40 Knot Headwinds Suck!

Hey, I wanted to FLY this weekend and boy, did I get my wish! 13.5 Hours total flight time. I was part of a group of 14 airplanes circling Lake Michigan and we had a blast – even with this mornings 40 knt headwinds. I was up at 5:00 a.m. at St. Ignace, Michigan this morning, pilot briefing in the motel parking lot at 6:00 and in the air at 7:00 a.m. No rest for the weary when there’s weather lurking a few miles to the north.

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I was the first to taxi to the end of runway 25 this morning. I snapped this shot at  83D, St. Ignace Airport at 7:05 a.m. as I did my run-up. Is this going to be a great day or what!

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Our first leg was incredibly slow – 49 knots for the first 110 mile leg. Nothing like getting passed by the cars on the 2-lane below you! We had a severe headwind south bound and were getting slammed around like crazy until someone got the bright idea to climb a little higher. Turned out that flying at 3000′ put us in smooth air and although our ground speed didn’t improve much, at least we weren’t getting slammed around much.

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It was a cool day with people on the beaches waving at our band of 14 airplanes as we flew low and very slow down the beaches.

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We passed mile after mile of sandy beaches and mountains of sand being overrun by 4 wheelers, pickup trucks and more, everybody having fun in the sun today!

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Sure was one spectacular trip. One truly fun weekend of flying, making new friends and flying with a cool group of pilots and their airplanes.

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