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MayFly2019 grid, Saturday. Photo: Daniel Duclos ...

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Final scores for the MayFly are now posted on the GGC website: www.gatineauglidingclub.ca/mayfly/MF_2019_Results.pdf
Congratulations to our winner, Jan Brochocki, from Montreal Soaring Club; he flew an MSC DG303. In second, from GGC, Lee Fasken, who flew his ASW-24. In third, from MSC, Pierre Gavillet, who flew his LAK-17a. Our top-novice was Dan McDonald, who flew a privately owned Schweizer 1-35. Presenting the awards was the Contest Director and GGC President, Roger Hildesheim. Thanks to all who participated. We hope Mother Nature favours us with a more typical spring next year. Flying a contest, even one designed for new pilots to spread their cross-country wings, is a great learning experience. The double-handicap (glider and pilot experience) worked pretty well, when you consider that three of the four trophies went to people who had never entered a contest before! We had pilots from all three Eastern Ontario clubs, and one entry from Great Lakes (who withdrew due to the weather and length of drive). Thanks to all who helped out! Each of the participating pilots won a bottle of MayFly 2019 Pinot Blanc, thanks to KM and KM crew. In fact, all participating pilots got one. Yay, MayFly!
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MayFly 2019:
Pilot picture at the grid on Saturday. The high cloud hadn't got there yet... See the bit of blue? Next shot is KB landing at Plantagenet Field; note the clouds. Then BMK dropped in (photos by JJS, Dan M, first in). Note the water in the ditch... The owner is pretty used to us dropping in, he has a tow rope on his ATV! Then, once everyone was at the launch point, and a wing runner had flown in to be part of the fun (Cessna 172), and the towplane arrived (Pawnee), the tow pilot (JeanMarc) briefed everyone, and a quick series of tows got everyone home. We had two land in farmers' fields, and they came back by trailer. Again, if the high clouds that shut off the solar heating had waited an hour, we likely would have got everyone home... oh, well, it was safe!
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There will be more MayFly coverage in a day or two. On Wednesday the 22nd, there is mid-week flying with our retired folks, those out of school, and those with a nasty case of "cumulus flu". Here's a shot from our Open Glider Network receiver network. You can see ST from Montreal Soaring is up in the Gatineau hills, with KM from GGC and MS2 from MSC just crossing the river to the high ground. RM, JCZ and O2 from GGC are climbing away. On the field camera at GGC, I can see 3 more gliders and the Citabria towplane on the airfield. Looks like a great day... too bad it wasn't on the weekend! There are clouds building in from the west, as we see on the GOES satellite shot from NOAA. Pendleton is the red dot. You can see a satellite loop at rammb-slider.cira.colostate.edu/?sat=goes-16&z=4&im=12&ts=1&st=0&et=0&speed=170&motion=loop&map=1... . Amazing what's out there! ...

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