Visibility: Unlimited under the overcast.
Wind: Initially from the SE at 5 kts. Later, 15 kts from NW
Altitudes: 4500 msl. Harry Davies
Time Aloft: About 42 minutes.
Max Lift: 600 fpm occasionally.
Temperature: Mid 50's.
Comment: Operating on a narrow strip alongside the main runway.
Tow pilot: Jim Rickey.
It was an iffy day. The field was good only along the narrow strip used mostly by the vehicles. But it worked OK for those few who turned up today. First flight was Zach Yamauchi and he arrived early, got the glider preflighted and was ready to fly on time. Zach is a most delightful student who always has a smile on his face, a great attitude, and he's always ready to take direction in flight. I have great students now and have had in the past years I've been teaching. But every now and then, a few students in particular stand out mostly because of their attitude and Zach is right there at the top with a few others. He's fun to teach and fun to just have around the field. Today, he flew twice and we are getting ever closer to his solo. I would expect that the second time out after today he'll solo. We are all looking forward to that milestone.
|Zach is ready for takeoff on runway 13 LL, a far left narrow strip used for vehicles mostly.
|Nels Siverson and Beth Platz chat while waiting for their turn to fly.
|Nels Siverson in a left bank soaring for the first time here at Avenal.
|Nels had the longest flight of the day since we went up at the right time just before the lift died.
|Around 3:30 pm the mountain wave started blowing from the WNW and it got rough on the ground.
|Beth and I quit flying about 4:00 pm because the "rotor" was tossing the tow plane around a bit. Us, too.
We are looking forward to seeing those of you who want to fly this Saturday. Remember there is a ground school being held on the Cal Poly campus for anyone wishing to attend, for a modest fee. We usually conduct these seminars every year during the wet and cold season, a good time to be there because usually the field is either too soft to fly or it's raining. There is one more seminar this Saturday at Cal Poly beginning at 10:00 am. Check with Dan Gudgel for location on the campus and subjects covered.
Those wishing to fly should get on the schedule even though it appears Saturday might be either too wet or the field too soft. But just in case it turns out good for flight ops, get on the schedule so we can show a tow pilot volunteer that there are enough folks who want to fly.
See you on Saturday unless you're at the ground school.