Visibility: Unlimited with patchy white clouds against an azure blue sky.
Wind: Slight from the SE, then switched to NW.
Altitudes: 4000 msl
Time Aloft: Less than an hour.
Max Lift: 400 fpm.
Temperature: Cool in the high 70's.
Comment: Sergio did an admirable job on his checkride.
Tow pilot: Harold Gallagher, Dan Gudgel
|A beautiful day for a checkride and Sergio Grajeda was ready.|
|On final after his first flight on the checkride, Sergio makes a classic landing.|
|There were so few of us at the field today so Dan Gudgel and Sergio Grajeda had to work on their own.|
|Another landing by Sergio and it appears he finished successfully, but we'll wait for a few minutes.|
|Yes, congratulations are in order for Sergio Grajeda who just completed his Private Pilot checkride.|
|The day was classically beautiful for any kind of flying and just plain fun for flying gliders.|
|Erich Harding, my 11 year old student, has a lot of fun flying gliders, and pays for lessons himself.|
|As Erich flew toward the west, we could see the rain pouring down over Sunflower Valley and Tar Canyon.|
|Erich is having fun and learning quickly while watching the rain develop over Black Mountain.|
|Some of the rain spilled over the West Ridge but didn't make it to the field until later this evening.|
|One of the local annual events, The Avenal Sand Drags, inspires a lot of competition and spectators.|
|This is probably the highlight of the last few years for Sergio as Dan Gudgel prepares the critical paperwork.|
|CONGRATULATIONS TO SERGIO GRAJEDA ON A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT.|
|Near late afternoon, a huge rain storm settled over Coalinga and stayed there for several hours.|
That's all folks !!!