Two mornings at Vance Brand
Yesterday was good except that I melted a hole in the wing with the muffler. I did a long low approach in nil wind on landing and the wing took a little downwind puff at the last moment I saw it change direction during deflation and tried to scoot the trike forward but just wasn’t fast enough.
I did have some repair tape and a nice large patch so it was no problem to repair it.
This morning was also a nil wind day. At least until I got to 500 feet where there was a 10 mph breeze from the NNE. I tried to catch the balloons and followed them all the way to Louisville before I turned back. Outbound leg was 40 mph … home leg was 20 mph. It was 8:30 when I got back to the field and the thermals were starting to pop. By the time I’d folded the wing and loaded the trike it was blowing hard from the NNE. Long flight!