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A league event organized by Larry, Bunner and Davis Straub and the regulars at Quest Air for joint cross country flights.

Daily weather briefings (weather dependent). Task setting. Retrieval arrangements.

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Flying site

Wilotree Field (formerly Sheets airfield) is located one mile south of Groveland in Florida, United States. Groveland itself is situated in Lake County, in the centre of the state. The surrounding area is dominated by pasture lands intermixed with treed swamps and some residential areas.

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How to get here

Fly into Orlando. Head west on the turnpike. Get off at highway 50. Continue west to highway 33. Turn left. Go two miles.

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Event info

A league event organized by Larry, Bunner and Davis Straub and the regulars at Quest Air for joint cross country flights.

Daily weather briefings (weather dependent). Task setting. Retrieval arrangements.

Fly together to go long or make it back after a healthy task.

Here's what we did in 2016:

https://airtribune.com/2017-quest-air-cross-country/blog/flying-together

Flying site

Wilotree Field (formerly Sheets airfield) is located one mile south of Groveland in Florida, United States. Groveland itself is situated in Lake County, in the centre of the state. The surrounding area is dominated by pasture lands intermixed with treed swamps and some residential areas. Flatlands at about 100 ft MSL.

The airfield is a grass runway field with north/south and east/west runways. One can easily find it on the east side of State Hwy 33 one mile south of the intersection with state Hwy 50.

The field is surrounded by trees. Plenty of extra landings areas in all directions off the runway especially to the north.
Take-off and landing will be in generally the same location, whatever is appropriate for the winds at that time.

Quest Air Soaring Center is a year-round hang gliding flight park located at Wilotree Park.It has the largest collection of Bailey-Moyes Dragonflies in the world. Most have high power four cycle engines for getting you into the air fast.

The flying season is best in April and May or September and October. Quite flyable in summer, but rain in the afternoon. Some flying from November through March.

Average weather forecast for May: Low 65 degrees, high 89 degrees, rain: 3.1 inches. Software edged thermals, 300 – 500 fpm. Spaced a few miles apart. Cloud base from 3,000’ to 8,000’. Average around 4,000’ – 5,000’. Wind direction varies considerably.

The record distance made fromQuest Airis 283 miles, the East coast record, held jointly by Jonny Durand, Jr and Dustin Martin. First 200+ mile flight on the east coast was made by Davis Straub, 212 miles. Numerous 100+ mile flights to the north and south are made there, for example, 125 miles to the Florida Ridge flight park.

Take off Wilotree field
GPS (Degrees): Lat: 28° 31' 58.320'', Lng: -81° 50' 48.180''

East/west runway: Length: 1780 ft, Width: 155 ft
North/south runway: Length: 2000 ft, Width: 115 ft
Launch method: Dragonfly aerotowing.

Organizers

Davis Straub
Organizer

Selection and entry fee

$25 for the year.

Send $25 to davis@davisstraub.com via PayPal as a friend.

Register here and get confirmed. You will be asked to participate in the tasks of - weather forecasting, finding drivers, setting the task on the white board and here on Airtribune, scoring.

The only waiver is the Quest Air waiver.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Hopefully we'll all fly together.

General schedule

Sign the Quest waiver at the office when you first arrive at Quest.

Whenever the cross country conditions look good. So please contact the organizers if you would like to join.

Daily schedule


10 AM weather briefing
11 AM task set and pilots setup
12 - 1 PM launch
1 PM start

Accommodation and Activities

Accommodations: http://ozreport.com/accommodationsquest.php

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10151909665130974

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10203436037206483

How to get here

Sheets field (Quest Air Soaring Center) is about two miles south of Groveland, Florida, on highway 33. It is a left turn at a busy bend in the road (be careful). Headquarters is the club house, first building on the right.

Sheets Airport-FA42, 6548 Groveland Airport Rd, Groveland, FL 34736, USA
Groveland, Florida US

Plane

The nearest international airport is Orlando. From there you take a car to Quest Air hang gliding club.

Car

It take about 1 hour driving from Orlando. Take highways 528, Florida's turnpike and FL-50 to get to Sheets airfield. This route is about 42 miles.

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