Wind: NW 11G15, but slowed later.
Altitudes: 10,370 msl, Zach Yamauchi
Time Aloft: 2:50, Zach Yamauchi
Max Lift: 10 kts, Zach Yamauchi
Temperature: Beautiful on the ground, cool air aloft.
Comment: Fun for anyone who went aloft.
Tow pilot: Dan Gudgel; later, Frank Owen.
There were enough members out at the gliderport today including Mike Paoli, Karl Kunz, Richard Walker, Sergio Grajeda, Carlos Grajeda, Eric Burlingame, Daniel and Doug Slezak, Don Flinn, Luca Soares, and other Cal Poly members.
|A crowd gathers around the Grob where Jan Zanutto is preparing the glider for a flight with his daughter, Lauren.
Only two members sent in a description of their flights, Jan Zanutto and Zach Yamauchi. Both had very nice flights and here are their reports:
It was almost 20 years ago that I first joined CCSC, and according to Harold's logbook I flew the Blue Whale. I then got signed off in the Blanik and brought my daughter Lauren out for a ride in it.
She has been asking for a ride in the Grob and yesterday it finally happened. Lift over Black was very strong, giving us a climb to 9k. We pushed a bit north to the end of the CU line that went up the San Benitos. I could hear radio chatter from Santa Ynez, and one guy on his way back north to Hollister.
Two hours later we were back in the pattern. The last time Lauren came out with me we arrived in a red and polished Ercoupe.
|Jan and Lauren in the Grob along the Temblor Range northwest of Avenal. Photo by Zach Yamauchi.
|Zach selfie, flying the DG100 northwest of Avenal probably near 9000 msl.
|Screen shot of Zach's track from Avenal northwest and back to Avenal.
Ken had no written description of his flight but talked to me after and he really had a great flight for someone who two flights ago had just soloed. Seems he was aloft for 45 minutes and climbed to 5,300 msl. within the general area around Avenal. Excellent thermalling but as we all know, those guys who have had hang gliding experience, like Morgan, seem to have an uncanny knack for finding and climbing in thermals.