Wave Soaring Instructional Flight

In Flights, Journal, Flying by Steve Sliwa

Jim Lee, a soaring competitor on the USA Soaring Team, invited me to go with him on a cross-country wave flight.  We went in his Phoenix U15, which I am expecting to receive a new one in 2024.  Jim is also my hangar neighbor in Minden.

This is my first time actually going on a cross-country flight in wave lift.  In the East, wave conditions are localized, and following a wave for any distance is impossible.

On our flight classic conditions set up on a nearby stretch of the Sierra’s that allowed us to fly over 600 km.  We were blessed with no rotor turbulence, which I am told is unusual.

A trace of the flight can be found here:  link

There is an online annual competition for a 2-hour speed dash across at most 4 legs.  It’s handicapped, and with our low handicap (low-performance sailplane), we may have set the top score for the 2024-2024 season. Time will tell.

Here are some pictures.  Click on one to start the slideshow:

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