|Fernando Silva, preparing for a long flight|
|FS and 6i ready to go|
Delayed launch until 12:55 when cloud base reached 2,400' AGL.
|Fernando with checklist|
We hung around till 13:30 with cloud bases only at 3,200' AGL. Since we had a 9 knot tail wind we left flying in non-racing mode. It was evident that we could not go above the AHN class D so got permission to transit and got as low as 1,800' near Athens but climbed in about 2 knots which turned out to be the typical climb.
|Fernando ready to launch for Spartanburg|
Aimed at Elberton next but deviated towards Anderson SC on a better street. Crossed Lake Hartwell still flying very conservatively at 1.5 McCready. Saw a huge cloud and went for it. Got bumped up really hard, turned and saw we were over a power plant. My vario speaker was screaming for mercy and developed a bad sore throat! Will have to send to CkearNav for repair!
At this point we got to 4,000' cloud base and started to feel racy. Soon we were back to wimp mode crossing a 10 mile blue hole... Ended up on the other side over an old coal fired power plant which was not running! This is when team flying proved invaluable. One of us would mark a 0.5 knotter while the other would test the next cloud. We leap frogged slowly among the half knotters and finally had enough (2,500'AGL) to cross the trees for ten miles towards Triple Tree (the most beautiful airport in North America -- look it up on the web). Past Triple Tree, 6i and I finally had a half decent climb to 4,000' cloud base and I left at 120 knots for a 14 mile final glide. Landed on the grass and waited for Mitch who had decided on a more leisurely final glide speed. Ten minutes later the ground component arrives!!! Perfect! Beers and photos all around...
|L to R: Michael Abell, Mitch Deutsch, Fernandi Silva, Dan Nugent|