Wind: NNW 7 kts
Altitudes: 6000 msl +
Time Aloft: More than three hours.
Max Lift: 8 kts.
Temperature: Low 80's.
Comment: Nice beginning to the Memorial Day weekend.
Tow pilot: Harold Gallagher, Alex Caldwell.
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It was a good beginning to the long weekend. The lift got better as the afternoon progressed so that by the time I took Rick Harvey for his first glider ride, the lift was nearly everywhere in the area called "The Avenal Effect". There weren't too many members out today, perhaps because it was the holiday weekend and many folks head to the mountains or the shore. Those that arrived had a good day with lift evident much of the day and in many areas, with cloud streets showing up as great markers.
Early in the day, Dan Gudgel took Carsten Moeller up in the Orange Crush and after a few flights, turned him loose since Carsten had already amassed sufficient glider flight time. Carsten lives in SLO but came from northwest Germany, south of Kiel, near Schleswig-Holstein.
Carl Engel arrived for soaring today, planning to stay overnight, and flying again tomorrow. I think Mario was also planning on an overnight camp out but not sure how many others were as well. I wasn't around when Carl returned from his long flight but with his latest aerial conquests, he likely had a long and high flight.
Clark Woolf had tow pattern tows which are preceding the all-important solo phase of his training. Since he won't be 14 until July 11, he still has time for more training flights and a renewed interest in, and focus on, the crucial issues of glider flying. We wish him much luck.
|Mario Pauda after running the wing for the launch of the 1-26 piloted by Rick Eason.|
|Dan Gudgel helps Peter Sahlberg get ready for his launch in the 1-35.|
|Mario Pauda helping Clark Woolf wipe the canopy on the Orange Crush.|
|Don Flinn waiting for Carsten Moeller to go through the takeoff checklist.|
|Dan Gudgel waiting for Peter Sahlberg's pre-takeoff checklist to be finished.|
|Clark Woolf is just about to launch in the Orange Crush for pre-solo pattern flights.|
|Ethan Ronat readies his glider while Carsten and Mario look on.|
|Sarah Woolf running up her Cherokee 140 prior to heading back to Fresno with Clark as co-pilot.|
|Troy Wollman and Neiman Walker move the 1-26 back into position for a subsequent launch.|
|Two good guys from Cal Poly SLO, Troy Wollman and Neiman Walker.|
|Finally, Ethan gets his turn to launch and promises to send a story for publication.|
|Ethan Ronat launching down runway 31R for a nice long flight.|
|Mario hooks up the Schweizer link while Neiman waits patiently.|
|Big Bird waiting for the afternoon's introductory flight for Rick Harvey.|
|Alex Caldwell took over the tow duties from Harold Gallagher for the remainder of the day.|
|Neiman Walker going up again since he had a good flight the first time.|
|Rick Eason flying home to Merced in his immaculate RV-?, (I keep getting mixed up on numbers.)|
|Most of the prevailing lift came from the heated metal supports of the solar farm.|
|Mario Pauda wanted a back seat checkout in the Orange Crush and got one for 45 minutes.|
|The under-construction solar farm to the southwest of our gliderport.|
|Markers were showing everywhere up and down the Temblor Range making cross country easier.|
|The solar farm has been a good neighbor ever since construction began.|
|Martin Caskey flying his Nugget in and around our Orange Crush flown by Mario Pauda.|
|Martin Caskey's Nugget in flight almost looks like an oil painting with clouds as background.|
|Martin may want to pick the best picture out of those shown here.|
|All good shots but some are sharper in focus than others. Martin had fun flying around us.|
|Neiman Walker flying the 1-26 in the same thermal as we, in the Orange Crush.|
|Neiman kept his distance but when higher could have moved more in front of us.|
|Rick Harvey was given a gift glider ride from his son, Scott. He really enjoyed the superb lift.|
|Rick Harvey after enjoying about a 36 minute flight.|
|Now that's a cloud street, maybe all the way down to San Diego, maybe!!! Also note Neiman Walker is landing the 1-26 on runway 31L after a very long flight, sharing our thermal.|