When I got to the airport, the Chief Instructor was speaking to one of the Aviation Mechanics, whom I knew. The mechanic asked me if I was flying to Brantford (in a joking tone). I said I didn’t plan on it but since I had no planned destination, I could head out that way. He said he had to pick up some glue at Aircraft Spruce . I had to tell him a few times that I would fly out there and pick it up for him – he eventually believed me. He said he would call the store to pay over the phone and have them get the order ready for me. I accepted my mission and headed out.
It was a little windy, but not too bad at around 2000 feet. I got clearance from Hamilton to fly right over their airport. Shortly after, I arrived at Brantford. The winds were evident from the snow blowing across the runway:
I had a decent landing and made my way over to the apron closest to the Aircraft Spruce store. As soon as I stepped out of the plane, I realized how badly I needed to use the little pilot’s room. I also soon realized how far away the Flying Club (with washroom) was from my plane. Of course, I was walking/running into the wind. Fortunately, I made it in time and greeted the dispatchers on my way out of the Flying Club. I told them that I flew all the way there just to use their facilities. She seemed a little shocked, so I had to mention that I was kidding. Anyway, the walk back toward my plane was much easier with the wind at my back. I snapped a shot of Vyctor before walking over to the store:
I picked up the glue and promised the clerks that I wouldn’t sniff it during the flight home. Back to the plane before my engine cooled down – he started up well. Here’s a shot of Brantford Airport during take-off:
The flight back was nice. I decided to fly south of Hamilton rather than through it this time. I passed what I assume is a vehicle scrap yard:
I could clearly see the yucky weather to the North of the Lake Ontario shoreline:
I arrived home less than forty-five minutes after leaving Brantford. I had the glue as my co-pilot during the flight. It was a glue-sniffing-free flight, you’ll be happy to know:
I was totally wiped out once I got home – well worth it though! Fortunately, I never feel tired until after the flight.
Tomorrow, I’m driving to Burlington to meet up with an Army buddy at the Mandarin . We usually meet there once a year to keep in touch and enjoy some great food.
*** Wow! I was just scared to death. I had the sound turned up quite high on my laptop and when I Googled the Mandarin to include the link, their theme song played, causing me to fly about two feet off of my bed!
Today’s symptoms: Felt really good, especially after finding out I was going for a flight. My fatigue is quite bad this evening and I’m also experiencing a lot of jaw pain. Tomorrow will be better!