October 11, 2010
Fall Foliage: A Perfect Excuse to Fly
Fall is my favorite season for flying. A combination of mild weather for preflight of the airplane, enjoying the cool breeze entering the cockpit from an open window and the view of autumn's magnificent show of colors is the perfect combination for me. This past weekend Northern Wisconsin experienced their peak weekend for the annual fall show of colors. There are numerous scenic drives in the Door County Peninsula that show off the brilliance of this season, though the best view requires getting airborne.
I rented a Cessna 172 from MaxAir, the new Fixed Based Operator at the Sturgeon Bay Cherryland Airport, and flew an oval circuit around the Door County peninsula. The Cessna is a great aircraft for fall foliage flights because the raised wings give you an unobstructed view of the colors below. The conditions were perfect for the flight. At both Sturgeon Bay and Ephraim-Fish Creek Airport the winds were calm with great visibility and high ceilings. In the air the ride was smooth and I enjoyed flying most of the flight with the pilot side window open and taking in a nice smooth and cool fall breeze.
I was not surprised that on such a beautiful afternoon, I was not the only one with the idea of enjoying the fall colors from above. The skies were crowded at times as were the patterns at the two uncontrolled airports I visited during the flight. However each pilot seemed to be operating with their "A Game" as all pilots were on the same page and communicating their intentions clearly, which was nice.
Pilots if you haven't already, get out and enjoy the show. Aviation enthusiasts and future pilots what better time to take an introductory flight and learn about flying with one of the greatest backdrops below.Posted by Todd McClamroch at October 11, 2010 10:49 PM