Pilots are sitting in their airplanes this morning at Wittman field, waiting on the IFR conditions to lift so that the mass exodus from AirVenture can begin. The field was VFR first thing in the morning, but low clouds rolled in about 0715, grounding all but IFR departures. Airplanes are untied, luggage is packed, and all that is needed is a thousand and three to begin launching. Everyone wants to be first on the taxiway of course, but we expect the exit to be orderly due to the outstanding performance of the crack ATC team and EAA volunteer ground handlers.
It’s 1020, and the rotating beacon on top of the tower is still flashing, telling everyone that we aren’t quite there yet—but the TAF is encouraging, calming in that we’ll be (marginal) VFR by 1100.