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
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.