Good job! You followed the flight plan for a change. Wish I was there with you.
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From: "David Cantrell" <davecantre...@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 3:19 pm
Subject: CPC: Chehalem Flight Report -Sunday
To: "CPC Groups" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It was a party at Chehalem Ridge Sunday, approximately 12 pilots showed up to commit aviation. It was a lee side thermal day. Light winds on launch were over the back at times. Winds in the LZ were mostly light and from the S-SW.
Soarable thermals started triggering by 3pm. Most everyone had a sledder and a couple pilots including my self had an extended sledder initially. I did manage to get above launch for a brief period though on the first flight.
By 4pm most of us were backup on launch for our second flights. Thermals were much stronger and more frequent. Most pilots were getting some short duration flights.
I had the privilege of sharing some thermals close into the ridge with Bill Briskie and Glen Baker for a short while. I have never seen those guys turn so tight before, it was impressive. Bill finally headed away from the ridge, out over the bail-out LZ and was turning 360s while Glen and I were coordinating S-turns to work the tracking thermals close into the ridge when I finally decided to bail out of because it was too much work and go join Bill, who was still turning 360s and maintaining over the bailout.
I found the thermal that Bill marked for me and was able to core up to 2500 ft. at about 200-300 ft/min before it topped out. Bill had fell out of the thermal and nobody else was coming up to join me so I went on glide toward Newberg. My goal was to land at the Jory Bar & Grill and have a celebratory beverage there. Steve Foreslund and I had checked out the Jory during this past winter and had planned to land there someday. The Jory is an upscale place with a pool/Jacuzzis and sunbathing lawn chairs. Well, I was able to make it to the Jory easily after enjoying a couple more thermals along the way.
I saw girls outside sunbathing and there was a LZ in close proximity also, so I couldn’t resist spirally down (slowly) and enjoying the sunbathing suits. I landed in the field beside the Jory, packed up and walked inside the bar to have a celebratory beer. There were a lot of clientele inside who had been watching the landing spectacle from their seats and so, were very welcoming. I called Oleg and he came and retrieved me.
By the way, the Jory Bar & Grill is on Springbrook Dr and Mountain View Dr, off of Hwy 219 (college Street).
Thanks to Oleg for the retrieve.