Rippling gusts played with the newly forming leaves in the trees. The moving air went across the short strands of wheat in the nearby fields, like waves over a tossed pond surface.
Checking the local weather, even with gusts to 26mph, I had to do it.
|Dusk approaches, takeoff, strut view.|
Everywhere I look, I see the sea of wheat. I see the wind rippling through it. I see the shadows. I see the green.
|Sea Of Wheat|
I make four or five touch and goes. They are challenging: the gusts are testing my alertness on the controls. My UltraCub cuts through them.
|View of our fields|
1) Yes it was very windy. The UltraCub did fine, but I made all takeoffs and landings with zero flaps. This is unusual.
2) The slow stall speed of the UltraCub is an advantage for the very short ground roll, both on takeoff and landing.
3) All my turns in the air were very flat and measured.
4) Climbouts were also flat so as to gain airspeed and ensure against a gust caused stall.
5) You can see the three pointer landing at full stall working to my advantage. When the plane stalled, I was as slow as possible and the gusts on the ground no longer made a difference.
6) I am a high time pilot with sharp taildragger skills. This is dangerous stuff and I was above our recommended Belite conditions. You do it at your own risk, OK? That’s what our liability agreement says anyway.
7) It was beautiful. Gust Kiss Land.