2015 Soaring Season in Review

2015 Soaring Season in Review

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It was a full year of activities for the Pittsburgh Soaring Association at Bandel Field.  All the photos in this post are clickable for higher resolution.

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The club Pawnee received new wing and fuselage fabric over the winter.

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The club flew every Saturday and Sunday for six months beginning in May and continuing through the end of October.

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Current club ships are an L23 Super Blanik…

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an AC-4C Russia (above) and a G102 Astir.

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Here they are all in a row one hot morning 🙂

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Regular instruction was provided by club CFIG’s Al Bennett, seen here at left,

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and Joel Hough, seen here at right.

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The club welcomed new tow pilots Noam Eisen…

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And Merrick Cohn.

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When the weather smiled, you could count on finding members’ private Schleichers and Schemp-Hirths cruising the local thermals.

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The grass field was in good condition all year, ensuring the softest of landings!

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Some typical thermal soaring over Bandel Field in the G102. Note the high cloud base!

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The only land-out witnessed by this correspondent was Lyle Chamberlain who was retrieved from Washington County airport late one Sunday in early September.

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Visitors included noted soarer Kempten Izuno, from Williams Soaring in CA, who brought a photo of his lovely ship, but alas not the real thing.

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First solo landing in the Blanik by new club member David Hart.

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Merrick gets the keys to the Blanik from Al Bennett.

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Ken Strack imagining the possibilities.