Getting out of Dodge?

To dodge the weather.

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With the oncoming threat of severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening, many pilots are leaving the area with their aircraft for the night, or even heading home early.

Image: NOAA

I too am having that internal debate to do the same with my GlaStar, with the biggest worry being hail. Homebuilt camping is beginning to look very empty around here! As a reminder, the definition of a severe thunderstorm is, “a thunderstorm that produces one inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour.” Other pilots are, instead of leaving, taking measures to install canopy and wing covers.

On the flip side, arrivals are still flowing in, but not quite as fast as the departures seem to be flowing out. (This is actually not unusual for a Wednesday.) I haven’t heard word on what will happen with the night airshow. (Late note: The airshow was canceled.) Stay tuned, AirVenture!

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From a small farming town in North Carolina, Amy discovered aviation through a Young Eagles flight in 2010. Now she is a commercial pilot, CFI, and aviation enthusiast. She owned a Cessna 150 for 7 years and now co-owns a GlaStar. Amy served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in the Pacific Northwest, and is now attending a full-time program for her A&P license in Colorado, where she and her GlaStar "Woodstock" get to enjoy the sunny weekends at high altitude.

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