Visibility: More than 40 miles.
Wind: Variable from the NW and N at less than 5 kts.
Altitudes: Mostly release altitudes.
Time Aloft: More than an hour.
Max Lift: Up to 300 fpm
Temperature: Low 80's.
Comment: Troy Finally Soars.
Tow pilot: Steel Butt - You know who that is.
|Dan Gudgel confirming that the occupants of the 2-33 have the correct documents.|
|Just a bit of confusion between the Orange Crush and Big Bird, but cleared up right away.|
|Jenn in the backseat and Troy in front just practicing for the day when they can carry passengers.|
|Andrew Palmer after another very well done flight leading towards his solo day.|
|Kyle O'Connell just needed a refresher flight before he goes aloft looking for thermals.|
|Mike Paoli doing maintenance work on his beautiful Libelle.|
|Martin Caskey and Jim Rickey taking care of the added assemblies for Big Bird.|
|Finally, Casper gets his wings and the whole glider is painted so well it looks wet.|
|One of the guys most responsible for Casper's paint is Rick Eason just walking by the wing.|
|Troy Wollman in the pattern for runway 31L, on base ready to turn final.|
|Troy is just beginning his turn from base to final in the Orange Crush.|
|No, he won't hit the bushes. He'll turn farther right to the middle of runway 31L.|
|Now he's lined up perfectly although his altitude might be a bit low.|
|Troy, in his wide-brimmed hat, is about to land after a very long flight, the first soaring he's ever done solo.|
|The team Akaflieg heads to Troy in the 2-33 to bring him back to the launch area.|
|Andrew Palmer likes the high position while riding in the retrieve truck.|
|Troy doesn't mind waiting because that was the best soaring flight he's ever had.|
|Frank Owen retrieving stuff from the back of the tow plane.|
|Neiman Walker and Jennifer Bauman waiting for Kyle O'Connell to launch in the 2-33.|
|Jenn waiting for Frank Owen to take up the slack in the tow line.|
|Kyle is on his way aloft. But high cirrus is blocking much of the sun's energy so it won't be a long flight.|
|Nice position on takeoff behind Frank Owen piloting the Cessna 150.|
|In our required left turn after takeoff, Kyle is doing well and we hope his flight will be a long one.|
|He must have even a small thermal working because he's not losing any altitude.|
|Straight and level looking for his next thermal somewhere around the gliderport.|
|It's time to come in and Kyle is on final for runway 31L.|
|The guys are examining an issue with the bell crank in the right wing of Big Bird.|
That's all the pictures of flight operations. But here are pictures from the painting of Casper (aka the 1-26).
|Rick Eason's friend Gary, applying solution to prepare the 1-26 wing for paint.|
|Rick working hard to make the painting as perfect as possible.|
|Rick admiring his handiwork and it turned out to be a superb paint job.|
|Relaxing with friends afterward, Rick Eason has been magnificent in getting the 1-26 painted.|
Thanks everyone and if I don't elaborate on the pictures, you'll still get the essence of what transpired this Saturday. See you all next weekend.