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The turkey flock seems to have weathered the winter pretty well. The recent melt has left some surface water, and the rain at the end of the week will leave more... Four glider and two tow pilots did their spring checks yesterday, and KB checked out the new solar farm - it works - 5 to 8 kts! LakeCNF3 (trailer parking) is still standing water... a few days of sun will clean that up. ...

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Gatineau Gliding Club - GGC

For those who have read the BGA magazine Sailplane and Gliding, his stories were always great. We are diminished.Posted by the BGA
We regret to report the very sad news that Mike Bird has passed away. Following a long period of poor health, Mike died peacefully at his home with family present.

As a major figure in British Gliding, a record-holder of distance flights, a frequent entrant to both National and regional comps, a friend to many, and as the perceptive and highly amusing author of the unique Platypus Papers, Mike Bird will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with friends and family.
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A picture from Jarek from Sunday - BQN is liberated from the ice in the Lacasse Hangar. QIH, our 160 hp Citabria, at bottom; and the Champ owned by a syndicate of club members GOMX is also out. The glider trailer parking area is sheltered and slower to melt, and the snowbanks from clearing the area over the winter will also take a while to melt. The Pawnee, DYI, is on the left (white against snow isn't great contrast). The rain will have knocked a lot of that snow down, and the airfield has very good drainage... ...

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The club got some tow pilot checkouts done before the rain on Sunday. Some melting continuing. Anyplace off the asphalt is very soft, and after the forecast rain, will stay that way until mid-week. ...

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The hangar is mostly unpacked, though there is water in the Lacasse hangar, and the Super Blanik is in the big hangar. The melt is going strong, newly packed chutes are back, water is rolling off the airfield, which has superb drainage. Water's about 7" deep... The instructor spring checks were going well, with the senior (Class 1) instructors going first. There was a brisk wind - 15 gusting 25, just off the runway, and apparently good lift. Runway 26 was bare and dry, though you couldn't say that for anything else! There was a lot of work getting the Citabria ready for the start of the season. Work on the new Junior is also ongoing. The tow pilots do their safety meeting tonight. The road is sloppy, but should improve rapidly. Lots of bits running at full speed to get the season going! ...

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