Timing is Everything

Joan asks – “Does all these no-training days become a problem for the cranes flight schedule”?

If only we could hatch the cranes earlier so they would fledge in July. That way they would be ready to leave on the migration in August when the weather is still cooperating.

In July the calm mornings allow us to train almost every day, but toward the end of August the fall weather system sets in and training days become as rare as Whooping cranes. It is bad timing because that is just when we need good flying conditions to increase their endurance and keep them following.

This is the season when bad habits are dangerous. If we get another episode of behavior like number 10 displayed earlier in the summer, we don’t have the flying days to correct it. The problem just gets worse as time goes on and the start of migration turns into a fiasco and we have all seen that one act play.

There is nothing we can do about good weather withdrawal. We go through the 12 steps from denial to anger and finally acceptance.  Then, when Indian Summer finally arrives, we start over and somewhere in central Illinois it all comes together. The birds finally get the message.

We get a few flyable days in a row and the reward is a long string of pearls off the wing tip of the lead aircraft and a light at the end of the migration tunnel.

All we can do now is cross our fingers and know that we will see you on the other side.

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  1. Shepherd August 27, 2014 8:50 am

    Joe Duff really has an excellent way with words, conveying interesting information of several types in an interesting way.
    And Joe.. thank goodness for crates! *wink

  2. Heather Ray August 26, 2014 12:10 pm

    As soon as the new aircraft are ready