Now we’re into the time of year when our weather is better than anywhere else in the 48 – so long as no one needs to set a soaring record.  Expect a calmish period this week, with occasional high clouds and…   No guarantees of course, but our venerable Second Ridge will probably spawn thermals of the character-building variety each afternoon.  Or you could go almost anywhere else and fly in rain and snow.



One of our Soaring Academy’s missions as a 501(c)(3) non profit is to provide a relaxing day at the airport for veterans through partnerships with SoCal VA Hospitals. In 2018, the Soaring Academy has given over 150 flights to wounded veterans — so far. To all veterans we offer, “Thanks for your service!”

We’re now a year from the hundredth anniversary of Veterans Day, and specifics of its origin may be lost to many younger folks these days. Here’s a brief synopsis, courtesy of the Veterans Administration:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

The Treaty of Versailles was also what accelerated German development in the technologies of unpowered flight, without which modern soaring would languish decades behind our current state of the art. Merci!
(For the historic inception of soaring as a sport, see Dr. Oskar Ursinus, known to pilots of his time as the Rhönvater …)


A day late for All Hallows’ Eve, but feels good to say it sometimes anyway. Couldn’t help but know it was coming, with all the cringey stuff for sale this time of year.

Then there’s the change of time by an hour; why do they always keep that such a secret? Anyway, this Sunday, November 4, be sure to show up for all appointments an hour late (just kidding), but if you’re someone who chronically arrives late already, make no adjustment at all. Got that? Otherwise you might begin to wonder if you’ve stumbled into a scene from Twilight Zone, or (ultimate horror) the Rapture… Tricky Treat.

Soaring weather will be perfect by the way — for hanging out on the deck and comparing each other’s costumes.

Oh, and one more little detail: the most crucial election of our lifetimes is coming up later this week, so if you care at all about the future of the world, go VOTE!


This time of year, when many folks are dealing with drizzly days and frost on the pumpkin nights, we enjoy some of the finest weather anywhere.  All this coming week we can expect more perfectly balmy days with light wind prompting thermals up to around mountaintop height.  And clouds?  Mostly along those mountaintops, marking of course the very best lift.