BERTRAM, TX - Fleeing a bad weather forecast near Houston, Greater Houston Soaring Association member Michael Hunter (R) drove to Fault Line Flyers to take his CFI-G test with Designated Pilot Examiner, and Fault Line Flyer member Gregg Squires (L) on Saturday, September 1, 2018. We're very excited to report that after a lot of hard work, and flying in an unfamiliar glider, Michael has passed his exam and has joined Greater Houston Soaring Association's pool of expert instructors. Congratulations, Michael!
On August 11, David Buttram soloed in 4BA! Uwe Prigge was the supervising instructor. Congratulations David!
A great spring day at GHSA's Petmecky Field! We had 15 flights today courtesy of the tows from Adam. John and Brad received instruction from Uwe and then Brad then had a solo flight.
Later, the weather improved and we even had some lift so Uwe in Oscar Alpha and Michael Hunter and I (Todd) in 5ST were up over an hour. Dak had a 2+ hour flight in the Ka-6CR (9P). These three gliders were in the same thermal a few times. Does that count as a gaggle? Thanks to all our volunteers who made today possible!
Come on out and check out what soaring is all about.
Chris Barnikow soloed right before sunset in one of GHSA's Blanik L-23s on Sunday. Congratulating Chris is instructor Mike Brooks after being doused by David Coggins. Way to go Chris!
We had an amazing weekend with 40+ flights over both Saturday and Sunday with good lift to 4500+ feet. We had several flights over one hour: Brad (Blanik), Dean (Grob 102), Todd (Blanik, with friends), Mike H (KQ/DG-200), Uwe (Ventus), Jason (Ka-6).
Trevor Mitchell also has his first three tows as a new tow pilot for GHSA on Sunday. Good job Trevor!
[Photo by Michael Hunter]
GHSA's very own David Coggins has been selected to represent the United States in the World Gliding Championships 2018 in the open class. This is a very prestigious and select honor as only two pilots are selected to represent the United States at the WGC in the Open Class. David will take his JS1 to the Pribram airfield in the Czech Republic in July to compete.
Alice Barnett has soloed in a glider for the first time on August 5th! Great job Alice! What is Carl doing with that bucket full of water? Huh, must be to clean the Blanik...
In this photo, Phillipe Heer is congratulating Brad on his first solo. Great job Brad!
Uwe Prigge (on the right) passed his Certified Flight Instructor - Glider check ride today with DPE Gregg Squires! Please join me in congratulating Uwe.
Alice Barnett soloed last weekend in the Blanik, with Stefan Murry observing. Way to go Alice!
What is Carl up to under the wing? That can't be a bucket of water, could it?
Jason Bridger successfully completed his check ride with Gregg Squires and received his Private Pilot license - Glider - on June 10. Congratulations, Jason!
On April 15th, I made a time-lapse video of the clouds. These clouds are the result of rising air. We use this rising air to gain altitude in our gliders and stay aloft for hours.
Excited to report that I got my 5 hour Silver Duration flight last Sunday in the Ka-6!
Here is a photo of Steve landing in David's beautiful JS1 on Saturday. Steve went around and past College Station on his flight. There were great soaring conditions here just outside Houston this weekend.
We had a great Saturday last weekend with 12 introductory flights and two new members getting instruction. All the people that took the introductory flights had a blast! Come on out (when it's not raining <sad face>) and experience one of Houston's best-kept secrets!