One of the interesting things about soaring is that although most of one's flying is done solo or at most in pairs, it's still a group activity. A soaring club is a cooperative group that works together to help each other learn to fly, to fly for fun and experience, and to expand their knowledge and skill. Stephen Covey says "Interdependence is a higher value than independence," and a soaring club is a great example of how working together can lift everyone a little higher. Here are just a few of the ways we all helped each other and learned from each other throughout this weekend:
- C and R showed P and M some of the local landout sites.
- M helped L put the wings on his ship.
- L and M repaired a broken battery wire while R prepared to fly.
- R installed a connector on an oxygen mask hose while P and M waited in line to launch.
- L filled the O2 tank while C prepared to fly.
- R charged the batteries for both ships overnight.
- P took M on his first high-altitude glider flight - also his first cross-country flight - also his longest flight - and boosted M's interest in soaring after some frustrating delays in training.
- We all pushed and pulled the gliders from one end of the runway to the other when the wind shifted direction... twice...
- R showed P how to use the new Borgelt B400 vario in the Grob 103.
- C loaned his van to pilots' wives for activities in town.
- R loaned his truck to L to haul equipment around.
- J loaned his multimeter to L for some testing.
- R showed C how to use the memory mode on the PW5 radio.
- L loaned his tools for various repairs.
- R loaned P his radio charger.
- All members and their wives pitched in for some delicious dinners.
C got a 2.5 hour flight to over 14,000 feet. P and M got a 3-hour flight out over Kelso Valley and back. L went farther and faster but had to return due to an oxygen system failure. J and B and D and others had fun flights into the southern Sierras. A very successful weekend trip!