And The Best Looks Yet To Come, Just In Time For The
by ANN Associate Editor Rob Finfrock
"Uh oh," Jim said as drove to Arlington Thursday morning -- and
it wasn't hard to see what he meant. While visibility looked good
straight ahead... there were low, gray clouds in the distance all
around, and a light rain was falling.
"Hello, Washington weather," I replied.
Yes, clouds and rain are a way of life in the Pacific
Northwest... but those who are familiar with the area are a sturdy
bunch, and they're not likely to let a little drizzle get in their
way. Sure enough, as we pulled into the parking lot at Arlington
Municipal... we had to maneuver around a LOT more people and cars
than we did Wednesday.
There were a LOT more planes, too... both in the air, and on the
ground. The 2,000 ft ceiling accommodated a steady stream of
Cessnas, RVs, and other assorted aircraft. The clouds lifted
throughout the day... and the parking areas filled up
Now THIS was startin' to look like a fly-in!
While the clouds were lifting over AWO, though, other areas were
still socked in. At around noon, the announcer came over the
speakers to say that he'd heard from a number of pilots due in from
the south, that were hampered by storms around Portland; another
flyer in Arizona was similarly hampered by summertime showers.
During his forum on the latest developments in sport pilot, the
EAA's Ron Wagner stated they were expecting at least 15 light sport
planes to fill the LSA Mall at the south end of the field... "but
right now there are only about five out there", due to the
Good news, though -- the weatherman says that some sunshine
should start peaking through early Friday... just in time for the
weekend! We bet a lot of those planes will be taking advantage of
the clearer skies... and with the planes, will come the crowds.
Stay tuned. Arlington 2006 is just gettin' started!