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    The Santa Anas of Monday & Tuesday didn’t clear out the valley,  so I wasn’t expecting much for today but it was great!

    At 2 pm there were a couple of pg’s over the lz at like 5 grand. I launched my UltraSport 166 from Marshall at 4:12 and the 1st thermal I found took me to 6,400 MSL with 800-1,400 FPM climb rates. My ears popped as I hit 5k. Soarable back at Crestline,  sinky going to Pine and I didn’t blunder into any thermals right away, so back to Regionals and Marshall, then around the radio tower. Halfway back to Marshall at 5,200 MSL I saw a helicopter, white with blue tail-boom, flying S to N right over Marshall at my eye-level. There were a PG & HG at a similar distance west of its flight- path. I never felt any turbulence. Had my head on a swivel every time my sail rumbled for the rest of the flight.

    Had a core off Cloud Peak that I was drifting NE with and kind of flopping around.  Reversed my circling direction and it was suddenly rock-solid lift, so that thermal had some serious spin.  Soon was at 5,700 almost to the highway, so I dashed past Crestline before heading out to land.

    Lift all around the LZ at 5:40 so I had to core some sink to get down to land into a nice looking SW cycle.

    Great fun, lots of satisfied pilots. One PG from NY just moved here and said it was his 1st flight here, so he’s jazzed.

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    Great fun flying the UltraSport 166 again.

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    Thought I was videoing Mark Hoffman’s landing but the phone was in photo mode, so I just got a still while he was on approach and a still after he flared (quite nicely).

    I had a very similar flight on Sunday.

    Season’s ON!

    #15162
    Mark Hoffmann
    General Member

    Super fun day for sure.

    Thanks to Andy and Alex for the shuttle ride up

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