A moment of excitement at the third annual Phillips Field fly-in
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Because of the vortex of wind on Saturday, June 9, there was a little more excitement than usual, especially for Bill Fowler, Jamestown, at the third annual fly-in of the CalMo Flying Club Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 429. The fly-in was at Phillips Field on Airport Road off Industrial Park Road east of California.
The event was an open house at the field and the 2,600 foot grass airstrip which lies in a flat valley between two ridges usually has very little crosswind. This year, the wind was a little high, said to be about 15 mph by one pilot who had flown earlier. Because of cross winds on the north end of the field, pilots had to take extra care in landing, with the recommendation that they "land long."
Fowler, flying a 2010 Jabiru with a six-cylinder 120 hp engine, circled the field to check conditions. But coming in for his first attempt to land, he found a problem.
For more of this story check out the June 13 issue of the California Democrat.