I and a ride took to the air a bit early around 1 in Her Heaviness the LARK. Robin (not Mr. Tenkate!) and I found some early lift and hung out for 45 minutes while my ride had a nice time both checking out the scenery and also putting up with my aeronautic narrative on how we managed to do it!
Down below, the 33 launched with newly soloed JD at the stick. Though we directed him to join us in a thermal off the south east end of the field, alas he could not connect and completed a 20 minute flight with another smooth landing under his belt.
After the LARK returned to earth, it was ace glider pilot Stefan who took the front seat… not to return to the earth again for almost 3 hours. His sortie included a climb to just over 6k I think?
A nice flight for Mr. F!
Greg N took the newly ruddered 26 into the air next. O those elusive thermals!!! It was not a day for the Schwietzers I guess. He too could not connect and returned to the runway in 15 or so minutes.
After bidding Eric good-bye, introducing Robin to Ron and then bidding her a safe trip back to DC, I lowered myself into that luvly 19 of mine for a return to the skies. But as I did so, I urged JD (now our ODO for the day) to tell freshly landed Greg to climb back into the 26 for one more go. I promised to stay in any lift I found and mark it for him, but alas he declined. So off I got at 2k to again c if I could pull off an Eric and climb out from there. Indeed, it was touch and go for about 15 minutes. But the 19 came thru and at 3k I called Ron to let him know he could bed-down the AGWAGON. After a run toward Crewe, a right-turn to Amelia and Roy Gunners private strip and then a run back to Merlin and a first citing (for me) of JR’s field (marked on XC Skies) I let the 19 do a long & lazy wide rectangle to the west of the farm and Scotts Fork and a final return to the field. Even after a 3 pm launch and a 4:40 touch-down… there was still good lift up there in which Mr. F remained!
And so went another Saturday at MSA… c u at the field!