|The ASK-21 that I flew during the test|
I am so happy to have earned this rating. Now I can start learning how to better keep the glider aloft and actually go places. I have begun reading Helmut Reichmann's wonderful Cross-Country Soaring (Streckensegelflug) which recently went back into print.
On Friday, I went to the field to help crew for another club member's checkride and hadn't planned to fly due to the oppressive heat and humidity. Cu's were popping, though, and when the opportunity arose to make the put-away flight in the Grob 103, I jumped on it. A fellow club member was brave/crazy enough to hop in back as my first passenger and we launched. After tanking up in a few good thermals north of the airport we went sightseeing. It was cool to cruise along Skyline Drive near Linden VOR at 75 knots. As a solo-endorsed student, I was advised not to stray too far from the airport, and it felt good to finally be free of those restrictions. We managed to get a solid hour of flying in and had to pull the spoilers to get down.