Friday, October 31, 2008

Just one of the organizations that we, here at Lookout Mountain Flight Park, support is the DCMR. The way that I, and others, look at it is who is better equipped to get a pilot out of the trees on the unfortunate days when those rare occasions happen.
Below is an email addressed to the hang gliding community from the Chief of the DCMR.

All of the guys involved with Dade County Mountain Rescue wish to say a hearty “Thank You” to you and to all of the hang glider community for their kindness shown at the appreciation dinner you hosted. Your generosity is felt by all, as it allows us to better serve the citizens of Dade County and visitors to our area. Your continued interest and support of our team moves us ever closer to our goal of purchasing a much needed vehicle.
Vivien Hester
Chief - Dade County Mountain Rescue.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Can you believe that it's almost Christmas ? Please start saving your toys for the less fortunate, and bring them to the party listed below.

Ann is hosting her annual "Hope for the Holidays" party. Below are a couple of emails that was sent out announcing it, along with the picture posted above.

From Doris:

Ann will once again be hosting a "bring a toy" party, at her home, on December 13th. This will benefit the Dade County Sheriff's Hope for the Holidays fund. Ann and I will also be soliciting funds. The toys and money collected will provide food and gifts to poor families, in Dade County, at Christimas. It is important that we show the local community that our hang gliding community cares and presenting contributions, as a group, is an excellent way to do this.
Last year, Ann was able to deliver a car load of toys and $2,000 to the Sheriff's Department, thanks to your generosity.

From Ann :

It's that time of year again! Plus it's going to be a tough one for a lot of folks in our community. Please help us support "Hope for the Holidays" with Sheriff Patrick Cannon. If you have any questions please let me know. Please share this with anyone who wants to help out Santa. For those of you traveling from a distance, please RSVP so that I can reserve you a spot at Hotel Ann.
Ann Everson

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Tennessee Tree Topper's Newletter is out. You can go to the link below and download the .pdf file, and print it out for your enjoyment! Great Job, Keith ! Ollie, Jeff, Lucas and a bunch of other pilots wrote some very good articles in it. Everything from Safety in our sport, to new experiences.

Below is a picture that I took today,, not a couple of years ago,,,I took it today. I really thought it was a mistake on someones part. However, it wasn't. The whole town of Meridan, Miss. had the same great price on gas. I was coming back from working in western Louisiana, and was heading east on I-20 when I saw the price on the billboard.
Makes you wonder,,,,,if they can get it for that price......why can't the rest of the Nation???
It was the busiest store that I've seen in a very long time,,,,, inside and out. Someone in marketing is going to get a promotion,,,,or maybe fired.

Can you believe it?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

All of my Halloween pictures have been posted here ----->>>
Thanks Dan.

The Lookout Mountain Flight parks Halloween party was tonight. There was Uncle Lightning playing for our dancing pleasure, kegs of beer, and a Catered meal. The Policewoman Robin shown here busy serving all the food up. Be careful,,if you don't pay,,,she may have to handcuff you.
Wendy and I got made up like Jack & Sally, from Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas. I don't think that we did half bad. Wendy looked marvelous !
We even had a celebrity show up, with her son in tow. Funny, I thought she would be taller.
Mikey won the costume contest with ----The 1 night stand.
The USHPA Board of Directors were on hand this evening, also.
If you wasn't able to make this Halloween Party, you really missed a good one. Maybe see you next year !

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Doris sent out the information about Lookout Mtn.'s Halloween party, posted below

"Attention all you ghosts, goblins and witches, we will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday night (October 25th), with the annual LMFP party, don't forget your creative costumes. The dinner is being catered, cost $10 a person, the menu consists of BBQ and Chicken Strips, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Pickle Tray, Sheet Cakes, Brownies, Apple Pies and Tea. LMFP will be providing kegs, plus there will be dancing to the band "Uncle Lightning".
We are planning on decorating the pavilion for the Halloween Party on Friday night (October 24th), 7 PM, please volunteer to help."

Below is a video that was put together showing a little bit about the Team Challenge this year. Very well done. Take a few minutes and enjoy yourself !

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I was testing some 911 services for AT & T this week in Northeastern Tennessee. I came across an area that was just too pretty to pass up. Hope that you like them. I really enjoyed being there and seeing the sights.

The next 2 shots are just in time for Halloween. It looks like a real haunted house,,,,,,who knows?

I bet this landowner is a real jokester! You may have to click on the pics to see it larger.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A couple of new shots that I'm entering in a local photo contest.

There was some students taking some evening lessons at the time of this shot from the radial ramp.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A good friend of mine let me know about a sweet deal. A topless Litespped S4 with less than 30 hours on it, in pristine condition. The price: $3,300.00. Color & location given to anyone interested. Just email me, or leave a comment on here, and I will get back with you asap.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A buddy of mine that flys out of Jenkins/Walkers, in Alabama, was at the Women's Fly-In Festival on Thursday night. That was the most colorful night by far. To prove it~ ~ Here's a link to a YouTube video. This is not for the faint of heart ! :^}

Monday, October 06, 2008

One of the Ohio pilots from the Team Challenge took & posted his pictures on Flickr. Check them out!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Today was the last day of the Team Challenge. So, understandably, tonight was the awards dinner. Ollie is shown here announcing the standings & the winners this year. I was told that there were No losers this year. Everyone either learned something, had there first XC(Cross-country) flight, experienced something for the first time, made new friends, etc....the list goes on. Out of all the things that I really look forward to every years, is this event. I really missed not being a part of it. There is always next year !
The #1 team this year was the "Thermal Underwear" team, shown below.
The victory toast-----with some special stuff Keith had brought just for this occasion. Something about the moonshining brightly????? No one got close to the bonfire afterwards, for a while.

Jim Lamb was the largest donator to the Revamp the Ramp. He was the most instrumental in us having the best, and safest launch possible.
The Rookie of the Year !
The Prize table. Some of the donors this year was: Flytec, Wills Wings, USHPA, Tennessee Tree Toppers, and the list goes on & on & on.

I am sure that there will be massive amounts of pictures & videos loaded on the TTT site soon. I am also very sure that there will be a great article in the magazine with some great pictures, and everyones names. I am sure that I am not alone when I say,,,,,,,Can't wait until next years Team Challenge.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Some guys have all the luck Well, I guess it isn't luck. Some guys have a lot of good friends.
Buzz was celebrating his 29 year victory over a brain aneurysm(thank God for spell ck), and he was also celebrating his 29th birthday,,,,,for the 31th time. I hope that I look that good when I get that age..what am I talking about? I don't look that good now, gessh !
Can you tell it was a Margarita party????? 4 beginners?
Ann always out does herself every time on the most excellent food ! Barry did his part~~stayed out of her way, rofl.
Buzz received a very special gift from a close & dear friend, J.H., thanking him for his political views. *
Instead of any gifts for this celebration, He requested that everyone bring some sort of card, so that He can send them off to our troops across the pond, that are in harms way. Everyone signed every one of them. We can't thank them brave souls enough. No matter you political views on whether they should be there are not,,,,,,they are still there doing what has to be done, and taking care of business. Semper Fi !

Liz forgot some stuff on her last email, and this is the follow up.

Here is Liz's message:

You probably know the feeling of clicking too fast on the send button…well we had one of those moments!

There are several more people who we’d like to thank for all they did for the WHF.

Annie Horgan for donating hours of free massage therapy to the staff and volunteers.

Dale Stokes for taking the initiative to provide coffee and muffins every morning and a big thanks to Dave Hall, Annie Horgan, Ann Brown (animal rescue) for baking many muffins.

Linda Salamone, Claire Vassort, Angela Galbreath, Terry Presley, Mike Barber, Dennis Pagen and Steve Pearson for providing free seminars.

Terry Presley and Mike Barber who were at launch every morning at 7:30 am to look at the weather and help determine the tasks for the day.

Ray Helman for taking most of the pictures during the Festival. Check out his web site at

Let me know if there is anyone else you’d like to add to the long list of volunteers who donated either their time or money!

Thank you,

The WHF Team
* - this is just a joke J.H.,,, I really hope that you're laughing !

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Women's Flying Festival was a great success, and there were a lot of people to thank for their help so they sent out the following email.

Liz requested that I forward the following to the list. I would like to thank Liz and Stacy, again, on behalf of the entire hang gliding community - Doris

Wow, what a great Women’s Hang Gliding Festival!
The weather was great and so many women from all over the country registered for the event. This event could not have happened without the support from all LMFP employees and from all the following volunteers: Dale & John Stokes, Christina Holmes, Paula Mc Gown, Susan Davis, Judy Hildebrand, Linda Presley, Wendy Lesher, Nancy Gattone, Susan Tuescher, Claire Vassort, Leigh Sharidon, Denny & Nydia Pistol, Bryan Eberle, Judy Philips, Randy Cotton, Melody Cline, Debbie Tubbs, Angela Galbreath, Lucas Ridley, Roddy Henderson, Toni Collier, Rick Gattone Sr. and Mark Yahn for furnishing the bonfire wood.
A special thanks to Judy Hildebrand for donating her time and making the food on Thursday night, to Jen Richards who did an incredible job getting the word out and working with Gordon on the web site and to “kid” Dave Miller who truly entertained us on the open mic night Thursday. Who’d thought we had this much talent so close to home with the winners being the “Mongoettes”!
Your support, encouragement and assistance was above and beyond! A big…big thank you to all the donors who really came through and made the festival a financial success!
We could not have done this without your donations!
Financial Donors:
Primerica, MC², LMFP, Heidi Ott, Roddy Henderson, Nate Robinson, Bob Simmons, Doris Pollari, David & Susan Tuescher, Dale & John Stokes, Wayne Adams and Don Murdoch.
Silent Auction Donors:
Wills Wing, USHPA, Flytec, LMFP, Eric Donaldson, Jesse Faircloth Appalachian Rustic Furniture, Alain & Candice Miller, Wayne Adams (Night Technology), Barry Brown, Claire Vassort, Judy Food, Don Murdoch, Tip Rogers and Scott Schneider.
Again, a special thanks to Judy Hildebrand for contacting a lot of the silent auction donors and picking up the prizes.
Prize donors:Fresh Hair, Foodworks, Lupis, Nature Center, Southern Bell, Stacy Murdoch, Dennis Pagen and Madia Studios.
Thank you…thank you…thank you!
The WHF Team!