: SE 6-10 kts
: 7300 msl
: One hour
: 10 kts
: 108++ deg F with a Density Altitude
of about 4300 msl at 4:00 pm.
: Awful heat.
: "Looch" Worl
, then Jim Rickey
The heat was awful. It felt like a hair dryer was right next to your cheek when the wind blew. It was one of the hotter days at Avenal I can remember. The wind not only didn't provide any relief but in fact it contributed to the heat blowing in every nook and cranny.
Most of the day was made up of many CCSC
members who came out to work on making the grounds look better. Some arrived as early as 7:00 am, others came later, but all pitched in and worked hard while they could stand the heat.One palm tree in particular was trimmed so well by Morgan Hall
and Jim Rickey
it almost looks like it doesn't belong on our property. You'll see it next time you visit Avenal
provided much support and vehicles and also took the following eight pictures of various members in action against the wild of the gliderport.
responded about Saturday's work:
I want to extend thanks to all those who came out Saturday on one of Central California's finest miserably hot days. When I arrived at about 7:30, a quick glance looked like there were already a half-dozen members working hard, and the old refrigerators were already loaded on Dennis's pickup. More members showed up as the morning went on. Many hands make short work.
What was really impressive is the number of members who came out despite having no plans to fly. (I'd name them, but I'm sure I would miss at least one person) They know that being a member of a club carries responsibilities to make a club work.
The grounds look considerably better. While there is more to be done, it will wait for cooler working weather.
In the meantime, there were several piles of brush left. Anybody may wheel the 'green waste' can over to a pile, or two, or three, scoop up the debris, and place the can to be picked up. In a few weeks all the piles ought to be gone.
|Martin Caskey, Larry Johnson, and Joe Anastasio work the front yard.|
|Martin and Larry working a few areas of high weeds.|
|Along came Joe Anastasio with the lawn mower to make the cutting much faster and easier.|
|Sergio Grajeda also working on the front yard in dark clothes that should have intensified the heat on him.|
|Jeff Richardson filling one of many bags of cuttings.|
|Jim Rickey working next to a sign that desperately needs to be redone, and will be soon.|
|Mike Paoli and Pancho Herrera working on the north side of the clubhouse.|
|Morgan Hall using his chain saw to trim a large bush just north of the clubhouse.|
When most of the work was completed, at least that which could be done without dropping from heat exhaustion, a few brave souls went flying. Those who gained enough altitude reached cool air and enjoyed the flight, until they had to descend into the furnace that was the gliderport. A few, like Andrew Palmer,
are preparing for their solo flight and were simply doing pattern tows, in the heat. Ugh.
Most of the flights were made by Troy Wollman who managed to do four of them, taking fellow students up for rides. Later in the day, Troy snagged the same thermal that Luca Soares and I got into that took us up over 7300 msl. The thermal was still strong at that point but we had other priorities and exited the thermal.
Here's Troy's explanation of his flights:
This was not a Saturday to brag about because the heat took it's toll on all who were here today. It saps the energy out of one's body, leaving you not inclined to do much else except head for cooler air somewhere.
It appears that next Saturday will likely be nearly 10 degrees cooler and should make for a far more enjoyable day of flying.
See you next Saturday,
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