Oct 8, 2011
We don't get this many good days in October so we just had to take
advantage of it. 78°F? Wow. And so advantage I took. Tim and I went up
to the polo field, meeting with a number of Chicago area pilots. Lance
had been nearby, buying equipment for his growing empire, and stopped in
for flying. I'd been giving helicopter rides earlier in the afternoon
and didn't have time to drive up there with the paramotor so Tim and I
flew the helicopter. Lord knows it was already warmed up.
Lane Reed is a wheel pilot who is taking his first strides into foot
launch and did a splendid job in a light wind condition.
It was great to see Dave Moore get airtime. Local host of our IPPGA
website and Ham Radio guru, Gadget Gary, posed for some flying pictures.
He made that look good!
Thanks to Lance for letting me take a quick couple spins on his nice
running Top 80 and "well loved" Spice 22. By the time most of us flew
the air had settled nicely. I did a couple light-wind reverses but, with
the 4 mph wind it wasn't that bad pulling them off.
As usual I departed right around sunset since I hate flying at night
in a single engine aircraft. The whole "where do you go when it quits"
question seems to have turned me into a chicken. Why now, at nearly 50
years ole, and after flying hundreds of single-engine night hours, does
it bother me so? Who knows. Maybe I feel like I've dodged enough bullets
already and want to minimize the bullseye on my chest.