Sunday, April 7, 2019

April Workday

Visibility:  Good
Wind: Light
Altitudes:  up to ~,7000 msl
Time Aloft: hours
Max Lift:  4 knots
Temperature:  pleasant

Our spring workday at Avenal was a big success.  At least 20 members were on hand to cut, haul, hack, wrench and generally get the grounds and equipment tuned up for spring soaring.  And after the morning work, we had pizza and then flying.  I think Aleks was the last to land just before 7 pm.  A good day all around!
Equipped for Duty!

One of our several collections of Tumbleweeds.  We moved this one from the east side of the fence to our Grand Tumbleweed and Palm Frond Pile on the SE corner of the property.

Richard was kind enough to allow us to turn one of his trailers into a Tumbleweed Transport.

It took more than a few loads, but this pile is gone.

Reassembly following the annual.

Jim working; Don & Martin "assisting"(?)

By the end of the day, it was back together and ready.

Thanks to good installation work by Wyll and Neiman, supervised by Martin, the DG now has an LX8000 flight computer and linked variometer.

Alex' Nimbus stretches its wings a little after a long winter in the trailer.
Here's outgoing CCSA President Mike Paoli signing some official looking papers.  We all owe Mike a big "Thanks" for having devoted a lot of time to giving good leadership to the club through these past few years.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Visibility:       Great
Wind:             Calm, finally!

Time Aloft:    40 Minutes
Max Lift:        +200 FPM
Temperature:  80° F
Comment:      First Solo!

After many delays due to excessive winds, Jessie solos! She has been very patient for this day, and always thought, "Safety First" on the prior days when she was ready to solo, but the wind did not cooperate to let it happen.

Jessie is all smiles right after her first solo flight:

Jessie's primary instructor was Don Flinn
Proud Instructor Don gets in the picture.
First solo in the logbook, it is time to take a second flight. 
Jessie set and ready to go on her second solo flight.
Fellow Akaflieger Bennet is running the wing on her second solo flight.

Jessie has her glider in perfect position as she waits for the towplane to lift off.
Coming in for a landing after her second solo flight.  it is 4:53 PM, and it was short flight because the little bit of lift thta was earlier had evaporated.
You can see in the above two pictures there is an overcast, wind is calm, and it is getting about 4:45 PM.  Nary a bump during tow: lift was not to be found.  It was a short second solo.
Just about stopped.

Great job, Jessie!

It also needs to be mentioned that Bennet and Jessie came out early and helped with the cleaning and maintenance items on the other 2-33 and the club's 1-26.  Two Club ships annualed, a first solo, and Bennet took a flight with Don to regain currency.  An awesome day!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Wave at Avenal

CCSC pilots recently had some nice wave flights from Avenal and Coalinga.  Details are here - Wave at Avenal in December 2018

When pre-frontal southwest winds are forecast for Avenal, check the soaring weather predictions.  None of these pilots predicted the conditions would be as good as they turned out to be.  And they all enjoyed wonderful mid-winter flights.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 10, 2018 Eric solos and Tribute to Jan Zanutto

Visibility:       Smoky
Wind:             Calm; 1 instance of a 5 MPH wind, one 9 MPH gust for the whole day.
Altitudes:       Mostly whatever they released at.
Time Aloft:    Not much
Max Lift:       Not much
Temperature: Hit 60°F before 10, peaked at 70°, stayed above 60° until ½ hour after sunset.
Comment:      Great to see so many people out at the gliderport.
Tow pilot:      Karl Kunz

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For a day with such poor soaring conditions, there was a lot of flying activity today--mostly student training, but a couople of members actually found some lift and stayed up for a little while.

Dan Gudgel gave a towpilot check out earlier in the day.

I hear Aleks Radko  had a decent soaring flight--really good for November.

A notable achievement was Eric Rinell had his first solo today.

Eric Rinell is on final approach in the smoky skies to his first solo landing.

Eric on short final to his first solo landing.

Eric just about to touch down at end of first solo flight.

Eric's personal Welcoming Committee rushes out to greet him.

The Akafliegers bring a a new post-solo tradition to Avenal.

Good and wet!

But Eric is still smiling!

Richard Walker is ready to run the wing for glider partner Peter Sahlberg.

Jesse is smiling before going up for another lesson from Don.  She should be soloing soon.
Peter Sahlberg checks the sky for traffic while Sergio waits in Casper.

Peter has let go and Sergio is concentrating on the takeoff roll.

Back way too soon.

Will Bergman is ready to roll and waiting for the tow.

Jessie is giving the launch signal and Will is about ready to...

...get going

Member Ken Talovich and two of his RV-8 friends fly by on way to...

...Missing Man formation in remembrance of Jan Zanutto.
Rick Eason giving a tribute to Jan Zanutto.

After the tribute we headed to the cow line in the Clubhouse.

Flying, food and fellowship; a great day!