The forecast for soaring was generally good with a high buoyancy to wind shear ratio ( 3rd chart on the Dr Jacks page).  And the thermal index that morning was very good with lift up to above 9000ft based on 78 degrees.  The high reached 80.

I got out late from work and the Blaniks were both out.  Steve Stevens started off towing Don Meyer on a solo flight.  Bob Dyer was next in the L-33.  Steve Stevens was next up in the L-23.  Pat Greenwood was next up in the L-23 and was up for 43 minutes.  Jim Clark took the L-33 up with camera mounted on the wing and I think he landed with it still attached.  After a reversal of battery polarity knocked out my vario and radio in the Russia, I was next up with a borrowed radio ( thanks Don) and backup vario built in the Oudie GPS.  The GPS vario is not compensated but keeping a steady speed yielded good vario readings.  Lift was good with climbs up to 500ft per minute and was reaching at least 8000ft, my highest altitude.  I located the little air strip near the Elkhorn river just SE of Arlington.  This makes a good emergency field if heading west.  While I was up Pat Greenwood took a pattern tow with Whitt.  Jim took another flight in the L-33.  Jim mentioned over the radio that an airliner passed over the field.  I was near the field and never saw it – got to get a PCAS.  It turns out Daryl Hickman was on the flight and got a nice picture of the Pawnee and L-23 on the runway.  Don took the L-23 up for the hanger flight.  I landed last after a 1 hour and 45 minute flight.  Lift was still very good but I had to return Dons radio.

So, the thermal forecast was very accurate.  We didn’t get any CU forming since the air was so dry.  A great way to start of spring soaring.