December 30, 2006

Weather Scrubs Flight of Chicago Bloggers

DiamondStar.jpgThis morning I picked up fellow aviation blogger, Midway Six (Cpt. Rod), for a $100 breakfast burrito adventure. Capt. Rod flies regularly out of Midway as part of the Civil Air Patrol and also for his personal aviation through Midway Aviators. Today we planned on flying Midway Aviator's Diamond Star DA-40 which Rod has flown many times before. The Diamond Star is the four place sister plane to the Diamond Eclipse DA-20 I have enjoyed flying a few times.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate again today. It was the third flight this month that was been cancelled due to weather. The flight was scrubbed due to low visibility and low ceilings. But, I did get to fly a few days ago so I was not too let down (more on that in a moment).

Although we did not get to our destination Morris Municipal Airport (C09), we did get to enjoy some time talking about aviation and checking out some planes on the tarmac while we hoped the weather would improve. We took a look at the Civil Air Patrol's Cessna 182 and Rod showed me around the Diamond Star which looks like a roomier version of the Eclipse.

It was fun being back on the general aviation tarmac at Midway and makes me wonder whether it would be a good place to be my home base for flying. Just a few days prior I took a brief flight out of the newly renamed Chicago Executive Airport, formerly Palwaukee. I flew with Alex of the Windy City Flyers flight club. We spent most of our time reviewing the ground paperwork necessary to be checked out to rent Windy City Flyer aircraft.

Once that was completed there was not enough time to do a full checkout flight so we took a Cessna 172 SP up and flew around the pattern a few times while practicing some landings including a short field landing simulation. Alex and I have a Cessna 172 SP scheduled for next weekend so I can perform a full checkout ride so I can rent planes from Windy City Flyers.

Here is hoping January's weather is more cooperative than December's.

Posted by at December 30, 2006 4:31 PM

That Diamond Star is NICE. Thanks for the post...


Posted by: Justin (Aircraft) Renkin at January 11, 2007 11:15 AM