3-13-18 Frequent Flyer


  • Mar 17 Instructor Meeting – 11:00 AM – Tom McDonald
  • Mar 24 Crew Chiefs meeting – 9:30 AM – Mark Miller
  • Apr 7 Board of Directors meeting- 9:30 AM – John Lubon
  • Apr 11 Annual Meeting of SSD dba CCSC & Election – John Lubon
  • Apr 14 Spring Cleanup at CCSC – Keith Kilpatrick
  • Apr 15 Spring Cleanup at CCSC – Keith Kilpatrick
  • Apr 21 Cincinnati Chapter of Ferrari Club of America Event – Maury Drummey
  • Apr 21 Pot Luck Dinner Apr 21 Pot Luck Dinner
  • May 19 WPAFB Airmen Recreation Program event at CCSC – Kevin Price
  • May 20-31 1-26 Championship Contest – Steve Statkus
  • Jun 9 WPAFB Airmen Recreation Program event at CCSC – Kevin Price
  • Jun 16 Cincinnati Chapter of Ferrari Club of America Event – Maury Drummey
  • Jun 16 Pot Luck Dinner Jun 16 Pot Luck Dinner
  • Jul 15-20 YEW 2018 – Steve McManus
  • Aug 3 WPAFB Airmen Recreation Program event at CCSC – Kevin Price
  • August Adult Camp
  • August Sailplane Weight & Balance Party – Chuck Lohre
  • Oct 21 WPAFB Airmen Recreation Program event at CCSC – Kevin Price


Finally the field was dry and firm enough and the weather cooperated to permit routine operations on the full length of runway 9. With the first off at 11:05 AM and the last down at 17:45 we had a total of 33 flights. Thanks to Bob Miller for his assistance with annual field checks and training flights.


It was a beautiful day at the gliderport! We had a total of 17 flights, including several field checks and 1 Flight Review. Thanks to Zack Siefker for his help with instruction.



If you do not already have the Silver Badge, by now you should have a plan to earn it. The Gold Badge is next and presents a big increase in the challenge, at least for us in Ohio. The two requirements are a 3,000-meter (9,843-foot) altitude gain and a 300-km (186.4-mile) cross country flight. The 300-km requirement can be fulfilled from CCSC, in fact during 2015 there were 44 flights from CCSC that exceeded 300 km (Don Burns-11, Dan Reagan-10, Joe Simmers-10, John Lubon-8, Dieter Schmidt-3, Jim Price-1, Rolf Hegele-1). If you include flights from Ridge Soaring and Moriarity, CCSC members (the above list plus Mark Miller and Bob Miller) flew a total of 75 flights in excess of 300 km during 2015. One characteristic of these members is that they try to fly whenever the weather is good. If you want to complete the Gold Distance Requirement of 300-km from CCSC a good tactic would be to fly with these members whenever you can. It is a great group with whom to fly. And here is how to know when they are planning to go flying.


Now let’s check the fine print: “…a loss of height exceeding 1% of the length of the course will invalidate the soaring performance.” This rule is to prevent you from taking a tow to a high altitude and just gliding down to the finish without ever having to find a thermal. When you do the math you will calculate that you must pull the release below 1,640 AGL for a 50km flight to an airport at exactly the same elevation as the take-off airport. For the CCSC to Fayette County example the actual straight line distance is 58 km if you release directly over CCSC. The field elevation at I23 is 980 MSL. In this case you will have a valid Silver Badge Flight if you release directly above CCSC at 1900 feet above I23, which is 2880 MSL or 1940 feet over CCSC. That could work if you find a thermal when you get to the spillway. Remember to leave a little margin for instrument error either in your altimeter or the Flight Recorder you are using to document the flight. When you talk with some who have completed this requirement in the past you will find that many have chosen to be towed west and either release over Warren County (I68) or release and then fly to Warren County as the starting point and then fly to Fayette County. That makes it a 74 km flight and permits you to release at any altitude up to 3280 MSL so you can have plenty of time to find the first thermal.

There are at least four ways to complete the Silver Distance Task: (1) Straight Out: fly to and land at an airport more than 50 km away as described in the preceding paragraph; (2) Finish Point: You

launch at CCSC and fly to a declared point more than 50 km away (your finish point) and then return and land at CCSC; (3) Start Point, Finish Point at Launching Airport: Fly to a declared start point more than 50 km away and then fly back to land at CCSC; (4) Start Point, Finish Point: Fly to a declared start point (I68), then to a declared finish point (I23) more than 50 km from the declared start point, then land wherever you please, back at CCSC if you can make it, at Fayette County if you want or anyplace else you choose to go if the soaring is so great you do not want to stop.

Notice the key word “declared” in options 2,3 and 4. That means that you have to write down and provide to your official observer in advance the location of the Finish Point and/or Start Point and you have to complete the flight that you declared in advance.

This is the point at which you may want to buy or borrow a copy of Bob Wander’s Badge Soaring: The Silver Badge … Made Easy and become familiar with all the details to assure that your flight fulfills all the requirements for the Silver Badge. Next time we will consider how you are going to prove to the Official Observer and the badge committee that you really did complete the requirements.


Who is responsible for determining if an aircraft is in condition for safe flight?

a) A certificated aircraft mechanic. b) The pilot in command. c) The owner or operator.

See the SSF Study Guide for a practice test with all the questions.


Well, the Second Saturday Crew demonstrated very clearly, that it’s time to be thinking about gliding and plan on pursuing the Wild Turkey when the leaves are again off the trees. So, clean those blunderbusses and store them until November. As for me, I’m planning a visit to my local gunsmith and talk about the “ultimate solution.”


The eleven directors of SSD dba CCSC are elected for three-year terms which are staggered so we need to elect three or four each year at the Annual Meeting on the second Wednesday of April (4/11/2018). This year the terms in office for John Lubon, Tim Christman and Brian Stoops expire, so we need to elect three directors for three-year terms to fill those posiitons. In addition, Steve Statkus has resigned from his position as director so we need to elect one director to finish out the two remaining years of Steve’s term. Brian Stoops has a new job which requires him to work weekends so Brian will not run for reelection as a director. John Lubon and Tim Christman have each agreed to serve an additional 3-year term if reelected, but that still leaves two positions which must be filled by other members. If you would consider contributing your leaership skills to serving the club in this way, please contact John Lubon or any other member of the board and John will add your name to the list of candidates.

There are additional appointed leadership positions which are currently vacant where your skills and interests may match the club needs. Speak with any of the current directors and indicate your willingness to serve.


In order to keep our club looking pristine spring is a good time to rid our members of cabin fever by getting us outdoors to participate in the annual CCSC spring clean up. As a club member your participation in these biannual events is necessary therefore we will be having this years clean up and beautification over a weekend to accommodate working schedules. There is much needed support to accomplish these tasks so please come out for some fun in sun and maybe get your hands dirty. Lunch and entertainment will be provided. – Keith Kilpatrick


Ladies and gents, I’m entering my 1-26 in the 2018 1-26 championship, but as a team glider. Not a traditional 2 person team but as a multiple pilot team. I’m looking for a minimum of 5 pilots to join TEAM CCSC. We already have a Team Manager and Spiritual Guru; OutLand Bob Root has agreed to provide coaching, leadership, and spiritual guidance to the team. He’s also charged with keeping the beer cooler filled. I’ll cover the entry fee you’ll just pay tow fees to 2 K AGL at the normal club rate. We’ve planned for ten contest days and two practice days so I’d expect each pilot to be ready to fly for two days and retrieve crew for two days. Really we won’t fly 10 days due to weather and pilot fatigue but we’ll accommodate your schedule.

I’ll have my glider ready in March and I’d like each pilot to take a couple of flights to get familiar with the bird and the instrumentation. I’d like each pilot to demonstrate a short field landing also. You don’t have to have 1-26 time in your log book. This Team CCSC is about having FUN and if we come in last lets just get some distance points for bragging rights. ZERO PRESSURE, FUN METER PEGGED AT MAX. – Steve Statkus call sign Buckeye


Remember that CCSC has a requirement that each member complete a CCSC Field Flight Review with a CCSC instructor and get the instructor’s endorsement in his/her logbook each calendar year prior to acting as PIC of any CCSC glider (UOP 4.2-Pilot Qualifications). Your first CCSC glider flight of the year must be with an instructor. Take advantage of the good winter days ahead to get the requirement completed well in advance of the great spring soaring that is sure to follow. You will want to spend your time soaring then, not waiting for your turn to do the Flight Review. Also, check your logbook. Do you need to complete the FAR 61.56 Flight Review this year? If so, why not combine the two flight reviews and get both completed when they will not interfere with the soaring you want to do during the great weather later this year.



A web-based process for facilitating swapping crew day assignments was announced in the 2/21/2017 Frequent Flyer along with instructions for using the system. This process is intended to help members find another member who will agree to swap crew duties for one specific set of dates. It is not for getting reassigned to a different crew for an indefinite period. Mark Miller is now the person who oversees crew assignments, so Mark is the one to whom you need to speak about a long term change.

Remember that UOP 2.2 CREW MEMBER DUTIES states: “All crew members are to report for duty at 9:30 AM and work until released by the Crew Chief. Each crew member is personally responsible for arranging for a qualified substitute in case of his or her absence. Scheduled crew members are expected to be present for each of their scheduled crew days regardless of flying conditions.” This new process does not relieve any crew member from the responsibility for arranging for a qualified substitute and informing the crew chief; rather it is intended to help accomplish that task.

As of 6:00 pm on 2/13/2018 there is one request for a member to swap or substitute a crew day.
Date: 1st Saturday in July 07-07-2018
Skills: Crew
Click Here: Sub/Swap


He is providing a drop off service right here at CCSC. If you need your parachute repacked, just leave it in the CCSC office and fill out one of the service cards and attach it to your rig.
Contact Jonny
Phone: 937-267-1733
Email: skydivesports@nullgmail.com
https: //www.facebook.com/skydivesports/


Open trailer Schweizer, Gehrlein or equivalent. Any condition. Contact: Guy Byars


ASW 20L $29,000 (Factory L model sold with both 16.59 M wing extensions and M&H winglets) TT 1108 hrs. Komet trailer, Modified Cobra wing tip wheel, tow out bar. Excellent canopy, newer gas spring, older gelcoat. Cambridge L nav, Colibri flight recorder, Dittle ATR720B (old but works good) with new boom mic, Avier with LK-8000. Logs since new. Contact Tony Bonser tbonser@nullcinci.rr.com

Craftsman Snow Blower 22″, Self-propelled, 2-stage, Electric start. $195. Contact Tim Christman (937)475-1445

Schweizer SGS 1-23, S/N 14, MFG Date May1950, includes open trailer. Has won vintage sailplane awards. Contact Thomas G. Bonser.


Note: See Membership Roster on website for contact information for all members.
CCSC IS ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/CaesarCreekSoaringClub
CCSC WEBSITE www.soarccsc.com
MINUTES FROM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS https://www.soarccsc.com/resources/members/meetingminutes/ (The password is printed on your monthly statement.)


CC: Steve Fenstermaker (cell: 937-581-7713) Tow Pilots: John Armor, CR Gillespie. Instructors: Paul McClaskey, Tom McDonald. Crew: Gerry Daugherty, Mark Hanlon, Joe Jaap, Kevin Price, Dan Beans, Jul Alvarez, D. Mattmuller, B. Sanbongi, A. Quinn, Michael Zengel, Waseem Jamali.


1ST SUNDAY – Training Crew
CC: Mike Karraker (cell: 937-830-0627) ACC: Mark Miller. Tow Pilots: Manfred Maurer, Norb Maurer, Dieter Schmidt, Andy Swanson. Instructors: Bob Miller. Crew: Don Burns, Bill Clawson, Christian Maurer, Ethan Maxwell, Eran Moscona, Dave Rawson, Joe Zeis..

CC: Dick Holzwarth (cell: 937-542-9612) ACC: Jim Marks, Bob Root. Tow Pilots: Haskell Simpkins. Instructors: Bob Anderson, Bill Gabbard, Jim Price. Crew: Bill Hall, Ron Kellerman, Brian Mork, Chloe Williams, Michael Williams.

CC: Dave Menchen (cell: 513-313-2315) ACC: Lucy Anne McKosky. Tow Pilots: Lorrie Penner, Gordon Penner, Instructors: Jim Goebel, Tom McDonald, Tom Rudolf. Crew: Dave Conrad, Fred Hawk, Dan Katuzienski, Mike McKosky.

CC: Maury Drummey (cell: 513-871-1998) ACC: Rolf Hegele. Tow Pilots: Don Green, Steve McManus, Dick Scheper.

CC: Mark Miller (acting) (cell: 513-235-6128) ACC: TBD Tow Pilots: Tony Bonser, Tim Christman. Instructors: Dick Eckels, Crew: Darin Caviness, Otis Lewis, Dan Miner, Tony Rein, Zach Siefker, David Whapham,

CC: Chuck Lohre (cell: 513-260-9025) ACC: Ethan Saladin. Tow Pilots: Guy Byars, Larry Kirkbride. Instructors: John Atkins, Joe Jackson. Crew: Edgar Byars, Ross Bales, Andrew Dignan, Helen Lohre, Henry Meyerrose, John Murray.

CC: Steve Statkus (cell: 513-720-8955) ACC: TBD Tow Pilots: Ron Blume, Matt Davis, Tim Morris. Instructors: John Lubon, Kat McManus. Crew: Lynn Alexander, Bill Barone, Mauricio Berrizbeitia, Richard Cedar, Shelby Estell, Jeff Grawe, M. Hosta, Keith Kilpatrick, Dan Reagan, Pete Schradin, Stefano Sinigaglia, Laviniu Tirca John Williams. 2018

Mar 31– 4th Sat Crew
Apr 29 – 4th Sun Crew
Jun 30 – 1st Sat Crew
Jul 29 – 1st Sun Crew
Sep 29 – 2nd Sat Crew
Sep 30 – 2nd Sun Crew
Dec 29 – 3rd Sat
Dec 30 – 3rd Sun POINTS OF CONTACT:

DIR OF OPS: Mark Miller
DIR OF FACILITIES: Keith Kilpatrick
BUSINESS MANAGER: Jon Stewart, BusinessManager@nullsoarccsc.com
FREQUENT FLYER EDITOR: Jim Dudley, FrequentFlyer@nullsoarccsc.com Note: See Membership Roster on soarccsc.com for phone numbers and email addresses for all members. Revised 01/04/2018 mkm

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