Yesterday we experienced what has been this winters rarest of weather events – a sunny day. Not only did the sun shine but, for what seems like the first time in months, it happened on a weekend. Most remarkable of all, I had an airplane reserved for a couple hours on this sunny day. Yes, it’s true, I flew for the first time since December 6th. Georgia and I thought about going to lunch at the CAVU Cafe at Janesville but, ended up just doing a little winter sightseeing.
The Skyhawk I had booked was in an unheated hanger and, I had trouble getting it started. With some help from CFI Sandy, we finally got it running though. I decided I didn’t want to shut it down at Janesville and leave it out in the cold while we went in for lunch. Instead, we got a birds eye view of the snowmobilers on the Chain-O-Lakes, the skiers on Wilmot Mountain and the ice fisherman on Lake Geneva.
Back at Waukegan, I stayed it the pattern for a couple extra landings to maintain my currency to carry passengers. I must say that, even after a two and a half month layoff, they were very good. I had been worried that I would be too rusty and would scare Georgia with a firm one or tw0. On the first one, she said she wasn’t even sure when we touched the ground. The second one was also a greaser but, on number three I felt just a slight bump. Not a hard landing by any means, just not feather light.
Looking at the long range forecast back on Thursday, it seemed that Sunday might be the better day of the weekend. I almost changed from Saturday to today but, I decided to wait and see. It is a good thing I didn’t change. The forecast for today is for sleet, rain, freezing rain and snow. In other words, back to more normal weather.
I finally got back in the air and accomplished what I wanted to, which was to knock off the rust and get in three landings. Georgia and I are leaving for a Caribbean cruise the end of the month. Hopefully, spring will be close by the time we get back. It has been a tough winter for Chicagoland pilots.
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