Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

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Eitan Rotbart
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Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

Post by Eitan Rotbart »

Weather looks good, is the group hard enough to fly?
Ryan Khourchid
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

Post by Ryan Khourchid »

I would also like to know if tomorrow is worth driving up to the club or if the ground will still be soaked.
Kenneth Voort
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

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The magic 8-ball says "RUNWAY TOO SOGGY".

We walked out on the runway this morning hoping it would be dry enough, and walked back with a pound of mud caked to our boots.

No flying today.
With grace and beauty, Strength and cunning She’ll stay aloft — until; Inevitably — she loses. And must glide earthward. And lie there helpless, Lovesick for the sky.
Charles Petersen
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

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So, one has to wonder how many days, cancelled because the runway was too wet, would have been flyable if we had it tiled and graded and reseeded?
Doug Carman
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

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Drainage and tiling is high on the priority list!
However, this season has been very wet and normally we would have a decent field until November. Last year we had 7 days of the beginning of November, but this fall sucks.
Charles Petersen
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

Post by Charles Petersen »

A good bet: climate change is not going to improve the excessively wet periods.
Kenneth Voort
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

Post by Kenneth Voort »

Also a good bet: this year was an aberrantly wet season unlikely to be repeated often. We should be basing decisions like this on long-term trends, not a single season.

It would be nice to know though - exactly how many days were cancelled this year due to the runway being too soft? Is there any way to find out?

And what would the plan be if we tile 32/14? Wouldn't that involve taking a substantial piece of it out of service for a year?
With grace and beauty, Strength and cunning She’ll stay aloft — until; Inevitably — she loses. And must glide earthward. And lie there helpless, Lovesick for the sky.
Charles Petersen
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Re: Monday, Oct 11, are we flying?

Post by Charles Petersen »

I'd guess that yes, it would be a 2 stage project. But, at 500' wide, we could operate on 1 half then the other.

And the executive summary of the analysis I've been reading is that the wet will get wetter and the droughts will get driver.
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