It's been an unusually warm winter in Northeast Ohio this season. Sure, we've had some pretty good snowstorms, but they are promptly followed by a warm front that melts everything. As a result, there's been no persistent snowpack. This, of course, means no snow banks at The Home Base, and the runway is dry as a bone.
So, when another high pressure system arrived this past weekend, The IFR Pilot was saddened when other commitments meant no weekend flying. February flight time is a relatively rare thing around here. The logbook shows only 26 hours logged in Februaries from 2001 (when I started flying full-time) through 2011, and no February time at all in 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2010.
Fortunately, the Aviation Fates smiled on me yesterday, when I was able to scoot from work early and head out for a little takeoff and landing practice before a 7:00 p.m. airport board meeting. Best of all, the suction cup mount for the Nflightcam had arrived, so I was able to test the camera in flight.
There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and so there's a bit of overexposure/sun glare in these videos, but I suspect they aren't too awful to post, particularly when accompanied by the twin disclaimers of "I'm no video pro" and "This was my first time using this thing." (Oh, and I know, I need to clean the windscereen.) Thus properly disclaimed, I offer the following for your vicarious aviating pleasure:
I just wish we had one of these for The Great Alaska Flying Adventure of 2005...