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The Platt 1 Reservoir is a beautiful venue for a float-fly located five miles East of Sutherlin, Oregon. Shade trees, grassy shores, great scenery, although this year a treacherous wind from behind the pilots made it "challenging" to take-off and land. Despite the wind, everyone had a wonderful time.
Some pilots had unique solutions to old problems. Witness John Gaines' flared floats to overcome a "plowing" tendency his Venture 60 used to have. The altered floats worked and John made a habit of doing perfect take-offs and landings where some other Venture 60 pilots were not so lucky.
A flying boat with servos on top of the wing. A thoughtful solution to water getting to the electronics.
We love Platt 1 and believe it is the Gem of Southern Oregon Float Flying and are eagerly looking forward to next Father's Day when we will do it all over again.