Wind: Light and variable
Time Aloft: 3 hours+
Max Lift: 6 knots
Comment: Dust devils everywhere.
Tow pilot: Julie Butler
It looked to be a busy day, beginning with Skip Breidbach flying with Alex Caldwell at 10 am. But for some reason, Alex couldn't make it that early, and so, not wanting to waste the morning, Skip grabbed his high-tech camera equipment and began taking great photos, most of which are shown below.
Since Skip's flight was delayed, Harry Davies and I went aloft to get Harry back into the groove of good glider flight control. Of course, that didn't take long, and now Harry is dedicated to moving forward to get his commercial add-on rating. And that should be straightforward for him.
|Harry Davies heading back to the IP after a good refresher flight.|
|Morgan Hall with Tommy Smith and his lady, Robin, waiting for Robin's turn to fly.|
|Richard Walker turning final for runway 31 at Avenal.|
|John Harbick helping Robin get buckled in for her first glider flight.|
|Skip Breidbach chatting with Alex Caldwell while waiting for their turn with the Orange Crush.|
|Sergio Grajeda about to launch on his second glider flight and second time aloft ever.|
|Jeff Richardson taking his daughter Amelie for a glider ride.|
|Jeff's wife and neighbor friend, Blair wait their turn to fly.|
|Andrew Ouellet launches into the lift and the heat, the heat being the most onerous.|
|Returning after a very nice, and long flight in good lift.|
|Richard Walker launching for about an hour long flight.|
|Now it's Blair's turn for his first glider flight with Jeff piloting.|
|Ethan Ronat waiting on the launch line for his turn aloft.|
|Julie Butler doing a great job of towing during a rather hot day and numerous tows.|
|Morgan Hall launching with Christian Heidgerd in the back seat.|
|Christian agreed that he really learned a lot flying with Morgan in the Duo.|
|Harold taking Robin for her first glider ride in bumpy, hot air that made her a bit uncomfortable.|
|Alex Caldwell on landing after a nice long demo flight.|
|Alex passenger enjoyed the flight and probably ended too soon.|
And that ended the day of soaring where new people enjoyed the experience of first time glider passengers and our members enjoyed their own flights in private aircraft or club ships. It's always fun to fly at Avenal.