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Wet weather forces flyers to flip the script at Leesburg airport

There is an old saw that goes something like “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry”.

That is sort of what happened to the planned Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 534 Fly In / Drive In breakfast that was scheduled for Saturday at the Leesburg International Airport. 

A residual weather front that was part of a hurricane that was actually plaguing the North East coast of the US, stalled over Central Florida.

It hung around all during the week and gave reasonable flying weather each day with rain and thunderstorms only showing up in the late afternoon or evening.

Because of this, it was thought the weather might move out by Saturday, and still provide a pretty good chance for some decent flying weather. Some of the local weather prognosticators seemed to agree with this plan.

However, it was not to be.  By start time at 9 a.m. it was pouring rain with low clouds. It appeared it would last for some time.

EAA Chapter 534 member Stan Carpenter takes some time to teach Mason McClintock the fine art of pancake cooking.
EAA Chapter 534 member Stan Carpenter takes some time to teach Mason McClintock the fine art of pancake cooking.

So now what to do? The chapter decided to press on and have the pancake breakfast inside the hangar for the volunteer members who came to set things up and any other people who decided to brave the rain.

Needless to say, there were no aircraft arrivals but the soggy parking lot was pretty full.

There were 40 people in attendance mostly made up of EAA Chapter 534 members and their youth group. Eight hardy visitors braved the storm.

Those folks had a unique opportunity to talk one on one with the members who were working on building projects in the hangar as well as learn more about what goes on in an active EAA chapter.

On top of that everybody got to eat and enjoy unlimited blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Of course, by closing at 11:30 a.m. the rain had stopped, there was some blue sky, and the airport was buzzing with activity.

This was considered a dry run, or a wet run, for the rain date which will be Oct. 7.

The chapter will try again and hope the weather gods will bless the event. The venue again, will be the EAA Chapter 534 hangar at the Leesburg International Airport, starting at 9:00 a.m. and running until 11:30 a.m.

Aircraft may park at the SunAir ramp and cars park on the dry grassy area in front of the hangar. As you can see, chapter members are eternal optimists that the plans will work out on this day.

If you have any questions, you may contact Paul Adrien at (352) 250-0055 or by email at ezalpha@aol.com

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