Fast Friday & short Saturday!

Friday started late after CU graduation.  Bob & I took off at 5PM and experienced a strong glass off!   Staying up was easy and I climbed to 1,800′ over in a few minutes.  The lift was so abundant and winds so strong  out of the south that I decided to see how far the magic air would push me as flew along H93 towards Lyons: 4.7 miles!

See my Doarama

Saturday looks short;  Regional weather map shows approaching NW Cold Front!

Local weather forecast  shows westerly winds by noon and strong westerly winds this PM!  Pressure difference -.03″ and barometric pressure dropping.  NOAA weather forecast calling for westerly winds this PM.

Thermal Soaring Forecast is excellent—1,300’/min starting at 10:45AM with no over development.  Winds aloft are high!

 

 

 

Sunday as good as Saturday?

Saturday started very slow and I had the first soaring flight launching at 12:40 PM!

The lift was scattered and I could only climb to 500′ above launch in 21 minutes!

Here is my track log.

I should have been more patient as several pilots launching later made it to Lyons!

Sunday looks cloudier.  Weather map shows cloudy conditionsEasterly winds this AM but strong westerly winds late afternoon! Reporting 10% chance of thunderstorms.

Thermal soaring forecast is good—700’/min— but short today not starting until 12AM and thunderstorms by 3PM!

Winds aloft are low.

NBR is showing light winds.

Grand Junction Clinic was great but home is better?

We returned last night from an Intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction. Video’s to follow. These new pilots got  over 25 flights and hours soaring and experienced top landings! After 6 days of flying many received their P2’s and lots of  camping and are ready and experience flying at North Boulder.

Saturday looks great:  clear skies and High pressure dominate.  Steady easterly winds all day. Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,300’/min—starting at 11:30AM with over development at 5 PM. Be ready for active air this PM!

Sunday starting much better than Saturday but ….

Sunday is starting much better then overcast and rain early Saturday  but Saturday  started very cloudy but ended up soarable to almost till 6PM!

I launched late at 3:45PM from the drop off site but found abundant lift as seem by my Doarama.

I was able to climb almost 2,000′ over and boat around for 40 minutes and in fact searching for sink to land!

Sunday starts less cloudyThermal soaring forecast is much better as good starting at 11AM. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day.

I have several pilots working on their ground handling skills this AM in the park  getting ready for intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction starting next Sunday but perhaps I will get another soaring flight in the PM?

Another Soaring Saturday?

Last Saturday saw many soaring flights. Several flew north towards Lyons and beyond!

I floated around for 1/2 hour but never got more than 700′ above launch. My video and GPS track are here.

This Saturday looks fair.  Skies are clear and high pressure. Local forecast shows light easterly winds. Thermal soaring forecast is poor—-177’/min!

Air is starting cold—30 degrees—and lost of sun so things may change?

I am planning an intense P1/P2 course May 1-8th in Grand Junction for pilots want to earn their pilot ratings.

The Delta 3 is out!

It took a while but Ozone has just released the ML Delta 3 at C level wing:

DELTA 3 ML is now available to order! A long wait, but we think it was well worth taking the time to get this product right. We think that all Delta 2 pilots will like the improvements. The design team have learnt a lot since the massively successful Delta 2 was launched, but it was still a hard job to make a worthy successor. It is EN C (without folding lines), and has better speed and glide as well as the handling and comfort that you would expect. We hope you like it! We also hope you like our new colour scheme which will appear on the Delta 3 and other new wings this year. Web page and pictures coming soon.

The ML size is 85–105 KG with 30 day manufacture time so order now!

I am flying the Rat Race in June!

I finally have time to fly the Rat Race Sprint in June  17–24 in southern Oregon! Consider joining me:

Rat Race/Sprint Competition

Rat Race has emerged into a festival over the years. The local community, pilots, local school children, businesses and so many more have all claimed the event as their own. As organizers we are proud of the accomplishment.

This year we will host the Rat Race and Rat Race Sprint along with the return of the “Super Clinic”. (The Super Clinic allows up and coming pilots to expand their knowledge and skill without being in a competition format. Ken Hudonjorgensen and Kari Castle will be heading up this group so non-competition friends will have a place to participate during the event. Please help us spread the word to your friends, local club and forum about the Super Clinic as space will be limited.
Other things similar to last year are:
• Rat Race and Rat Race Sprint will be held simultaneously.
• Lunch, retrieval, fun and a great volunteer staff will be here as always.
• Sprint pilots will receive coaching and round table discussion lead by Jeff Huey each day before flying the task.
Go to Registration to reserve your place as attendance will be limited.

Further details are here.