Musings of a serial tech entrepreneur + full-stack web developer from Vancouver.
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Conditions at CYHE:
~22ºC at 10:00 AM briefing; minimal clouds at about 7500-8000ft.
Flying: C-GVSA (Grob 103)
Tow: C-FAXQ (Cessna L-19)
Instructor pilot: Harald T
Takeoff time: 12:28
Landing time: 14:56
Logged time for this flight: 2:28
Total glider flight time: 11:45 (hh:mm)
I had an oustanding flight with Harald this afternoon; I flew the tow behind AXQ up to a ~2500ft release on Hope Mountain, and easily climed to about 5000ft.
We flew over to Mount Ogilvie, ENE of Hope, but only found very narrow columns of lift, and essentially didn’t gain any altitude from those areas. I asked Harald to handle most of this flying, as we were trying to find ‘wave’ lift conditions.
We managed to find some wave-like lift under cumulous clouds, roughly over Lake of the Woods, just north of Hope. I flew most of the climbing and lift here, at least until about 6500ft, when I handed it over to him to try to focus on ‘wave’ flight again.
I flew a large part of the climb up to about 7200ft. This was my highest altitude to date!
Stopped getting lift, flew over Dog Mountain and into the bowl, slowly lost altitude from about 4500ft down to about 2800ft; came in over the high key point and did another circuit of the bowl, climbed back up to about 3100 on the north side of the bowl.
Flew the circuit and dumped a lot of altitude (~1600ft to 800ft by the low key point) and handled the landing; reasonably smooth and short/regular-length landing.
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Ashley is a full-stack Lean tech entrepreneur, web developer, designer, photographer, DJ, and aspiring glider pilot, active the Vancouver tech community.