Sams Glass Off Flight
I met Sam and Vicki in 2010 at Hat Creek just before the 2010 Umpteenth in Lakeview. We met up again at the Umpteenth that year which was having a North and East light wind problem.
After these great flights we hang out camping in some beautiful campground somewhere and tell lots of flying stories. One of my favorite stories is about the many times that I have flown the Sweet and Low to Lakeview glass off. I am always telling pilots about the great smooth and constant lift which allows everyone to fly together and to enjoy the spectacular scenery passing beneath us. The difference between the lift found at Sugar/Sweet and Low in the middle of the day to the evening is huge. While strong lift and high climbs are attainable midday it is difficult for a few friends to stay and fly together in that kind of air and if strong lift is present there is also strong sink lurking somewhere.
Sam listened to stories of these 28 mile smooth air flights and asked me to let him know if the weather looked good for a glass off that week. Unfortunately it did not happen at that time and Sam and Vicki had other places to be. Sam and Vicki made a return to the area in 2011 and we met up and flew together again at the Umpteenth. While we did have some southerly winds this year they were quite light and did not look like promising XC glass offs. We had some great midday flights from Sugar during the Umpteenth and after but Thursday the 7th was the day that looked possible for the glass off run so we abstained from midday flying and found some other activities for the day.
We arrived at Sweet and Low at about 4.30 pm and the wind was strong and gusty as expected but the wind lines on the lake and the wind at launch were about 45 degrees cross and the evening forecast was for winds to be turning WNW which made us wonder if this was what was happening earlier than predicted.
Although this direction still works it is slow going, far better to have a nice strong SW wind to help push you the way you want to go, but as pilots we take the air we are dealt and we kept on creeping towards Lakeview. We managed to fly together most of the time and stopping to find thermals or climb in one spot was not necessary as there was plenty of lift just flying straight.
We maintained good altitude through New Pine Creek fun .