December 16, 2006

KPWK 161952Z 20012KT 6SM HZ OVC014 = No VFR Flying Today

As I mentioned in my last post I was planning on flying today. All week it looked like the best weather would fall on Saturday. The temps were supposed to rise up into the 50s with no forecast for rain. But, when I woke up and looked out the window it was overcast. I pulled up the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to check the weather for Palwaukee Municipal Airport (KPWK) and saw the weather was not any better there and not forecasted to improve.

It is just after 2pm and I was due to fly at 3pm. The current METAR report (METeorological Aerodrome Report) stated "KPWK 161952Z 20012KT 6SM HZ OVC014". Which translates to "Conditions at Palwaukee Airport on December 16th at 1952 Zulu (1:52pm Central) - winds from 200 degrees at 12 knots with 6 miles of visibility, haze, and overcast at 1,400 feet. Since, I don't have an instrument license I fly under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) and for the type of VFR manuevers and flying I was hoping to do today would require a ceiling higher than 1,400 feet. So, I have rescheduled my flight for next weekend. Always a bummer to have to cancel a flight but it is part of general aviation.

Maybe I will stop by the book store to check out one of Clyde Edgerton's other books. I asked him as pilot what other books of his I might enjoy. He suggested "For aviation people, The Floatplane Notebooks and In Memory of Junior are the two I'd recommend. They each have some significant flying in them."

Posted by at December 16, 2006 3:21 PM

Check out:
Air America by Christopher Robbins - explains in depth the risks those men took in Laos flying for the CIA.

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum - A first hand account of a very young (17) aviator joining the RAF just at the start of WWII and his amazing missions.

Posted by: John Keating at December 17, 2006 12:03 AM

Thanks John for the book suggestions. I will check those out!

Posted by: Todd at December 17, 2006 11:44 AM