Saturday flying continues to look good as many long flights happened this week including the first flight from here to Wyoming! Over development has been rare so many glass off flights occur including my 5PM start last week.
Regional Map shows clear skies and heat over area. Local weather forecast calls for increasing easterly winds all day. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,000’/min starting at 11:45AM and no over development forecast—-glass off?
Remember that fall Ridge Soaring Clinic in Grand Junction is coming soon: October 4—7th. P2 or P3 pilots challenged to get airtime here will find it easy to soar at both Otto’s Ridge and Reader Mesa. Let me know if you would like join us.
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.
Conditions were so weak on Saturday that in 23 minutes of flying, I only got 300′ above launch. See my dorama!
Regional Weather map shows day starting with clear skies and high pressure. Local forecast calls for south easterly winds and clear skies. NBR is already showing easterly flow early. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,300’/min—starting at 9:45 AM and no over development forecast!
Got MS Ozone Rush 5 for demoing—Misha already has 70 miles XC on it this week!
On his 3rd flight on a new Rush 5, Misha gave it a real test over 3 hours 28 minutes covering 34.3 miles from Boulder! Climbing to 6,300′ over launch and speeding up to 40 m.p.h. he landed near the Masonville Flying site west of Ft. Collins. Here is his track log.
Good job, Misha. With flights like this you will earn your P4 quickly!
Today’s map shows clear skies and high pressure. Local forecast calls for easterly flow all day. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-800’/min—starting at 9:30AM and no over development. Humidity is high—61%– so I question this and will arrive early. NBR is already showing up slope flow.
Had an exciting end to my flight yesterday as a helicopter passed right over me and I headed up wind to avoid the rotor!
Wednesday was a great day for the first flight on my Rush 5. After 1 hour 5 minutes of flying I needed to hold big ears to get down!
Saturday: Post frontal and NE winds 10–15 mph this PM but short day as Thermal Soaring Forecast is poor—50’/min very cloudy—starting at 10:45AM with over development at 1PM! National weather service calling for 40 % chance of thunderstorms this PM.
Thursday was a great day to test out Ozone’s newest wings.
Friday was constant west winds.
Saturday looks to be post frontal!
Local forecast calls for easterly winds by 9AM and sunny!
Winds aloft at 9,00′ are 15 and 12,000′ are high 29 mph! Sugar Loaf is reporting 10—19 mph out of the west!
Thermal soaring forecast is good—-600’/min—-starting at 10:00 AM with no over development forecast.
Hope the westerly winds decrease.