Saturday Morning Scud


Ceilings have lifted to broken clouds at 1100, but the visibility is reporting 2.5 miles – so still legally IFR. Meanwhile every parking aisle with airplanes has one lined up at the edge of the taxiway, on “Ready Alert”.

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.


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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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