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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Pine and Elkhorn







My first time flying Pine Mt near Ojai. It's a great XC and evening glass off site. The launch is a nice cleared hill next to a good campground with only a few spots. You launch into a valley with a very small, and very shitty looking bailout down below. Fine for a Paraglider, but questionable on a topless glider. Stoked I didn't have to use it.


The idea is go get up and fly over the back into the Lockwood Valley for much better landing options. Even better is to get up and fly XC into the unknown. That was our goal. We had John, Willy, Max and myself the first day with hope of reaching the Eastern Sierra. Laura was our driver and she was up for an adventure. 


Pine is on the right and this is the backside of the mountain. The peak in the far left side of the photo is Frazier Peak. 


My first flight at Pine was great. I decided to fly North on highway 33 to Cayuma peak and into the Cuyama Valley. I thought that everyone else was landing but the rest of the crew got back up and flew east and north into the Central Valley. John had the best flight landing at Bear Mt Road and Highway 99.  Willy and Max landed next to I5 at this spot


I landed at highway 33 and 166 in the Cuyama Valley


The next day it was very windy at Pine so we drive to the Elkhorn Hills. It's a small 400 foot hill. I went first, almost sank out, but finally hooked a good one. I left and went South over the Caliente Range. I crossed the Cuyama Valley but sank out and landed at a private runway called Vosburgh Airfield. John found lift near and continued on to the ranger station back at the base of Pine.  Max landed a few miles from me at the school. Awesome how how John found lift to 13000 starting from a 400 foot hill.






The last day we flew Pine. I went first and almost sank out, but hooked a good one after a long struggle. I left went over the back, over to Pynos peak, then to Frazier when I hit 14000.  My radio quit working and I lost contact with John who was driving for me. I decided to glide out into the Central Valley and landed about 20 miles down on highway 99 and 166. That way John and I could just head home on 166 to the coast. He arrived about 20 minutes later and we left for home.  Great trip.


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