Too Windy Aloft (+ 0 Miles)
West winds at 40 to 50 mph aloft stall the migration in Chilton County again today. Are you counting? After 813 miles, this is the ninth day they haven't been able to depart this stopover. Don't give up! Liz reports from camp: "If the current forecast holds, we should have a decent chance of flying tomorrow."
Meanwhile, the long migration means team member Walt can't stay to the finish. Now the team welcomes another long-time volunteer, Gerald Murphy, to help. Gerald was thrilled to be invited to fly as spotter in top cover pilot Jack Wrighter's Cessna 172 aircraft. Gerald said, "We take off very shortly after the ultralights launch. We hang back until the birds are released, and then we fly circles over the ultralights and cranes at an altitude of around 1,000 to 1,200 feet above them. In the top cover aircraft we often make 25-30 circles before getting to the next stop. Our purpose is to keep an eye on the birds, ultralights, and upcoming potential hazards. We also stay in touch with various control agencies to clear all of us through restricted airspace if necessary."
this a job you'd like? ( You may remember lucky Taylor,
who got to fly in the top cover plane one day.)
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in
cooperation with the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).