Saturday, we had a visit from Rodney, down Texas way, a fellow '26 pilot. We hope to see him again soon! Speedy and a guest were up in the venerable 2-33 for half an hour. A birthday ride guest, Cathy, was finally able to come out and get her ride - what a day for it! Dave and Cathy hung out in the Lark for an hour touring the countryside. Eric and Peter were up in the 2-33 for 75 minutes of training. Vince was up, down, then back up and hanging for a 90 min flight. JD was there in spirit, but in body was working his way through his check ride with Frank Reid @ Bermuda High Soaring. He passed and is Merlin's newest Airman. The team kept Wally buzzing around in our hard working 150-180! Hardest working towman in five counties!
Sunday, Eric, Dave, and Pete were sucking up all the lift. Stephan sacrificed the heart of a buzzard to the lift gods, but to no avail. Some days are like that.
This was JD's first day as Pilot In Command and he made the best of it - climbing to 7,400', running out 10 miles away from home base (our club ships have to remain in glide distance), and staying up a bit over four hours. Pete, JD, Eric, and Ron (pictured right) had a nice dinner of smoked brisket and beans that JD brought with him. After the flying and dining was done, JD headed out with Dave's ride to pick up him and the 19 at Garner.
You don't get too many weekends where so much comes together so well. We are fortunate to be able to share these experiences with our friends. Good flying, folks!