Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 11, 2014

Visibility:        8 miles down low, Sierras were very clear @ 2800 MSL.
Wind:            Light from southeast, increasing a little as the day went on.
Altitudes:      Whatever you got towed to.
Time Aloft:
Max Lift:       Could almost maintain altitude in a few spots.
Temperature: 56º @ 10:00 AM, peak of 65º @ 2:30 PM.
Comment:     Busier day than one would suspect for January.
Tow pilot:      Karl Kunz

Dan said, today will keep you honest.  There were only a few thermals down low.  The air was not trying to control you...couldn't blame anything on the turbulence.  Andrea took a high tow to try and find some lift on the ridge, but it did not pan out, either.

The air quality and visibility was better than it has been lately.  The haze layer was low, at 2800 feet MSL the Sierras were very clear.  It was actually quite a pleasant day to be at the gliderport, just there was no soaring to be found.

Martin Caskey also flew today, but I did not get any pictures of him.  Jim Rickey also flew, but did not get any pictures of himself.

Dan gave introductory flights to three FA-18 pilots from Lemoore NAS.  Here they are debriefing after the flights.
Dan debriefs with three FA-18 pilots he gave introductory rides to.

Meanwhile, Pancho takes off in the 1-26, hoping to have a long flight.  The flight is a little bit longer than the 2-33 flights, but ends up not being very long.
Pancho Herrera in 1-26

Next up are Carl with Harold in the back seat.
Harold riding with Carl

Andrea Mersino takes up three friends on different flights.

About to touch down after her first flight.
Peter, far left, watches his daughter takeoff on her last flight of the day.
The sky got progressively more overcast as the day went on.  While the sky was mostly gray by late afternoon, there were a few spots where the sky was photogenic.

April 28, 2012

Visibility: clear
Wind: calm
Altitudes: 900ft AGL via Auto Tow
Time Aloft: 20 min.
Max Lift: 100fpm.
Temperature: upper 70s
Comment: The "Skid Row" gang of 1-26 pilots mostly from Warner's Hot Springs came to Avenal.  A lot of fun was had by those who stuck around for the auto towing.
Tow pilot: Our towplane died, then Durval's tow plane died. We then did auto tows as an alternative the rest of the day using Del Blomquist's pick up truck.

Nice video produced by the "Skid Row" group of 1-26 pilots from Warner's Hot Springs Airport who visited the Central California Soaring Club at Avenal.