It’s been somewhat breezy in California’s vast Central Valley this past week but the winds died down this past Sunday evening and I took advantage. I loaded up my powered parachute and high-tailed it out to New Jerusalem Airport. I got off the ground at about 6pm. The winds near the ground were mildly rowdy, and I mean mildly. As I climbed up through 300 feet MSL ( above mean sea level), the air became silky and warm.
I brought along my Icom VX-6R Ham radio HT (handi-talkie) to try to make an aeronautical contact. I was circling the field and called out on the SARA repeater frequency. I got an immediate call back from KM6MHT. A gentleman by the name of Mike whom I talk to on the radio every now and again on my commute home. He said I was pretty scratchy but readable but since we both heard each other we can log it. Since the radio was so heard to hear I decided to just put it away and enjoy the evening flight.
I flew around the New Jerusalem area (just southeast of Tracy, California) and enjoyed the sunset. The air was perfect, there was no traffic, it was so peaceful. I shot three landings for practice and then decided to put my PPC away before it got dark. It was then that I found the only flaw in my day… the mosquitoes! I put my PPC away in record time and jumped into my pickup truck to escape the onslaught. It was a perfect end to the weekend.