In the previous post, I ought to have noted that the flight I was describing occurred on an auspicious anniversary. Exactly 34 years earlier, on 18 March 1977, Cessna production test pilot Jim Ballard took off from Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport for a 1.3 hour flight in a brand new 182. It was N631S's maiden flight.
For an airplane of a certain age, I think 31 Sierra is holding up rather well!
The weather forecast for tomorrow morning looks good for a flight from KVKX up to KBDR in Connecticut, departing about 12Z. The Terminal Area Forecasts look like this:
KDCA 271723Z 2718/2818 35008KT P6SM FEW050 BKN080 FM272100 32007KT P6SM SCT060 FM280000 VRB04KT P6SM SCT060 SCT250 FM280600 35008KT P6SM SCT150 BKN250 FM281600 32008G15KT P6SM SCT150 KBDR 271722Z 2718/2818 30012G18KT P6SM FEW250 FM272300 31009KT P6SM FEW250 FM281200 32012G18KT P6SM FEW250 FM281700 32014G22KT P6SM FEW250The high clouds will make low temperatures aloft irrelevant and the gusty breezes at KBDR won't be too far off the centerline of Runway 29. FltPlan.com is telling me to expect 1 hour + 54 minutes en route.
an article under this breathless headline: Some Michigan airports leave towers unmanned overnight. Amazing!