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New Gliders, Ratings and Good Conditions

posted May 27, 2013, 4:28 AM by Northwest Soaring Club

Neil did it like he meant it.  Personally, I've admired his commitment to learn and advance his flying skills in a very timely and determined manner.  Today, we have a new Private Pilot Glider!  Great job Neil!  And thanks to the instructors, tow pilots, and examiner who shared their aeronautical knowledge and skills to help Neil's advancement.

More good news...Erik carefully studied and prepped his new LS4 over the last several days for it's maiden voyage in Michigan's hot spot - Pink Cadillac.  Pink that is, because of the common Dr. Jack weather forecasts showing us as the best soaring in the Midwest.  And that Erik did.  Lit it up and climbed out to a nose bleeding seven grand within minutes off tow.  After a call from cloudbase, I joined up with Erik for a very nice triangle in the 100+ kilometer range.  A great early season expedition for both of us.  The LS looks dynamite on the turf, but until you see it with wings working at cloudbase, well, there is simply no way to describe the beauty.  We're both tied down waiting for Rich to show up tomorrow.

Greg Chance arrived for another taste of altitude, and another notch in his stock of experience toward aviation independence.

It was great to visit with John Velis before my flight, and thanks to Erik for assembly help, and John for gridding assistance.  Always comforting when you're rocketing down the runway on launch.

Carol, with John Velis doing most of the flying snagged a couple hours at the flight levels and I was excited to hear their calls and proximities. 

One of the most jaw dropping aspects of the day was new member Kirk and his brother.  They took BA out for a spin and I've personally witnessed the glider as far from the field as it has ever been.  I think we may have a problem Houston.  Kirk is really lathered up to feel some of the very addicting adrenaline which comes from XC flights and leaving the airport behind.  A welcome member to the team xc flying which is simply the most fun a human can have.  I joked with Kirk and his brother about the friendly competitiveness which soaring can offer.  Top of the gaggle in a thermal, first one to the turn point, last one down in the evening...just like golf, only better.  But as I mentioned to Kirk, it is purely ego-driven.  Just like in any friendly competition.  After that comment I thought about egos.  Mine sometimes being problematic, even if unsubstantiated.  The good news is that pilots are able to climb to make room for their egos.  Even the biggest egos on earth - probably doctors - only have 2-1/2 dimensions within to function.  The x axis, the y axis and 1/2 the z axis creating a hemispherical size ego.  We pilots while aloft have the x, y, and z axis along with the advantage of  -x, -y, and -z creating a doubling effect and room for expansion with altitude as the hot-gas laws prescribe.  PVT

Thanks to Tony for making us all the altitude today and dropping us off squarely within the best lift of the area.  Thanks also to Lloyd fro acting as a club member doing retrieves, launches and tie-down assistance, and of the promise of becoming a flying club member..

So there you have it.  Landmark day at the club.