Nine years ago, Kurt Thams posted a video he took of four BASA glider pilots playing above the Watsonville airport at 18,000’. Ever since seeing that video I had to taste that feeling. Last weekend I got my chance, and it was an experience I will never forget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.