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    Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Flight planning tonight for tomorrow's flight. Flying with my son PJ on this flight.
    High moved in from the east - as was in the 3 day forecast and the low is moving northerly.

    The RASP looks OK for tow a bit after 12:30 with a turn around past T-16... maybe at Hay Peak TP ?

    Coming south, after a comfortable turnaround we'll have a easy run down to Goat.
    Flight track will be similar to the flight that Leon and I had about a month ago, on 6/3/18, but this time, I'm not going further north than conditions allow. On tomorrow's flight the tracks north vs south will probably be more on top of one another, and there certainly be no pesky clouds to distract us.
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    - TFR - Walker Ridge Area - Pawnee Fire 6 mi radius up to 6,000 msl
    - TFR - County Fire is south of the 20/16 TP, but it goes up to 10,000 ft MSL. wind over Crazy Creek is westerly so smoke will be heading from Bessa to the Sutter Buttes. I'm not going for distance points. Just want a nice run north and then south again with a minimal time once below 6,000 ft. Will plan to consider a high speed descent in any case to avoid getting too hot. No more optimum glides over to Colusa just to see the sights in this heat.
    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Update Sunday morning:

    Not much change. Lift might be a bit weaker than last nights fcst.
    Sure not much lift at Goat today.
    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    So how did it go? Wish you would use a spot.

    Key

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Quote Originally Posted by key dismukes View Post
    So how did it go? Wish you would use a spot.
    Key
    I think that Peter was using Noelle's Delorme Sunday....

    https://share.delorme.com/NoelleMayes

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Pillard View Post
    I think that Peter was using Noelle's Delorme Sunday....

    https://share.delorme.com/NoelleMayes
    I think Russ is correct. Looks like PK accomplished his flight plan. Got up above 11K at Yolla Bolly. Not bad for a hot blue day.
    Jim D. - 1B

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Too tired to post last night. Not certain if it's the flying or the driving home in 4th of July traffic! but I'm rested up this am.

    Flight went well.

    I asked Jerry to take us to Tree Farm at 7k, knowing that was probably the top of the lift, with nothing over Goat, so I'd be needing to head straight to St John after a short climb.
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    As we passed Indian Vly, I asked Jerry to turn right 30 degrees and then a few minutes later, a 30 degree turn left to cross over x-roads, for our release at T Farm.

    We released at 7k (black circle) and went a bit before we climbed a few hundred feet, then over to St john for a climb to 8k.

    Here's the track that I have - for some reason don't have a complete file...

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    Lift was as fcst, as usual. Approaching Eagle I could see wave north of the T-16 area...

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    At the M-6 TP I was distracted by an area of wispy over towards Anthony. The Sirens were luring me. We mistakenly went for it - but it was gone when we got there, so now I had to head north and ride the south-westererly winds up the slopes of Yola Peak.
    As we ventured around the trees, PJ asks if this is what is meant be "counting Pine Cones." He got a bit of it on his phone, but I don't have the video - sorry.

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    We continued north going up slope and doing figure eights along the top west ridge of the peak before it was safe to do some thermalling circles. Lift was gentle and consistent, so not tooo worrisome.

    From Yola Peak, we headed to T-16 for the turn around point.
    ... But there still no markers for the 90 mile flight to home.
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    The lennies north of T-16 were on the rasp, so that was no surprise.
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    I pulled out my trusty RASP print out and rechecked the lift line as PJ drove us southbound.
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    Last edited by Peter Kelly; 07-09-2018 at 10:06 AM.
    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Vsby was no too bad, and both Diamond M and Elk Creek landout "runways" were visible as we headed to St John.

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    A good flight about 3 hrs and 45 minutes.
    I asked PJ to pose for a quick snapshot after landing...
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    Having Noelle's tracker on board was helpful.

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    Ben came out to greet us and said he taking a customer up, so we didn't need to push the ship back into the hangar.

    In the process, Ben mentioned that VSA President Pat A. is now the proud owner of an ASG-29.
    Congrats to Pat on joining the high performance crowd.
    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Nice write-up. The convergence was where rasp predicted on the east of the ridges, but yolo was better than i anticipated. Thanks for posting--lets me experience flying vicariously. I thought about going up but the heat scared me off.

    Congrats to Pat!

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Quote Originally Posted by key dismukes View Post
    Nice write-up. The convergence was where rasp predicted on the east of the ridges, but yolo was better than i anticipated. Thanks for posting--lets me experience flying vicariously. I thought about going up but the heat scared me off.

    Congrats to Pat!
    Key,
    Good call on your part. it was hot hot! even above 7 and 8,000 ft. Certainly not a day you could travel home after a long glider flight.

    As for the Yola thermal, it was being sucked up by wave type of action
    Cross-section of the air over the peak - on an 250/070 course bearing illustrate the lift - that was one of the RASP printouts I had in my hand while inflight.
    The sounding was deceiving/ mis-leading, if you weren't a "local" to the area .

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    It kinda came as no surprise when I saw the lennies north of T-16. You can see the makings on the cross-section product, couple with a bit more moisture shown n the sounding above 14,000 ft.







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    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Flying Sunday, 7/8/18

    Thank you, Peter and Key! Maybe 20 years from now I'll be able to make a flight in the blue as nice as Peter's! Congrats on a great flight and thanks for sharing all the details!

    Pat

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