Re: Midsummer Night's Dream?
Posted by David on 7/16/2012, 1:56 pm, in reply to "Re: Midsummer Night's Dream?"
Launched in the K21 on my seventh solo flight at 1:30 pm, 2500' tow to the west of the field. Worked a 4kt thermal to 6000' (approaching cloud base). Winds were pushing me to the north so I put the nose down and ran to the south west of the field. Was at 80 kts with 4kt up. Shoulda seen me smiling. |
Shared the flight and thermals with several sailplanes and one hang glider.
Landed at 2:50 to the insanity of a Bastille Day celebration and birthday party.
Great Food, Great Fun, Great Day.
If you weren't there you missed an almost perfect summer day at the field.
: Your forecast is pretty accurate Ray. Please
: keep up the good work!!!
: I could not get past 6300msl. Same also
: reported by other pilots.
: I did not check with Matt Seymour. Last I
: saw Matt we were halfway to Hornell. I was
: at ~6000 and Matt was above me by approx.
: 500 feet so I guess Matt may have got to
: Matt... can we get a pilot report? How high
: did you get yesterday? and where did you go?
: I had multiple passes between KDSV and
: Hornell. Finished the 3hr 10min flight in
: the grob with a leg to Wayland, 7gullies and
: back to KDSV.
: I was a GREAT SOARING DAY!
: --Previous Message--
: Soaring pilots dream of good soaring 'natch,
: and we've been getting uncharacteristically
: good weather for July. Although hot, the
: first part of last week featured low dew
: points and excellent conditions. The DP
: crept up by Thursday, yet it was still a 6.5
: hour day...well for Matt Seymour anyway.
: Blueberry pancakes expertly crafted by Walt
: Kaz were served at 8 to kick off the Niagara
: adventure, and people who came down were
: treated to an exhibition of a powered hang
: glider towing an unpowered one...what a hoot
: that was!! Somebody out there must have a
: Today will be better than previously
: forecast for this week. Water vapor imagery
: shows us (western NY) in a chunk of fairly
: dry air. Negligible, wrt ground soaking,
: percip fell yesterday from a few isolated
: thunderstorms, so the semi-arid, good
: soaring, poor growing conditions continue.
: Last night's sounding showed nearly dry
: adiabatic up to 800 mb, and that if the
: surface can warm up to ~ 32C, that's how
: high one can get (6,500'). 32 C = 89.6F.
: Latest area forecast matrices have Geneseo
: reaching 89, and KDSV will be warmer. Why?
: katabatic warming as the air descends and
: compresses while flowing into the valley,
: with a south wind. But the south wind is
: going to be so weak, you say? So, what is
: the minimum south wind you need for
: katabatic warming? That's similar to asking
: what's the minimum thermal updraft speed
: necessary to form a cloud? Answer: there is
: no minimum . Today could be another gold
: day, except...incoming cirrus for this
: afternoon, if the 700/500 vert motion progs
: are right (and they often aren't), could
: turn that gold into silver. As for isolated
: thunderstorms...this morning's guidance has
: even less of a chance that
: yesterdays...maybe 20%? Even if we're that
: unlucky, it won't happen till later this
: afternoon. Plenty of time to fly, picnic,
: party, party.
: Sunday goes downhill....but again not as
: much as thought earlier. Could still be
: mostly VFR, and have decent conditions.
: Monday...now that is starting to look
: really good. Favorable NW flow aloft, not as
: strong as last weekend but still favoring
: serious XC tasks. Tuesday also good, maybe =
: to or better than Monday. Niagara picked
: the right time for their visit!