Thursday, February 24, 2022

2021 Soaring Summary

 

As I write this post I realize it was a truly remarkable year for me. This was my best soaring year. 

The traces below are from 61 cross country flights in my ASG29 during 2021, totaling 24316 miles (39,133 km) and 376 hours, averaging 399 miles (642 km) per cross country flight, at an average speed of 65 mph.  The flights spanned most of California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico, including crossing over to Idaho, Colorado and Arizona.  During those trips I visited 11 airports (planned and unplanned), and 2 farm fields.




Highlights and achievements: 
  • 4th place in the OLC-USA Champion category (10th Worldwide)
  • 2nd place in the OLC-USA All Flights category 
  • The most total distance flown in a year (nearly 25,000 miles as long as circumnavigating the earth)  
  • Had my longest average distance and fastest average speed for the year
  • Had 11 flights over 1000km, the most I ever done in one season
  • Had my longest thermal flight - 1200km FAI Triangle (1300km OLC) from Ely 
  • Had my fastest flight at 171 kph from Moriarty
  • Had my longest flight to the north from Byron to abeam Eureka
  • Very scenic wave  flights to San Francisco peninsula and Golden Gate Bridge from Williams and Byron 
  • Scenic Bay Tour thermal flight to Sausalito, Mt Tam and Marin Headlands
  • Multiple "Round the Horn" flights from Williams to the northern and western sierras via Shasta
  • First time to Truckee and back from Williams
  • Round the horn flights from Hollister and Panoche to the sierras via Tehachapi and back to Hollister
  • My longest NE flight from Williams to Ft Bidwell near Lakeview and back
  • Straight out from Warner Springs to goal at Truckee (SSA Barringer Trophy candidate) with my wife crewing
Some of my favorite 2021 soaring photos:

Over San Francisco

SFO

San Francisco Peninsula

Muir Beach

SF and the Golden Gate Bridge

Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge

Launching at Moriarty

Tiburon and Angel Island

Lake Tahoe

Berkley

Santa Cruz

Lenticulars near Williams

Mountain View




Tuesday, February 22, 2022

2020 Soaring Summary

The following traces are from 51 cross country flights in my ASG29 during 2020, totaling 18176 miles (29,251 km) and 297 hours, averaging 357 miles (574km) per cross country flight, at an average speed of 62 mph.  The flights spanned most of California, Nevada and Utah,  including crossing over to Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona.  During those trips I visited 12 airports (planned and unplanned), one farm field and a golf course..




Highlights from the year:
  • 4th place in the OLC-USA Champion category
  • 2nd place in the OLC-USA All Flights category 
  • Had 10 flights over 1000km, the most I ever done in one season, including a 1000k Out and Return from Tonopah to Idaho
  • Had my longest out and return north from Hollister over 400 miles
  • Unusual scenic flight to Bodega Bay and over the Pacific.
Some of my favorite 2020 soaring photos:


San Francisco


Burley, ID

Bodega Bay

Tonopah Sunset

Dillon Beach

Santa Cruz

Sequoia National Park

Bodega Bay

Capitol Reef, UT

Lake Powell, UT

Grand Canyon, AZ

Bodega Bay


Thursday, May 07, 2020

2019 Soaring Summary


The map below shows traces from 69 cross country flights in my ASG29 during 2019, totaling 23,200 miles (37,283 km) and 400 hours, averaging 336 miles (540km) per cross country flight, at an average speed of 58 mph.  The flights spanned most of California, Nevada and Utah,  including crossing over to Oregon and Idaho.  During those trips I visited 20 airports (planned and unplanned).


Highlights from the year:
  • 2nd place in the OLC-USA Champion category
  • 2nd place in the OLC-USA all flights category 
  • 1st place Tehachapi Dust Devil Dash
  • Had 9 flights over 1000km (8 consecutive) The highest I ever done in one season. 
  • Flying for the first time with my 19 years old son Nathan in G103. We flew for 3 hours nearly 130 km XC over San Antonio Valley getting to 9500 feet 
  • More landouts than ever: Tracy (twice), Harris Ranch, Ramona’s ranch (required tractor retrieve from the plowed field), Panoche (planned), Heber City (planned), Panguitch UT, Battle Mountain (planned), Modesto, Reid Hillview, New Jerusalem 
Some of my favorite 2019 soaring photos:


Panoche

Byron

Flying with Nathan over San Antonio Valley

Oakland and San Francisco

Monterey

Carmel
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Berkley
Monterey
Modesto
Mendocino Mountains
Near Ojai
Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe

Friday, January 25, 2019

2018 Soaring Summary

The map below shows traces from 52 cross country flights in my ASG29, totaling 18,566 miles (29,836 km) and 304 hours, averaging 358 miles (574km) per cross country flight, at an average speed of 61 mph.  The flights spanned most of California, Nevada and Utah,  including crossing over to Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming.  During those trips I visited 13 airports (planned and unplanned).


Highlights from the year:

  • 3rd place in the OLC-USA Champion category
  • 3rd place in the OLC-USA all flights category
  • 5th place in the OLC-USA speed category
  • Had 7 flights over 1000km, the highest number of 1000km flights I had in a year (2 from Parowan, 4 from Ely, 1 from Truckee) 
  • Had my fastest year ever: fastest thermal flight averaging 101mph over 1124km, my fastest 2.5 hours segment at 130 mph and my fastest yearly average speed at 61 mph.
  • Had some fantastic flights to San Francisco/Golden Gate Bridge area in wave, to Big Sur coast and Yosemite Valley.
Some of my favorite 2018 soaring photos:


Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco

Stinson Beach and Point Reyes

Point Reyes

In Wave near Petaluma

Sausalito and Tiburon

San Luis Obispo, CA

Morro Bay, CA

Half Dome, Yosemite Valley

Sunrise at Williams, CA


Cloud surfing over Walker Ridge, CA

Surfing the wave clouds over Capay Valley, CA

Zion Canyon, UT

Big Sur, CA