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Old 03-31-2019, 05:32 PM
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Default Now I know how Dorothy and Toto felt!

The Summertime Kansas winds can really pack a wallop! I visited Salina for a few days last week and tied down on their massive ramp. When I was ready to depart the winds were 170 degrees at 38 knots, gusting to 45! Two large men held down the wings while I untied the ropes, loaded and started. I told the tower I was unable to taxi crosswind to runway 17 and would they mind if I took off from the ramp. "No problem, cleared for takeoff." The takeoff roll must have been all of 100 feet!

When I landed in Houston I unscrewed the tie down rings. Here's how they looked!

tiedowns bent
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:12 PM
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Wow! That's scary.
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:24 PM
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And THIS is the place they pick for an aerobatic championship ?!?! The aerobatics will be just getting off and on the deck!

Wow!
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:49 PM
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Holy sheet! What kind of gust lock do you use?
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Old 03-31-2019, 07:15 PM
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I'll bet finding the tie-down rings like that gave you quite the schreck!
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Old 03-31-2019, 07:15 PM
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I learned to fly at KSLN, I recall landing a C150 with full flaps on a similar day and was stopped before I could touch the flap switch.
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Old 03-31-2019, 07:42 PM
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Years ago I experience similar winds, request, clearance and bent rings at ROW. Except it was in a Mooney.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:03 PM
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Ok, Ron, are you sure this isn't an early April Fools joke? If so, I like your sense of humor, and you punked at lot of people! If not, pretty unbelievable!
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:05 PM
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Been there. Winds in Kansastan do wonders

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I'm Kansas raised. I believe in Toto and Red tie down rings.
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