Drove down to Eagle Rock VA for the annual fly-inn organized by the Skywackers. Good weather on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday the conditions were really good with nice cumulus everywhere. Unfortunately due to the owners of the LZ working on the field, we could not take off from the north launch until well late in the afternoon. With light and variable winds we moved to the south lanuch and myself and Orlando (in the picture with his Sigma 6 orange) took off on a nice cycle and we climbed to almost 1600mt (over 5.500ft). From up there the view was awesome. This is a very pretty flying site indeed. We decided to try our luck at XC and pushed above US 220 towards Fincastle. We worked some very weak lift along the way and unfortunately landed just after only 14km. It was late in the day when we took off (4PM)… Sunday was too much stable (high pressure) but still I managed to ride a nice little thermal to 1700mt; then in the evening a nice glass off with lots of gliders in the air. Sweet. All the pictures here. Stay tuned for the video.
An awesome flying week-end in the Salt Lake City Area, Saturday manouvering over the lake (SIV course where I trashed my beloved trango3 with accelerated collapses, stalls and a spin) and in the evening a wonderful flight from the north side of Point of the Mountain. Sunday morning ridge soaring at point of the mountain South and two nice flights at Inspiration point. All the pictures here. Stay tuned for the video.
Un fin de semana fantastico en Utah (Salt Lake City). El sabado por la manana SIV en el lago Yuba donde he hecho varias maniobras con mi trango3 (perdidas, negativos, frontales y asimmetricas aceleradas etc..), luego por la tarde un vuelo de dos horas en la cara norte de Point of the Mountain. El domingo laderita muy pronto por la manana (la foto arriba la he tomado a las 7…) en la cara sur de Point of the Mountain y dos vuelos guapos en Inspiration point. Aqui van las fotos. Pronto el video tambien.
Went down to the Florida Ridge on Friday ready to try flying cross country with David Prentice, Luis from paraglidingflorida and friends at the annual XC spring fling fun competition. Saturday was a blast, on my first tow I got straight to cloud base, amazing..but then I picked a stupid line in the blue amongst two clouds, hit sink and landed some 7km away. I launched again at 14.45 and rocketed straight to base once again. From there I was crusing and hopping from cloud to cloud pushed by a nice 25kmh tailwind. Some nice clouds were forming to the north of Clewiston on the south shore of lake Okeechobee and I went straight under them. I was crusing nicely when I realized that I was drifting a bit too much over the lake, I wasted some time in weak lift drifting even more when I realized that I had to get back to dry land…this is alligator territory…I had to face some cross wind and lost precious altitude. I landed after a nice XC of 55km. Sweet. Shame I could only stay for the week-end and not for the whole week… They are flying everyday some long XC tasks. The place is truly awesome .you can read it here on David’s blog. Here is the track Here you can see some pictures.
Este fin de semana fui a Florida a volar en el Florida Ridge con David Prentice y otros pilotos. Condiciones muy buenas el Sabado, y para mi un vuelo de 55km (el segundo remolque ya que en el primero me fue mal y aterrice despues tan solo 7 km..). una pasada de lugar con termicas superbuenas y posibilidad enormes en esta epoca para vuelos de cross. Lastima que solo pude estar alli dos dias y no toda la semana..estan volando cada dia muchos km…aqui podeis leerlo en el blog de David. Cuidado pero donde aterrizeis ya que hay muchos pantanos con cocodrilos y serpientes…. aqui van unas fotos.
A very good day at Wes-Mar airfield with plenty of sunshine, light variable winds and a good lapse rate. On my second tow, I hooked on very low and patiently worked the weak lift which became eventually stronger and took me up over 3000ft above the field.
I kept climbing this very smooth lift well above 3800 ft AGL and I started to really enjoying the day as there was lift all around Wes-Mar airfield; but then I looked to the north east and clearly saw Rickenbecker International Airport’ runaways not very far from my current flying position; I then remembered that I was in a LOA (limited operating area). At 4000ft AGL I decided to leave the thermal as I did not want to climb any higher for the moment. I then started thinking about going cross country but could not make my mind up about which direction would be best and further away from controlled airspace and the regional airstrips of the area. The wind was very light and variable so I could have gone any direction really; the day was really good with plenty of lift and a good climb rate. The most logic rout to take was to the north west where a good cloud street had formed; but not having studied a map beforehand, I wrongly assumed that it would take me very near Columbus CMH controlled airspace. I therefore decided to enjoy the lift and the day by flying around the airfield area and over Darbyville, leaving thermals as soon as I went over 4000ft. Also the Cessna going up and down on the airstrip and dumping men made me a bit nervous as I am not used to see aircrafts in the vicinity when I am soaring.. The best lift of the day was when I saw Steve and his hanglider climbing real good towards the end of the airstrip and the cornfield. I decided to go and join him; I pushed on the speed bar and in no time I was climbing at 5m/second on a monster thermal that took me well over 4500ft. After another couple of tours around the field and one hour and thirty minutes in the air I decided that I should give XC a go. I finally made up my mind and decided for SE, head past Darbyville and possibly follow road 56 all the way to Circleville and beyond. I left my thermal possibly way too early over Darbyville and went on my first proper glide of the day. After a couple of minutes I started to sink really bad, a constant –5ms. I tried to pick a different line but it was too late, all of a sudden I found myself low and had to land some 5 miles SE from Wes-Mar. I landed next to the road on the green yard of a house; the landlady very kindly gave me a ride back to the field. When I was folding the wing, I noticed how the thermal I did not reach on time was now full on lifting losts of dust and weed in the air about 50 yards from where I was.. very unlucky.. typical, you can’t get down because of lift everywhere and the minute you decide to venture away, you hit sink… A very good flight nevertheless with almost two hours in the air. Shame that I could not get very far, but this happens especially if you are not focused and distracted by controlled airspace thoughts and waiting way too long before heading away.