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?

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.

Catching the next cold front!

Thursday afternoon saw a cold front passage with excellent ridge soaring potential. Unmentioned in weather forecast it passed by about 11AM with strong NE flow.  I watched several pilots effortlessly soar around before I caught a ride to the drop off site. My launch and climb was easy but it took about 10 minutes to reach the North end of ridge in a strong head wind but climbing continuously to 4oo’ over. I then boated around for 1/2 hour.

Friday shows not cold front passage either.  Local forecast shows light easterly flow.

Thermal soaring forecast is poor but I see sunshine and a clear sky!  NBR is light early but watch my Sunday flight while waiting to catch the next cold front!