Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

This place is huge! I did some walking to see the nearby exhibits, then took the "public transportation" to see the farther away exhibits. One of these exhibit halls had penants displaying award winning aircraft of years past and one of those penants was N11018's sister ship: Arden Hjelle's N117A.

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Today was the day. I barely slept last night because flying into Wittman Regional on Day 1 of Airventure isn't something you "just do". There's a 30-page NOTAM published with some pretty specific instructions on how arrivals should be conducted which includes mandatory instruction from ATC.

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According to some stories I was told, folks had difficulty flying in to Airventure 2018 because of poor weather with the visibility getting as low as 1 mile at throughout the day. This caused many pilots to rethink their Airventure 2019 travels by planning to arrive a day early and wouldn't you know...

Day 2 on my trip to Oshkosh. I woke up to a peaceful, quiet morning. No breeze to be felt. The sun was absent through a deck of scattered cumulus that extended as far east as I could see. I went to the pilot's lounge to brush my teeth and drink some coffee while checking the weather for the next leg...

Day 1 on my trip to Oshkosh. Crossing the Bitterroots was not fun. I had one hand gripping the crossmember and the other on the control stick, constantly correcting for all the turbulence. I landed in Three Forks, MT (9S5) for my first fuel stop. The windsock was pointed straight out, blowing about...

I depart for Oshkosh tomorrow and since my Tailwind was painted Cub Yellow by a business that builds Super Cubs, they said I should "represent" by having a Cub lightning bolt on the cowl. Nobody wanted to pay for a legitimate decal so this one was hastily fashioned in-house from black tape.

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