Granby Fly In -- 2013-07-06

I have been wanting to take my C140 to the Granby Fly-In for a while. Last year I amost did but the weather was low and I decided to fly an IFR capable airplane instead. This year the weather was perfect! I was able to take the C140 up and find some lift and get over the pass.

It was my second trip over the divide. I was concerned about density altitude and so I went solo in the Redbird. Sue took the C182 with Brenda and John took the R172K and we all met up there. Fun day.

Even better was the arrival. Ahead of me was a Piper Cherokee. They motioned him to move off to far parking. Then me. I could see some discussion on the radios among the ground handlers. And then they motioned for me. The split the crowd at show center and motioned for me to come straight in. I got passed through four handlers and was parked in the front and center! One of the perks of flying a pretty vintage airplane. Sue was behind me in the C182. She got motioned to park in at the east edge as far from anything as possible! That was very funny.

I opened my doors so that the crowd could look inside. That is less usual but I like people to be able to get a good look. People are generally careful and I have never had a problem. And then I had an endless line of visitors coming through! Fun day.

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  Good weather. An unexpectedly bizarre self picture. Self portrait. Looking for lift.

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  Above the cloud bases.

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  Cold air at altitude is helping me.

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  I am in Granby!

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  The Tailwind N77ZW is here every year too. Nice panel. Owner is the gentleman in white. N6449N

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  N3566C came up from Meadow Lake again. N182H got parked way out at the edge the airport.

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  N5060 (Love the tail number paint scheme.) Line for pancakes was long but well worth it!

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  Lake Granby Pretty! Head for the hillside and try to find lift. Snuggle up close and hope for orographic lifting.

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  Following the ridge trying to catch lift. Downhill is my "out" if I need it. Still not high enough to get over the rocks.

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  North of Rollins Pass. High enough to cross over now. On the descent at 11,700.


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