Misha’s Big XC Flight on Rush 5 to Ft. Collins

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!

Sunday looks good!

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!

 

Short Saturday?

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.

Start early!

Sunday looks good!

Regional weather map shows clear skies high pressure. Local forecast shows easterly winds most of the day.  Winds aloft have not been updated yet but Sugarloaf and Ward are showing light winds.

Thermal soaring forecast is good—500’/min—starting at 12:30AM with no over development!

I will be helping  P0’s on their ground handling at 10AM.  Accelerated P1/P2 Course in Grand Junction starts in 2 weeks and Ridge Soaring Clinic thereafter.

Sunday looks soft!

Regional weather map shows stationary front parked over area.  Winds aloft are finally lighter! Winds aloft have not been updated yet. Sugar Loaf is reporting light and variable winds.

Local weather forecast calls for light easterly flow most of the day with increasing cloudiness. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,000’/min—starting at 10:30 AM and over development at 6PM.

I will be helping new pilots with ground handling in the park at 9AM.

There is a safety modification to Ozone Ozium 2 harnesses that I can install on your harnesses in the park.