It was hot all day and 89 degrees when I got to the field at 6:45. I took my time setting up to let the air mellow. At 7:15 I had set up with my new A Assists and blew the first launch. The keeper I had used to attach the ratchet to the Assist wasn’t strong enough and it blew out. I reattached them with heavy zip ties and tried again. This time I wish I had someone with a video camera. The wing hung back and so I reached up and gave the assists a little help. I must have got a better push with the right arm because the wing shot up but was only flying on the right side. I looked to the left and the whole left side was hanging down like a limp dick but the air was still and I had lots of room so I backed off the throttle and coaxed the wing back up with a few pulls on the brake. It was the longest roll out and take off since the time in Meadow Lake with the 23 hp Briggs.
The air was OK until I got to 500 feet where there was a layer of rowdy air. I powered through that and found good air at 1000 feet AGL. I went South and West until I found my self at Boulder Reservoir I was at 6000 feet MSL and there wasn’t a puff on the lake so I descended to about 200 feet AGL and cruised the shoreline. When I got over the Marina area it started to get bumpy so I climbed out and started back.
About half way home I encountered a headwind and was flying at 10 to 15 mph. The air temp dropped several degrees and I was feeling “puffs which is not normal. I was able to pick up speed by crabbing but it still took a long time to get back to Vance Brand. The wind had shifted from Northerly to Easterly and I was about 1 and a half miles west of the field when I encountered some really nasty air. I was starting to get some minor tip collapses and being bounced up and down 50 to 100 feet at a time. Earlier I’d flown through some patches of big lift and sink but that was at 6500 ft. It was a whole different story at 300 feet and it stayed that way all the way back to the field.
The landing was very steep and after touch down I pulled a couple of yards of the right brake to disable the wing.