Callan McKeogh Solo

IMG_1848Sunday August 7 found Callan piloting the 2-33 by himself in the skies of VT. The day was not producing thermals so his flights were not long but he made three picture perfect flights with his Mom, Dad,  Grandmother and two of his instructors proudly watching. Way to go Callan!!

July 2nd Region 1 Contest Cookout @ KVSF ~5:30pm: Hosted by NESA

All –

In conjunction with the upcoming Region 1 contest June 24th – July 4th.  GBSC will be hosting a cookout at the airport on the Saturday of the first weekend (June 25th) and we’d like to see NESA return the complement and host one the Saturday of the second weekend (July 2nd).

There are 23 contestants signed up thus far.  So there could be 40-45ish attendees, between contestants, volunteers, crew and NESA club-members.

So, we need – A volunteer to put this together, Grill Masters, donations to help purchase food, and/or beverage and food donations. Most importantly we need your attendance along with a dish or two to share with our visitors.

If you want to help organize this or to cook please let me know directly.  A couple of volunteers would be fantastic.

There is a sign-up sheet on the website where you can:

– Sign up to attend and tell us what dish you can bring and/or pledge a $amount contribution to help purchase food to feed our guests.  Click here to Sign Up (Any pledges made will be billed to your NESA account). Thanks in advance

We hope many of you will take the opportunity to come out and meet the visiting contestants and crews.  Thanks for supporting this and helping us show NESA’s hospitality.

If you haven’t already checked out the contest website it can be found here: Region1 Contest



P.S. Rain date will be Sunday 7/3

UH – Soaring Hall of Fame Induction

Andrea, Walter and I had the privilege of attending Uncle Hanks induction to the Soaring Hall of Fame last weekend.  Well worth the trek to the National Soaring Museum in Elmira. Long overdue and well deserved.

There was a great turn out from amoungst the many of us who have benefited from Hanks knowledge and generosity over the years, as Instructor, Mentor, Skunkworks Fixer of stuff and equally friend. Congrats.





Great Start to the Club Season

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Spring Safety Seminar Saturday morning.  Good information and good discussion.  For those that were unable to attend please see the post re: Franconia Soaring’s seminar next weekend.  Jerry will be speaking at that event and you may use that to meet club requirements instead.

Saturday – After the meeting at least three Spring club check-rides were conducted in the 2-33 and several members flew their own ships.  There was good lift to 7K with nice streeting.  Walter, Alasdair, Brian, Bob and Lee all had nice flights to begin the season.

Sunday – Another nice soaring Day.  Blue but good lift.  A total of five private ships launched (3 NESA + 2 Postmillions).  All had flights of several hours, no-one showed to fly the club ships though – eh. people, it’s Soaring season!  It’s time to come out and fly, so sign-up for your Spring club check-out using the instruction form now!  Thanks.

Invitation to Join Franconia Soaring’s Annual Safety Meeting

The Seminar will take place on Sat April 16 (April 23 is the alternate date) at the NH Electric Coop, 579 Tenney Mountain Hwy, Plymouth, NH. We will start the Seminar at 9AM and run to about 4PM. It will be followed by a very short annual meeting and then a pot luck dinner to which you are also invited. Plan on a brown bag lunch, water, soda machine and a microwave are available. For those with time constraints, partial day attendance is fine. Wings Program credit is available to all attendees. For those interested, or for further information , please contact me.

Pete Eiche

Spring Cookout: Sat May 21st

The first Picnic will be Saturday May 25th after flying.

New format this year:  Soft Drinks, Burgers, Dogs and Veggie Burgers will be provided.  Cost is $5 per person.  Please also bring a dish to share.  A sign-up email will be sent out early May.  Invite your family and friends to come out to the field.

Spring Safety Seminar: Saturday 4/9

The NESA Spring Safety Seminar has been scheduled for Saturday 4/9 beginning at 10am at the KVSF FBO Building.  All members are asked to attend.

Topics will include:

  • Silly Season Considerations (Alasdair);
  • Towing Procedures and signals (Walter);
  • Ground Operations/Airport Operations (Larry/Colin);
  • Club check-ride requirements – Spring + 90 day currency in club equipment (Jerry);

Note: For members unable to attend the NESA meeting, Franconia Soaring Associations Spring Safety Seminar takes place the following weekend, April 16th from 10am to 4pm in Plymouth, NH.  Jerry will be speaking at this event. It may also be used to meet you NESA Spring Safety seminar commitment. See for more details.