Waddell



Sunday I checked the RASP and Waddell looked perfect. Windfinder also said it would be good in the afternoon. When passing Santa Cruz I could already see white caps at 10:40. I decided to skip breakfast and by the time I got past Scott Creek I could already see the ACP's in the air. Turned out to be good all day long. With more pilots in the air than I had ever seen. 

Nick landed his Maule bush plane while we were flying. JT had one 3 hour flight and another 45 min flight. I dove deep into the valley and found more lift. Ended up getting over 1700 and tried to push further back into the valley. An 18 year old new H3 pilot had his first Waddell flight over an hour long. The tourist were really enjoying the show and many stopped to take pictures. One guy flew his drone around and got some shots. The bluff was a happening place on a nice Sunday. 




Waddell Glory

Great turnout at the bluff today with everyone getting smooth fat air. I flew up into the clouds again. It was just like last week.

Glory (optical phenomenon)

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Glory with aircraft shadow in the center.
A glory is an optical phenomenon that resembles an iconic saint's halo about the shadow of the observer's head. The effect is believed to happen due to classical wave tunneling, when light nearby the droplet tunnels through air inside the droplet and, in the case of glory, is emitted backwards due to resonance effects.[1]
The angular size is much smaller than a rainbow, about 5° to 20°, depending on the size of the droplets. The glory can only be seen when the observer is directly between the sun and cloud of refracting water droplets. Hence, it is commonly observed whilst airborne, with the glory surrounding the airplane's shadow on clouds (this is often called The Glory of the Pilot). Glories can also be seen from mountains and tall buildings, when there are clouds or fog below the level of the observer. The phenomenon is related to the optical phenomenon anthelion.


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