It’s actually very early on Sunday morning. The Mibus Family has decided to drive to the convention instead of fly. We just checked in to a hotel in Madison, Wisconsin for the night and hope to arrive in Saratoga Springs on Monday in time for the Meet and Greet on Monday evening.
Convention Chair, Andy Seligson, sent the first convention pictures. Here’s the first three airplanes that arrived at Short Wings Over Saratoga.
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Well the weather isn’t looking that great for people who are planning to fly in to the convention right now. There’s a stationary front along the east coast which is blocking the weather and keeping rain and thunderstorms over the Great Lakes region.
At this moment, my family is sitting in a nice little FBO in Rushford, Minnesota, about 100 miles from our home base at SkyHarbor Airpark (1MN8). We started out for Saratoga Springs late this morning with the hopes of making it to Ohio today. But the weather forced us to land. So we ordered pizza and now are talking about what we are going to do. Flying our original route looks pretty much impossible. We have discussed flying north and then east. There is a lake in the way, though. We’ve even talked about going up through Canada. And we have talked about, for the first time ever, actually driving to the convention.
Right now it looks like we’re going to fly the Pacer back home and then drive. We’ve never been on a long road trip with the kids before. I think the longest car trip they’ve ever been on is about 4 hours so they are in for a bit of a surprise. It will take us about 20 hours to get to Saratoga Springs by Chevy Impala. We will, however, save quite a bit on fuel and see many sites along the way.
Jerry and Kay Isbell drove to the convention and arrived on Friday (I believe I’m correct on their arrival date). Jerry reported via the SWPC’s Facebook page: “I just visited the airport here to test the driving from the hotel-airport-hotel. Is very easy. Still only one short wing there. The agent at the FBO told me he was advised the number of short wings to expect went from near 50 to 40 and now down to a number in the thirty range.”
So it looks like others are deciding to scrap the flying idea and are driving. The important thing, of course, is for all of us to play it safe!
We’ll be reporting in with more convention information as we get it.
Fly and drive safely and see you in Saratoga Springs!
Pilots are always interested in the weather and Short Wing pilots are no exception! We’re especially interested in the weather when it’s convention time and we have to make go/no-go decisions. Are we going to fly? Decide to drive? Will we decide to drive then wish we would have flown? So many questions and it seems no matter how much we check the forecast the weather does what it wants to do!
My family plans to fly out Saturday morning from Minnesota and overnight in Ohio then head to Saratoga Springs from Ohio on Sunday. That’s our plan, anyway. Right now it’s windy and looking a bit rainy at our house. So we’ll check the forecast yet again tonight and wake up bright and early (okay, we’re not actually good at the bright and early thing) and see what the weather is doing and make a decision on what we do then.