Visibility: Hazy, some scraggly cus appeared along a weak convergence line, which stayed close to the field most of the afternoon.
Wind: Very light out of the Southeast and East.
Altitudes: 3000 AGL on tow, about 2800 MSL in soaring flight.
Time Aloft: 45 minutes
Max Lift: 2 kts. steady, occasional 3 kts.
Temperature: about 70 deg. F.
Comment: Nice spring-like day. A weak convergence line was almost stationary during the afternoon over, and just to the west of the field, marked by some cus. This enabled soaring flights by the 1-26 and the Orange Crush. In the Orange Crush, we did best by just flying straight along the clouds marking the convergence line, rather than stopping to circle. We made 2 round trip runs from North of the field down to the prison and back, and gained about 600ft in the process.
Tow pilots: Dan Gudgel, Harry Davies, Harold Gallagher
Donuts: Craig Gifford
Coffee brewed by: Alex Caldwell (didn't drink any).
Craig made a great first take off, tow and landing in the 1-26. This video shows the landing. If you listen closely, you can hear what it sounds like when a wheel bearing has gone out! There's also something not quite right about my camera's exposure setting.
Andy runs wing for Tyler Bishop. Photo by Skip Breidbach.
Tyler Bishop moving the 1-26 back to take-off area after his landing. He was able to stay up for some time in the convergence, flying with the Orange Crush. Photo by Andy Reistetter.
Plenty of smashed bugs accumulated on the leading edges. A sure sign that spring is almost here, and there are already thermals!
Jaimie Strickland and Harold Gallagher on another training flight. Jaimie is off to a great start, and seems to be enjoying her flying.
Wheel bearing went out on left side on the 1-26. Will need to be repaired before it is flown again.
Other pilots at the field today included Andy Reistetter who flew the 1-26, Skip Breidbach, who flew with Harold, helped out, and took some nice pictures.
Thanks to Craig for the Donuts!
We made a total of 28 tows today. Thanks to the tow pilots and the mechanics who have kept our tow plane going!
Thanks to Harold for the $600 Coalinga fuel run, without which none of this fun would have happened!
RASP recap: From Bart's Avenal RASP forecast for the day from the previous evening.