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    Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Tuesday 10/9

    At the Oktoberfest this past Saturday, Rex underscored the frustrations we have all experienced this season, trying to find a day to fly that had decent soaring conditions and good visby.

    The Winter Solistice will occur on Friday December 21 of this year., so the days will continue to get shorter and shorter. A bit over two months, and the next soaring season will begin, but for now, I am trying to make the most of what is available.

    Late yesterday (Monday) afternoon I reviewed the forecasted soaring conditions (I looked at GFS models and reviewed the 7day rasp for NorCal)
    and noted Thursday might be the best day of this week. I booked the 32, and contacted the other two Amigos.... Jim D can make it, so he'll be with me in the 32, and Key is busy with work.
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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Wednesday, 24 hr prior - update:
    Looks like too much north wind on Thursday.
    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Update- Thursday 8 a m
    Looks marginally good.
    Could get into trouble with the strong wind from nne on e side of Mendos. Relight over gravelly is a real possibility, if I push it... or relight over Montgomery just to get home from a short, aborted flight.
    Hmmm....
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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    update/ flight plan 9:30 am
    OK going flying for sure.

    12:30 launch - traffic permitting.
    tow to 7,000' to Goat, Climb to 8 k on west of peak, proceed north to Yolla Peak, via Blk butte,
    south and home again. same o' same o'.

    over 3 hrs, stay above 7,000 ft.

    Different than usual conditions.
    no west wind
    all thermals being fed via canyons on the east side, chimney effect puts thermals west of the crest of the Mendos. that's different for sure.
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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Initial Post flight report - written at 5 PM ish..

    Another great soaring day at WSC. RASP was accurate, as far as I could tell. I launched eight minutes later than planned (12:28 vs 12:30, but it worked out ok. Tony did a great job of getting me to Goat at 7,000 ft. I released just before getting to the spine of Goat Ridge and the cu were in sight less than 3 miles to the west.

    Cu that were visible 2 to 3 miles east of the goat ridge were exactly as fcsted on RASP. My flight plan had me going north, closer to the Mendos, but instead the clouds went NW, so i followed them.

    Climb to from 8,000 in a couple of knots under the first bunch. Bases dropped as i proceeded to the NW under the scattered Cu. It was not a continuous line and I was down to 7,500 abeam Lake Pillsbury.

    Ran the clouds bases to the north several miles west of round valley , then followed the clouds directly to Anthony, more clouds to follow all the way to Gravelly Vly - at 9,000 headed for the wave that was behind (south side) snow, but couldn't locate it. Had to conserve all altitude available from the time I left Gravelly, but once past Indian Ranch I picked up almost 1,000 ft extra. So, with the extra altitude I crossed a few miles south of Maxwell as I headed for Colusa and then came home with plenty of altitude - landing to the north in a light 8 kt surface wind. Nice 3 plus hour flight.

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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Very nice flight PK! Is that the same Peter Kelly who said he can’t cross the delta since he likes to stay in glide from WSC?
    Sure you can

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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Quote Originally Posted by RamyYanetz View Post
    Very nice flight PK! Is that the same Peter Kelly who said he can’t cross the delta since he likes to stay in glide from WSC?
    Sure you can

    Ramy
    Thanks Ramy. Yes, I needed to stay within glide of Round Valley on this one, then Gravelly Runway, then Montgomery Runway, and then, yes, within glide of WSC.

    I'll put up a few photos manana.

    I'm a pussy cat, and I admit it. Big diff in flying styles when you look at the altitudes today. I'm sweating it out and staying above 2,000 meters, but I see you cruise along and never even get as high as 2,000 meters. You're a tiger... that's what the TG (Tango Golf) on your ship means, right? TiGer.


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    Re: Flying Thursday 10-11-2018

    Wow, quite a flight! Wish i could have been there.

    Key

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