Bob had texted me around 7am inquiring if I was busy this morning. Me busy? wait for it........I'm retired I got nutin' to do. While I usually am up from 5am on, today after taking care of Ziva dog I crawled back into bed and passed out. I did manage to respond around 8am so I guess that wasn't to bad.
I was at the hangar and wheels up at 9:09am! Todays forecast was calling for strong winds later in the day, we wanted to be current and transport complete before the winds kicked up.
TAF KSBY 302331Z 3100/3124 28005KT P6SM SCT250 FM310900 24004KT P6SM BKN150 FM311500 23014G24KT P6SM BKN250 FM311800 21020G28KT P6SM BKN100 FM312200 13015G21KT P6SM BKN100=
TAF KSBY 310520Z 3106/0106 25006KT P6SM BKN250 FM311500 23014G24KT P6SM BKN250 FM311800 21020G28KT P6SM BKN100 FM312300 25015KT P6SM BKN070 FM010200 31012KT P6SM BKN100=
I made a nice landing at 58M and taxied clear for a helicopter practicing auto-rotations. It was great to say hello to the guys in the shop and sit a spell with Roger.
|RT 90 Bridge OCMD|
|Twin Spans...my 'former' employer DRBA|
KOXB 311853Z AUTO 20012G24KT 10SM CLR 12/02 A2972
By this time in the day the winds were there to say hello. This was one of the worst rides and my back spasms are reminding me as I sit and type this. I could not slow down enough to be safe, I was getting hit from all sides hard enough that my shoulder and lap belt would gouge me. Add in tail slides and you get the idea of my rodeo ride. I finally announced my position for landing at OXB and made a sweet one wheeler into the crosswind and then sat the other main down followed by the nose. I was thinking this would have been a flatsville special but I did a nice job. I'm starting to feel like I belong in the left seat again.
I tucked 08Romeo in her hangar with a very full belly of fuel. I'm loaded up and ready for my MAESSR flight Thursday morning, KOXB KILG KOFP KOXB. Pictures and a report to follow.