Go in Crosswinds Aloft (+0
Richard's test flight this morning found strong crosswinds at 1,000 feet. Flying in such winds would mean over three hours to the next stop. The birds would also need to fight bumpy, "trashy" air down low. So Richard landed and the pilots tied down their planes for today in Pike County, Alabama.
Pilot Brooke describes what happened when they ran into “trashy” conditions yesterday: "As the trike bounced around, the birds began to get discouraged. On we went, trying to coax climb and follow out of this increasingly disgruntled flock. “Where is the smooth air you promised?" they peeped from behind and to the side of me. Finally five broke off and flew to Richard a hundred yards behind me and we all continued to claw our way out of the trash. At 1,000 feet we got our 30 mph push and at 1,500 feet it got smooth and the flight became an effort of peace and harmony.Skipping the next stop with this tailwind was a no brainer." No such luck today—but life is good.