Getting out of Dodge?

To dodge the weather.


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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Amy White
Amy discovered aviation through a Young Eagles flight in 2010. Now she is an airline pilot, CFII, aircraft owner, and A&P. She owned a Cessna 150 for seven years and now co-owns a GlaStar with her fiancé, Eric. Amy served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years, but now lives in Colorado where she and her GlaStar “Woodstock” enjoy the sunny days at high altitude.


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