Wow. Saturday, May 28 was a blisteringly hot day but two club members managed to solo anyway. Bill Cotter had actually flown gliders years ago so it wasn’t his first glider solo but after a 24 year hiatus we think it counts. James Stickney then soloed right after Bill and even managed to stay aloft a little while, although he didn’t quite make the “2-hour challenge” John set out for him. Congratulations Bill and James!
Today started with a bleak forecast but brought just a high overcast and smooth air, making for a perfect “training” day. Club chief safety officer Rob Montgomery took advantage of the conditions to finish his pre-solo requirements and then his first glider solo. And then his second, third, fourth and fifth in short order.
Opening day of 2016 brought awesome weather and a good turnout of volunteers and glider students and pilots.
For a new club still figuring some things out, I think the day went amazingly well. In an unusual turn of events, Brud and James (the first 2 fliers of the day) actually found some decent thermals and stayed aloft quite a while while the later afternoon pilots (Cindy and prospective member Bill C) made it back to the ground much faster.
Except for a minor incident with a lawn chair, all people and equipment made it through the day unscathed. Great kickoff to the 2016 season and great start for the new club!