Joys of fall flying

Posted by on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

Since the last post, our weather has turned decidedly fall like.  We’ve had snow, cold winds, and freezing rains. 

This weather brings, wet feet, cold hands, soggy clothes and a desire to be flying in the summer.


De-icing the aircraft before we fly is both required by law and common sense.  The effort requires waiting for the temps to reach at least freezing so the water doesn’t re-freeze and then using lots of water to melt the ice and snow from the wings. Water is warmer than ice or snow if you recall basic chemistry but can quickly become either if the temps are right.  Five gallon buckets, hoses, pumps and determination are evident around our docks.  This has been a daily ritual since last Thursday.  The delays are unavoidable in getting the aircraft moving and the hot chocolate supply is getting low.  

You may not have noticed, but I typed this rather slowly since my fingers are still frozen.   Actually I never was fast on the key board but my two typing fingers work better when warm. 

The aircraft are off.  Another hot chocolate and dry clothes and I will be ready to conquer the rest of the day.