Wrapped Up and Cozy

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Continuing where I left off, I was having an internal debate on whether to stay or flee the ground of Oshkosh AirVenture with my GlaStar from the severe thunderstorms which were forecast for Wednesday night. Hail was my biggest worry. Before I could make a decision, some of my GlaStar friends had the bright idea to acquire some carpet padding from a hardware store in town, so I was down to give it a try!

The store sold 45-foot rolls which worked out perfectly for the GlaStar’s wingspan and tail. At 42 cents per square foot, it was worth a try, so we acquired a truck and went to town to load up the padding.

John and Eric carrying the load while I had the important task of bringing the tape.

Others used movers blankets, and I saw people using everything from cardboard, to bubble wrap, to blanket stuffing. Many of the aircraft in Vintage and in the STOL area outfitted their leading edges with star-shaped pool noodles to spoil the lift.

We weren’t the only ones with the idea! Wrapping the planes was an almost comical experience, but it sure made me feel better to be doing something about the potential threat of hail.

With my GlaStar, I chose to cover the aluminum and hope for the best. The running joke in our Homebuilt camping row was that we saved them all through our efforts by ensuring it would in fact—not hail—after going though so much trouble. We secured the tent, checked our Claw tie-downs, and hunkered down!

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As the worst of the storms encroached on the grounds that night, I couldn’t tell if the rain or the wind was responsible for the giving our tent a case of the leans.

Eventually the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning which was eerily blasted over the campground’s loudspeakers. That’s when Eric and I grabbed our stuff and ran to a friend’s house nearby with a basement. We waited there for an hour or so before heading back to camp around 1:00am to see how everything fared. We found no hail, no flipped planes, and mostly intact tents. We made it, Oshkosh!

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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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. As a resident of Oshkosh, I’m glad the storm wasn’t too bad for our EAA guests. A few towns over and to the south I hear it was much worse! I guess all that trouble you went through made it move on!

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