Took my friend Ezra out for lunch at a local airport diner. Ezra has flown with me a few times before so this was nothing new. But it was a little windier than normal and I had him do most of the flying between OSU and Grimes-Urbana so we weren’t as stable we might have been.
This left him with a queasy stomach as we came in to land for lunch.
Still, lunch was had, or a late breakfast anyway.
We decided that with the brisk winds and the queasy stomach, that it might be better if I did all the flying back to OSU. We had a nice tailwind coming back so the trip was a few minutes shorter, unfortunately, as you’ll see in a moment, it was not quite short enough…
Here’s a great shot of KOSU and the plane in the pattern to land.
I have been a track coach with the local Special Olympics group for eight years now. At a recent track meet, I found out that one of the fathers is also a pilot and has spent most of his time in recent years in gliders.
He probably cringed at my power management today, but in my defense, it was cross-wind every time and just a small bit gusty. Still, I’ll chalk today up as a learning experience.
Our flight out of KOSU went around Ohio Stadium then downtown Columbus. After that I gave Larry the controls and had him take us over to Grimes-Urbana (I74) and then we did a full-stop landing.
Why a full stop? Because today was the first time I was testing my suction-cup GoPro mount and somehow I forgot to turn the damned thing on. So we stopped at Grimes-Urbana and turned it on. There’s a video of the flight back to KOSU below.
When flying in to I74, there was a lot of traffic. They happen to have a very popular diner there. We came into the pattern on the downwind for runway 20 then turned for final.
Larry got a great shot of the planes lined up and waiting for us to land and get off the runway.
Crosswinds gave us an approach some would call “unstable” but honestly, in a light sport, any uneven wind gives you an unstable approach. The damned thing weighs 700 lbs empty and blows around like a leaf. It’s a good thing the control surfaces are so large.
Anyway, we came down pretty smooth. The only real complaint I had about the landing (besides the power management on approach) was the fact that we gave the gear a bit more side-load than I normally do.
Oh. And the centerline. Ugh.
Anyway, we stopped for a moment, stretched our legs, determined that the GoPro was still suction-cupped to the airplane (and actually started the recording this time) and went back to KOSU.