Back in Boulder for the 4th with Delta 3!

Returned last night from 3 week road trip to The Rat Race, Coastal Soaring in San Francisco, Glass Off Flight in Richfield, Utah, and Flight in Aspen. I have already posted some of these flights and others later but today I will start ground handling & flying my new Delta 3.

Looks like high pressure on the 4thwith local forecast calling for easterly winds all day.

10% chance of thunderstorms this PM. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,500’/min—starting at 10AM with over development by 3PM! I will start ground handling my Delta 3 at 10AM.

P.S.  If anyone has Ozone Ozium pod harness, I now have the complementary replacement handle.

 

Struggling at Rat Race!

I have had 4 days of flying at the Rat Race.  It has been a very educational and exciting place to be.  I made goal twice missing a few way points.

Yesterday I got 2,000′ over launch twice but the valley winds and extreme sink prevented me from making the valley crossing.

My glide ratio into the valley was only 2/1! Video to come latter with better up load speed.

Sunday looks softer?

Saturday was very strong.  Northerly winds were forecast so about 10 of us launched from the drop off site about 11:20AM.  I and most pilots were able to quickly climb up and I hit peak climbs of 1,330’/min and sustained climbs of 740’/min! After 31 minutes of rock and roll I decided to fly out and land. My Dorama.

Others stuck with the active air and several made it all the way to Colorado Springs! Good job cowboys—-new site record?

Sunday looks softer.  Regional weather map shows clear skies and high pressure.  Boulder Airport  shows easterly winds all day.  Thermal soaring forecast is good at 785’/min starting already at 9AM! No over development forecast. A softer day?

Sunday is sunny again!

After several days of wet weather, it looks like sunshine has returned!

Regional map shows clear skies and high pressure dominate. Local forecast shows easterly winds by noon but I see bright sunshine on the hill and expect up slope flow to start sooner.  Pressure difference is -.15″ so it and NBR is showing lift and variable winds. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent starting at 8:45AM getting to 800’/min with no over development! I will start hiking at 9AM.

 

Sunday looks sunny & clear!

Regional weather mapshows clear skies and high pressure. Local weather forecast showing easterly winds till 3PM.  Winds aloft are light at (K & 12K!  Snow has mostly melted from the hill. Thermal soaring forecast is good—643’/min starting at 11:30AM with over development at 3PM!
Looks like a short day!

NBR is showing light up slope early!

I will start hiking at 9AM!

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 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?