Where’s Willie?

Well… the original plan was to head up to Sudbury with Matt. Scratch that! I backed my girlfriends car into a pole and now have to pay to get it fixed. boourns!

So, we headed up to Wiarton (CYVV) instead. Shorter flight, less $$!

Wiarton is famous for Wiarton Willie. The groundhog that predicts if we will have another 6 weeks of winter or not. We didn’t see any groundhogs scurry across the runway.

The airport is also home to an Environment Canada weather station and office. CYVV is a location where you can get upper winds. So I suspect that they launch weather balloons every so often. Can anyone confirm this?

You can see some weather instruments up close if you head up to the second floor patio. There is a sunshine recorder as well as an instrument to measure clouds. I cant remember what it was called, but it almost looked like a sextant.

The Unicom guy was super nice. I think it was him that offered us a ride into town for a bite to eat, but we had to decline.

The flight was pretty uneventful. We flew direct to YVV. Had to get used to the new frequencies that were being used for position reports. It seems that everyone was using them like they were supposed to. I did notice some pilots still making calls on 126.7 in areas that were covered by the common frequency areas (CFA).

On the way back, London FIC warned us of reports of migratory birds (read: canada geese) in the vicinity of Buttonville. I’ve been keeping a close eye out for birds all throughout the flight… nothing but the odd seagull.

I forgot to bring my camera, so no photos.

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