BELATED KUDOS

Somehow we failed to congratulate Olivier Dore, who got his glider license here a couple weeks ago – and now there may others soon…  Stay tuned!

Meanwhile a warming trend is coming, that should peak on Sunday or Monday – with some cloud development to mark lift and hopefully provide some shade as well.

SEE YOU SOON!

SAME OL’ GOODIES

Once again, the coming week will bring soaring conditions that are unremarkable for this great site, but plenty good compared to locales where most people fly.  Compare what Dr. Jack offers for Saturday:  in the northwest, 5-Kt thermals to 8000 ft;  in the midwest and Florida, 4 Kts to 4000;  and in jolly old New England, essentially no thermals at all.  Meanwhile, we can expect 7-Kt thermals on Saturday, to (only) 12,000 .  And all with lite winds and temps around ninety…  Aw shucks!

And BTW, kudos to the Squadron guys for making a go of it last weekend despite not being guaranteed diamond distance.  That’s why they call it a sport!  (See Echo Sierra’s and Papa Kilo’s stories in SOARING IS LEARNING, below.

STATUS QUO

We had a tow pilot once who loved to complain about the weather – which I always answered the same way:  “Most of the time here at Crystal we don’t even have weather!”

Well that’s going to be true again this week, with wall to wall thermals, few clouds and almost no wind except the usual mid-afternoon breeze.  Also, as often happens, the hottest day is scheduled for Saturday.  So again, our biggest problem is having nothing to complain about!

SEE YOU SOON

NOT QUITE SO HOT

After a midweek spell of cloudiness and ‘monsoon’ humidity, the coming week should bring us back to typical thermal conditions, meaning light westerlies, full sun and probably no cumulus at all.  Temperatures peaking in the low nineties will feel noticeably more comfy than last week’s hundred plus.

Below, on our SOARING IS LEARNING page you’ll find two more stories of Crystal Squadron cross-country flights from last week, but first a short piece from one of our longtime regulars announcing his initiation as a ‘cadet’…