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Region 4 North - Practice Day Report

Region 4 North, Fairfield PA
Saturday 9 October 2010 - Practice Day

About 35 pilots have arrived at Fairfield PA for the last regional of the year. Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association (M-ASA), the veteran group of volunteers is headed up by Contest Manager Preston Burch, Deputy Contest Manager/Operations Lead Bob Jackson [RJ], and Contest Director John Seymour [SM].

We had a lovely fall day here: Sunny, blue skies and temps in the mid-70s. Perfect for hiking, biking, college football, etc…Not quite so perfect for soaring, however. Conditions were weak. Narrow thermals were hard to connect with early in the day. Average strengths/heights were reported at 2kts to 3000-3500’, but a few pilots saw 4kts and Baude Litt [LBL] got as high as 5400’. Wave clouds were present, but no one was able to make it work. Almost all the contestants took a tow and several did make it around the 1 ½ MAT. Most were content to go for a turnpoint or two or just fly locally.

Tonight we were treated to Beer and Brats, prepared by Danny Brotto.

Janine Acee (SM Ground)

Posted: 10/9/2010


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