Bad weather blamed on new gear
The ice storm and its repeat, and the cold temperatures, low clouds, high
winds... not due to El Nino this year. The culprit is "Cool Jason"
Witt who just got his new gear in. His stuff was actually in
mid-December, but as Murphy's Law always hits, Cool Jason had to work
plus travel. Finally able to be at Skydive Kansas, he brings his
Murphy luck to all of us. Saturday, January 8th, motivated by the
thought of a skydive within the next 24 hours, Jason (and Jen & Kermit
helped) chipped ice away from the hangar door by hand, on his hands and
knees, without gloves, using only a small hammer! (And some ice
melt.) Although successful in his quest to get the door open,
Jason was thwarted by Mother Nature on Sunday the 9th with wind shears
at 1,000 feet AGL.
Below is a gallery of what the
ice and snow looked like on a dark, dreary Kansas winter day. 2
inches of ice beneath another inch or more of snow would shut down
operations even despite bad weather. Thank you to the City of
Osage City for managing to shovel what they could off the runway, even
while dealing with power outages, tree limbs, and other problems in
town. And a special thanks to our neighbor J.D. for using his
small tractor with a scoop to make quick work of clearing the tarmac in
front of the hangars!