What a great day for the traditional Port Dover Friday the 13th Bike Gathering. Mike and I headed out for the airport for around 10:30. It was perfect weather-wise which made for a pleasurable 35 minute flight down to Dover. Just so you know, us pilots need to check if certain areas are going to have restrictions to their airspace for events and such. There may be an altitude restriction in a specific radius. Here is the one for the bike gathering. It would have been just a tad easier to find in a sea of entries, if they actually mentioned Port Dover rather than just the coordinates:
180494 CZYZ TORONTO FIR CZYZ PURSUANT TO SECTION 5.1 OF THE AERONAUTICS ACT, AIRSPACE WITHIN 2 NM RADIUS CENTRE 424701N 801158W (APRX 4 NM SE SIMCOE (DENNISON FIELD) AD) IS RESTRICTED DRG POLICE OPS, SFC TO 2000 FT MSL. EXC FOR POLICE AND MEDEVAC/RESCUE ACFT, NO PERSON SHALL OPR AN ACFT WITHIN THE AREA DESCRIBED UNLESS AUTH BY CONTROLLING AGENCY AT 705-794-9981 JUL 12 1600-0800 JUL 13 1100-0800 1807121600 TIL 1807140800
Clear as mud?
Once we got within 10km of the town, the bikers became more abundant.
Then we were directly over the town:
We could smell the leather from over 2000′ up!
It was a blast to do a few super sharp turns while Mike took this video:
I have done this fly-over many times in the past, but it was Mike’s first experience. He was quite impressed! And as I mentioned in my previous blog, Kendra may join us for the flight:
Ok, bugger off now:
We had a nice flight back, except when we came down on final. Mike snapped this pic just as Freddy Kruger leapt out of no where and slashed at our windshield:
I’m glad we still came in for a peaceful landing and no permanent damage to the windshield (it buffed right out!). The black mark is actually just how the camera picked up the spinning prop. The different frame-rate typically makes the prop look a tad odd.
This video demonstrates how nicely Vyctor twirls about to get him pointing in the right direction to settle back in the hangar:
I always aim for the line when I stop. Not bad!
Very good day – everything went perfectly. I’m trying to rest now as we have a busy day tomorrow. My Army buddy Ken, my shrimpesque mother, Mike and I are going to the casino to see Lord of the Dance. Also, we will stuff our faces at the buffet until our bras feel tight (Ken and Mike – don’t forget to wear your bras tomorrow!)
Wishing everyone a joyous weekend!
Today’s symptoms: Despite a not-so-great night, I felt quite good today. The flight was tiring but at least we were able to just chill afterwards. I’ve already told myself that I’m going to sleep well tonight and if I don’t, I have my permission to give myself a back-hander!