Visibility: 10 Miles+
Wind: Light northwest
Altitudes: 7000 (Richard)
Time Aloft: Richard Walker; 2 Hours
Max Lift: 6 Kts.
Comment: Hot, but productive.
Tow pilot: Alex Caldwell
Dan Gudgel, Alex Caldwell, and Zach Yamauchi gathered early to test Zach's Commercial Glider skills.
|Zach taking off from Runway 13 after a very low altitude PTT from Runway 31.|
|Try it again from Runway 31|
|On final approach for the final time.|
|About to nail the stop point, this ride is just about over.|
|Congratulations are in order.|
Way to go, Zach!
Later, new member Kris Caldwell got checked out to solo in the 1-26. With an ATP rating and F-35 time, he won't be a glider student very long.
About an hour later, Dan checked Kris out in the towplane--a hot day with a glider in tow has GOT to be a completely different experience than F-18s and F-35s!
Kevin had a few lessons with student Will Bergman, Aleks Radco took his ship up, Jim flew the 1-26 after Kris (with Kris at the forward end of the rope), and Zach took the 1-26 for a flight, too.
Richard Walker had a good flight in his 1-35. He ventured out further than the 2-33 and 1-26 fliers did, and found convergence. He by far had the longest flight of the day, (I'm guessing) 1.5 to 2 hours.
Hot, but productive.