Stuck in Yankton Again (Yea!)

Like farmers talking about the weather, pilots and crew have been enjoying great hospitality at Yankton, South Dakota's Chan Gurney Municipal Airport while waiting out the thunderstorms pin wheeling around OSH and AirVenture. An epic OSH arrival event when clear weather arrives is in the making.
Like farmers talking about the weather, pilots and crew have been enjoying great hospitality at Yankton, South Dakota's Chan Gurney Municipal Airport while waiting out the thunderstorms pin wheeling around OSH and AirVenture. An epic OSH arrival event when clear weather arrives is in the making.

If you ever needed a weather magnet just throw a fly-in... as anyone headed to AirVenture today can tell you. With the rest of the country clear for flying, AirVenture has a nice big, lazy low pressure rain vacuum slowly circling the field. Meanwhile, eager would-be AirVenture attendees are piling up north, south, east and for us, west of Oshkosh. Continue reading "Stuck in Yankton Again (Yea!)"

The Days Before

While AirVenture doesn't officially start until Monday, the three or four days before are really my favorite. It's the time of gathering, the time of preparation. Volunteers have been on site for weeks - some for more than that. I arrived Thursday evening to find the grounds prepared, signs up, rows of aircraft parking prepared... and none of that happens by itself! I enjoy showing up a couple of days early because I get to spend time with my friends who do all of that work. We get to sit and talk before the tsunami of airplanes and people that make this the greatest of aviation events arrived with the cacophony of thousands of flying machines. Continue reading "The Days Before"

Reviewing the NOTAM

If you've been flying in to AirVenture since it was still just called "Oshkosh," you probably have the arrival and departure procedures down cold. There are minor changes or additions to the NOTAM each year of course - but I can't really recall a major change to the procedures themselves in years. Every year we hear suggestions for improvement, but overall, they tend to work pretty well, and I think the powers that be figure more people would mess up if they were changed than if they leave them as they are and just deal with the occasional deviation. Thats' just a guess of course - I have no inside knowledge of how the procedures or book are created. Continue reading "Reviewing the NOTAM"