Wind: 10-12 kts direct crosswind, from 220 degrees.
Altitudes: Tow altitudes mostly
Time Aloft: Less than 30 minutes including tow.
Max Lift: Sometimes 3-400 fpm
Temperature: Cool in the high 60's.
Comment: Dennis Lyons organized a cleanup day.
Tow pilot: Andrew Ouellet, Jim Rickey.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIC BURLINGAME FOR HIS FIRST SOLO!
The fruit of Dennis Lyons organization skill consisting of numerous Club Members is seen in the following photos.
|Patio Before, 2-25-17|
|Patio After, 3-4-17|
|Front Lawn Before, 2-25-17|
|Front Lawn After, 3-4-17|
|Tie Down Area, 3-4-17|
Thanks, Dennis, for organizing the effort and thanks to all the members who came early and worked until mid afternoon. The field looks great!
|Jim Bell getting Big Bird ready to haul out to the launch area at 11:00 am for expected immediate flights.|
|Dennis Lyons accessory for cutting lawn needs a belt for the drive wheels.|
|Two members in the photo work hard around the clubhouse and have made significant progress as shown.|
|Not sure how many members it takes to change a drive belt on the mower.|
|Unfortunately we see our runway in such beautiful shape just once a year after the rains.|
|Sergio Grajeda preparing passengers for their demo ride.|
|Erich Harding, our youngest member, after a very nice flight with a skill set beyond his years.|
|Clark Woolf back at Avenal after 5 months off. He soloed in August 2016 but now needs multiple refresher flights.|
|Alex and friend just standing around waiting for a flight. Christiana is new to our field.|
|Eric Burlingame about to take his first solo flight in Big Bird from the far northwest end.|
|Concentration is evident on Eric's face as he prepares for the launch.|
|Eric off tow and flying downwind for runway 13R. He's in good position.|
|Eric passing over the launch end of the runway at the right height for a nice midfield landing.|
|Alex Caldwell taking another passenger up for a demo ride.|
|Members pushing Big Bird out of the way for the next launch.|
|Ready to launch on runway 13L with ground crew standing by.|
|Big Bird parked at the launch end after Eric Burlingame's first solo flight.|
|Alex Caldwell flying with Olivia Lockhart for a field checkout.|
|View of the tow plane just ahead of the Orange Crush prior to launch.|
|Jennifer Bauman in a pensive pose.|
|Olivia's liftoff puts the glider is good position behind the tow plane.|
|Olivia is maybe a bit high and slightly to the left of center.|