Sunday, December 17, 2017

Seven Degrees

Date Aircraft Route of Flight Time (hrs) Total (hrs)
17 Dec 2017 N21481 SDC (Sodus, NY) - local flight 1.0 1746.1

Nothing says "let's go flying" quite like 7°F!

It was cold, clear, and calm at 7:30 am. I had to shovel snow away from the hangar door and Yaktrax were necessary for traction when pulling the Warrior onto the icy ramp. As expected, aircraft performance was outstanding and I used the time to practice some steep turns, simulated engine out landings, short and soft field take-offs and landings, and some regular-old touch and goes.

It is rare to see clear ice on Sodus Bay (it's usually snow-covered), rarer still to see the reflections of morning clouds in that ice.

Cold weather flying is good for the soul.


  1. Beautiful picture with the reflection of the clouds. Our piston pounders sure do like chilly weather, our passengers not so much.

    Heaters are on for some afternoon flight time today.

    1. They do indeed! The negative thousands of feet density altitude made the Warrior quite a rocket ship.

      I hope you get out today. A group of us wanted to fly Saturday morning, but falling snow made that a bust. Since the airplane was already pre-heated, I just left the heat going until Sunday morning. I'm glad that I did! The reflections of the clouds on the bay ice were more spectacular in person than the photograph shows.