A Journal, with Pictures

Heading Home

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Flying

The first group left for the air­port at 7:30 AM Mondy with an eye toward the low ceil­ing. We pre-flight­ed our air­craft and by time we were done the ceil­ings were above our min­i­mums and we called for our clear­ance. Churchill radio did a good job of get­ting us qued up and after delays for spac­ing we were air­born and on our way to Thomp­son above the clouds. Oth­ers flew to Red­lake, or Gil­am or west then on to their des­ti­na­tion. We land­ed in a lit­tle over an hour due to a nice tail­wind, refu­eled, called US Cus­toms and were on our way to Duluth. We were in the clear, then scat­tered clouds, then build-ups with rain some­times heavy. When we were out of the clouds we saw miles of des­o­la­tion and thou­sands of lakes. We touched down in Duluth in three hours and twen­ty min­uets on a beau­ti­ful clear day.

We overnight­ed in Duluth and had din­ner with oth­er Churchill adven­tur­ers plus some oth­er COPA friends. Tues­day we launched at 9:30 AM CDT and enjoyed a beau­ti­ful day with tail winds the whole way. We arrived in Day­ton arround two PM EDT. Great way to fin­ish a great trip, that includ­ed 22 hours of inter­est­ing and some­times chal­leng­ing fly­ing, great COPA peo­ple, new and renewed friend­ships, new sights and experiences.

Our hats off and thanks to Peter Stor­er North Cen­tral Region Gov­er­nor who did the orga­ni­za­tion to set up the trip. Most impor­tant­ly Thanks to Gary Black the COPA vol­un­teer event coor­di­na­tor, the insti­ga­tor and great trip leader.


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