Wednesday’s glass off XC flight was unexpected. Strong westerly winds at Sugar Loaf had delayed our launch until 5PM and seeing several pilots sled down, I was happy to just launch. I rolled the dice hoping I might catch a weak thermal but after three 360’s, I was still below launch!
Things improved higher and I was able to slowly climb to 2,000′ above launch. Since this is my start XC altitude & strong southerly winds were present, I headed towards Lyons. Here is part of my flight on video and here is my Dorama track.
Saturday looks short with a 30% chance of thunderstorms. Local forecast calling for easterly winds until this afternoon of the day. Increasing cloudiness.
Thermal soaring forecast is short but strong (1,021’/min): first thermal at 11:30AM and over development at 2PM!
The Ozone Rush 5 continues to be the hot wing. I will have a SM to demo at the fall Ridge Soaring Clinic in Grand Junction October 4–7th.
Friday evening was an illusive glass off at North Boulder. Launch conditions at 4:40 PM were so light I feared having to do a forward launch but this was better than walking down. One descending pass across the hill showed me that thermalling was my only hope to get up so I headed out towards the park. Encountering light lift I started big wide 360’s. After 12 painstakingly slow 360’s I had climbed to ridge level in much drift and little lift and realized I had stumbled upon glass off conditions!
Here is adoarama of my flight.
In the 1 hour 1 min flight I climbed 1,400′ above launch but my top sustained climb rate was only 530’/min! My vario calculated wind speed from east at 15 miles/hour and my top ground speed was 37 miles/hour towards the west.
This was one the flights I will treasure in my long flying career—-29 years—smooth buoyant air over over Boulder near sunset. Conditions were so smooth that I flew the end with my brake handles dangling from the risers.
Saturday looks similar with smoke haze present. Easterly flow expected Saturday and westerly all day Sunday.
Thermal soaring forecast is good for Saturday.
800’/min starting at 11:30AM but over development by 4PM! starting a bit cloudy this am so midday best?
Remember we have an upcoming Ridge Soaring Clinic in Grand Junction October 4—7th for some more smooth ridge soaring an if you have friends that want to get into this amazing sport an accelerated P1/P2 September 30—October 7th. I have intermediate Ozone Rush 5’s available for demo.
Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,000’/min starting at 11AM but over development by 3PM. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day. Winds aloft are light. NBR is light & variable early.
Got a SM Ozone Rush 5 available for demo now!
Today looks good for flying: Local forecast is calling for steady NE winds this PM. NBR is is already showing NE flow as a result of the passing of a cold front. The winds aloft are finally low.
I have posted several videos from my recent trip to Tapalpa, Mexico. One of my best memories was the day that all pilots—7— of us could thermal and top land at the new restaurant.
The Ozone Rush 5 was just released in sizes of MS & ML and a 10% discount is available until March 6th. Contact me for a quote.
Local weather forecast calls for strong west winds by 11AM. Winds aloft are high! NBR is showing easterly winds now but when will they switch?
Got both medium & large Ozone Ozium 2 pod harnesses in stock now so came and hang in one.
NOAA weather radio calling for strong westerly winds this PM and local forecast shows the same. Pressure gradient is big at negative -.27″! Winds aloft are very high! NBR still showing light and variable winds but Sugar Loaf already showing strong westerly winds.
Good day to finish your Christmas shopping: I just received a new order of Ozone Ozium pod harnesses and have Ozone flight suits to keep you warm for during this winters flying. Have Ascent H2 GPS varios in a variety of colors for just $349!
Still some spots left if you really want to stay warm in Tapalpa, Mexico February 4—-11th.
The solstice is past so more sun is coming!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sunday is looking very catabatic with west winds increasing during the day.
NBR already showing light west winds early with a pressure difference of -.24″!
NOAA weather radio calling for strong west winds this PM.
No flying today but I have these Christmas Gifts in stock:
Accent H2 Vario $349
Easy Packs $125
Ozone Flight Suits $195
Baofeng UV–5R radios $75
Tapalpa, Mexico Fly Week Feb 4–11th $1,800
Ozone Ozium 2 Pod Harnesses $950
Regional weather map shows clear skies over CO. Local forecast shows light winds over area turning easterly this PM. Winds aloft are a bit high but Sugar Loaf is showing light and variable winds. Thermal soaring forecast is good—500’/min—starting at 11:45AM with no over development. Pressure difference -.25″! NBR is showing light and variable early.
Still have a few spots open for Tapalpa, Mexico February 4—11th.
Alphina 3 was released this week and already have 2 orders arriving end of January 2018.
Pressure difference -.29″ and barometric pressure at front range airports is falling! The local forecast for Boulder Airport shows increasing west winds. NOAA weather radio also calling for increasing westerly winds.
Boulder Open Space has still not processed my commercial use permit.
Ground handling would be possible in park this AM before winds get strong. Contact me if you wish to do this AM, I have one used Ozone ML Buzz Z3 and one used M Ozone Element for sale. Details are here.
Wednesday was wonderful as I predicted yesterday. Will started his XC on his Delta 2 at 1:30PM and made it to nearly Ft. Collins. Travis and I—on my Delta 2 were soaring North Boulder from 5—6PM. I am putting video together now.
Thursday: Regional weather map shows passage of NW cold front. Local weather forecast shows westerly winds all day. NOAA weather radio confirms this. Pressure gradient -.21″! NBR showing west winds.