When most friends of mine hear that I spent a “Couple days at the airport.” they think I must have been stranded by some airline strike or bad weather. But those who really know me realize that one of my passions is Soaring, and although I have grounded myself because of eye problems I still keep a loose connection with the sport of flying sailplanes and enjoy hanging around small airports.
This week was no exception, the club that I was a member of for about 40 years, the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association, better known as MaSA, was holding their annual Octoberfest and Region 4(n) Championship Contest. our airport is about 5 miles south of Gettysburg, Pa. just outside of the small town of Fairfield, Pa.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week I spent all day on the field, spending the night at home, the weather was forecast to be a bit colder than I felt like spending in a tent on the field. But when there I spent the day taking photos of the contestants as they were launching, retrieving one contestant that “landed out”, and socializing with old friends. The schedule for the contest includes a banquet, free nights, and cookouts, with appetizers supplied by members and guests. I modified the Hummus recipe in the previous post substituting Sun Dried Tomatoes instead of Roasted Red Peppers, it was half gone before I got to the table with the eats, success! I was talking with some pilots and crew members I’ve known since the late ’60s when I began working on the contest as Operations Director, a job I held for about 30 years till I decided to ‘retire’ and let younger members run the flight-line.
The photos can be found on a companion website I set up just for this week’s contest .