Saturday, December 19, 2020
Visibility: Clear to the Sierras above 2500'
Altitudes: Tow heights
Time Aloft: 40 mins Kyle Detke and Alex
Max Lift: Alex?
Tow pilot: Dan Gudgel, Kyle Hyde, and Chris Bayns
Lots of activity for nearly the shortest day of the year! After Monday, we are over the hump with days getting longer and the soaring season getting ever closer.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Visibility: Mostly clear, with low and high clouds passing all day
Wind: Light, typically NE at 5-7 knots
Altitudes: Release height!
Time Aloft: Sled Rides, except for one flight with some zero sink
Max Lift: Nada, zilch
Comment: Beautiful winter training day
Tow pilot: Karl Kunz
Piper Solo'd Today!
Piper Banys made her first solo flight today. The first solo is a flight every pilot remembers the rest of her life, and I'm sure Piper's will stick with her as well. Her parents and brother were there to share in the special moment. There's more training to do, of course, but let's congratulate Piper for this terrific accomplishment.
New members Kyle Hyde and Kyle Detke, who are power pilots transitioning to gliders, worked on polishing their technique as well.
Today also saw the return to the air of 22S, after some months of Covid-19 lockdown. I'm sure some spiders were unhappy that we disturbed their habitat, but otherwise it was great to have the "Spirit of Laird" back in the sky.
We had several members out doing other tasks as well - Zach brought out a loaded fuel trailer and then did some runway smoothing / weed scraping for a while. 13F had a flat tire, so he and Chris Banys and others worked on extracting the wheel and planning on a tube replacement, clean-up and bearing-repack, etc.
Logan and a friend were out and got a flight to wrap up the day. A big thanks, as always to Karl Kunz for towing today - we tried to keep him as busy as possible.
This fall and winter have been drier than average, so let's take advantage of these clear, cool days to finish training or brush up on your proficiency and precision. And then you'll be ready for a pre-frontal wave day or two when they appear in the forecast.