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Soaring is very weather-dependent and our climate is increasingly volatile. These factors favour planning our flying sessions on very short notice. You can check the weather at this link ... (RIGHT MOUSE CLICK, then OPEN LINK IN NEW TAB): Windfinder Superforecast .

If you're wondering how you are going to find some friends to fly with, then the Fly With Friends Forum is for you. Clicking on the "Fly with Friends" heading above, takes you to the Topic "Click Here to Join or Start A Flying Session". You will need your SOGGI username and password to participate, so if you have lost this info, Contact Webmaster Tom Crawford tomcr50@hotmail.com.
Forum rules
BEFORE YOU FLY AT SOGGI'S FLYING SITES ...

Be aware that the use of SOGGI's flying sites is limited to SOGGI Members and their accompanied Guests. Your continued enjoyment of our flying sites relies on maintaining good relationships with all stakeholders including Air Traffic Control, the pilots and their passengers who fly above us, the owner of the property that we are allowed to use, the farm personnel, our surrounding neighbours, and your fellow club members. Thank you for doing your part to maintain these relationships.

NOTAM PROCEDURE FOR OUR SOD FARM FLYING SITE

On any given day, flying is not permitted until SOGGI’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been Activated by making a phone-call to Hamilton Air Traffic Control (ATC). As of June 26 2017, ATC has stipulated that we MUST also call to De-activate our NOTAM whenever a flying session has apparently ended for the day. If other flyers arrive later on the same day, then this Activation/Deactivation process must be repeated.

Immediately on your arrival at the flying field, look in the Log Book to determine the activation status of SOGGI's Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). The Log Book is kept in the black waterproof folder attached to the inside of the Club House door.

The FIRST SOGGI Member to arrive at the field has the OBLIGATION to call ATC to activate the NOTAM. The LAST Member to depart the field has the OBLIGATION to call ATC to deactivate the NOTAM. Every SOGGI Member has authorization to act in this capacity. The obligation to activate/deactivate our NOTAM applies equally to FREE FLIGHT and to R/C FLYERS.

Complete instructions for calling ATC can be found in our Log Book. It takes less than a minute to call ATC and make a Log Book entry. If you'd like an onsite demonstration of how to make a call to ATC, contact any member of the SOGGI Executive.

Calls to ATC MUST be made FROM THE FLYING FIELD, meaning that a cell phone will be necessary. A log book entry MUST be made to document EVERY call to ATC.

TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS, NEVER UNLOAD ANY EQUIPMENT FROM YOUR CAR UNTIL THE NOTAM HAS BEEN ACTIVATED. If you encounter other persons flying, or preparing to fly when the NOTAM has not been activated, immediately report the incident to any member of SOGGI's Executive for follow up. We will need those persons' names, and/or license plate numbers, and the time and date of the incident.

Our Message Board's "Fly With Friends" forum is intended for Members to share their intentions to go flying. The "Fly With Friends" Forum also enables members who DO NOT own cell phones, to coordinate their flying sessions with members who DO have cell phones. It's in our collective interest for ALL members to make use of the forum, for this and for related purposes.

We believe that our membership have achieved 100% compliance with the NOTAM procedure since 2016. Thanks everyone, and let's maintain our good record !

Now it's time for you to hook up with some friends and have some fun. Scroll down and click on the Topic "Reply Here to Join or Start a Flying Session" . Happy Flying !
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Lyle J
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Re:Westover Sloping, November 29/20

Post by Lyle J » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:55 am

Andy:
Excellent! I will get there around 1:45 pm. It will be nice to have the sun out but still there is going to be a wind chill. Hopefully others will join us, although the lack of response has been deafening! : )

Cheers!
Lyle

Andy M
Posts: 250
Joined: Wed May 13, 2009 9:17 pm

Westover Sunday Nov 29

Post by Andy M » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:51 am

Aiming to be there about 2:30 pm, Andy

Lyle J
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Re: Haldibrook Field Now Closed!

Post by Lyle J » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:52 pm

Evening!
Thank goodness 9 members made it out to the field on Monday! It was a such a fantastic morning of flying....sunny, 23C! I was out there in a T-shirt and shorts! Unfortunately, early in the afternoon, the sod cutting gang showed up and removed approximately half of the sod on the western side of the field. So the season is over. Today, Terry Dawson and I removed the flight box for winter storage.

Now we wait until May/21 to see where we will be flying next year! Stay safe!

Cheers!
Lyle

Lyle J
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Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:12 am

Re: Monday, Nov 9/20 Haldibrook Road

Post by Lyle J » Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:25 am

This is my Sunday morning update! I visited the field on Saturday afternoon and the entranceway has dried up sufficiently imo, to drive on. Winds are predicted to be from the SSW 13-24 kms/hr. Temperature 16-18C! I plan on arriving around 10 am. As you enter, keep to your right and park close to the fence along the west side of the field.

Hope to see y'all there!

Cheers!
Lyle


Morning!
With this continued run of unusually good weather, conditions look favourable for some thermal seeking on Monday. Winds are predicted to be from SSW 12-23 kms/hr. We have to confirm that the entrance to our flying field has sufficiently dried up first and I will do that later on today. With all the warm strong winds lately, I think we should be okay. I will post an update tomorrow.

This will most likely be our last hurrah at the field for this extended season.....but who knows? Nothing is "normal" this year!

Cheers!
Lyle

Andy M
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Westover Saturday Nov 7

Post by Andy M » Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:44 pm

Update at 6:51 am Sat. Will be there around 10 am.
Based on current wind forecast I aim to arrive at the slope between 9 and 10 am. I'll update Sat morning.

Andy

Andy M
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Westover Saturday Oct 31 pm

Post by Andy M » Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:32 pm

Update @ 7:47 am Sat. Plan to be there at about 2 pm.

If the forecast holds plan to be at the slope tomorrow arriving around 2:00-2:30. Will update in the morning to confirm. Dress warmly if going.

Andy

Andy M
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Westover Saturday Oct 24

Post by Andy M » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:58 pm

Update at 6:30, plan to be there ~10:30. Dress warmly, it will be cold.
Planning to be at the slope Saturday morning ~10-10:30. Will update Sat morning after forecast check.

Andy

Lyle J
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Re: Wednesday, October 14, Flying Session

Post by Lyle J » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:00 pm

Somehow I missed how nice it was going to be today.....just packed up my gear and I'm heading to the field. Should be there before 1 pm.
Cheers!
Lyle

Andy M
Posts: 250
Joined: Wed May 13, 2009 9:17 pm

Westover Friday Oct 9 pm

Post by Andy M » Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:25 am

Aiming to be there 1:30 - 2:00 to catch the winds as forecast.
Andy

Andy M
Posts: 250
Joined: Wed May 13, 2009 9:17 pm

Haldibrook Monday Oct 5

Post by Andy M » Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:00 pm

Aiming to be there ~10:30-11.
Andy

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