Tom and I are in Chelan and the conditions are looking pretty good for this weekend. The smoke has been really bad this season, but has finally cleared. If you’re thinking about getting some fun flying this weekend, come on over and join us.
Meet at the soccer field LZ Saturday morning 9am.
Hope to see you!
The All-Summer Classic is nearing its finish! The weather this summer has made for some tough sledding in terms of X/C miles. First the high pressure in early July followed by the smoke from those pesky Canadian wild fires in early August. But perhaps there could still be an epic flight or two left this season.
For competing pilots please submit all of your worthy flights ASAP. You may have held onto a flight’s tracklog from a few weeks ago but now is the time to send it into Aaron, the score keeper, to get your deserved points. We will need all of your to-date track logs in order to compute all scores prior to the final weekend.
The final flying day of the meet is quickly approaching, Saturday, August 26. Even if you haven’t so far entered the meet, you can still enter, fly and perhaps bang out a winning flight. If we have a big enough turn out, we were planning on having a called-task day to give pilots the chance to compete head-to-head in the sky.
For timing, on August 26, please arrive at the Chelan Falls soccer field LZ at between 10:00 and 11:00. While there we can admire the brand new LZ informational kiosk and windsock placed there through Lori Lawson’s awesome efforts and your generous donations. At 11:00 we’ll coordinate rides up the hill. On top we can decide whether to do a called-task day and choose the task itself. At 6:00 we’ll begin the BBQ/Picnic at the LZ pavilion and compute the final scores. At 7:00 will be the awards ceremony.
Sunday, August 27 will be a non-contest day, so it might be really a good chance to enjoy a fun flight there.
Hope to see you at Chelan for flying and to support the spectacular Chelan Butte flying site.
For more information and to register, e-mail at or call (425) 275-2162
Lenny Baron, 2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic Meet Director
Just a reminder that the CanAm Fly-in at Black Mt date has been changed to Sept 22-24. That is the weekend after the scheduled Bike-n-Fly in Chelan. The date was changed due to the eclipse and high fire danger. Please forward to other groups and change it on your club websites. Thanks and have a great weekend.
The All-Summer Classic is underway! We kicked it off on the last weekend of June, 10 pilots began racking up X/C miles. Nothing epic yet… Alert!!! Competing pilots you must send in your track logs to get scores! Even if you think it wasn’t a very good flight, please send it in anyway…you never know.
The upcoming weather for the Fourth of July weekend looks really good and I’ll be over in Chelan to fly and to register more pilots. It’s certainly not too late to register to get in on the hot action of the meet.
For pilots uncertain about getting a ride up the hill, we’ve begun the protocol of meeting at the Soccer Field LZ every morning at 11:00 am and coordinating/carpooling rides up the hill. If you bring along a driver and radios, it will be even better.
I forgot to include maps of the waypoints. They are also available in paper form from me directly.
Separately, pilots have been donating to the Chelan Site fund. Thank you all very much!
For more information and to register, E-mail at Lenny at email@example.com or call: 425 275-2162
Lenny Baron, 2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic Meet Director
It’s now mid June, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!
You know what?…$60 is still too much for meet registration… As your fiscally irresponsible Meet Director, I’ve decided to make the entry fee, $0.00. That’s right, if you want to fly and compete and it will cost you absolutely nothing. In truth, in order to avoid USHPA event insurance costs we couldn’t charge participants for the contest. So that’s what we are doing – no charge!
Separately (and with emphasis on it being separate), if you enjoy flying Chelan Butte and want to fly it this year and for many years to come, I passionately encourage you to make a donation to the CBCC Chelan Butte site fund. Look for a way to do this on the CBCC website via Paypal. Or simply send in a check to CBCC via snail mail at the Club’s post office box. Please mark on your check, “Chelan Butte Fund”. CBCC, PO Box 1825, Morton, WA 98356.
The All-Summer Classic Kick Off weekend is almost here! Here’s what’s happening:
Friday, June 23, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Chelan Falls Park Soccer Field LZ Pavillion
Pilot Registration and Waypoint GPS uploads. 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Meet orientation (optional attendance).
Saturday, June 24, Day 1 of the meet, 10:00 am to 11:00 am, Chelan Butte set up / launch area, Registration. 11:30 am Pilots’ meeting. 6:00 pm, Soccer Field LZ/Pavillion BBQ.
Sunday, June 25, Chelan Butte set up / launch area, 11:00 am pilot registration, 11:30 am Pilots’ meeting.
If you can’t make it to the kick off weekend and would still like to compete, you will still need to register, it is very easy. Please with the following information:
- Contact Phone number:
- USHPA number:
- Rating: (Hang 3 or Para 3 – intermediate or higher with TUR, RLF, XC, and FSL)
- Glider Class: (see rule 4.o in the rule book available for download).
Lenny Baron, 2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic Meet Director – – 425 275-2162
It’s now mid May, the flying season is here and the Chelan dust devils are taunting us to come out and play… or maybe the Butte is covered in snow – one of those two!
The Classic took a year off in 2016, but now it’s bigger, easier, longer and cheaper than ever in 2017! Sounds like a dream? But it’s true! Read on.
For 2017 we’ve decided to extend the flying days and not limit the pilots to one week but to expand it out to the entire summer, so the meet will run from June 24 all the way until August 26. You will still need to produce 4 decent flights to be in the running for awards.
We will have a Kickoff weekend, June 24 and 25. You will be able to register, download waypoints, fly your brains out, and have a burger and a brew with your buddies. Then we will have a Wrap Up and Awards day on August 26. Fly your brains out then have a burger and a brew with your buddies then too.
This year, you will be asked to submit your tracklogs via E-mail to the Score Keeper, Aaron Rinn. He will evaluate your flight, score it and post it.
We are lowering our meet costs therefore we are lowering your entry fee. (read that again, please). This year, entry fee will be a mere $60. But don’t think of it as an entry fee, think of it as a contribution to the site fund to keep it open and available for you to fly this year and for many years to come. Think of your, $60 entry fee when you are using the launch area out houses, stocked with toilet paper. Think of your $60 when you are on final approach for an easy late evening landing into the Chelan Falls Soccer fields, or the Junkyard because your contribution helped pay for site insurance to keep those LZs open and available.
Hey everybody sign up today and make your plan and come fly Chelan!
, 2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic Meet Director
It doesn't’t get any better than this!
Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21
The North Cascades Soaring Club (NCSC) welcomes you all to
The Group Camp at Whatcom County’s Silver Lake Park in Maple Falls.
Para gliders, Hang gliders, Family & Friends from both sides of the
Border show up for this stellar event!
Registration – $40 ($60 pilot couples)
This fund – raising happening keeps our north end sites Rocking!
Money collected pays for campground, food & supplies
and helps support Whatcom and Skagit County foot launched Site Development,
Preservation and Advocacy Efforts.
What a Deal!
Your donation pays for 2 nights camping, Saturday night Main dish
Yes! The BarBChoo will be doing its thing!
and Sunday morning breakfast!
Bring your potluck dish to go with dinner
and expect sing – along fun and fabulous stargazing.
Silver Lake Campground is great for kids and non pilots!
Hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, horse camp, bike trails, nearby wineries.
Want to help make this a fabulous weekend?
We love volunteers – just check in when you arrive.
Blue Skies and Happy Flying!
Frostbite is looking to be spectacular if the weather forecasts hold true!
Date: April 9 & 10 (new gate key starts Friday night)
Where: Dog Mt. Landing Zone
Event fee: $30
BBQ/keg and Potluck (we provide burgers and hot dogs, condiments, and you bring your favorite hot dish, salad or dessert!
Bonfire Saturday night
Band and Dance Saturday night
Spot landing contest (best 3) both days
Candy drop for the kids both days
Dog Key $50
Porta potty available at LZ and Launch
Volunteers needed for set-up (starting Friday morning), Spot landing judges, registration, food prep, tear-down and clean up. Thank you in advance for helping out, you always do!
And here is "fine print".
Everyone is welcome to the event, you just need to fit the parameters to fly.
Dog Mt. flight requirements:
· USHPA current membership required.
· Dog Mt. Signed Waiver required (available in metal box).
· HG—Hang 1 rating w/ USHPA instructor only.
· HG—Hang 2 w/sponsor (sponsor must be H3 or higher).
· Sponsors must pre-flight, go over flight plan, and launch the H2 pilot they are sponsoring.
· Paragliding must be P3 or higher, no instruction of P1/P2 or Paragliding tandems allowed. A max of 5 paragliders shall occupy the airspace within 1/2 statue mile of Dog Mt. Paragliders must yield the soaring face of Dog Mt. to tandem hangliders and H2 student pilots.
· $50 key/use fee annually or $15 day pass / $25 weekend pass.
When: Saturday, January 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. If it looks like a flyable day, plan to come early to deploy, then go fly with a freshly-packed reserve.
Where: International District Community Center,
719 8th Ave. S, Seattle 98104 (corner of Dearborn and 8th)
Why: Because it's been a while since you've hucked and checked your reserve, and chances are that your reflexes are rusty and your rubber bands are rotten.
Who: Anyone who flies higher than they'd like to fall—club membership not required for participation. If you have a new reserve or a new harness and have never tried to deploy, PLEASE come! Every year somebody discovers a major malfunction with their chute or their harness that could easily have had disastrous results in a real emergency.
How much: $40 if you're a NWPC/CBCC/NCSC/OHGA member, $45 for non-members. Part goes to pay the packing assistants, part to pay for the facility ($415), part to cover miscellaneous event-related expenses, and the rest will go to cover our annual land-use agreement at Saddle Mt., or to help with the USHPA insurance fund. (If you're a biwingual or a tandem pilot with more than one parachute, you get to huck and pack the second one for $20.)
One more thing: If you're not a member of any of the local clubs, you can join NWPC or CBCC (and save the $5 non-member surcharge) or renew memberships at the clinic.