|Date||Aircraft||Route of Flight||Time (hrs)||Total (hrs)|
|20 Jan 2020||N21481||SDC (Sodus, NY) - GVQ (Batavia, NY) - 5G0 (Le Roy, NY) - SDC||1.8||2071.9|
Though not particularly deep, the snow was dense enough that this was as far as I could push her before my feet lost traction, even with YakTrax.
Rochester Approach: "Do you have a destination today or are you just out cruising?"
Me: "Just cruising today." In this case, along the Lake Ontario shore.
The visibility was so incredible that I could see Canada on the other side of Lake Ontario from a mere 2,500'. That never happens.
Agricultural fields north of Batavia, NY caught my eye.
Final approach to runway 28 at Genesee County Airport. Believe it or not, there was actually a runway down there under a couple of inches of snow. It was like landing on a pillow.
On the ground at Batavia, I saw a text from Ray indicating that he had just reopened the Le Roy Airport. I hopped over, landed short on the icy surface (practice for Alton Bay), and parked in some really crusty snow. I spent part of an hour riding along with Ray and chatting while he plowed out the airport.
Left base, runway 28, Williamson Sodus Airport. This is the terrain feature that I call "The Hill" and is probably the easiest airport landmark to spot when approaching from the south, a direction from which the airport itself is often invisible.
Home sweet home, runway 28 at the Williamson Sodus Airport.
In the winter, those long elegant wings can be a liability compared to the stubby wings of the original Cherokees. Fortunately, the plow crew pushed this pile back far enough that it was not a problem.
In the end, I got my fix of sun and sky while easing my conscience over being a negligent aircraft owner. That night, I spent time perusing the long range forecast and wondering when I will be able to venture out again (short answer, not any time soon).