Wind: Southeast 5-8 kts
Altitudes: More than 4000 msl.
Time Aloft: More than an hour.
Max Lift: 400 fpm.
Temperature: Low 80's, high 70's
Comment: New people on the gliderport, most from Cal Poly, some from Hollister.
Tow pilot: Luciano Worl and Frank Owen.
|Early morning and there's a lot of movement on the assembly line.|
|Martin Caskey is one of the earlier pilots who hope that the lift will be there in the afternoon.|
|A larger than normal group of Cal Poly students were here to try out soaring with Jennifer and Troy.|
|Don Flinn and Carsten Moeller biding time during the glider assembly morning.|
|Meanwhile, Sergio Grajeda and Alex Caldwell continue to prepare for Sergio's checkride next Saturday.|
|The students gather around while Jennifer Bauman readies one more introductory flight.|
|By the end of the day, Jennifer and Troy will have had enough flights to last a few weeks.|
|Always the important preflight discussion of what to expect on tow and in free flight.|
|The others are mulling over their turn in the cockpit, with feedback from the current passenger.|
|Sergio gets a hook up prior to another of a series of flights to prepare him for the checkride.|
|Folks from Hollister gather around Morgan Hall's Duo Discus because one or more of them will fly with him.|
|Jennifer is ready for her first introductory flight of the day, but not the last.|
|Anyone lucky enough to fly in the Duo Discus with Morgan will experience a great flight regardless of the lift.|
|Getting ready to board the first of the Hollister passengers for Morgan's flight.|
|The Duo Discus on tow for the first of many flights out to the West Ridge in search of lift.|
|Kirk Hendrickson is ready for his first glider ride, and he enjoyed the experience.|
|Morgan Hall in the Duo Discus down low scratching for lift on a weak lift day.|
|Julie Butler along with the Hollister folks watching Morgan going over the last minute checklist.|
|Jim Bell joined the group to see how nice the Duo is and perhaps get a turn for himself in a week of two.|
|Even in the dust following the tow plane, Big Bird looks good on tow.|
|The Cal Poly group remained at the launch site in order to get their chance at a ride when each flight finished.|
|The Duo on tow with Mario Pauda's 1-26 in the foreground.|
|The Duo is off to another flight in search of some lift more than a sled ride.|
|Because of the fast turnaround from launch to landing, it seemed like the Duo spent most of the day on tow.|
|It's hard not to really appreciate the beauty of the Duo Discus.|
|The gliders are gathering at the far end of runway 31R in order to launch into the wind on runway 13L.|
|Mario Pauda is about to fly his Schweizer 1-26 for the first time after a purchase many months ago.|
|Troy ready for another introductory flight in Big Bird on runway 13L.|
|Beth Platz is patiently waiting for her turn to fly in Big Bird.|
|A few calisthenics help make the time go faster and flex great back muscles.|
|Unfortunately you can see a lot of folks waiting largely due to having only one tow plane and more gliders.|
|In spite of a long wait, Beth retained her spirits and good attitude as did all the rest of the folks.|