Saturday, June 29, 2024

Darrell's Solo!

Visibility: Cloudless Blue  
Wind: SE and then SW and then SE
Altitudes: Almost 6,000    
Time Aloft: Lift started early... and was still cooking
Max Lift: 4-6 knots
Temperature: 100ish
Tow pilot: Jim R.

Darrell's First Solo Flight!

A first solo is a noteworthy accomplishment.  And a big part of life in a soaring club.

Darrell has been focused and diligent in his preparation and worked hard to get to this point.

And not only that, he spliced his first weak link this weekend.

 All of us at CCSA say "Congratulations" to Darrell, and look forward to many more accomplishments to come.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Piper --> USAFA

Great News for a CCSA Alum

Piper and her father, Chris, were members at CCSA.  Chris and Piper have flown around in all sorts of aircraft for years.  She started her more formal aviation training in gliders and, despite the challenges of training during COVID, she first solo'ed here in late 2020.


Since then, she's gone on to complete her initial power training, and is still focused on a future in aviation.

Next month, she leaves to start her training at the US Air Force Academy.  Its a great honor to be nominated and selected to attend the academy and in her case, its well deserved.  I'm confident she'll have a strong future as an aviator for our country.

Her story is featured in a recent KSBY article.

And here's Piper receiving her Private Pilot Certificate.


I know all our members join with me in congratulating Piper on this accomplishment and wishing her the best in her next endeavor.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

2024-05-05--Day 4 of Central California Soaring Contest

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Today's Task!



Land-out at Corcoran

Land-out at Corcoran

Land-out at Corcoran

How about one of these for a towplane?  (Not Cheap!)

Andrew in Blue Tow coming to aerotow out of Corcoran.

Land-out in a wheat field.  No damage, but no aerotow either.

Land-out in a wheat field.


2024-05-04--Day 3, Contest Cancelled due to weather. Three try wave flights. Instruction in Clubhouse. Banquet.