Wind: Variable from the NE
Altitudes: 4000 msl
Time Aloft: 2 hours
Max Lift: 1000 fpm
Temperature: High eighties
Comment: Blog information from Philip Gerfaud
Tow pilot: Jim Rickey
Harold, here is a write-up for last Sunday, May 10th:
The skies looked favorable from the ground and around 1 pm we were hearing reports from the Hollister folks flying up in the mid-8000's over Black Mtn. Up there, we experienced fairly marked downdrafts with occasional booming thermals about the size of a quarter around.
Jeff Richardson and Martin Caskey rotated-out all afternoon flying the Google folks in the 2-33 with a precise flight program to teach them how to fly using only rudder and elevator: Due to wing rigidity and weight issues, their human powered aircraft will be built without ailerons. I heard they did quite well thermalling even with only two primary flight controls!
Jim Rickey was a trooper as usual flying the towplane and making sure everyone was taken care of. I tried for a tow out towards Black Mtn in the 1-26 and got beat pretty badly and had to head back towards Avenal. On a second local flight, I was up sharing thermals with the 2-33 for quite a while in choppy thermals that required tight spiraling, pictures attached.
Hope this email finds you well,
The following photos were all taken by Philip Gerfaud.
|Those clouds sure looking enticing.|
|Hooking up with Jeff Richardson flying from the back seat.|
|A Google guy in the front seat learning the art of flying with no ailerons.|
|Looks like a good takeoff for Jeff, but as we know, a bit dusty, flying IFR.|
|Climbing up and keeping the cloud in sight for a release in lift.|
|Big conference over the Orange Crush among pilots and passengers.|
|Looking at the cloud shadows shows a lot of smaller clouds in the vicinity.|
See you all next week, and thanks to Philip Gerfaud (jer-faux) for the input and photos.