First Solo Cross-Country

First Solo Cross-Country

My first solo XC from ASI to Truckee on the last day of Cross-Country Camp. It was a tough day. I made some mistakes, but I also did a few things right, and it turned out to be a most rewarding and memorable experience.

Panoche Gliderpalooza 2017

Panoche Gliderpalooza 2017

This year’s Panoche Gliderpalooza was a banner year for accomplishments. Although the weather did not bestow upon us the extremely long cross country flights we have had in past Paloozas, we did manage to get out and fly all four days of the event.

Glider Tiedowns - The Midshipman's Hitch

Glider Tiedowns - The Midshipman's Hitch

Securing a glider to the ground is important, and need not be complicated. The midshipman's hitch is secure yet adjustable, and easily tied and untied, making it a great choice for a tiedown.

XC Mentoring Flight with Ramy Yanetz

XC Mentoring Flight with Ramy Yanetz

Saturday, March 25th offered me the opportunity to share a glider with Ramy Yanetz as my personal mentor/coach on a cross country soaring flight in the DG1000 1CH.  It was truly a special day and a great start to the Spring soaring season.

Panoche Checkouts 2017

Panoche Checkouts 2017

The Panoche checkout this year was an amazing experience for me. Even though the soaring was terrible, I met new people, learned a whole lot, and enjoyed some amazing scenery along the way.