So, I might as well throw my flight report in.
In these times of COVID we want to maintain social distancing
so I decided to just make it a day trip to the FOD. The trip
from Southern Illinois Airport, KMDH, to KWDG is 417 nautical
miles. I left Carbondale right before the tower opened and
flew for about half an hour on top of some broken low-lying
fog. I had updated my Garmin 196 database day before, but
when I got to the airport I was dismayed to find that Oklahoma
was not in it. Since I last updated the database, they split
the USA into two halves. Carbondale is on the right side and
Enid was in the wrong side. So I just used Avare on my tablet
which was fine. It was nice and smooth and I used flight
following so Sandy could follow my progress. It was a good
trip. Two hours and 45 minutes. Bruce said he was following me
on FlightAware I said I was doing about 200 miles an hour.
My Dynon was showing 180 mph TAS.
I made it to Enid just in time to say hello and
then goodbye to Dave Dugas and the rest of his pit crew.
It was nice hanging around with the remainder of
the group and a nice pizza was served up by Honey Lamb. I also
was awarded a nifty little trophy for the High Time Quickie.
I'm showing 2,080 hours right now.
I departed a little before 3:00, it was quite a
bit bumpier than the arrival trip. You can see looking on
FlightAware (N202SH) the morning flight was a lot straighter
than the bumpy afternoon flight. You can also tell that I
don't have an autopilot. The headwind was about on my nose,
so I was only making about 150 kts. groundspeed, sometimes
About 80 miles out, I flew directly over the
Pauhuska H76 airport at 5,500 feet, I could see Dave's yellow
truck still in front of the hanger. This was about 3:30 in the
My engine is producing some noise over the
radio, which made it challenging to pick up all the
frequencies that ATC was giving me. I'll have to work on that
one, it might have something to do with my electronic
Further along, there were some beautiful
cumulus, making the ride very very pretty. Enid to Carbondale
landed at the 3-hour mark. The runway next to our T-hangers
sure looks skinny compared to the Enid runway.
So it was a good day with almost six hours of
flying and I was rewarded with a beautiful wife and an adult
About 9:00 the next morning, I got a call from
Dave dugas, and he was in Dayton Ohio already! Turns out he
drove most of the night, with just a 2-hour nap in there
somewhere. What a madman.
Thanks again to Bruce and Joanne you guys did a
great job as usual. I wonder who's going to take care of it