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Well it has almost been a month and I was getting a bit antsy about not being in the cockpit. I was scheduled to fly this Sunday October 18th, but there is a Nor’easter headed toward the Boston area. We just had one slide through yesterday …. so my only hope was to find an available aircraft and get out there this morning. So I rushed down to the airfield and booked an aircraft.  Back to working full-time is great but definitely hinders the flight time …. especially with such unpredictable weather lately.

I wasn’t exactly sure where or when the weather was going to move in, but sure enough the winds where already out of the northeast between 8 to 12 knots with gusts up to 15 from variable directions.  Luckily the winds were from anywhere from 40 – 70 degrees so there was not a lot of crosswind on runway 5.  But I didn’t really do any flight plans so I was going to stay in the traffic pattern and just practice doing some touch and gos.  I needed the work and every time through the pattern the ATC provided a wind check …. and I didn’t even ask.  They were doing that today for virtually every aircraft landing since the winds were so unpredictable.   The gusts from any and all directions were the most unpredictable. 

Well Runway 5 is not one that I use very often … so it was a good day to fly the pattern and get use to the nuances.  They had us doing right traffic all day and the runup has really tight quarters compared to the other runways here at Hanscom.  Well I got my fix and I hope next weekend I can go somewhere fun and enjoy the foliage …. of course after this nor’easter we may have no leaves on the trees here in Massachusetts.

Landing on RWY 5

Landing on RWY 5

Colleague Landing with clouds moving in

Colleague Landing with clouds moving in