.

Thanks also goes to a great ground crew that included Marilyn Meline, Jim Hard, Dale Fetcher, Sarah Anderson, and Dan Smith. CFI-G Pilots were Jon Mattsson, Tom Rent, Jim Wood, and Mark Cleare.

June 17th: Fathers Day and the Stanton Fathers Day Fly-in 2012. Tom Rent recorded the events of the day:
Thanks to all MSC members and volunteers who came to help with the fly-in. Weather was ideal, turn-out was great, and we received many complements. A record number of meals were served. Here is a video I put together. Please forward it to anyone you know who attended or helped. We really appreciate everyone's effort. We had 6 gliders on display which were a big hit. I'm thinking at noon next year we should do a tow and perhaps a motoglider launch as many who attend have never even seen a glider fly. Here's the clip:
Thanks Tom and Thanks to Stanton Sport Aviation.

June 16th: This report from Dick Andrews demonstrates the hardy souls of Minnesota pilots:
I had my windshield wipers on as I drove from Hastings to Stanton this morning. The rain stopped a few minutes later. Jacob Smith, Lou Chouinard and Renee Hale (just turned 16 years old 2 weeks ago) showed up for instruction. Steve Metz was FOO for the day. By the time we had the ASK21 on the flight line Roger Lee had the tow plane ready for a quick flight around the patch for a warm up. The ceilings were a little over 2000 feet AGL so the flights were short. Jacob and Lou each got two flights. Renee had one flight to 2000 and handled the glider very nicely! She has had previous instruction with Mark Clear 2 years ago and with Don Ingraham last year. Her experienc shows. I gave Renee a demonstration of a simulated rope break at 300 ft and then went along for the ride as she quite competently did a 300 foot simulated rope break without a problem. We had a total of 7 flights before it was time to go. Not too bad for a day that looked poor.
Many thanks to Roger Lee for the outstanding job as Tow Pilot and to Steve Metz for serving as FOO!
Dick Andrews

June 4th: Congratulations to Ben Norman for accomplishing his 'B' badge. Here is what he wrote about his accomplishment:
I want to send a big "Thank you" to the crew who came out to Stanton yesterday, as it turned out, just to support three training flights for me. After Saturday's operation, when it seemed like everyone in the club was there to fly, I finally got one 45 minute solo flight in about 1630. Yesterday, I really felt special knowing my fellow club members came out just to support me! Having the whole operation to myself, I accomplished two dual and one solo training flights all before 1100! Also, after checking my logbook, Steve Fischer submitted an application to the SSA for my "B" badge.
Special "Thanks" to Tom Rent for his instructing, Steve Fischer for towing and Phil Schmalz for FOOing.

May 30th: Congratulations to our own Steve Fischer for passing his Examiner certification process. The FAA dispatched two to conduct the review: Marilyn Pearson, Principle Operations Inspector at the Windosor Locks, CT FSDO and Ron Linn who is the General Aviation ASI OPS Inspector based at MSP FSDO. After an intensive and long ground and air examination Steve emerged with flying colors!

May 29th, the saga of the missing Spot comes to a close.
It started on May 23rd when the following e-mail appeared:
Hello All,
I have lost my spot unit. I think it fell out of my parachute when I got out of the glider on Monday afternoon. The last signal was sent on 5/22/12 at 2:45 AM, I suspect the batteries died then. The last known coordinates are 44.4735 and -93.01556. the manufacture claims the location accuracy is within 16 feet. I confirmed my Spot’s accuracy last weekend sitting on my driveway, it was right on. The Spot unit is roughly 4” high 3” wide 2” thick it’s orange in a black case. Please watch for it. Please do not search on the runway Much obliged. Dan Shallbetter.

Paul Remde responded helpfully: Bummer…If anyone finds it, please put new AAA Lithium batteries into it and turn it on so Dan can find it.

Tom Rent also chimed in: Dan, it may be south of where we were looking. http://i46.tinypic.com/21udfs.jpg Tom.

Dan responded: Thanks Tom, I just came from the airport, as I was hoping to find it before the monsoons begin. I downloaded a tracker APP on my iPad that I was using without any luck! My Son and I raked 1/2 the runway, looks professionally groomed now! Dan

Dan Smith saw an opportunity to solve a related problem:
If, while looking for Spot, you find a pair of glasses, please let Jordan Gerrish know you found his nephew's glasses. He lost them in the general vicinity where Spot was lost.

Adam Koller was sympathetic: Maybe you'll find it with my tailplane locking shaft that magically walked away from my ship.....(smirk).

Tom Kuhfeld worried that there may be something more sinister at play: The Stanton Triangle strikes again...

Finally on May 29th came another e-mail from Dan Shallbetter:
Marilyn and I recovered my Spot unit on Sunday after I reentered the Spot coordinates into my IPad tracking app. The app took us within 2 feet of it sitting in plain sight. I originally bought the unit for flying out west. An accident on the ridge during the 15 meter nationals where a Spot device enable search & rescue to locate the down glider has convinced me I should fly with it more often. A link to my shared tracking page can be found on the SSA homepage or directly at http://tinyurl.com/3pp27h6.
A big thanks to everyone who helped look for it!

 

May 22nd: Welcome to our new members to the MSC!



 


May 13th: With the success of the day before our Chief Instructor Dick Andrews announced:

This coming weekend there will be 3 days of informal soaring competition for any qualified soaring pilot that is interested. On Friday, May 18 there will be an informal Sport Class contest day using a TAT (turn area task). We will be using a start cylinder, a number of turnpoints and a finish cylinder. Hank Geisler will be flying the Stanton Super Cub for our tows. There are at least a couple of volunteers to help run the launch line. Dan Shallbetter is organizing a cookout for Friday night.

The number of "contestants" for Friday is limited. Please let me know if you are planning to come. On Saturday and Sunday we will either do additional Sport Class TAT type tasks or chose a totally different format if participants prefer. The competition will be scored by handicap so know your glider handicap - you can look up the handicaps at the SSA website.

Alas it was not to be. The weather demons reacted forcefully and the event was cancelled. Monday however dawned bright and with a good sounding pilots gathered to make the best of what remained. Dan Shallbetter flew a very nice 323km triangle to Austin, Blue Earth and return.

May 12th: Finally, after weeks of anticipation a week-end of good soaring weather!  Chris Kimble, after weeks of preparation and disappointment, was ready to fly the Junior and go for his first cross-country.  JC Cunningham volunteered to crew for him.  Chris' story:

I took off in the Junior at 1:50 pm, got off tow at about 2800' MSL (per my altimeter; I'm not sure yet what the IGC file has to say about release altitude) and found a couple of nearby thermals that took me to 7091' MSL (per IGC file) in 12 minutes. I then radioed my crew volunteer, JC Cunningham, that I was heading south.

The day was blue with widespread sink and some strong thermals here and there. I flew a pretty straight path to Dodge Center, thermaling several times en route, picking up 600' or so a couple of times. I never got lower than about 5000' MSL until I was over Dodge Center. I toyed with the idea of flying back to Stanton, but decided to follow others' advice to land at a new airport, for a change. I flew 4-5 miles south of the airport to circumnavigate the big wind farm, just for fun, then landed on the grass strip (runway 04) at 3:09 pm, according to the IGC file. JC had just arrived in my car, towing the Junior's trailer.

Navigation was a lot easier than I thought it would be; you can see the Dodge Center airport from a long ways away. Hassling with the trailer took more time than JC or I anticipated.
Thank you, JC, for your help and advice!

On his first cross-country Chris accomplished his Silver C distance and Silver C altitude gain.  Next - 5 hours to complete his Silver C badge.

Chris was not alone in taking advantage of the eegood albeit blue conditions.  Andrew Wood completed a 320km triangle to Austin, Winona and return, Dan Shallbetter flew 179km and Paul Remde completed a 125km triangle in the DG1000.

May 11th Club Meeting: Brian Utley made a presentation of the Red Bull sponsored Stratus project "Mission To the Edge of Space". A project to achieve a parachute jump from over 120,000 feet. Thanks to Jay Biggs for a video recording of the presentation. The recording can be seen on YouTube by clicking here

May 10th: Dick Andrews and Dan Walsh take advantage of a mid week operation to get a little practice in. Dana is preping for his commercial glider rating.


 

 

 

 

 

April 28th: Stephen Nesser is honored at the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet as the recipient of the 2011 Minnesota Aviation Artist of the Year.
A strong showing by MSC members celebrated this prestigious award to our club member.


Stephan’s art has twice featured on the cover of Soaring Magazine (April 2004 (Jim Hard portrait) and May 1994). The British soaring magazine, Sailplane and Gliding, has twice published articles about his paintings (April-May 2000 and February-March 2001).

April 28th: Our President George announces: All Hail the new Clubhouse Senior Chief of Operations! Steve Sweet, CSCoO.  Our pangs of thirst are ameliorated!

April 15th: George Underhill wrote: The weather finally cooperated yesterday and the 2012 soaring season is underway. The flightline was quite busy with activity with both the K-21 and Owl in service. Duty instructor Andrew Wood regained his currency as well as instructors Dick Andrews and Tom Rent. Andrew flew twice with new member Jordan Gerrish and also with Dana Walsh. Adam Koller completed a flight review with Dick and even our trusty tow pilot Scott Elhardt switched ends of the rope and regained his landing currency. Phil Schmalz, John Ward, Sarah Anderson, Marilyn Meline and myself got our first rides of the season with either Dick or Tom. Dan Shallbetter assembled his ASW -28 and found two hours of flight before the lift shutdown. Tom gave two orientation rides. Twenty seven tows for the day. Thanks to Andrew for instructing, Scott for towing, and FOO Sarah (and temp FOO's) for keeping things safe.

April 6th MSC Membership Meeting: The Dick Andrews presentation detailed the SSA Badge program with the requirements for each badge.  This is part of the MSC program to stimulate interest in cross country flying. You can find a copy of this interesting presentation here.  A shortened video of the presentation is available on YouTube here

April 3rd: Dick Andrews announces: On Sunday, April 1 (no foolin'), Chris Kimble completed the requirements for the Bronze Badge by passing the written exam.  He is making preparations for the distance component of the Silver Badge.  He is signed off for assembly and disassembly of the Junior and has checked out the trailer and had a trailer hitch installed on his retrieve vehicle.  Here's hoping the weather provides a good opportunity for Chris to accomplish his Silver Distance as well as the Silver altitude gain and 5 hour duration this season!

March 19th: Sarah Anderson announces: Greetings fellow glider guiders,

With the warm spring, it seems we will try to schedule the first day of operation for Saturday March 30th. We will ( weather permitting ) run normal operations from then onwards...

Right now, things look good for ( an unprecedented? ) March start - the field is in good shape, our insurance is valid from March 30th and the aircraft are ready. So watch your calendar for Tow, Instructor and FOO assignments. It's only two weeks away!

March 7th: MN Association of Soaring Clubs Banquet hosted by the Red Wing Soaring Association.

March 2nd Stephen Nesser conducts the 2012 Mandatory Safety Meeting. Because of the warm weather everyone is anticipating an early start to the season.

January...Dreams of Spring...Laura Hohensheldt flying her Schleicher Ka6