Well, that sucks

This morning I was sitting there enjoying my breakfast and the early morning quiet when a woman who was parked a few planes down (so she arrived the same time as me) came over to chew me out for nearly hitting her when I turned final on Saturday. I told her that while I don’t remember it exactly, I’m pretty sure my base had been called by the tower, so I really don’t know how that could have happened. Although in retrospect, I could have been focusing too hard on the Mooney I was told to follow, and not enough on looking around.

Now I’m all nervous about just how bad a job I did arriving here, and I’m even more sure that I shouldn’t do the VFR arrival without a second pair of eyes on board.

BTW: Wifi sucks here. It sometimes works at the shower stalls, but it cuts in and out when it does, and the wifi here at the bus shelter is more reliable but there isn’t any power here.

3 thoughts on “Well, that sucks”

  1. I don’t think it’s possible to arrive at OSH without nearly hitting someone or nearly being hit. I’ve certainly never done it (or at Sun and Fun, either). But a lot of that is that they pack a lot of people into a tiny bit of airspace, and most pilots don’t fly that close together, so something perfectly safe is still close enough to scare people.

    I offer as evidence the quite-low number of actual midairs at OSH. There have only been like 2 or 3 ever.

  2. Agree with Vicky.

    Really, unless there was impending disaster I think most would agree with Tina – you get close flying VFR at OSH. Perhaps it was her first time and she thought that anything less then a half mile of separation is abnormal?

    Either way, approaching someone at their campsite and acting that way right out of the gate would cause most people to take your side anyways. Really, there’s a way to be civil about anything, and it’s obviously lost on this person. I wouldn’t let it bother you – just remember this guy: http://www.oshawapilot.ca/?p=342

Comments are closed.