Visibility: Unlimited all quadrants.
Wind: Light and variable from the northwest mostly.
Time Aloft: Less than an hour.
Max Lift: 400 fpm.
Temperature: Warm low 80's.
Comment: Beautiful day at Avenal.
Tow pilot: Luciano Whorl (Looch).
Harry Davies is leaving the CCSC and California for the East Coast and a desired assignment entering the Test Pilot School. See the last photograph in this series for Harry and more information.
Here's a note from Peter Sahlberg about his flight today in the Schweizer 1-35:
I made two flights; release on the first was over town where I found some 200 fpm and one 400 fpm. I tried to run upwind to see if there was lift elsewhere and quickly found that there was none. Below 2,200 the air was very smooth and the landing was uneventful. I took a second tow at about 1:40 out to the foothills to the west and found 500 fpm down. I ran back toward town and found some 100 fpm up along the way. I continued east until I was over the town and slowly descended until it was pattern time. It was a very nice day with green grass everywhere, blue skies, white clouds but not a lot of lift!
Today Luciano (Looch) Whorl's Dad, (Greg) came to visit. He lives in Seattle, is a CFI at a local flying field and is on vacation to visit with his son. Greg and I had a nice long chat about glider flying soon after he went for a ride here at Avenal. There are two glider fields nearby, one a bit farther east but probably better lift there than in the immediate Seattle area. So Greg just might seek out one of those gliderports and maybe get involved in soaring. I think he'd really get hooked on gliders.
|Joe Oldham regaling Nels Siverson, Greg Luciano, and Aly Tawfik with war stories|
|Alex Caldwell conducting a Biennial Flight Review for Dennis.|
|Joe and Aly head back to Fresno Chandler in Joe's light sport aircraft.|
|They just barely fit in that nice Light Sport aircraft that sometimes flies like a glider.|
|Alex and Dennis after one of the three required flights for his BFR.|
|Peter Sahlberg is going to fly his Schweizer 1-35 after a few weeks of being on the ground.|
|While Peter flies the 1-35, Richard Walker will fly the 1-26 with Eric Burlingame standing by.|
|Alex and Dennis in more conversation about the BFR.|
|Nels Siverson about to launch on another of his training flights.|
|Nels is enjoying a 3 knot thermal on a day when good lift was hard to find.|
|A close look at the variometer showing the 3 knot lift Nels was working.|
|Peter Sahlberg about to launch in his 1-35 while Dennis Lyons runs the wing.|
|Richard Walker on short final in the 1-26 for runway 31L.|
|Concentration is essential with just a few seconds to go before touchdown on runway 31L.|
|Wings up, slack out of the rope, tail wagged, tow plane begins the takeoff.|
|Dan Gudgel taking a friend for his first glider ride.|
|Peter Sahlberg on short final for runway 31L.|
|Nice landing on an equally nice grass runway at Avenal.|
|Bennett Diamond continuing his quest for solo flight in the near future.|
|Eric Burlingame running the wing on Big Bird for Dan's demo flight.|
|A lovely Bird.|
|Tobias Grajeda about to take his first glider ride with his uncle Sergio Grajeda.|
|Both are excited about flying together with Toby's Dad nearby.|
|Paul Grajeda, Sr., Paul Jr., Tobias Grajeda, and Sergio Grajeda.|
|Neiman Walker landing the tow plane overhead and onto runway 31R.|
|Bennett Diamond scanning the sky for other gliders before running the wing of the Orange Crush.|
|Big Bird is launching while another crew waits to assist the Orange Crush.|
|Most of those shown are from Cal Poly just before finals week.|