Foul weather was predicted for Sunday, so I spent some time outfitting my Subaru Outback with the necessary glider-friendly accessories. I installed a set of Mike Barber's new airfoil-shaped rack pads. Check them out, they are truly "factory class" additions. Later in the afternoon Patrick and I picked up our new gliders so we could at least fondle them.
Slick rack pads
Heavy flooding rains arrived Sunday evening and night. My tent was surrounded by 2.5 inches of water Monday morning, but luckily the tent stayed dry. The wind blew after the rain cleared so I spent the afternoon shopping for other accessories with Dennis and Matt. Patrick and I spent most of Tuesday completing all the little prep-work that obsessive competition pilots do to new gliders. We also greeted people arriving for the annual Wills Wing demo days.
Wednesday we flew! I took a quick sled-ride at 9AM to check out the new glider. I was pleased that the new glider flew well just as it was delivered. After a quick breakfast we pushed out for an afternoon of flying. Some pilots flew a defined task, but I decided to stay local and spend some quality-time with the new glider. I flew with many pilots during the afternoon, including a trip down and back Deen Still road with OB, Shapiro, and Jack.
Haze at the inversion
I ended the nearly 4 hour flight with a sweet landing next to the tie-down wire. The weather looks good for the next couple days. I just hope this old body keeps working!
Flights: 2, Duration: 4:10, Distance: 27 miles