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Old 07-23-2022, 08:01 PM
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That was a crazy storm with lots of wind and rain. Lots of tents and shade canopies destroyed and many reports of failed gust locks with rudders and horizontal stabs banging violently. I hope there is not too much damage.

The grounds don’t seem saturated, big trailers are coming into camp right now. Usually takes a few storms to get the ruts started in Camp Scholler.
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Old 07-23-2022, 08:39 PM
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I sent the AeroWeather Lite METAR to a friend. It spits out a TEXT message.

I am adding BOLD to the part I want you to read.

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METAR/TAF Oshkosh, Wittman Regional (KOSH/OSH)
KOSH 232258Z 28020G50KT 1SM R36/3000VP6000FT +TSRA BR BKN031 BKN038 OVC048 19/18 A2993 RMK AO2 PK WND 29036/2258 LTG DSNT ALQDS TS OHD MOV E P0006 T01940178

Wind:****280° (W) at 20 knots, gusting to 50 knots
Visibility:****1 mile
Runway:****36: RVR variable 3000 to 6000 ft
Weather:****thunderstorm with heavy rain, mist
Clouds:****broken clouds at 3100 ft , broken clouds at 3800 ft , overcast clouds at 4800 ft
Dew point:****64.0°F, Relative humidity: 94%
Pressure:****29.93 inHg

KOSH 232224Z 2322/2418 20008KT P6SM VCTS SCT045CB BKN100
TEMPO 2323/2324 27025G50KT 2SM +TSRA OVC010CB
FM240200 20008G15KT 6SM SHRA OVC050
TEMPO 2403/2407 2SM TSRA BR BKN025CB
FM240900 25008KT 3SM BR BKN007
FM241600 28010G18KT P6SM BKN021

Forecast from 05:00 PM (23.) to 01:00 PM (24.):
****200° (SSW) at 8 knots
***6 or more miles
***thunderstorm in the vicinity
***scattered clouds at 4500 ft (cumulonimbus)
***broken clouds at 10000 ft
Temporary 06:00 PM (23.) to 07:00 PM (23.):
****270° (W) at 25 knots
***gusting to 50 knots
***2 miles
***thunderstorm with heavy rain
***overcast clouds at 1000 ft (cumulonimbus)
From 09:00 PM (23.):
****200° (SSW) at 8 knots
***gusting to 15 knots
***6 miles
***showery rain
***overcast clouds at 5000 ft
Temporary 10:00 PM (23.) to 02:00 AM (24.):
****2 miles
***thunderstorm with rain, mist
***broken clouds at 2500 ft (cumulonimbus)
From 04:00 AM (24.):
****250° (WSW) at 8 knots
***3 miles
***broken clouds at 700 ft
From 11:00 AM (24.) to 01:00 PM (24.) End of TAF:
****280° (W) at 10 knots
***gusting to 18 knots
***6 or more miles
***broken clouds at 2100 ft

All times local
Variation: 2.50°W
Timezone: UTC-6:00 (DST-5:00)
Summertime (DST): 3/13/22 - 11/6/22 (currently observed)

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Old 07-23-2022, 09:03 PM
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Bought a Big Screw kit from Greg this morning, and I was pretty much assured my 6.9 wouldn’t bulge. Still worried about some other flying aircraft, or tent, or grandma and the kids, landing on my baby…
All good for now, till next one… ones gonna fly past pretty close at around 4am…

Good nite everyone here, see ya on the flight line tomorrow
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Old 07-23-2022, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by DanH View Post
Oh no......

And so far I've counted five A-model rudders with holes in them. There will be more.
There are more, I don’t think I counted the same 5 as you.

There is also another interesting failure mode I have noticed on at least 3 A models with the riveted trailing edge and I think all of them have the “gust lock” type with the angle Al going between the rudder horn and the cable attach point.

It appears that the lock was able to hold the bottom straight, but the wind was able to still bend the rudder, leaving the metal bent right above the light/fiberglass portion. They are all almost bent the exact same way, and several are “delaminated” on the lower edge, either popping the rivets there, or cracking the epoxy.

The gust lock did however prevent the rudder from slamming into the elevator like some of the others, leaving dents and holes, so that is some consolation. The one near me, if you move the rudder by hand, it hits the rudder horn and still has 3+ inches to go to hit the elevator, but the wind did that and more, leaving a good sized hole.

I hate to see it on these peoples pride and joy, it’s a terrible feeling trying to hold your own tent up while you hear your neighbors plane getting smashed.
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Old 07-23-2022, 09:14 PM
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Winds gusting to 50 kts as the storm rolled through:

And I'm pretty sure those two jets were parked parallel to the others prior to the storm:

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Old 07-23-2022, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by DeltaRomeo View Post
…..we’ll have fun he said. ;^)
Flew my friend’s new RV8 (“Red Tail”) with him in it and along with another RV friend from KCUB. Flight was okay except for the haze we had to climb above AND the Chicago area wealther that did not move as fast and the weather shown above that moved FASTER than expected.

Coming from the east coast, had to go more west than Madison, WI and then head north. We were on the very leading edge (Green on weather screens) of this weather and “Arrival” started telling everyone that was inbound to bypass the extended arrival, find someone to follow and go straight to RIPON in an effort to beat the storm.

We were already approaching VPGRN so no shortcut for us. We landed, rushed to tie-down the plane in the midst of an evacuation notice AND to find that we could NOT find on of our tie-down rings!!!! HOLY SMOKES Batman.

Fortunately Rian and the Team at Vans were able to find a “spare” and we got the “new” plane tied down.

Caught a bus to Gruenhagen (dorms). Was about to sprinkle as we were getting on the bus. By the time we got to Gruenhagen, there were road signs that had been blown into the road and the rain water was so deep that I had to take off my shoes and roll up my pant legs to get out of the bus!

Significant power outages downtown (Roxy’s) and at the dorms (Kelly’s).

Hopefully no planes got major damage and tomorrow brings a better day.
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Old 07-23-2022, 09:38 PM
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ANd oh,

Almost banged up my friend’s new plane on landing (18).

Turning base, I lost sight of my friend ahead of me.
He later confirmed that we ending up with the wind shifting to more of a tailwind,

BUT, the kicker was that I got distracted by a high wing plane taking off heading toward me on my “no later than the tower” base turn. TOWER: “High wing, what are you doing? Where are you going???!”

Runway overshoot. Gentle correction. Getting low and slow but not fully lined up. About to fall out of the sky. Add throttle and the 215 ponies had her “leap” back upwards. Now high and correcting. Over the runway, ease her down and misjudge height. THUMP! Onto the runway with the owner in back experiencing to all.

Be careful out there. Fly your plane and don’t let the distractions get you down!!

When things get rushed, take your time. BE SAFE!
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Old 07-23-2022, 09:49 PM
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Saturday evening July 23

At a Festival grocery store around 10 PM with some of the Van’s gang. Power was off and they were on emergency generator so you couldn’t buy anything that was refrigerated. Bought some breakfast stuff and back to the house. Strange vibe, no lights in the parking lot. I’ve seen some zombie movies start like this…

No crowds at least…
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Old 07-24-2022, 12:08 AM
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Maybe Vans need to bring a few 6/77/8/9 rudder kits to Osh every year. I am sure one could find someone with the skill to put a new rudder together during the show.
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Old 07-24-2022, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by DeltaRomeo View Post
Screen grab of quite a few pointed that way.
what is that screen shot from?
I was playing with the flight aware app and was unable to figure out even just to show everything destination KOSH
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