Friday, November 16, 2012

Northwest Paragliding Club Meeting

The November Meeting of the Northwest Paragliding Club is next Tuesday, November 20, 2012.    
7:00 PM the back room at Pogacha - 120 NW Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah.  
November is the month when the NWPC selects its Board of Directors for the coming year.  Candidates for the 2013 Board will be nominated in preparation for voting.  Nominations will be made by the present Board and solicited from members at the meeting.  At the meeting, any member can can nominate any other member.  (The nominee must agree in advance or be present to accept the nomination.)     

Tuesday's program will include a presentation by the Women With Wings on their recent Owens Valley trip.  It
 will also be your opportunity to share your flying experiences, ask questions and discuss flying.  We will have an open forum where you can show photos and/or videos of flights and sites.  Just bring your pics on a flash drive, DVD or USB hard drive.  You will also be able to give or receive advice on anything paragliding: for example, where to fly on your winter vacation, or what radio, GPS or vario to get, and how to operate them. 
Flying Field Trips:  At this month's board meeting we decided that the Club should sponsor a monthly flying field-trip.  We'll gather whoever is interested and go to one or two flying sites around the state to experience other sites.  It will be an opportunity for our newer pilots to get site orientations and fly new sites with more experienced pilots.  It's also an opportunity for a bit of mentoring, and for camaraderie and fun flying.  We have tentatively set a date of December 8 for the first Flying Field Trip.  Where we go will depend on the weather.  At Tuesday's Club meeting we will solicit your thoughts and work out some of the details.  
Should be a fun evening.  See you there.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New post from the Halloweens past.

Jan Olsen sent this scan of the October 2001 newsletter and also a collection of photos from the Women's Fly-in. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Women's Fly-In at Chelan, October 27 & 28.

Hi all.  Please join us at the annual Women's Fly-In at Chelan, October 27 & 28. It's a Bi-Wing affair, with flying Saturday & Sunday, and a costume party Saturday night at the pilot's lounge of the Chelan airport. There will be bomb drop and spot landing contests at the soccer field, and a prize for longest XC flight. 
Saturday's party will include prizes for:
  • Best male/female costumes
  • Best couple's costume theme, and of course,
  • Best Buns on the Butte;
  • as well as for the flying competitions.

Dinner is a pot-luck, with the annual Chili Cook-off providing the main course.   It's a good opportunity to show off your favorite chili recipe.   We'll also have a desert competition, with prizes for the best chili and the best desert. Please bring something to share. The NWPC will provide beer, wine, music and decor. 

We ask for a $30 donation per pilot, and $15 for accompanying non-pilot spouses or significant others. Register at the Chelan Falls soccer field/LZ or at the Party Saturday night. Proceeds will go to support our Chelan Butte site. 

The Women's Fly-In has always been a really fun weekend, and your presence will help make it so again this year. Time to put together your costume and tweak your chili recipe.  

Where: Chelan Airport Pilot's Lounge
When: Set up at 6 pm, Chili contest and potluck at 7 pm.
Bonfire, music, and dancing to follow
Cheryl Cardwell is organizing the chili cookoff, which is always delicious. Contact her ( ) if you would like to participate. Please bring a potluck item to share if you are not cooking chili and that will ensure that we have enough food for all.
COSTUMES encouraged! It is a Halloween party after all. 'Listserv troll' costume, anyone? After we eat there will be music and dancing and costume contest voting. Past costume award categories have been:

Iain and LeAnn will be bringing the party decorations and music setup, but they could use some help. We need folks to join us at the pilot's lounge at 6 pm to setup for the party and then folks to do some light cleanup after the party and then a good cleaning on Sunday morning. We are fortunate that the airport lets us use the pilot's lounge and we like to leave it cleaner than we find it to keep that goodwill.

Chelan is beautiful this time of year with Autumn color and salmon in the river as you fly over on the way to the LZ.  Even if the flying conditions aren't perfect, it is usually sunny and warm and there's always wine tasting in Chelan/Manson's many wineries.  Come join your fellow pilots in the last Fly-In of the year. 
Hope to see you all there!


I have gone through my photos and picked a few highlights from years past.

Chris Amonson

Halloween 2002

Halloween 2003

Halloween 2005

Halloween 2006

Halloween 2007

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2009