Sunday’s strong west winds!

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

 

 

Saturday December flying possible?

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.

Saturday’s west winds but Sunday’s up slope?

The jet stream and strong winds aloft are over area.  Local forecast calls for strong westerly winds on Saturday but turning northerly on Sunday.  This would give a NE flow at NBR on Sunday if sunny,

The jet stream and strong westerly winds are a part of winter here so consider our trips to Tapalpa, Mexico in January & February. There are still a few spots left.

Saturday

Monday’s cold front made for some exciting flying as I was blown southward to North Boulder Park.

Saturday looks partly cloudy.  Local weather forecast shows easterly winds most of the day. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,200’/min—starting at 11:30AM  and over development by 3PM!  NBR is not operating.

Any pilots with large Buzz Z that wants to upgrade to a new wing, please let me know as I need one.

Monsoon season is here!

The monsoon season is upon us with short soaring periods before thunderstorms. My best reference for this is the thermal soaring forecast.  It calls for thermal to start at 10:30AM and to be over developed—rain & gusty winds at  3PM! Thermals will strengthen up to 1,100’/ minute near time of over development so come early for smoother air!

Winds aloft are light and little pressure difference.  Today I hope to finally fly my new Delta 3!

I have posted another of my Rat Race Videos that shows the rules—this was a left turn day—and challenges of flying with 230 other pilots.

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.

 

Progressing at the Rat Race

Today I progressed: I only had to get 1,000′ over before I crossed the valley to the first turn point!  The strong head winds made it difficult to make the next turn point so I chose rather to see how fast these winds would push me: 37 m.p.h.!  I made it up an unknown valley at great speed. See it all here. Videos will come later with better up load speed.

 

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.

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!