By Jeff Struthers
The flight conditions for this month’s Electroglide were not the best but were typical for this time of year. There was a breeze of 5 mph from the North East under a thinning marine layer, temperatures in the low 60’s and only two pilots!
I suppose the warmth of Lakeside and the swap meet at Weedwackers drew our otherwise stout pilots. But Scott and Fred showed up to add points to the year-end prize totals.
The times of the first two flights were on the short side, with Scott Vance getting flights of 3:50 and 3:10 minutes. Fred Daugherty picked up the Lucky Dog on his 2:20 and 2:15 minute flights, plus two 10 point landing scores.
The third launch found some lift coming off the bay to the north. Scott got a flight of 6:03, a landing in the bull’s eye for an extra 30 points, plus he was the first pilot down. This gave him a max score of 90 points. Can’t get any better than that! I was flying by that time and got a flight of 6:28 with 10 landing points. Fred had the longest flight of 6:50 with 20 landing points. Close flight times and good landings by all. That was a fun round.
The fourth and final launch found the lift moving south, closer to our field. Scott had the longest flight of 5:40, Fred had 4:40 and I had the lucky dog at 4:03, plus a 10 point landing bonus.
Scott and Fred tied their scores for first place at 166. I came in second at 123. Granted, there were only three pilots flying, but hey, it’s still second place.
The next Electroglide is scheduled for April 16th.
See you there,