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June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Thu, Jun 23 2011, 11:29 PM
by goestoeleven
Yes, I know we just did this last weekend . . . . but the weather is looking very good for this weekend. Anyone interested? Location? I can't fly all day . . . but I'll bet I can fit in an afternoon. Greene Valley, Busse Woods, Northerly Island or Kankakee would be reasonable choices for me. The lawn mowing can wait another day . . .

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Fri, Jun 24 2011, 09:23 AM
by Mike
possibly, I could do Sunday if it was a southern location.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Fri, Jun 24 2011, 09:36 AM
by Darkspark
I would also be interested.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Fri, Jun 24 2011, 08:54 PM
by goestoeleven
Mike wrote:possibly, I could do Sunday if it was a southern location.


Define "southern" - I know that includes Charleston, but does it include Kankakee? ;)

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sat, Jun 25 2011, 05:46 AM
by Mike
Sorry, turns out Kankakee is too far for me this weekend.
I'm could do Champaign, but the forecast is better for Kankakee, so I can't really recommend Champaign.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sat, Jun 25 2011, 07:12 AM
by goestoeleven
Yeah, the weather for Sunday in Champaign has a higher chance of rain than Kankakee or Chicago. Also, (apologies), I don't think I can make Champaign as my window for flying this weekend is probably a half day / long afternoon. I can probably make Kankakee (or someplace between the western 'burbs and Kankakee). If the possibility for Champaign changes, I'll update the thread.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sat, Jun 25 2011, 11:04 PM
by goestoeleven
I'll check the weather radar and forecast again in the morning & post if I plan to go flying.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sun, Jun 26 2011, 09:01 AM
by goestoeleven
Weather looks really good - now the question is where to fly this afternoon. Mikey - you still interested?

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sun, Jun 26 2011, 09:07 AM
by Mike
The weather does look good for today, too bad I'm so far south. Have fun wherever you fly.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sun, Jun 26 2011, 10:28 AM
by Darkspark
Always interested. Can you think of anywhere that is halfway between us?

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sun, Jun 26 2011, 12:23 PM
by goestoeleven
I looked on Google Maps / satellite view, but did not figure out a good location. Maybe something around Wilmington or the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (formerly Joliet Army Arsenal, I believe). I'll PM you so we can figure something out.

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Sun, Jun 26 2011, 07:23 PM
by goestoeleven
Well, we did meet up (a bit more than halfway ;) ). Thanks for sticking around! The weather was great, with good (but slightly variable) winds.

On the drive back, I looked for some sites closer to halfway. Here's a couple possible alternative sites that look like they might be roughly halfway for a future fly . . .

First one is a HS with some ball fields. Don't know if there's a fence or if it's open for public use on the weekends. It's here If we can fly there, the fields are probably mowed, which would be nice.

Another possible location is here. It's a field cleared and leveled for construction but no building under way yet. Which probably means a lack of mowing & a surface that might be a bit dodgy, but an alternative if the HS fields are off limits.

The third possibility is the parking lots all around Chicago Motor Speedway . . . if we can get permission, given that it's private property. It's an absolutely HUGE open area (assuming you are out of the wind shadow of the speedway itself).

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Mon, Jun 27 2011, 01:23 PM
by Darkspark
I sent an email to Chicago land speedway, Lets see if they allow us to fly there. I am not holding my breath, but maybe....

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Mon, Jun 27 2011, 02:19 PM
by Mike
If we fly there, do we have to only fly Supersonics?

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Mon, Jun 27 2011, 04:17 PM
by Darkspark
No but we do have to hook a baseball card to our kites so they sound like they have a motor. :lol:

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Mon, Jun 27 2011, 04:23 PM
by Mike
There's some Japanese kite where they attach a "hummer" onto the back of the kite. The kites are large and tight as a drum so they really resonate. It makes noise continuously, but when they tug on the string to generate some quicker movement it roars. There's probably some you tube video somewhere...

Re: June 25/26 2011 - Saturday or Sunday Fly?

Posted: Mon, Jun 27 2011, 05:22 PM
by goestoeleven
I'm thinking we might be better off calling CMS than sending an email, but maybe not. I'd say we have a low chance to fly there unless we've paid admission or know someone in management. To be fair, private (and public) companies have to worry about security and liability, so they can be touchy about any activity on their property not related to their business. I'm guessing they will say no, because if they say yes to one group . . . . then more will follow.

There's a smallish grass parking lot at the Southwest corner that looks like it was outside the gates. Looks like it's near an entrance for weekend drag racers (i.e. non-professionals) to get in to the drag strip. That lot was empty when I drove by Sunday.

One more thought - we could offer to use their grounds for "demos" - all we have to do is get the sponsors to supply everyone with logo'd revs for each of the drivers :twisted:. Only downside is the routine will be a big left-turning oval . . . until we have too many line wraps to continue.