Saturday, June 26, 2021

Lazy Days of Summer

Visibility: Clear    
Wind: 10 knot Xwind from NE most of the day
Altitudes: low 4,000's MSL  
Time Aloft: About an hour
Max Lift: some 6 knot cores and lots of 3-4 knot climbs
Temperature: low 100's
Comment: Lots of time for projects
Tow pilot: Dan Gudgel

It was an slow, somewhat leisurely day at Avenal today.  As it should be this time of year - no one wants to get in a big hurry in the heat.

Rick I. was down from San Jose and got a handful of flights with Alex and with Kevin.  He's making very good progress and will soon have this whole soaring thing figured out.

Rick enjoying the thermals.

CA69 on a summer day

Quinn M. had some good times with simulated rope breaks and working some awesome dust devils.  (and for good measure, cleaned out the restrooms - thank you, Quinn!)

Alex C. and Carl L. worked on preparations for Carl's upcoming practical test.

Alex and Jim R. completed a flight review. And then Richard W. and Jim replaced a bad valve core and air'ed up a tractor tire and Carl took it out for some mid-afternoon mowing.

Dan G. towed and generally kept the place under control.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Summer Comes to Avenal

Visibility: Long / far / blue
Wind: Easterly X wind most of the day, which finally became westerly at the end
Altitudes: 8,000' plus
Time Aloft: 1 hour plus        
Max Lift: 4-6 knots all around
Temperature: 108-ish
Tow pilot: Logan & Kyle H.

Aaaaahhhh, at last.  Summer in Avenal.  We were finally able to put away the parkas, mittens and woolen caps, and break out the flip-flops, straw hats and suntan lotion.


Or maybe just usual CA69 summer temps and good summer lift.  

The soaring forecasts were a little exuberant, but we did get the full 8,000' MSL over the airport predicted by some of the RASPs.  Skysight seemed a bit optimistic, but there were some wispies over the San Benitos that could have been in the 12,000' plus range that was forecast.

Kyle H. earned his C Badge today and every student got a healthy dose of summer thermaling with good Xwind launch & landing practice.  And most agreed that it was a lot more pleasant at altitude than sitting on the ground.

Thanks to Logan and Kyle for towing.